Roselea faced Forfar West End in the Angus Premier League derby match and despite sitting on 37 points, which was two more than they survived with last season, were still not assured of their place in the Division next season. West End meanwhile were dragged into one of the relegation spots due to a run of four losses and were desperate for points to haul them up the table.
In the opening 10 minutes West End had the upper hand and looked the sharper side. McDonald managed to cut back from the bye line and Mcleod saved at the second attempt.
The first real opening came in 22 minutes and it was for the home side. Smith missed a Whyte clearance and this let Campbell in but he took one touch too many and the angle was narrowed, with Burns saving well with his feet.
After a quiet opening the game burst into life in the 38 minutes. Watson flicked a ball onto Reid who went down in a collision with the keeper and with Roselea still appealing for a penalty a long clearance sent Darren SCOTT away at the other end and he drew Mcleod before calmly slotting the ball under the ‘keeper for the opener.
Right on half-time Roselea had a claim for a penalty when Campbell went down in the box. Although there was contact the player was booked for a dive which seemed to be a harsh decision.
Half-time: Montrose Roselea 0, Forfar West End 1.
As the second half kicked off the match became bogged down with some skirmishes and some petty diving from both sides. It was no surprise that a sending off might happen and it came on the hour mark. Craig Bell got involved off the ball and was shown a straight red card with West End claiming a home player had started the incident. This left the visitors with 10 men for the last half hour.
Roselea got on level terms in 75 minutes. Ross Mitchell who had struggled to get into the game managed to have one of his trademark runs down the right and his cross was expertly volleyed home by Liam CAMPBELL from 12 yards out.
Roselea started to push for the winner with West End on the back foot but at the same time looking determined to hold out for a point.
Reid had a chance for Roselea as he got a break of the ball in the box but Burns saved with his feet and then from an Anderson corner Campbell’s downward header was well saved by the West End ‘keeper.
West End did force a couple of breaks, however they seemed content to hold the ball in the corner, viewing it as a point gained with ten men rather than trying to grab a winner.
Full-time: Montrose Roselea 1, Forfar West End 1.
This was a fair result and reflection on the game. Although Roselea created more chances West End fought well for the point. Roselea retain fifth spot but with a host of clubs on their tail they will need a couple more wins to try and keep in the top six come the end of the season.
On Wednesday, April 29, Roselea travel to Tayport for a midweek League match which kicks off at 6.45pm then on Saturday, May 2, they play their final home match of the season against Dundee Violet with a 2.30pm Kick-off.
Roselea Player of the Month for March
The Montrose Roselea Player of the Month for March is Paul Whyte. The defender, who recently turned 36, has been a stalwart for Roselea and is in his 20th season with the club. He turned in some great performances in March and still has a youthful zest for the game.
He is seen pictured with Anne Reoch of AREO Ltd who kindly sponsored the March award. Roselea have some Sponsors lined up but are also keen to attract new ones for the monthly award. For £50 the Sponsor will get their photo taken and can display the trophy in their business for the month of the award along with a photograph as well as Website & Facebook coverage. For details contact Roy Gill on 07908763219 or email@example.com