Almost a third of the way into the McBookie.com East Premier League, Roselea faced a ‘six-pointer’ on Saturday against visitors Glenrothes.
The Fifers had started the season well but a run of poor results saw them sucked into the bottom quarter of the League with 11 points from nine games, while Roselea sat on 10 points from the same amount of games.
The home side welcomed back Morgan Smith, Andy Tringham and Michael Cruickshank; however Calum Watson and Kyle Findlater were absent while Liam Bailey was injured.
The last time the teams met Roselea won, 2-0.
There was severe overnight rain but Broomfield Park as normal soaked it up and there was a strengthening South East wind.
In five minutes Martin of Glens had the ball in the net but he was correctly adjudged offside after Moffat had poked the ball forward from a tackle.
With 12 minutes gone Glenrothes had their first real chance when Martin cut the ball back to the penalty spot but Scarborough scooped it over the bar.
Glenrothes had a series of corners with the wind at their back and from one Mcleod had to tip it behind before he had to tip the next on to the bar before the ball was cleared.
In 21 minutes a long clearance from a corner almost saw Cruickshank in but the alert ‘keeper Gay managed to make the 50-50 ball his and cleared.
Cruickshank had a shot blocked as was Collier’s follow-up effort which went for a corner. Anderson sent in the corner and after McDowell’s header fell to Collier at the far post he lashed the ball across the face of the goal and Ryan TAYLOR was on hand to bundle the ball home.
In 26 minutes Glenrothes equalised with a goal created by Roselea mistakes. Ryan Taylor let the ball go under his foot at the half way line to give away a throw in, then Scarborough was given too much time to turn and switch play before Rae miscontrolled, allowing WALLACE to break through. He had a cool finish past Mcleod from 20 yards.
Paul Whyte gave away a foul some 30 yards out in 36 minutes, and it was evident that Jackson was lining up a strike. Mcleod was behind his first effort and did superbly well to block two more attempts before turning the ball behind in the scramble.
Roselea regained the lead in the 41st minute. Cruickshank sent in a low cross which fell to Dale REID at the far post but he could not direct the ball on target and when it came back to Cruickshank he sent in a head height ball which Reid directed into the corner of the net with a beautiful header.
Half-time: Montrose Roselea 2, Glenrothes 1.
Glenrothes gave themselves a shot in the arm in 53 minutes when they equalised after looking dangerous in the opening minutes of the second period. Jo Reoch found himself isolated with the ever-dangerous John Martin who twisted and turned him before chipping over Mcleod to find the arriving WALLACE for his second of the game with Roselea claiming for offside.
Collier had a gilt-edged chance when a Mcleod by kick went all the way through to him but he shot from 20 yards with his left foot and Gay saved with his feet.
Scarborough of Glenrothes had previously been booked along with Rae of Roselea and was shown a second yellow for dissent. He claimed he had been shouting to a team mate. Referee Soutar was not convinced and he was shown a red card in 68 minutes. Tringham replaced Mitchell for Roselea in 70 minutes.
The game swung dramatically in the 73rd minute. Martin had been giving Roselea’s defence a hard time all afternoon and once again broke free looking certain to score until a great intervention from Mcleod, who blocked at his feet. When the ball swung to the other end Dale REID volleyed home a great finish to put Roselea back in front.
In 88 minutes Grierson of Glenrothes was the second player to walk and can have no complaints after he brought Reid down in a ‘goal scoring opportunity’.
Collier should have made it four for Roselea when he side-footed a Cruickshank cutback on to the bar on time.
This was a great win for Roselea but it should have been easier. Glenrothes were always a danger however with the experienced Martin and Scarborough a handful for any defence. The win brings Roselea to within a point of the four clubs above them, however, in a very open League they are also only nine points off top spot!
Roselea now sit four points better off than at the same stage last season but know that much work lies ahead to match the escapade of the previous campaign.
Roselea: Mcleod, Rae, Whyte, Reoch, R Taylor, Mitchell, Anderson, McDowell, Cruickshank, Reid & Collier. Subs: Smith, Thomson, Tringham, Brand & Kerrigan.
Next Saturday Roselea are at home to Irvine Vics in the second round of the Scottish Cup in a match that kicks off at 2.30 p.m. In the evening the club will host their sixth Ladies’ Dinner in the Links Hotel with over 100 guests attending to hear speakers Keara Murphy and Patrice.