Slim promotion hope still alive

Roselea were back in League action with a McBookie.com North Division match at Davie Park, Blairgowrie.

Following last week’s defeat at Lochee Harp, they had to win to keep Violet, at lowly Coupar Angus, from clinching the title. Roselea trailed Violet by four points and had played a game more.

Collier returned, but Kennedy, Colquhoun and Rae were unavailable. On a sunny day the pitch was very dry and bumpy.

The Montrose side made a promising start when Collier linked well with Webster, who swung in a dangerous cross. R. Taylor couldn’t get his shot on target. The hard pitch contributed to McDonald of Blairgowrie being subbed in 10 minutes with Sidowra replacing him. Hart also received treatment after falling awkwardly.

The visitors had a couple of chances on 22 minutes. Urquhart got to the by-line and his far post ball was hit early with claims for a penalty the ball broke to Fletcher but he snatched at his shot and pulled it well wide of the goal.

Roselea got caught on the break in 33 minutes when Axworthy used his pace to bore down on goal but McLeod was quick off the mark and dived bravely at his feet to gather.

Half-time: Blairgowrie 0, Montrose Roselea 0.

Three minutes after the restart a P. Taylor corner was headed down by Whyte at the far post and the ball struck O’Brien’s leg before going behind for a corner.

Roselea took the lead in the 50th minute with an excellent goal. Anderson calmly played a ball back to P. Taylor who sent Urquhart down the line.

FLETCHER volleyed home from 12 yards.

Roselea nearly let it slip just a minute later when Hood was allowed to get a shot in after the ball fell to him from a clearance and he shot wide.

Blairgowrie drew level in 53 minutes when HART found himself in space. His powerful shot from a tight angle seemed to go through the hands of the normally reliable McLeod and into the net. Whyte picked up a booking ten minutes later, having been spoken to referee for dissent earlier.

The Montrose men had a massive let off when Axworthy of the home side hit tremendous volley which thundered off the underside of the bar before bouncing on the line and out in 66 minutes.

Roselea took the lead again after some great footwork from WEBSTER. He picked the ball up from a corner clearance and beat two men before switching the ball onto his left and shooting home from 15 yards.

In 75 minutes Collier should have made it three when he dive headed a Webster cross and the ball went over the top when he should have been hitting target.

Roselea replaced Fletcher and P. Taylor with Strachan and Aitken.

Blairgowrie had another chance in the final minute. O’Brien knocked a free kick in from the halfway line and Pirie headed on only for McLeod to clutch the ball which was top corner bound.

This was a great team effort while, four miles away, Violet were winning 10-0 against nine-man Coupar Angus.

Roselea: McLeod, P. Taylor, R. Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Urquhart, Mustard, Anderson, Webster, Collier, Fletcher. Substitutes: Aitken, Strachan, Craig and Brand.

Saturday’s clash

Roselea will again try to keep Violet at bay when East Craigie visit Broomfield Park on Saturday, then Violet visit on April 14 which could be a match Roselea need to win to avoid Violet picking up the trophy and the one promotion place on Roselea’s home soil. Both matches kick-off at 2.30pm.