Saturday’s visit to St Andrews was always going to be a stiff test for the Roselea, as the homesters were sitting proudly at the top of the league and a great performance was going to be needed to take anything from the game.
With 10 minutes gone, the Roselea had the first chance of the game when a Watson shot went a foot wide of the ‘keeper’s left-hand post.
Five minutes later, a great ball from St Andrews captain Ricky Patrick, making his 350th appearance, to Darren Kelly whose cross landed for Barry Sibanda, who shot wide of ‘keeper McLeod’s left-hand post.
St Andrews were not to be denied and took the lead in 18 minutes. Ricky Patrick pushed the ball out wide to Danny Dobie, who beat Ryan Taylor to the bye-line and his cross was headed home by Barry Sibanda.
Liam Campbell plays a one-two with Calum Watson then finds himself on the edge of the St Andrews box his shot narrowly goes wide of the ‘keepers right-hand post.
Two minutes later, another cross from Danny Dobie lands to Ricky Patrick, but as he shoots on goal Ryan Taylor throws himself in front of the ball to block a certain goal.
Half-time: St Andrews 1, Montrose Roselea 0.
Within 20 seconds of the restart St Andrew’s Darren Kelly showed some good skills by back-heeling the ball and turning through on goal with Ryan Taylor once again reacting quickly, knocking the ball out for a corner-kick. In 57 minutes, Roselea have another free-kick and Craig Anderson this time took the kick. Paul Whyte out-jumped the home defence but sent his header straight at the ‘keeper.
In 65 minutes, Reoch goes on a solo run down the wing and his cross once again fell to Paul Whyte whose high looping header is gathered under the bar by the home ‘keeper. In 70 minutes, another Craig Anderson free-kick falls to Stephen Greig whose shot is blocked by a defender for a corner-kick. Four minutes later, Dale Reid beats his marker and ‘keeper Gavin Sorley gathers very well.
A dangerous free-kick from St Andrews results in James Collier heading over his own bar.
In 86 minutes, St Andrews score a second with a fine through-ball from Ricky Patrick beating Ryan Taylor, and Darren Kelly slips the ball past ‘keeper Mcleod.
Full-time: St Andrews 2, Montrose Roselea 0.
A much-improved performance against a well-organised St Andrews side, showing why they are top of the league. Roselea have an early morning home friendly against Bridge Of Don Thistle on Saturday, April 11. Kick-off 10.30am. Then back to league business the following Saturday, April 18, against Bathgate Thistle at Broomfield Saturday. Kick-off 2.30pm.