REPORT: Crucial victory for Montrose Roselea

Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop
Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop

Montrose Roselea picked up a potentially crucial three points in their bid for Premier League survival.

They had to dig in deep at home to Arniston Rangers but were able to weather the storm and secure a 2-0 victory.

There was a chance for Arniston in three mins when their number 7 shot straight at Mcleod after he was put through on goal.

Watson went on a strong run and won a corner as Roselea took the game back to Arniston.

Kateleza went close with a good turn in the box before firing just past post with the crowd expecting the net to bulge.

Roselea had a good spell of pressure which saw Collier and Anderson take long range shots which were off target.

The half was very even and it had been played at a good pace with both teams looking to play football.

Arniston came out a different team in the second half and for the first 25 minutes really dominated and created several chances with Roselea being hemmed in their own half.

There was a big let off when Thomson missed a header and Kateleza was through but given offside

Number 11 missed a great chance for Arniston when the ball was cut back but he failed to connect with the bmall.

They then created two more opening but found Mcleod in no mood to surrender his clean sheet

Roselea went one up in 70 minutes - Collier shoy and and the ball broke to Mowatt who finished well under pressure.

There was a great block from Thomson on the line to prevent a sure goal for Arniston in 75 minutes

Ross Mitchell crossed and Mowatt headed just wide at the far post in 83

It was 2-0 Roselea in 85 minutes; Chris Milne squared the ball across the pitch and a mistake let Calum Watson in and he finished well again under pressure from the advancing keeper

Arniston weren’t finished and Whyte had a great block to keep Roselea two up.

Mitchell had a shot blocked from close range and Arniston had a couple of half chances as the match fizzled out.

For 25 minutes of the second half there only looked like there was going to be one winner of the contest but Roselea dug in.

A very valuable three points which takes Roselea up to ninth spot in the league having 28 points from 27 games.

Another three or four points may be enough to keep Roselea out of the bottom four relegation places.

Roselea now head to Glenesk Park to face Dundee Violet in another must win game on Saurday, April 16 with a 2.30pm KO.

Montrose Roselea: Mcleod, Dalgarno, Sturrock, Whyte, Thomson, Mowatt, Anderson, Milne, Taylor, Collier & S Watson. Subs: C Watson, Mitchell, Campbell, Duff