ROSELEA travelled to the quaint setting of Guthrie Park, Forfar, for their final match in the DJ Laing League Cup section A. Only a win would be of benefit to either club with Arbroath Vics sitting on four points and having Blairgowire at home with a win expected.
The visitors made a couple of changes from the team that started in the previous weeks draw with Arbroath Vics. Aitken and Mustard were replaced by Fletcher and Rae.
On a glorious day, Roselea faced Forfar Albion who had a notable result the previous Saturday with a 7-1 win over Blairgowrie.
The visitors started the game well with Lee Hood placing a good cross in at the far post with no takers. Eight minutes gone and the first booking of the game would go to the home side’s Falconer for a strong tackle on Collier.
Forfar Albion had their first chance of the game with McIntosh shooting across the goal with McLeod making a fingertip save around the post.
Roselea come close to scoring in 15 minutes with a high ball entering Albion’s box. Collier challenged the ‘keeper who could only palm it out to Stewart Fletcher and his looping header went inches past the post.
A minute later and good build up again by Roselea saw Collier knock the ball down to Fletcher, who in turn drove it across the goal, but again there were no takers.
Roselea restricted Albion to few opportunities and McIntosh tried from fully 25 yards with McLeod gathering easily.
In 26 minutes Hood tried his luck with a shot from the edge of the box which drifted past the post. On the half-hour mark Roselea won a free kick 25 yards out with Craig Anderson’s effort also just wide of the post. Roselea continued attacking and Colin Kennedy put in a great cross with Lee Hood out jumping everyone and his header once again just over the bar.
Stewart Fletcher is booked on 32 minutes for tripping an opponent.
With 34 minutes gone the referee blows for half-time! The matter is addressed and the game is restarted. A couple of minutes into the restart and Callum Rae gets his customary booking making it his third in three games.
In a rare chance for the home side on 43 minutes as the ball lands at Reynolds feet, but he shoots high over the bar from 10 yards.
With the interval approaching Albion’s Hood is booked for a tackle on Callum Rae.
Half-time: Forfar Albion 0, Roselea 0.
Roselea started the second half sleeping with Albion having two chances in as many minutes. Firstly, Reynolds shot narrowly across the goal and then McIntosh, who looked two yards offside, shot just wide of the upright.
The visitors were next to try their luck with Craig Anderson having a go from 20 yards. Their ‘keeper made a great save palming it out for a corner. From the resultant flag kick Paul Whyte rose above everyone and his header went just wide.
Sean Mustard replaces Colin Kennedy on 58 minutes. Roselea took the lead straight after. A throw in reaches James Collier and his shots from 20 yards gave the ‘keeper no chance.
With an hour on the clock Albion’s substitute Reid was booked for a tackle on Sean Mustard. Then Roselea made a change six minutes later with Scott Riach replacing Lee Hood.
In 71 minutes Stewart Fletcher made it 2-0 when he ran in on goal and beat the ‘keeper with a header.
With 10 minutes to go Paul Taylor replaced Stewart Fletcher.
On 85 minutes Ryan Taylor and Albion’s Reid clash which results in both getting yellow cards, meaning Reid collecting his second booking and was ordered off.
Roselea should have had a penalty in the final minute when a defender handled the ball as it came off the post from Paul Taylor’s acute angled shot.
Roselea: McLeod, Colquhoun, Whyte, Rae, Collier, R. Taylor, Fletcher, Anderson, Hood, Reoch, Kennedy. Substitutes: Urquhart, Aitken, Riach, P. Taylor, Mustard, Rodger and Brand.
Another strong performance by Roselea should have resulted in more goals but this will come if they keep playing the same way. They end the section in second place undefeated and have not conceded a goal in open play. Arbroath Vics’ eventual 4-1 win over Blairgowrie means they qualify for the semi-finals and were to face Carnoustie who romped their section. At one point Roselea thought they might be heading to the semis with Arbroath Vics drawing 1-1 at half-time.
Roselea get an early chance for revenge as the next match is the first McBookie.com league match on Saturday against Arbroath Vics at Broomfield, kick-off 2.30pm.