Dundee North End 2
AFTER seven weeks without a match Roselea pulled out the stops on Saturday to play a rearranged home fixture with Dundee North End, following the postponement of their match at Coupar Angus on Wednesday.
Broomfield Park was in great condition although wet but the threat of more rain loomed as the match kicked off.
North End, who had played the same amount of games as Roselea, sat nine points behind at the start of the match so it was a ‘must-win’ game for them.
Roselea lined up without both the injured Ewan Graham, and Craig Watson who is transfer-listed. Both players featured in Roselea’s last match at Violet on November 20, with Watson bagging a double that day.
Johnny Mitchell, who had played much of season 2009/10, returned to the fold and committed himself to the club, and was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up. The enforced break also allowed James Collier to regain his fitness following injury.
Roselea faced an ever-strengthening wind in the first half, and the rain was coming and going.
North End were first to break, and Percy went close after he made a well-timed run to beat the Roselea defence but he shot narrowly wide across the face of the goal.
In seven minutes Roselea saw action at the other end with Johnny Mitchell’s header going just wide from a Doug Craig cross.
North End were having the lion’s share of the possession but with the strong wind at their backs many of their passes were running through.
Roselea ,had the next chance and following good link-up play between Craig and Reid, the latter sent in a looping cross which landed at the feet of Whyte but he could not direct his shot on target from eight yards.
A minute later North End broke through Percy who crossed. However Reoch cleared only as far as Glennie and McLeod had a wonderful save to tip the netbound ball over for a corner.
The game was swinging from end to end and Collier won a free kick right on the edge of the North End box with a clever swivel which almost won him a penalty. Doug Craig sent over a free kick and Urquhart headed just over the top.
North End were just shading the first half and Reoch had to turn a dangerous Percy cross behind for one of three corners on the trot for the visitors.
In 43 minutes North End had a great chance to break the deadlock following a Roselea corner. Glennie went wide and found Percy who checked inside and only a brilliant save from McLeod stopped him scoring.
Half Time: Roselea 0, North End 0.
The North End forwards were giving Roselea all sorts of problems and McComiskie raced clear of the home defence with McLeod doing well again to turn his chip away and Whyte sweeping up to fully clear.
North End were getting on top but Roselea won a penalty in 55 minutes when Mitchell was brought down after rounding Kelly. Matt Miller with a great record in shoot-outs, stepped up and sent his penalty into the corner, only for Kelly to guess correctly and save at full stretch.
In 60 minutes Strachan was introduced for Roselea, replacing Reid.
North End right back Thomson had a rasping 35-yard left foot drive saved by McLeod who held well with Percy waiting to pounce.
North End broke the deadlock in 68 minutes. Small’s well struck corner kick only needed guided into the net by GLENNIE at the front post.
Roselea made further changes with Hood and Aitken replacing David Craig and Mitchell as they tried to get back into the game. North End were sweeping up everything thrown at them and looked solid whilst Roselea lacked ideas.
With five minutes stoppage time on the clock, lightening-quick substitute KELLY took on the Roselea defence and finished calmly after rounding McLeod to seal a fine victory.
Roselea will be gutted that they lost a great opportunity to extend their lead in the North Division whilst also losing their unbeaten record at the same time. It was a classic bad day at the office with not much coming for them whilst coming up against an excellent young North End side who were hungry.
The win pulls North End back into the chasing back now lying six points behind Roselea, having played the same amount of games. Roselea will need to write this loss off and get back to basics in their next matches.
Roselea: McLeod, Miller, Doug Craig, Reoch, Whyte, Rae, Urquhart, David Craig, Reid, Collier and Mitchell. Substitutes: Aitken, Strachan, Fotheringham, Riach, Hood and Mustard.
On Saturday, Roselea play Blairgowrie at home in the League with a 1.45pm kick-off.