Surprise defeat

Roselea 2, BLAIRGOWRIE 3

ROSELEA were drawn against fellow North Division side Blairgowrie on Saturday in the Emirates Junior Cup second round.

The homesters were in a rich vein of form, having bagged 22 goals in their previous four matches and conceded just one. Stewart Fletcher was struggling with tonsillitis and was the only change from the side that started the previous week.

Roselea took the lead in seven minutes after being awarded a penalty. COLLIER went for a cross and was grounded by a push in the back. He ended Roselea’s recent run of penalty misses with a well-struck shot into the roof of the net.

Blairgowrie got back into the game with an unfortunate own-goal by REOCH. Axworthy had broken along the by-line and his cut-back was met by Reoch as he tracked back towards goal and left McLeod stranded.

Roselea went ahead with a great goal in 27 minutes. Colqhoun went on a run from the right back position and played a one-two with Anderson who backheeled the ball into his path. He struck a great 20 yard shot which O’Brien beat out only for AITKEN to brilliantly adjust his body and head into the net.

Roselea had a big let-off when McLeod raced from his goal after Axworthy had been set free. The ‘keeper brought the striker down and was fortunate only to receive a yellow card.

Half-time: Roselea 2, Blairgowrie 1.

Roselea made two substitutions, Mustard and Hood coming on for Riach and Aitken with a view to stopping the Blair midfield dictating play.

Roselea had the first chance of the half with O’Brien blocking from Collier who had latched on to a Hood cross.

But in 60 minutes later Blairgowrie were equal as a long ball found AXWORTHY and he took full advantage and finished from 12 yards out.

Blair’ took the lead in five minutes later with a goal similar to the equaliser. A long ball bounced over the Roselea defence and Axworthy squared to RYDER who scored from four yards.

Roselea were working hard to get back in the game and Urquhart slid in and just missed a Collier cross in 71 minutes. O’Brien then made a miraculous save from a Collier shot which he saw late and turned behind for a corner.

In 87 minutes Roselea had a three chances within a minute. Hood had a goalbound shot deflected behind, Urquhart had a scrambled ball just squeezed behind for a corner and the same player headed onto the post from two yards out.

Blairgowrie had improved from the League Cup fixture in August but were given too much room at times. Roselea lost two soft goals and came up against the ever excellent Gordon O’Brien at the other end. Match Sponsors Golf Inn Vaders, CAR Properties, Hunting Energy Services and Roobs Crew chose Ryan Taylor as their Man of the Match.

Roselea: McLeod, Colquhoun, Whyte, Reoch, R Taylor, Urquhart, Rae, Anderson, Riach, Aitken, Collier. Substitutes: Mustard, Hood, P Taylor, Rodger, Kennedy, Fletcher and Craig.

Roselea get a quick chance to get back on the rails with a tough home game against Kirrie Thistle in the North Division. Kick-off is 2pm.