Morale-sapping early mysterious ‘penalty’ starts the rot for Roselea

Roselea travelled to Riverside Stadium Perth on Saturday on their hunt for Premier League points, buoyed by their first victory over Tayport the previous week.

Ross Mcleod returned between the sticks, however Michael Cruickshank, Craig Anderson and Morgan Smith were also unavailable. On the plus side Ryan Taylor took a place on the bench following injury.

There was a shock opening for Roselea with a mysterious penalty being awarded against them inside the first minute, while no Jeanfield player was staking a claim. Andrew Tringham’s sliding tackle outside the box was hauled back with the referee pointing to the spot and Gary FRASER accepted the bonus by slotting the ball into the corner of the net for the opener.

In eight minutes Roselea fell further behind from a great free kick after McDowell seemed to pull out of a challenge. McMANUS accepted the task for Jeanfield and sent an unstoppable free kick up and over the wall to give Mcleod no chance.

Jeanfield had the ball in the net twice but the referee quite correctly chopped them off for an offside and a foul.

McDowell of Roselea picked up a booking for three late fouls in succession.

In 31 minutes Jeanfield went three up. The ball was given away in midfield and when it was squared along the edge of the box McMANUS accepted the task of drilling it home.

Roselea were needing a lifeline to get back into the game and got it in 36 minutes. Dodds, who had earlier been booked, slid in late on Whyte after the defender had cleared and, following an altercation, he was shown a second yellow, reducing the home team to 10 men. However, Roselea could not make the extra man count.

Collier took a knock on his back and had to be replaced by Ryan Taylor at the interval.

Half-time: Jeanfield Swifts 3, Montrose Roselea 0.

Roselea had two great chances to get a goal back, both created by Dale Reid. He switched play to Ryan Taylor who found room inside the box but dragged his shot wide; then another diagonal ball from Reid found Watson and his chipped effort was well saved by Bruce.

Bruce saved a point-blank Ryan Taylor header and a curling effort from Watson.

In 67 minutes Roselea made a second change with Ross Mitchell off for Liam Bailey. The sub was looking lively and made an instant impact by winning a penalty in 69 minutes. He was tripped as he looked to control a ball in the box and the referee awarded his second penalty of the day. Dale REID converted.

Roselea were piling on the pressure and it paid off with a second goal from a resulting corner. The ball fell to Paul WHYTE with his back to the goal and he swivelled and struck a brilliant right-footed volley into the corner of the net.

Roselea had their tails up against the 10-man Jeanfield who were beginning to wilt; however they scored a decisive fourth goal when Roselea were caught pushing forward. It was a piece of brilliance from ex-Roselea player Gary Fraser as he dummied to shoot with his left before chipping a great ball with his right, with Mcleod doing well to prevent it crossing the line however McLEISH followed up to score from close range.

Roselea made a final change with Thomson replacing Tringham with the defender quite unlucky to pick up an early booking.

Sub Gavin ANDERSON rubbed salt in the Roselea wounds with a fifth goal in the 88th minute.

Roselea: Mcleod, Rae, Whyte, Reoch, Findlater, Reid, McDowell, Tringham, Mitchell, Watson and Collier. Subs: R Taylor, P Taylor, Bailey and Thomson.

Roselea take a break from League duty with Arbroath Vics arriving for a GA Cup tie on Saturday, with a 2.30 p.m. kick-off. Then on October 4 Dalkeith Thistle return to Broomfield Park for a League match following their recent 3-0 loss in an East of Scotland cup tie.