Montrose Roselea are assured of a place in next season’s Premier League despite losing 2-0 to Broughty Athletic on Saturday.
With most of the town’s attention on the senior club at Links Park, Roselea travelled to Whitton Park to face a side in a good run of form having won their last five matches and with intentions of making the play off spot.
Roselea were without the suspended Calum Watson and the injured Scott McDowell, Michael Cruickshank was working and Kyle Findlater was on holiday.
James Collier failed a pre-match fitness test although he took a place on the bench and Liam Bailey returned as a trialist.
After a bright home side opening spell it was Roselea who had the first shot on goal when Campbell drifted past his marker before cutting inside and hitting a low right footer which Ross held easily.
In 10 minutes a long Broughty clearance almost caught Roselea napping at the back but Mcleod was quick to gather from Sibanda who had threatened to break clear.
With 12 minutes gone Jamie Winter unleashed his first pile driver of the day, picking up a loose ball and the wind pushed the ball onto the outside of the post as it flashed behind.
The Fed took the lead in 15 minutes.
A long throw was assisted with the wind and despite winning the challenge the ball fell nicely to Lunan with four Roselea players in close attendance unable to do anything and the defender poked the ball into the corner of the net.
Roselea had a great chance to level in 20 minutes when a flick-on sent Greig clear on the right and although his chipped effort was a perfect height to beat Ross, it was agonisingly wide of the post.
Roselea were coming more into things and a couple of minutes later a well worked move involving Rae, Reid and Mitchell saw the latter send the low cross into the front post and Greig just failed to make the correct connection.
The second half started in controversial circumstances in the opening minute when Broughty were awarded a very baffling penalty kick.
Mcleod palmed a cross away from the body of Duell and there was no contact between the players but the referee pointed to the spot and Duell slotted the penalty into the net confidently.
Quick thinking from Anderson set Mitchell down the wing with a quickly taken free kick and his cross was narrowly missed by the onrushing Greig.
Winter broke to the other end and just as he was about to shoot a great tackle from Whyte prevented a shot on goal.
Reid picked up a pass from Anderson just inside the Broughty half and took off on a run drifting past two defenders before being felled on the edge of the area.
Ryan Taylor’s low shot was on target but did not have enough punch to trouble Ross.
Broughty had the last two chances of the game with a great reverse pass setting up Timmons but Mcleod made a great save with his leg.
Right on time Jamie Clarke should have done better when his downward header at the far post should have at least been on target with Mcleod stranded.
This win keeps Broughty in the hunt for the play off place with St Andrews securing promotion.
Roselea remain in ninth place and with Bathgate losing, Roselea are now assured as expected to remain in the Premier League for season 2015-16.
There was no doubting that Broughty overall deserved to win the match but the soft penalty award so early into the second half made their passage easier.
Roselea: Mcleod, Reoch, R Taylor, Thomson, Whyte, Mitchell, Anderson, Rae, Reid, Campbell & Greig. Subs: Smith, Bailey, Collier, Brand & Kerrigan.