MONTROSE ROSELEA ......................2
Roselea entertained Fife side Glenrothes at Broomfield Park searching for another three points to help pull them up the League.
Their prospects were hampered with central defensive pair Paul Whyte and Stuart Richardson both absent on holiday, and long-term injury victims Jordan Reoch and Stewart Fletcher made the manager’s decision even more narrowed.
After a fine display in a midweek friendly over Arbroath Vics, Jordan Rausch made a start in the middle of midfield.
Glenrothes were sitting mid table with nine points after a start, which saw them win two and draw three of their opening games. A win for the home side would help close the gap on them.
Roselea started the match well and had a great chance in five minutes, Watson received a great through ball from Riach and centred for Dale Reid, who somehow managed to guide the ball wide from the centre of the goals.
Glenrothes also had a chance in 12 minutes, Rae was dispossessed in the middle of the pitch and their number seven skipped a couple of tackles, before hitting a weak shot, which Mcleod had no problems with. The visitors had another chance in 16 minutes, and this time Mcleod had to work to hold the well hit shot.
Roselea were looking the better side and took a deserved lead in 18 minutes, Rae sent a low ball forward and Dale REID picked the ball up just inside the box, before beating his man and poking a great finish passed the GK from 10 yards out. Reid was again in action in 27 minutes, when he had a shot blocked, then his second effort saved. Roselea then had a penalty appeal turned down on the half hour mark with Watson claiming a push in the box.
Roselea were playing against the wind and a series of Glenrothes corners tested Mcleod, first he tipped a dangers ball away from the head of a Glenrothes attacker, then he did well to push another header over the bar, with the ball heading for the top corner.
Glenrothes were furious with an offside decision given in the 43rd minute, when Martin broke away but was adjudged to have started in offside position. Roselea saw out the half and deserved to go in one up at the interval.
Half Time: Montrose Roselea 1 Glenrothes 0.
Glenrothes came out with their manager’s words still ringing in their ears, after the loudest half time outburst heard at Broomfield Park for a long time. This did not seem to help their cause, as they fell further behind in 46 minutes. Cruickshank was allowed space to advance and his low ball into the box, which Dale Reid hooked over his head onto the bar then when the ball bounced off the line, WATSON was first to react and slammed home from close range.
Martin of the visitors was looking their liveliest player, and he put in a dangerous cross in 48 minutes, which Ryan Taylor had to clear with his head.
Glenrothes had a penalty claim turned down, when Mcleod rushed out but appeared to get the ball before clearing, and when it came back in, number seven blasted a volley over the bar..
Rausch sent in a dangerous free kick, which just missed the head of Collier in 66 minutes. Roselea made a change with Paul Taylor replacing Rae in 69 minutes.
Dale Reid was brought down right on the centre of the 18 yard box and Collier took the free kick, but slammed it into the wall.
In 74 minutes, Mcleod gave himself extra work by electing to punch clear, however he made up with a good hold on the second effort. At the other end, the Glenrothes GK had an excellent point blank save from Dale Reid.
The last action was in the 75 minute, when Celantanno got on the end of a great chipped ball from the Glenrothes midfield, however Mcleod, who was having a great game, spotted the danger and came out to smother the ball.
This was a fully deserved three points for the home side, as they never looked in any real danger and took chances. It was a good team display, but the win does not pull Roselea out of bottom spot, however, it does haul them back on the tails of the middle pack.
Match Sponsors Bunn Fertlisers and Lauras Ladies awarded Calum Watson his Man of the Match award, which he fully deserved for his work rate and goal.
Roselea have another home League game and another chance to put points on the board when they face Arniston Rangers at Broomfield again with a 2.30 p.m. kick off.
Roselea have been drawn away to East Kilbride in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup. They are currently bottom of the west second division, but recently appointed ex-Cambuslang Rangers Manager Alan Wardlaw, who will be looking to improve their current position. Roselea will be running a bus leaving the Golf Inn at approximatley 10.00 a.m. and supporters are welcome to travel.
Roselea: Mcleod, Riach, R Taylor, Collier, Cruickshank, Anderson, Rae, Rausch, Duncan Reid, Dale Reid and Watson. Subs: P Taylor, Thomson & Brand.