Roselea’s Good Form Continues With Win Away At Thistle

Newburgh Thistle 1 Montrose Roselea 2 


Report by Roy Gill  

Roselea headed to Gallowshill Park looking to maintain their current run of form and also capture 3 points, to not only guarantee Superleague football next year but also have a chance of finishing in the top 6. The sides fought out a 2-2 draw in early November when a late Joe Aitken overhead kick grabbed Roselea a point after they played most of the second half with 10 men following a harsh sending off for Jo Reoch. 

Having gone seven games unbeaten the confidence was high in the camp as the early season misfortune had been turned around with some wins that just didn’t come easy in the first part of the season.  

Roselea were again without the injured Jack Dalgarno, Lloyd Hester & Ross Mcleod so for the third game running young Kade McCormack gets his chance in goal again and he has been a more than capable replacement. 

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

There was an early chance for Roselea when Greig broke down the right and Taylor shot over in 2 mins 

7 minutes gone and Roselea get a better chance when the keeper fumbled allowing Greig a volley but it pinged over the bar after springing up from the hard surface. 

16 minutes gone and Sam Muirhead had a chance for Newburgh when a ball over the top caught Roselea but he shot over 

In 20 minutes the same ball caught out Roselea again this time McCormack had to be sharp out and block with his feet from Muirhead 

Sub for Roselea when Campbell had to replace the injured Soutar on 28 mins  

Double chance for Newburgh in 31 when Cameron shot from a tight angle and McCormack blocked then Kidd’s fierce follow up was blocked by a defender 

It was to be 1-0 in 33 minutes when TAYLOR followed up blocked Greig effort to score for Roselea in a scramble. 

Newburgh equalised in 35 when a shot travelled at pace and McCormack did will to beat the ball out sub Mcbride poked the ball to Ryan CAMERON Who stroked home 

Roselea had a chance when a great Tayler cross was headed just over by Doan as he just failed to over the ball 

Half Time: Newburgh Thistle 1 Montrose Roselea 1 

There was a controversial start to the second half. The referee awarded Roselea a free kick in 50 minutes for an off the ball incident on Greig on the advice of his Assistant . Simpson and Clark of Newburgh was booked and then Greig of Roselea was also booked. 

There was a chance for Roselea when a Mitchell cross went across the face of the 6 yard box and Rae and Stephen both failed to connect 

Simpson of Newburgh was shown a second yellow for taking Aitken down at a quick throw in on the hour mark leaving the home side down to ten men. 

Sub Collier went on for Doan in 65 and almost made an instant impact when he headed a Mitchell free kick across the goal and just wide with Taylor and Rae following up as the ball agonisingly went past the post 

Roselea made their final change when Cruickshank replaced Taylor in 70. 

In 85 it was 2-1 to Roselea and it was slightly against the run of play with the 10 men of the home team fighting desperately for their Superleague status. Mitchell sent in a great near post cross and GREIG met it with a perfect header. 

There was a couple of nervy moments near the end as Newburgh piled in the pressure with a couple of late corners, even sending their keeper forward but Roselea held firm. 

Full Time: Newburgh Thistle 1 Montrose Roselea 2 

This was another fantastic win for Roselea to make it the third win in a row and unbeaten in eight games. It was another where they had to grind out the win although they did again create more chances than the home side.  This took Roselea to 6th place in the League and is well deserved after the first half of the season saw Roselea dominate games only to be undone by some poor finishing.  

Roselea now have 3 games left and three wins would see them take 5th place which would be a great achievement considering their lowly place for most of the season. This Saturday Roselea travel to Maud to face one of the only teams to hold the upper hand over the Lea. After winning on penalties in the Grill Cup they beat Roselea 2-1 at Links Park in December then crushed them 6-1 at Maud in another Cup tie. Roselea will be looking to put the record straight and with Maud just one point behind in the table the game takes on a shade more importance. There are 4 clubs on 23 games having a point between them so their will be a mini League table going on until the end of the season.  

Roselea then take on 2nd placed Hermes on Tuesday 22nd May with a 7.30pm KO at Bromfield Park then on Sat 26th travel to Dufftown for their final match of the season. 

The bus for Maud will leave the Golf Inn at 10.45am and Dufftown at 10.30am 


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