ROSELEA, fresh from their free week and Ryder Cup festivities, travelled to Beechwood Park, Lochee, to face the local Harp in an East of Scotland Cup tie.
Over the years Roselea have had a fair amount of success over the home team on league business; however when it comes to cup games Harp have had the upper hand.
Roselea travelled with almost a full pool following the holiday period and a few changes, were also thrown in to the equation as the management team picked their 11 and seven substitutes.
On a decent surface, flat and moist from the overnight rain, Harp were first to threaten. A well-worked corner saw the ball played to the edge of the box but McLeod saved well from Taylor for the home side.
Roselea took the lead in eight minutes, having responded well to Harp’s opening. Ryan Taylor fed Kennedy who put in a cross finding FLETCHER in plenty of space inside the box; after dummying the ‘keeper he slotted home from six yards.
Roselea were looking hungry and almost added to their lead in nine and 10 minutes. First a great diagonal ball from Mustard found Colquhoun flying down the right and his cross was almost prodded home by Paul Taylor. Urquhart had a speculative overhead kick go just over.
As good as Roselea were playing, Harp were not sitting down and had their spells of pressure. McLeod had to hold two headers, one from a corner and one from a flighted free kick just after.
Roselea were on the attack again when another danger cross from Taylor in 12 minutes saw Urquhart and the home ‘keeper Hill almost go eye-to-eye with neither taking the forward role and the ball went behind.
In 15 minutes Harp broke and only a great block from the all-involved Ryan Taylor saw Ramsay’s shot deflected behind for a corner.
Things settled down and some of Roselea’s passing was excellent. However, it was not until the 28th minute that they had a strike on goal. The ball fell to Paul Taylor 25 yards out and his swerving shot almost deceived Hill in the home goal but he did well to turn it round for a corner.
Roselea lost possession from the corner and Harp broke quickly to the other end. McLeod was left with no option other than to handle outside the corner of the box and received a yellow card. The free kick met the head of Fotheringham. Taylor’s overhead effort was just wide of the Roselea goal.
Roselea’s next chance came in 35 minutes but Kennedy could not balance himself to get a shot in and played the ball wide to Taylor before Harp cleared for a corner.
Roselea were reduced to 10 men in 38 minutes. Ross Colquhoun, who had been booked two minutes earlier for an off-the-ball argument, then went on a mazy run and lunged at the ball leaving referee Jeff Banks no choice but to show a second yellow and send the Roselea player off.
As the interval approached, Anderson almost got his head to a Kennedy corner when the slightest touch would have been a certain goal.
Harp went close for an equaliser when Tovey’s shot was just deflected behind for a corner with McLeod stranded.
Half-time: Lochee Harp 0, Montrose Roselea 1.
Roselea made a change of personnel at the break with a reshuffle due to Colquhoun’s red card. Whyte came on to replace Paul Taylor to give Roselea a more defence-orientated set-up. Despite the apparent negative approach Roselea increased their lead in 46 minutes. Ryan TAYLOR burst through and hit an unstoppable 30-yard low shot beyond Hill to double the visitor’s lead.
Roselea were on a comfortable two-goal cushion despite the one-man disadvantage and Harp made this look vulnerable with a goal on 61 minutes. WILLIAMSON. Ramsay found himself in room at the edge of the box. McLeod shut the ball down and saved well, however the ball fell to the Harp veteran and he finished competently from 20 yards.
WILLIAMSON was being a thorn in the Roselea side and in 59 minutes he equalised for Harp. He evaded three tackles in the box before shimmying another and despatched a great curling shot into a corner to square the game.
With 15 minutes to go Harp had a good chance when Ramsay broke on Roselea’s left but again McLeod was swift out and blocked.
Anderson hit the bar for Roselea with a great strike from 25 yards, catching the Harp defence on the back foot.
Ryan Taylor was still full of energy and on another long run he was brought down by Fotheringham who was yellow-carded.
In 86 minutes Harp sent in a very dangerous free kick from man-of-the-moment Williamson, and McLeod did well to hold the ball at his near post.
Roselea won the tie with a deserved goal in the fourth minute of injury time. Callum Rae, who had put in a great shift in midfield, shut the ball down, released Aitken who bore in on goal before unselfishly squaring to better-placed COLLIER who scored.
Roselea now progress to the second round of a competition they don’t normally do well in. Great performances from Fletcher, Rae and Ryan Taylor made the difference that saw them through.
Roselea: McLeod, Colquhoun, R. Taylor, Rae, Riach, Mustard, Urquhart, Anderson, P. Taylor, Fletcher, Kennedy. Substitutes: Collier, Whyte, Aitken, Strachan, Rodger and Doug Craig.
This week sees the visit of near neighbours Brechin Vics in a League match that will see two teams at the lower end of the table going head to head. The match kicks of at 2.30pm at Broomfield Park. Roselea have arranged a friendly with Newburgh JFC on October 1 with a 1pm kick-off, and player travel details will follow shortly.
Jock steps down
Jock Skinner, who has served the club for 22 years, stepped down from his position as president at the club’s September committee meeting.
After being main sponsor as the owner of the Neptune Bar, Jock took on the role of president and looked after the club in many ways during his time. He was made an honorary president.