Montrose Roselea travelled to Perth to the riverside stadium to face Jeanfield Swifts.
Andrew Tringham and Kyle Findlater were unavailable due to work and Roselea were in for a tough afternoon with Swifts being top of the Premier League.
Roselea opened the scoring inside two minutes when Sturrock’s clearance wass crossed by Taylor and Watson lashed the ball into the net from eight yards.
Watson was in the action again in seven minutes but this time for a booking after a late tackle on Deans.
Fleming of Jeanfield played a one-two inside the box but wasted the chance with a poor cutback before Holt then fired in a free kick which Mcleod dealt with.
It was all level shortly after though when Jeanfield worked the ball wide to Holt, whose cross was turned home by McLeish from close range.
Roselea were almost behind nine minutes later when Smith’s great strike hit the bar and went out.
There was a great chance for the visitors just after the half hour mark when Fleming gifted Watson a chance with a poor throw-in - Watson tried to round Mitchell but the goalie got a touch to the ball with Taylor striking the ball over the bar.
Holt went down in the box with strong appeals however a minute later they did have one when this time, Kelly went down in the box and Holt duly converted.
Collier won a header from a Mowatt corner in 53 minutes however it was safely cleared off the line.
In 65 minutes another chance came for Watson when Gunnion missed his header, Watson first hit the keeper then chipped over him only to see it headed off the line.
It was to be a crucial chance as a minute later McLeish hit a screamer of a second from the edge of the box.
Roselea were pressing and chances were coming with Watson, Collier and Sturrock all going close.
Roselea were the superior side in the closing stages and Morgan Smith had a great drive tipped over the bar.
Holt slid a free kick just wide of the post with last kick of the ball as Swifts ran out winners
The overall score was a true reflection of the game however had Roselea taken one of their chances in the last 20 minutes, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened as they were far superior at that stage.
The two early subs in the second half seemed to be the driver to the improved performance but at the end of the day they were up against a very good Jeanfield side.
Roselea get another welcome break from League business with a First Round Scottish Cup tie at home to Forfar Albion with a 2.30pm KO.