ROSELEA made the short journey to Victoria Park to face near neighbours Brechin Vics looking for their first win in five games, while the Vics were keen to forget about a heavy defeat the previous week.
The game kicked off with the Roselea facing a stiff wind and the awkward low sun, but were soon into their rhythm, with Collier beating two defenders in the box before setting up Aitken who shots over the bar from 15 yards.
Two minutes later it was Collier’s turn to have a shot at goal and his effort went narrowly over with the ‘keeper well beaten.
Against the run of play Brechin Vics opened the scoring. Following some slackness from the defence Ryan Young netted in 12 minutes. Worse was to follow five minutes later when Vics went two up through Charles McKenzie picking the ball up from a throw and placing the ball beyond McLeod’s grasp and into the far corner of the net.
Roselea were struggling with Robbie’s kick-outs which sailed over the heads of the defence and when McNaught controls one of these kick outs Paul Whyte brought him down just outside the box in a dangerous position. Whyte was booked and the free kick was well taken by McLeod.
Roselea replied with some strong attacking football and in the 28th minute finally have some joy when Collier collects a pass from Anderson runs into the box beating a couple of defenders before shooting past Robbie from an acute angle. Minutes later Collier and Aitken play a great one-two and with Aitken ready to shoot a Vics’ defender manages to clear the danger.
With 35 minutes gone Collier thought he had equalised, but his effort was disallowed and he was booked for an apparent handball offence.
Roselea were given a reminder when McNaught broke free but shot wildly over from 20 yards.
With 40 minutes on the clock again the Roselea thought they had equalised with a free kick from Kennedy reaching Whyte, but his great header was well saved by Robbie.
Half-time: Brechin Vics 2, Montrose Roselea 1.
Roselea started the second half pressing the Vics’ defence even further back with Webster and Urquhart’s runs causing all sorts of problems. Ryan Taylor was next to throw in a lovely cross and Collier again just failed to connect and the ball was frantically cleared.
Webster was next to try his luck with a great solo run and shoots across the goal with the ‘keeper getting a great touch for a corner.
With 70 minutes gone, Roselea again thought they had equalised with Urquhart challenging the Vics’ ‘keeper for a high ball and heading into the net only for it to be chalked off for an infringement on the custodian. A couple of minutes later Webster’s free kick flies past the post from fully 30 yards.
Seven minutes later, Webster’s corner landed at Fletcher’s feet. He knocked it to Collier and his shot was cleared off the line by a Vics’ defender. Kennedy was next to have an effort saved well by the ‘keeper. Then, finally, with 10 minutes to go Roselea, levelled the encounter. An Urquhart through ball landed at the feet of Collier and he made no mistake for his second of the game.
It was only going to be a matter of time before the Roselea would grab another and it took just two minutes for it to happen.
Kennedy’s free kick 35 yards out went high into the box with Collier flicking it goalwards and Paul Whyte making sure it had crossed the line and into the net to give the Roselea the lead for the first time in the game. They then held on comfortably until the final whistle.
Roselea: McLeod, P.Taylor, R.Taylor, Anderson, Reoch, Whyte, Urquhart, Kennedy, Collier, Aitken, Webster. Substitutes: Riach, Hood, Fletcher, Rodger, Strachan, Craig and Brand.
Roselea had the lion’s share of possession, but conceding two early goals made it difficult, but they are to be congratulated for the great team spirit and fightback against a gritty Vics’ side that battled well. Roselea’s next game on Saturday is at home to Blairgowrie in the McBookie.com North Division. Kick off is 2.15pm.