Despite the heavy overnight rain causing many problems with the junior card, it did not affect the Broomfield Park surface.
Roselea saw the return of Danny Ross from injury, Craig Anderson from suspension and Stuart Richardson from work, but James Collier was a doubt and started on the bench.
Kirkcaldy pushed Roselea back and there was an early claim for a penalty when Watson tracked back and although the appeals were quite strong, referee Ritchie was on the spot to decide it was not.
YM continued to look the livelier side and after a spell of pressure a free header from a corner was easily seen behind by McLeod.
A crossfield pass caught Paul Taylor out as he slipped and Forbes took advantage by rounding McLeod, who pulled him down. There were a few tense moments with Roselea perhaps expecting a red card but the referee seemed to think the YM player’s touch had taken him wide. Once the yellow was shown, O’NEILL steadied himself and struck a great penalty into the corner.
Roselea had a penalty appeal of their own when there was contact on Calum Watson but he managed to get the ball back to Paul Whyte who had his shot blocked.
Watson was fouled just on the edge of the box with his assailant escaping a booking. He took the free kick himself and his low shot took a deflection, which keeper Roy Ness palmed onto the post and Dale REID bundled home from close range.
Anderson and Watson combined to send Silva free at the back post but his cutback was cut out by keeper Ness.
Watson evaded his marker before spinning and sending Cruickshank away on the left who in turn found Reid, who had to stretch to get his volley in and pulled the ball wide of the post for what would have been a great goal.
Bisset, the Kirkcaldy right back, was booked for a terrible foul on Cruickshank when he followed the tackle up with an afters elbow towards the winger.
A string of fouls was going to cost YM a goal in stoppage time of the first half. Silva sent in a great curling ball, which Reid flicked on with his head and despite Ness getting in a save, WHYTE proded the ball over the line from close range.
Half Time: Montrose Roselea 2, Kirkcaldy YM 1.
Roselea made a switch at the break with Richardson coming in for Paul Taylor.
Gillfillan was put clear on the right but after lifting the ball over the advancing McLeod the ball was quite wide.
Paul Whyte twice cleared and blocked shots but when the ball fell to ORROCK 25 yards out, he hit a sweet low shot into the corner of the net with McLeod seeing the ball late through a ruck of players.
Anderson had a good chance when a McLeod goal kick was missed by the YM defence, allowing Anderson to get in front of the full back, he checked inside before sending a curling shot, which was always missing the target but Reid dived and appeared to head home, however the use of a hand was well spotted by the referee who correctly booked him.
Watson touched an Anderson throw onto CRUICKSHANK and he looked like he would hit with his left before stepping onto his right and sent a great curling shot into the top corner with his weaker right foot.
A great back tracking tackle from Reid saw him dispossess O’Neill before switching the ball to Watson who took a touch and flicked a great lob over Ness only to see the ball fall just wide.
Collier replaced Silva.
Cruickshank crossed to the far post for Watson, he was inches away with his header from close range perhaps concerned for the safety of the post as he slid towards it. Roselea finally clinched the three points with three minutes to go when a ball over the top saw REID skip clearing and rounded Ness before his left footed shot deceived the tracking full back who could not make contact and the ball rolled into the net.
Roselea’s final sub came on with Ross replacing Reid to help run down the clock. There was one last chance for Kirkcaldy to close the gap when McLeod saved a Greig shot and Forbes should have done better than put the rebound wide from close range.
This Saturday Roselea are once again at home to Pumpherston, with Roselea having their Sportsman’s Dinner in the evening they agreed to switch. Kick-off for the match at Broomfield Park will be 1.45 p.m. with the dinner in the evening starting at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.
Roselea: McLeod, P Taylor, R Taylor, Reoch, Whyte, Anderson, Rae, Silva, Cruickshank, Watson, Reid. Subs: Riach, Collier, Ross, Richardson and Thomson.