Roselea’s no score draw as league campaign kicks off

ROSELEA entertained Arbroath Vics just two weeks after they drew 0-0 in the DJ Laing Cup.

Vics went on to win the section and lost cruelly to Carnoustie in the Semi Finals to an injury time goal.

Roselea were forced to make a change from the team that defeated Forfar Albion 2-0 the previous week, with Stewart Fletcher on holiday. Also missing were Joe Aitken and Sean Mustard who were both away.

Roselea kicked off in front of a decent crowd on a very flat surface but Arbroath Vics had the first chance on eight minutes.

However former Roselea man Fotheringham’s effort was too weak to trouble Mcleod.

The home side had a chance in the 14 minute when Colquhoun played a ball up to the chest of Collier who spun and sent a dangerous ball towards Anderson but he was in an offside position.

Lee Hood then went on a strong run down the left hand side and found Collier in the box and the striker swivelled before sending a low shot against Hutcheson.

Arbroath Vics then forced a couple of corners but Roselea defended them well.

Robert Urquhart had a run and shot in 24 minutes but his 25 yard shot was blocked but looked on target.

Stephen broke down the right hand side for Vics and his dangerous cross had to be turned behind for a corner with Owbridge waiting to pounce.

On the half hour mark Kennedy returned a corner into the away box and Johnston did well to block a shot as the ball bobbled around in the six yard box.

A quick throw in from Taylor then found Hood who in turn passed to Kennedy and his speculative volley went just over the bar.

Right on half time Vics had their best chance of the match. Fotheringham who was running out of ideas of what to do cleverly flicked the ball into the Roselea box and found the head of Owbridge who brought out a magnificent save from Mcleod who then gathered at the second attempt.

Half-time: Roselea 0, Arbroath Vics 0.

Roselea almost drew first blood a minute into the second half. Urquhart was fouled and quickly played the ball to Colquhoun.

The right back sent a long ball into the Vics defence and Collier who stretched out just failed to make contact with the ball.

Anderson was next to have a go for Roselea but his 25 yard run and left footed shot went off target on 46 minutes.

Both sides had free kick opportunities within minutes of each other, Hood managed to get the ball on target however his shot lacked power.

Then Mcleish found the Roselea wall with his effort and the ball ducked behind for a corner.

On 65 minutes, the home side had a let off when a shot from a Vics corner was cleared off the line and the ball fell to the Vics number 4 but his shot was tipped over the bar by Mcleod.

Mcleish then had a 35 yard effort go just wide of the left hand post for the visitors.

Roselea made a change in the 70th minute with Riach replacing Hood. He picked up a quick booking despite seeming to win the ball.

The home side then should have scored soon after and picked up the points with four minutes remaining.

After some constant pressure Ryan Taylor sent in a cross which Collier flicked onto the bar and bounced on the line, the ball then broke out to Craig Anderson who smacked a good shot off a Vics defender who cleared.

The last action saw Jones of Vics go down in the box but with all expecting a booking for a dive he was booked for handball.

Roselea: Mcleod Colquhoun, Whyte, Reoch, R Taylor, Kennedy, Rae, Anderson, Urquhart, Collier and Hood. Subs: Riach, Rodger, Strachan, Brand and Craig.

From an early stage this match looked like following the League Cup game with the same scoreline.

Roselea had the upper hand in pressure but once again the Vics rearguard did well to soak up any home attacks.

With a bit more luck Roselea could have taken all three points especially with the chance at the end.

Match sponsors Derek Craig and NOV chose Ross Mcleod as their man of the match. The keeper did not have a lot to do but he pulled off an excellent save at the end of the first half and also took every cross confidently.

Roselea continue on league business when they travel to Dundee to face one of the favourites Dundee Violet. The match kicks off at 2.30pm.

They have a free day on September 10 and then travel to Lochee Harp on September 17 in the East of Scotland Cup.

The draw for the first round of the Emirates Junior Cup took place on Wednesday and Roselea will then know their fixtures for September 24 and early October.