Royal Albert 2 Montrose Roselea 4
ROSELEA travelled to Larkhall on Saturday to face Royal Albert in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup second round, at third time of asking after two waterlogged postponements.
It was an emotional day for Colin Kennedy as it was his last match before leaving to work in Africa for up to a year.
There was a healthy crowd inside Gasworks Park as Roselea lost the toss and faced a low sun in the first half.
There was action at both ends within the first minute when first Danny Ross had a snapshot well saved by the Albert ‘keeper; then at the other end a shot was deflected for a corner.
Calum Rae was unlucky to be booked for a tackle in eight minutes with the referee deeming he had gone with his feet off the ground but both players were equally committed.
Royal Albert had another effort in 12 minutes as they looked to be the more eager side in the opening stages of the tie. Albert’s number 11 had a volley from 30 yards which went wide and McLeod appeared to have it covered.
Roselea hit the post in 15 minutes when Paul Whyte headed a Cruickshank corner back across the face of the goal and Urquhart headed against the post before the ball was scrambled away.
James Collier followed Rae into the referee’s book in 22 minutes when he was also harshly adjudged to have gone in heavy as both players slid for the ball.
Albert were dominating the game and winning all the battles with Roselea looking like they were toiling after their journey.
Albert almost worked a rehearsed free kick played around the wall, and only a Paul Whyte intervention avoided a goal.
In 24 minutes Taylor broke down the right and Ross sent in a cross which cleared everyone before Cruickshank picked the ball up wide and sent in a dangerous low cross, but Collier was offside.
Albert took a deserved lead from the penalty spot in 37 minutes. Paul Taylor found himself on the wrong side of the winger and his desperate lunge resulted in a penalty being awarded. STRANG struck a well-hit kick into the net with McLeod very close to getting his body in the way.
Half-time: Royal Albert 1, Montrose Roselea 0.
Roselea came out of the traps flying in the second half and scored within a minute of the restart. Cruickshank played a short corner to Urquhart and his cross was headed home by RAE who was unmarked in the box.
Roselea had another chance a minute later when Urquhart linked well with Collier and found himself with a shooting opportunity; however, an excellent tackle saw the ball go out for a corner.
Albert went on the offensive and a long throw caused problems in the ‘Lea box, with Paul Taylor blocking well and when the ball fell to an Albert player at the edge of the box his curling effort flew just wide.
Collier had a chance to put Roselea in front on 48 minutes when he headed over another Whyte head across the face of the goal.
Roselea took the lead in 57 minutes and it was courtesy of a howler from the home ‘keeper who dallied on a pass-back and put his full back in trouble. Hitman James COLLIER intercepted the pass inside the box and finished well with a low shot into the corner of the net.
Roselea only held the lead for two minutes as they conceded a sloppy goal. A mix-up in defence saw McGILL find himself in space and he slotted past the advancing McLeod.
The game swung again in the 61st minute with a great goal. ANDERSON timed his run to perfection and beat the offside trap before sliding a low shot under the home ‘keeper.
The visitors made a couple of changes in 73 minutes with Watson replacing Ross and Milne replacing Rae.
Roselea made sure that they would be in the third round with an excellent goal in the 77th minute. Urquhart broke down the right hand side and sent in the perfect cross for ace hitman COLLIER to claim his second with a diving header.
Watson was eager to get into the match and almost scored when he got on the end of a Craig free kick into the box; however, he was just off target with his looping header in the 80th minute.
Roselea made their final change in 84 minutes when Riach replaced double scorer Collier.
Cruickshank had a last chance two minutes from time when a great ball from Riach put him in, but his well-hit shot from an angle hit the side netting.
Roselea: McLeod, P. Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Craig, Urquhart, Rae, Anderson, Cruickshank, Ross, Collier. Substitutes: Allan, Milne, Riach, Kennedy and Brand.
Roselea are now into the third round of the cup and ties are played on November 17; however the draw does not take place until November 6.
The team travels to Dundee North End in the League on Saturday, with a 2pm kick-off.