Roselea’s trip to Dundonald was going to be a stiff test for the visitors as the home side were sitting proudly at the top of the McBookie.com West Premier League and a great performance would be needed to take anything from Saturday’s game.
Several players returned after missing the previous match against Dalkeith with Findlater, Collier, Ryan and Paul Taylor and Whyte back; however they were still missing Cruickshank and Smith.
Dundonald had a chance straight from the kick-off with Walton cutting the ball back from the byline and finding Lally 10 yards out. His first-time shot went inches past the post.
In eight minutes Carr hit a shot from the edge of the box with Mcleod producing a great save.
Two minutes later Dale Reid was clean through on goal after a great through-ball from James Collier but hit the side netting with his effort.
On 13 minutes Dundonald’s Lee Duffy was next to try his luck with a wonderful shot from fully 25 yards hitting the underside of the bar then bouncing on the line then cleared after a scramble. The next attack saw the homesters Ian Lally through on goal and his effort also went narrowly past.
Dundonald thought they had scored in 18 minutes as a fierce shot was saved well by McLeod with the ball spilling out to Lally who side-footed into the net from six yards out with the goal being chalked off with offside the correct decision.
With 20 minutes gone the busy McLeod produced another great save stopping an effort from Duffy with Ryan Taylor clearing the danger.
Roselea were really up against it and three minutes later McLeod made another wonderful save with Dundonald’s Elder this time through on goal.
In 28 minutes the home side won a penalty as Whyte missed the ball, taking the player down and Lee DUFFY sent McLeod the wrong way.
The next chance fell to Roselea. From a Ryan Taylor free kick in his own half the long ball landed kindly for James Collier who turned and shot from 12 yards, unfortunately the ball hit a defender’s legs and was cleared with the ‘keeper well beaten.
In 39 minutes Roselea equalised with Kyle Findlater’s long ball landing to Calum WATSON and he had the simplest of tasks turning to shot low into the ‘keeper’s right hand corner.
There was disaster for Roselea as they conceded a goal on half-time for the second week in a row. A simple ball from midfield found its way through the defence with Lewis ELDER getting a toe on it to divert it past the on-rushing McLeod.
Half-time: Dundonald Bluebell 2, Montrose Roselea 1.
The second half started with play much tighter and the visitors having the first chance as Watson fired narrowly past.
Ryan Taylor was next to test the ‘keeper with his powerful 20-yard free kick palmed over the bar in 59 minutes, From the resultant corner kick Kyle Findlater out-jumped the Dundonald defence but his header was just over.
In 65 minutes Roselea deservedly equalised with Dale REID sliding in at the far post from six yards to score across the ‘keeper.
Minute later Roselea were fortunate as a great cross flashed across the goal with no takers.
On 70 minutes Dale Reid did well, beating two defenders, then firing a great shot which the ‘keeper saved at the second attempt with Watson rushing in.
Reid beat his marker on the edge of the box, feigned a shot, and was taken down in the box. The referee awarded a penalty after loud appeals. REID picked himself up and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Roselea deserved their win on merit for their second-half performance against a very good Dundonald side.
Next week Roselea are back at Broomfield against Glenrothes, kick-off 2.30 p.m.
Roselea: McLeod, Rae, Findlater, McDowell, Reoch, Whyte, Reid, Anderson, Watson, Collier, R Taylor. Subs: P Taylor, Thomson, Mitchell, Brand, Kerrigan.