THE EAGERLY awaited derby between Roselea and Brechin Vics came to Broomfield Park on Saturday in the shape of a McBookie.com East Region North Division fixture.
There were rumblings from Victoria Park were that the visitors were confident and ready to have a good go at the home side.
Roselea’s players didn’t need reminded that they had lost in the League Cup to the Brechin side last season.
The homesters had played well in the Monday night friendly against Peterhead, leading 1-0 for 65 minutes to a strong side before going down 4-1.
Paul Whyte returned to the starting line-up and injuries to Ryan Taylor and Sean Mustard meant that the management had to draft in the experienced Ian Greig, playing at left-back as a trialist.
Roselea kicked off on a flat pitch, but a stiff breeze had replaced the early morning calm to make the home side’s start that bit more difficult.
The Broomfield Park men started well and Urquhart took advantage of a slack Vics’ pass in four minutes before shooting just wide.
Kennedy sent a dangerous ball into the Vics’ box but it was dealt with by Low.
In eight minutes Urquhart did well again, breaking down the right and his driven ball could not find a green shirt in the box.
Roselea were in a positive mood and it was no surprise when they took the lead in only 10 minutes.
COLLIER drove along the by-line and slotted past Robbie with the ‘keeper fumbling the shot over the line.
Roselea made it 2-0 in 14 minutes with a very easy goal. Urquhart put in a great far post cross and found FLETCHER in plenty of room and he had time to take the ball down and slot home from close range.
Brechin Vics had their first chance in 17 minutes when Dobran cut in and sent a dangerous curling shot just wide of the post.
The visitors had the next chance as well some 11 minutes later, but McNaught did not connect with the ball cleanly, leaving McLeod to save easily.
Dobran went on a great run for Vics before cutting the ball back and McLeod had to push the ball away to Reoch who was fouled.
Just before half-time Roselea had the last chance of the first 45 minutes.
Some good football from the homesters saw the ball worked to Urquhart and his vicious 30-yard drive had to be palmed over by Robbie for a corner.
Half-time: Montrose Roselea 2, Brechin Vics 0.
Roselea continued their dominance after the break and Collier had a good drive rise just over the bar after he had flicked the ball over Buggins in 47 minutes
Collier fed Greig as he rampaged down the left hand side. His cut-back had to be blocked twice by Vics defenders before going behind for a corner.
Kennedy flighted a great ball and it was met by the head of WHYTE who crashed the ball home with 10 minutes of the second half played.
In 61 minutes Urquhart met another Kennedy corner but could not direct his effort on goal.
Brechin Vics were struggling to cope with the pressure the homesters were piling on, and only a scrambled clearance prevented another goal from a corner.
Roselea made their first change in 67 minutes when Scott Riach replaced Stewart Fletcher.
The home side scored a fourth in 74 minutes with the goal of the game.
Urquhart showed great patience by passing to the advancing Greig who in turn played Urquhart and his lay-off was beautifully struck home by RAE from 25 yards leaving Robbie a virtual spectator.
Roselea make a double substitution in 75 minutes with Paul Taylor and Joe Aitken replacing Anderson and Collier.
Taylor almost broke his Roselea duck when the impressive Urquhart drew the Vics’ defence before slipping the ball wide and Taylor’s well struck effort was agonisingly close to the fifth goal.
In 85 minutes Roselea were awarded a free kick some 30 yards out, and a well-rehearsed move saw Whyte shoot just wide.
Right on time KENNEDY made it five when he connected with an Aitken cutback.
Shortly afterwards, referee Kenny Beats blew his whistle for full-time.
This was a convincing win and Brechin Vics came up against a hungry team that seem to have put their early season lack of finishing power behind them.
From the off there was only going to be one winner.
Match ball sponsor was Liam Geddes.
The match sponsors of Shell, Lucy and Jack McCombie chose Ian Greig as their man-of-the-match.
Roselea: McLeod, Colquhoun, Whyte, Reoch, Greig, Rae, Urquhart, Anderson, Kennedy, Collier, Fletcher. Substitutes: Riach, Aitken, Strachan, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Hood and Rodger.
Roselea now have a free week due to their bye in the Scottish Cup, and will play Newburgh Juniors in an away friendly which kicks off at 1pm.
The draw for the second round of the Emirates Junior Cup will take place at the Pollok Social club on Sunday, October 9, at 12.30pm.