Montrose Roselea 3 Dundee North End 0
Roselea welcomed league leaders Dundee North End to Broomfield on Saturday, knowing victory was vital to maintain their promotion bid and stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.
James Collier returned to the starting line-up with Michael Cruickshank dropping to the bench.
Roselea had a big shout for a penalty in four minutes. Calum Watson dummied the ball for Dale Reid to chase into the North End penalty area, but he was caught by the ‘keeper as the ball ran out of play and the referee awarded a goal kick.
Six minutes into the game James Collier was brought down 25 yards from goal.
Dale Reid stepped up but his effort dipped just over the bar.
With 11 minutes on the clock, Roselea took a deserved lead. A Danny Ross free kick fell to the unmarked James COLLIER in the box, and he reacted the quickest to slide the ball home, despite the despairing attempts of ‘keeper Fotheringham.
Soon after, Anderson had a long throw, in line with the penalty spot, with Collier out-jumping everyone but his header was well held under the bar by Fotheringham.
Roselea doubled their lead in 17 minutes when Reid chased down a defender’s attempted passback. The ‘keeper rushed out, only for his clearance to hit REID who showed great composure to roll the ball into the net from 15 yards.
North End got their first chance of the game in 23 minutes, courtesy of a slack pass in midfield and McComskie ran in on goal; however his shot was well saved by Mcleod.
Within two minutes McNaughton and McComskie were booked as North End struggled to cope with Roselea’s movement and pace.
There was a warning in 32 minutes for the homesters as McComskie picked the ball up and glided past two defenders. Fortunately he shot narrowly past the post, with Mcleod beaten.
Moments later North End were caught again when Whyte’s long ball had the ‘keeper scrambling out of his penalty area from the onrushing Reid.
Just on half-time Roselea were caught sleeping when McComskie intercepted the ball, but blazed wildly over the bar.
Half-time: Montrose Roselea 2, Dundee North End 0.
The second half started with North End refusing to hand the ball back when Paul Taylor had a head knock when the ball ran out of play.
The referee at first awarded a goal kick, then North End challenged the decision and a drop-ball was contested on the bye-line outside the penalty box.
Roselea cleared for a corner and from the resultant kick Mcleod made a great save from a header.
Fifty-five minutes into the game North End were reduced to 10 men. A great pass by Paul Taylor found Watson, who then back-heeled the ball through the North End defence. Reid ran through on goal, only to be brought down by Adam Stevenson who was shown a straight red for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
From the resultant free kick Rae`s delightful cross found Watson with a great run to the back post. It just needed a touch to make it three but somehow the ball eluded him.
With 28 minutes left Reid’s through ball found Watson who ran clear on goal, only for Fotheringham to produce a good blocking save.
Roselea made it three on 66 minutes with WATSON closing down the defender’s attempted clearance.
Despite falling over in the process, he picked himself up and ran through on goal before placing the ball under the ‘keeper’s body.
Two minutes later the visitors were reduced to nine men, with Barry McNaughton committing his second bookable offence with a reckless lunge at Rae.
A quarter of an hour from the end Roselea freshened things up with Michael Cruickshank, Scott Riach and Marcus Watt replacing Danny Ross, Dale Reid and Callum Rae.
North End’s Browne and Ritchie were booked for dissent as frustration kicked in.
On the 85 minute mark Collier found Cruickshanks with a great diagonal pass; he, in turn, beat his man and hit a shot from the corner of the penalty box with the ‘keeper well beaten, but the ball did not go into the net.
In the final minute Mcleod denied North End a consolation goal when gathering McComskie’s effort with ease.
Roselea: Mcleod, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Rae, Reoch, Whyte, Anderson, Collier, Watson, Reid, Ross. Substitutes: Cruickshank, Watt, Beedie, Riach and Craig.
All to play for!
This was a great result for Roselea, with a disciplined performance. North End were unable to compete with the pace and movement off the ball.
Roselea sit top of the league on goal difference with five games remaining. After being in eighth place four weeks ago the sudden surge in form has seen a remarkable change in fortunes in what is still a very tight league.
Next Saturday Roselea travel to Guthrie Park, Forfar, to face Forfar Albion with a 2.30pm kick-off.
The Forfar side look to be there for the taking, but at this stage of a league with such cut-throat competition, nobody is taking anything for granted.
McBookie.com North Division
P W D L F A Pts
Roselea 17 11 2 4 52 18 35
Dundee NE 17 11 2 4 52 22 35
East Craigie 17 11 2 4 43 26 35
Arbr’th Vics 18 10 3 5 46 30 30
Downfield 17 10 1 6 28 21 31
Kirrie 14 9 3 2 40 18 30
Blairgowrie 18 9 2 7 37 27 29
Forfar WE* 14 10 0 4 16 9 24
Lochee Harp 15 3 2 10 20 39 11
Brechin Vics 20 3 1 16 30 64 10
F’far Albion 15 2 1 12 21 61 7
C’par Angus 18 1 1 16 15 75 4
* Points deducted for nonfulfilment of fixtures, season 2011/12
Hospitality packages are available at Roselea’s Broomfield Park, at a cost of £40 a head for groups of six and upwards, or fewer if there are other bookings on the day. The Roselea Bar can hold 30 people seated.
Details are as follows.
Arrival 1½ hours before the match with drinks until kick-off time; hot two-course meal with wine; entry to match; match programme; half time tea and savouries; drinks for one hour after match and courtesy taxis to Golf Inn.
Awarding Man of the Match can be provided for groups of 10 or more.
For more information or to join the fixture e-mail alert please contact general manager Roy Gill on 01674 673651, mobile 07908 763219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org