Life is looking rosey for West End

Saturday was another big test for Daryl McKenzie and his troops as undefeated Montrose Roselea were in town. This was the top fixture in the McBookie North Division as both teams were holding a 100 per cent record.

West End were not hanging about as the game got underway as in the second minute of the match the home side found themselves in front, some great link up play between R. Black and Cox resulted in Cox racing clear of the full back and crashing a sweet left foot drive across the goalkeeper to give the home side the perfect start.

The visitors were given another blow early in the game as top marksman Callum Watson was carried off after a coming together with Garrick. There after the game settled down a bit, but the front three of the home side Scott, Irons and Cox were giving the visting defence a torrid time. Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half, but the visitors looked very dangerous on set pieces winning the majority of high balls causing a concern in the West End backline. West End were dominating possesion and felt they could have increased the lead before the break but the half came to a close with the home side holding the slight advantage.

The second half was under way with West End looking to increase the lead and came firing out the blocks with chances for Cox and Scott going a begging.

West End were forced into a change 10 minutes into the second half when Taylor picked up a knock and was replaced by McKenzie. Then in the 68th minute West End doubled their lead when Scott had a shot blocked by the hands of the Roselea defender resulting in the match offical pointing to the spot, and up stepped skipper-for-the-day Scott to slam the ball past the helpless goalkeeper, extend the home side’s lead and take his goal tally into double figures for the season.

The visitors started to worm their way back into the match and forced Johnstone into a couple of smart saves.

The game was entering the closing stages and the visitors were given a lifeline in the 86th minute when, after a scamble in the box, the ball fell kindly for the onrushing striker who smashed it home from close range. Roselea then forced a corner and threatened an equaliser but Johnstone and the West End backline stood firm.

Then the three points were all but assured when Scott raced clear in the closing stages to cooly slot the ball past the ‘keeper and send the home support into raptures.

The referee brought proceeding’s to a close with the home side claiming all three points.