Roselea and North End draw in welcome friendly return to play

The number of postponed Junior games on Saturday at least allowed two Angus sides the chance of a friendly encounter to ease creaking legs.

Forfar North End had been due to play at Camelon in the Scottish Cup, and Roselea’s opponents were to be Thornton Hibs in the League.

Instead the pair met in a hastily arranged friendly on the 3G surface at Gussie Park, across the road from Tannadice, Dundee.

Roselea had several players missing for a variety of reasons and had a squad of 14 which meant the players available could lay stake for a place when things get back to normal.

Early exchanges were very even against a young Dundee North End side and ball was played sharply around the GA Arena 3G surface.

It was the ‘home’ side who took the lead with a mistake by normally reliable Ross Mcleod. As a roar went up across the road at Tannadice as his beloved United took the lead he let a shot through his hands and it squirmed into the net.

Both sides then had chances as the play swung from end to end. Both keepers had to make blocks and both sides swung in dangerous corners.

It was Roselea who started to look more likely to score and just as he did in the friendly at Station Park the week before Scott Watson was denied by the woodwork twice. First he hit a screaming volley which rattled the bar then with a nicely directed header which looked netbound he hit the post.

Half-time: Forfar North End 1, Montrose Roselea 0.

After a rollicking in certain quarters Roselea came out the stronger team with the fluent North End from the first half only managing to hit long balls to trouble Roselea.

The ‘visitors’ drew level in 65 minutes with a spectacular goal from Scott WATSON. A clearance in the air dropped perfectly in the air for him to volley a magnificent strike from 18 yards on the volley with his allegedly weaker left foot and it screamed onto the corner of the net leaving the goalkeeper helpless.

There were to be further chances for both teams with cut backs blocked, corners just missed and more saves at both ends and in the end a draw was probably a fair reflection of the two halves.

Roselea: Mcleod, Dalgarno, Taylor, Reoch, Whyte, Mowatt, Rae, Milne, Watson, Greig and Campbell. Subs: Collier, Cruickshank and Thomson.

This was yet another good workout for both teams and keeps them both ticking over during this frustrating spell.

Another free week?

There has been word that Roselea will face another week without competitive football as next week’s opponents Forfar West End’s pitch is still suffering from the recent floods and their game was also off on Saturday.

Should that be the case Roselea will endeavour to keep the momentum with yet another friendly to keep things moving.

12th Sportsman’s Dinner

On Saturday night the club will host their 12th Annual Sportsmans Dinner at the Town Hall with Sheriff Lindsay Wood compering guest speakers John Gahagan and Joe Camay.

Around 230 guests will attend and enjoy another night in aid of club funds.

Guests are reminded that the event will commence at a 6.30 for 7pm start at the Town Hall.