Roselea Edge Win Away At Dyce

Dyce JFC 0 Montrose Roselea 1


Report by Roy Gill 

Despite a run of 5 games undefeated and being one of only two teams outside the top 5 with a positive goal difference Roselea were still hunting points to make sure of safety along with a host of other teams. Whilst Roselea have been gathering points, most teams around have also been doing the same. Roselea did have the luxury of games in hand which of course are only of use if points are gained.

 Roselea travelled to Ian Mair Park still smarting from a 3-0 defeat at a very sodden IMP in a North Regional Cup tie in March when they had absolutely dominated proceedings for 45 minutes prior to Dyce taking an early lead in the second half. 

Roselea were boosted by the return of 3 players Ryan Taylor, Stephen Greig and Michael Cruickshank who all missed the 0-0 draw at Hall Russell Utd but have been devastated by a blow that Craig Anderson has a broken bone in his foot and will miss the rest of the season. He will join Jack Dalgarno & Llloyd Hester long term injured. Kieran Thomson was unavailable due to work commitments. Kade McCormack stepped in again for the injured Ross Mcleod in goals. 

Roselea: McCormack, Mitchell, Soutar, Reoch, Stephen, Aitken, Beedie, Rae, Cruickshank, Archer & Greig. Subs: Doan, Campbell, Taylor & Collier 

It was a very even opening with both teams creating half chances but neither team looking like they would make anything of it. 

Dyce had a great chance when Roselea lost possession and Esslemont was in but McCormack saved with his feet in 10 minutes.

Next chance was for Dyce in 25 when MacNamee hit a 30 yard shot just wide of the post but it was never going to give McCormack any problems. 

The half petered out as both teams seemed to cancel each other out and although Roselea had much to play for it did take on the feel of a stereotypical end of season encounter 

 HT 0-0 

There were two early chances for Roselea in second half when Beedie then Aitken crashed shots off defenders inside the box 

Ross Mitchell was put in by Beedie in the 50th minute and hit the side netting with a toe poked effort. 

Roselea sub Collier on for Archer on the hour mark 

Collier had a chance when Cruickshank put him in but big keeper Pennycook saved with his feet. 

Roselea hit the post in 72 minutes when an Aitken cross was deflected on to it then MacNamee had a low strike saved by McCormack at the other end 

Aitken was in on 78 but Pennycook closed the angle and pushed the ball behind for a corner. 

Roselea took the lead from the corner after it had to be re taken when Cruickshank swung in a head height corner and AITKEN rose to head home with a great header that this time Pennycook could do nothing with. 

Roselea held out well and McCormack had to punch clear a couple of dangerous crosses as Roselea held on comfortably for a very important win in their survival bid. 

Full Time: Dyce JFC 0 Montrose Roselea 1 

Although not a classic game from an entertainment point of view this will be three points that will make Roselea all but safe. Both teams seemed to cancel each other out and there was little in the way of goalmouth action. The win takes Roselea up to 9th in the table and they have the potential to get as high as 6th if they continue the good run of form which has seen them go 6 games undefeated in the League.  

Next up for Roselea is a trip over the Cairn o Mount to Banchory on Tuesday night with a 7.30pm KO. Banchory are severely fighting relegation and despite having a great run of results they will still not surpass Roselea’s points hall even if they win the match. 

On Saturday 12th Roselea head up to Newburgh Thistle with a 2.00pm KO and that will then leave three remaining games to be played in May. 


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