BATHGATE THISTLE 3
MONTROSE ROSELEA 2
Roselea made the long journey to Creamery Park, Bathgate in their latest quest for three points to kick-start their season in the Premier League.
Roselea travelled with a strong squad of players, with long term injury victims Stewart Fletcher and Jordan Rioch sidelined and Stuart Richardson on holiday. Callum Rae was available again after his two game suspension.
Bathgate had started the season as well as expected and sat in second place behind leaders Penicuik.
Creamery Park was in excellent condition and with it being subject to winter cancellations, it was lucky to get this game out of the way at this stage of the season.
Roselea came close to an unexpected goal in the first minute of the match, when a hopeful long ball found Dale Reid at the edge of the 18 yard box, but his touch let him down at the last hurdle.
In seven minutes, Bathgate had a half chance, when Larinsky made a great run and a pass found him on the corner of the box, Ross Mcleod had spotted the danger though and made a great block to send it behind for a corner.
Bathgate opened the scoring a minute later, with a great finish from their number nine LARINSKY. Roselea defended a corner well, but when the ball was crossed back in, the striker took the ball down with his knee and lifted it over the advancing McLoed.
Roselea retaliated and a great run from Ryan Taylor saw him skip past four players but his right footed shot didn’t match the quality of his run and the keeper saved well.
In 13 minutes, Anderson gave away a foul on the edge of the Roselea box, however the free kick could only clip the bar and go over, much to the away sides relief.
Roselea levelled on 16 minutes with an opportunist goal from Calum WATSON. He picked the ball up on the right, and despite having options in the box, rightly elected to shoot and the ball squeezed between the keeper and post to put Roselea level.
Bathgate were starting to cause problems on the break and on the half hour mark, Swan had a shot which was saved by Mcloed, as he somehow escaped the Roselea offside trap with a great run.
The teams were even going into half time, and Roselea were giving as good as they got, a great Cruikshank cross was just missed by Reid who couldn’t get enough on it.
Halftime: Bathgate Thistle 1, Montrose Roselea 1.
Roselea were forced into a change at the break, when Ryan Taylor had to leave the field with an injury.
Roselea managed to take the lead again in the 54th minute, and sent the small travelling support into raptures. Cruikshank sent in a long ball which Gammie flicked on, and with the Bathgate defence caught flat, Calum WATSON latched onto the ball and sent a great shot past the keeper from 25 yards.
In 61 minutes, Anderson took the ball past a couple of Bathgate players before gaining a foul on the edge of the box, however Reid sent his effort wide.
Play was swinging from end to end and Bathgate had a chance with Swan crossing into the Roselea box with only a deflection on his cross taking it away from danger, then at the other end, a free kick was headed out to Duncan Reid who he skied the ball over from 20 yards.
With 10 minutes remaining, Duncan Reid had another chance from a free kick but again curled his effort wide of the target.
Roselea lost their lead in 85 minutes under slightly controversial circumstances, they contested an offside given against Gammie and with the ball still moving, the keeper launched a long ball, which saw LARINSKY wriggle free and slot home from close range.
McLeod made a great save in 88 minutes, when he had to make a close range save from a corner to keep Roselea in with a chance of a point.
In stoppage time, Roselea were dealt a cruel blow when the best player on the park, SWAN, found space in the box and managed to sneak the ball home for the home side to steal all three points.
Despite leading in seven of the previous nine games and going on to lose, this was undoubtedly a cruel blow, having matched one of the promotion favourites on their own patch. Once again though it was a gutted Roselea side who trooped into the Bathgate clubrooms to be sympathetically greeted by the opposition.
The defeat leaves Roselea rooted at the bottom of the League however they left Bathgate with plenty of praise that should leave them full of optimism. With all home games now crucial, they have two at Broomfield Park that could shape the rest of the season. First up, Glenrothes visit Broomfield Park on Saturday, October 12, then Arniston Rangers visit on Saturday, October 19, both with a 2.30 p.m. KO.
The draw for the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup takes place on Wednesday, October 9, with ties to be played on Saturday, October 26. One team will get a welcome bye into the third round, after Fife side Steelend have had to take time out of the game.
Roselea: Mcleod, Riach, Whyte, R Taylor, Duncan Reid, Anderson, Rae, Cruickshank, Collier, Dale Reid & Watson. Subs: Gammie, A Thomson, J Rausch, P Milne & R Brand.