Local derby ends with split points as West End rally

Forfar West End were on the lookout for crucial points when they visited local rivals Montrose Roselea in league action on Saturday.

Daryl McKenzie’s outfit had been dragged into one of the relegation spots due to a run of four losses.

Meanwhile their opponents, who had a reassuring 37 points, were still not mathematically certain of their place in the Division next season.

In the opening 10 minutes West End had the upper hand and looked the sharper side. McDonald cut back from the bye line and Mcleod saved at the second attempt.

The first real opening came in the 22nd minute 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 38th minute. Watson flicked a ball on to 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.

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 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 made a double change with Findlater and Thomson being replaced by Taylor and Greig.

The move seemed to work and they managed to get 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 far post cross was side-footed volleyed home by Liam Campbell from 12 yards out.

This was a fair reflection on a game that saw the hosts create more chances, and the visitors battle fiercely for every loose ball and opportunity in front of goal.

Next week they face bottom club Kinnoull at home.