Roselea travelled to Glenesk Park to face Dundee Violet, in a match which would see them reach the halfway stage in the Premier League.
The last time the sides met, Simon Murray, the recent signing for Dundee United, was red-carded in frustration after failing to make an impact in a match that finished 2-2.
The sides had also met in a GA Cup tie in November, with Violet winning on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
Roselea were in a rich vein of form, having won their previous six league matches and started the year with a friendly win over Kirrie Thistle.
Violet had lost two of their last three games, with the final match of 2014 being lost 4-1 to St Andrews United on December 20.
A point separated the sides, with Roselea sitting on 22 points after 14 games, compared to Violet’s 21 points.
Roselea travelled with a few absentees. Ross McLeod was returning from holiday so Ronnie Massie deputised. Paul Taylor was out with flu and was joined by Kyle Findlater, who was a late call-off. Craig Taylor and Scott McDowell sat out through injury, but Andy Tringham arrived home from offshore to boost the bench, alongside new signing and ex-Luthermuir player, Stephen Greig.
Roselea had the first attempt at goal, when Reid flicked on to Watson in four minutes, and he managed to turn on the edge of the box and fire in a low shot that Thain held well.
In five minutes, there was a let-off for Violet and a yellow card for Sime, after he pulled down Reid who was breaking away. Luckily for the Violet defender, there was cover which saved him a red card.
A minute later, Violet had their first sight of goal when Cox broke free on the left and only a brilliant covering tackle from Reoch prevented a goal.
Roselea took the lead in eight minutes through Dale REID.
A clever dummy from Watson on the half-way line, sent the striker clear and he rounded the ‘keeper before slipping the ball into the empty net for his 16th goal of the season.
Cruickshank set off down the left in 20 minutes and was fouled before passing to Reid who was also fouled on the touch-line before continuing into the box.
He seemed to be tripped inside the area but kept upright, making the referee’s decision easier.
It was almost 2-0 in 21 minutes, when only a great save from Thain, as he blocked a Reid effort from a Cruickshank low cross, prevented Roselea pressing ahead.
Violet equalised, much against the run of play, in 22 minutes. McCONNACHIE broke clear and after Massie blocked the first shot with his feet, the ball fell kindly to the striker and he slotted the ball between Rae and the post with a great finish.
In 35 minutes, a great passage of play involving Watson, Reid and Anderson saw the ball shifted wide to Mitchell, but Watson could not get the right contact on the ball, at the far post, to guide it home.
Violet had a couple of great chances to take the lead in the last five minutes of the half.
Firstly, Urquhart found himself in on goal but shot early and lifted the ball over, then a Reoch mistake allowed Payne a sight of goal, but Massie stood firm and saved with his feet.
Half-time: Dundee Violet 1, Montrose Roselea 1
The opening period of the second half saw Roselea press Violet, looking for a way in front, with the home side rarely threatening.
Violet went close when Anderson was penalised for a handball in the middle of the pitch and Wilson flicked the free-kick onto the top of the bar.
Roselea made the breakthrough in 55 minutes with a simple goal. Calum WATSON headed home a Craig Anderson corner, when he was unmarked eight yards out.
Roselea were give a massive advantage in 60 minutes, when O’Connor was shown a straight red card after an off-the-ball collision with Craig Anderson.
In 65 minutes Roselea were forced to make a change, when Mitchell took a heavy challenge and was replaced by Stephen Greig.
Mudie was shown a yellow card for his tackle on Mitchell.
A great ball from Cruickshank sent Anderson down the right hand side in 73 minutes and his cut-back was met by Greig, who just couldn’t get enough power to trouble Thain, as the ball squirmed onto the line.
It was all Roselea as they turned their extra-man supremacy into chances, and Cruickshank had a shot blocked after Reid had slid the ball inside the full-back.
In 78 minutes, Greig picked up a strange booking, after he appeared to be brought down for a penalty in the box and fell on the ball. The referee booked him for handball rather than a dive.
In 82 minutes, it was finally 3-1 to a dominant Roselea. Greig outstripped Sime and unselfishly cut the ball back to WATSON, who dinked the ball over the diving ‘keeper before making sure from close-range.
Roselea made a second change when Morgan Smith came on for the hard-working Collier in 85 minutes.
There were two further chances for Roselea, with Greig and Watson bringing out saves from Thain in the Violet goal.
Just on time, there was to be a goal for Violet when McConnachie got in behind the Roselea defence and lifted the ball over Massie. WILSON was on hand at the far post to prod home from close in.
In stoppage time, Violet won a free-kick and Roselea had a scare, when Wilson was allowed a free header which went straight to Massie who held firm.
ROSELEA: Massie, Rae, R. Taylor, Whyte, Reoch, Mitchell, Anderson, Collier, Cruickshank, Watson, Reid. Substitutes: Thomson, Smith, Tringham and Greig.
This was another well-deserved win for Roselea, and should have perhaps been slightly easier than the score-line suggested.
Despite a 10-to-15-minute spell at the end of the first half, when Violet scored and should have taken a lead into half-time, the visitors dominated proceedings and should have been safe before the last-minute scare.
This was Roselea’s seventh win in a row in the league and pushes them up to fourth, which is the club’s highest-ever position in the East Region.
With several other matches off, it means Roselea are now only three points behind the leaders in an extremely tight League, with only 12 points between top and second bottom.
On Saturday (January 17), Roselea travel to Gorebridge to face Arniston Rangers, who have picked up points since appointing a new manager.
Roselea will be running a bus, which will leave the Golf Inn at 10.20 and supporters are welcome to travel free of charge.