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SEASON 2014 - 15


 
Defences not..on top !
Arbroath CSC 5 v 7 Merpro (aet)
Buckman Mackie Cup
Saturday 25/4/15
Merpro had a second encounter in the week with an Arbroath side travelling the short journey to CSC ( formerly Arbroath Amateurs) on Saturday.
What a difference a week makes ...last Saturday Merpro were involved in a 0-0 scoreline at 90 minutes but on a crazy day of defending this came nowhere near to be replicated.
CSC started off at a quick pace and went ahead when Nicol hit a well controlled volley at the back post to score after only 2 minutes.
The Arbroath almost went further ahead a minute later but a last ditch tackle from Graeme Allan saved the day.
however a couple minutes later Liam Hardie latched onto a flocked on header to run through to fire into the net of the post making it 2-0 after only 5 minutes.
Merpro began to wake up and Rausch created himself a good opportunity but quick reactive goalkeeping kept him at bay in 9 minutes.
Merpro were now grinding their way back into the match and Stephen forced an opportunity but another fine save turned his effort wide in 20 minutes.
However calamity allowed Merpro back into the match when the GK made a hash off a pass back and under pressure from Stephen inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net in 22 minutes.
Merpro came close again with a swerving shot from Duff just going over the bar.
The match was now end to end and Glennie made two good shot stopping saves in quick succession to deny the home side.
Riach then hit a fierce low drive at goal well held under pressure by the keeper in 35 minutes.
Merpro gradual pressure paid off when Euan Duff collected in the box and fired low into the net to make it 2-2 in 40 minutes. Merpro still had another chance when Rausch had a 2 yard reactive effort blocked on the line.
A crazy first half but only a prelude for much more to come.
Merpro started the second half well immediately going ahead when Bruce crossed into the box for Scott Riach to rise to head into the net from 8 yards to
make it 3-2 in 47th minutes.
The Montrose side were now on top and Graeme Allan glanced a Rausch corner kick just wide in 50 minutes.
Riach then had a looping shot saved and a few minutes later fired over the bar after good play by Rausch and Duff.
Duff then himself had an opening but also fired high over the bar in 58 minutes.
Just as Merpro looked to be comfortably in control loose possession allowed Southern to run in on goal to blast a well taken goal to equalise in 70 minutes.
The action soon continued when a long diagonal Riach pass found Duff who crossed into the box for Aaron Stephen to score under pressure to put Merpro back in front after 75 minutes.
The Arbroath keeper kept his side in the game saving well from Duff in 80 minutes.
Merpro were shocked when a late flurry of pressure allowed CSC to again equalise when a low corner failed to be cleared and knocked into the net from 3 yards in the 85th minute for 4-4.
The chances kept coming and Merpro had another chance when Stephen broke to set up Paton but his close range blasted effort was bravely saved by the keeper in the final minute.
Into extra time and again the Montrose side went ahead early when Craig Allan was taken out in the box by the GK. Craig Christie stepped up to score for 5-4 in 95th minute.
Christie then broke through a few minutes later but wildly fired wide.
The home side clawed back again to equalise after some poor defending allowed them into score in 110th minute.
The cavalcade continued with Merpro going back into the lead when Paton set up Euan Duff to run in on goal
despatch with a fierce low shot under the keeper in 112th minute.
Merpro finally stretched their lead when a perfect cross from Stephen invited a salmonesque leap from Lee Paton to head high into the net from 10 yards for 7-5 in 115th minute.
A bizarre cup tie with a fine initial comeback from Merpro after losing 2 early goals but credit also for a never say die performance by CSC.
Team: Glennie,Turriff( Graham), Ferries, C.Allan, Milne(Murdoch), G.Allan, Rausch( Paton), Bruce (Christie), Stephen, S.Riach(Whyte), E.Duff.


MERPRO 1 v 1 Arbroath HSFPs
Premier League
Monday 20/4/15
Merpro kicked off their midweek fixture list with a visit from friendly rivals HSFPs on Monday past. Broomfield and the conditions were both in benign mood.
Merpro started well quickly establishing pressure with Christie coming close with an attempted lob shot saved by the keeper in 5 minutes.
A fine flowing move involving Ferries and Christie allowed Paton to curl in a cross for Riach to out jump his marker but the flying ferret's header just went over the bar in 12 minutes.
FPs had been strangely subdued but came close when Kenny hooked a snap shot just wide following a long throw into the box in 15 minutes.
Merpro hit back with a fine run by Rausch to set up Paton in front of goal but he failed to get enough power on his hooked left foot effort from 10 yards in 20 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and keeping their opponents pushed back.
Milne set up Paton to run in on goal but a last ditch well timed tackle prevented a shot at goal in 30 minutes.
The first half one way traffic continued with Murdoch venturing forward to fire a 22 yard effort wide after 34 minutes.
Despite their superiority the breakthrough was failing to appear.
Christie created another opening slipping a pass inside the box for Craig Allan but his 16 yard effort curled wide in 38 minutes.
Merpro's dominance and fine play continued up till half time but without the cutting edge required to go in front.
Second half resumed and the home side were soon aware the first half superiority would not be replicated and were immediately pushed back into defending.
The FPs were managing to disrupt the  Merpro passing game and without creating any real chances prevented the home side from gaining any ascendancy.
As the match wore on it was the visitors who began to look the more likelier side to break the deadlock.
Merpro were beginning to feel some pressure and only some excellent saves by youngster Glennie in goals prevented the Arbroath side from taking the lead.
Lyons latched onto a loose clearance on the edge of the box firing in a rasping rising shot destined for the top corner but Glennie brilliantly turned the effort round the post in the 70th minute. a few minutes later another well hit drive by Richardson looked goal bound but again Glennie saved well tipping over the bar.
MERPRO were living dangerously and FPs came close again with a swerving drive clipped wide after hitting the woodwork in 82nd minute.
The FPs play was rewarded when they went ahead in the 85th minute with a well taken goal.
MERPRO were stung into action and immediately raised their game with a good move and cross from Turriff allowing Duff to lay off for Ferries but he fired wide in 86 minutes.
MERPRO soon equalised with a fine run and dangerous low cross to the back post forEuan Duff to slide into the net for a late equalising goal to make it 1-1 in 88th minute.
The proverbial game of two halves with in the end a valuable point gained.
Team : Glennie,Murdoch(Turriff),Ferries,Milne(McLean),N.Duff,G.Allan,Rausch,C.Allan,Christie(Stephen),s.Riach(E.Duff),Paton(Bruce).
match Sponsor:R Coull and Son.


Superb evenly matched game.

Merpro 1 v 2 Menzieshill ( aet)
Bremner Cup Quarter Final
Saturday 18/4/15
Merpro welcomed Menzieshill to Broomfield on Saturday in a Bremner Cup Quarter Final tie.
With the Cup Final held at Tannadice the prize for progression is held high.
Menzieshill have been the recent form side in MAFA.and in the past week were crowned Tay Valley Shield winners taking over from Merpro last seasons winners.
On a calm sunny day both sides served up a fine football match.
Merpro created the first opening with Christie breaking through but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to thwart him. The ball fell for Greig following up but much to his anguish he guided his 12 yard effort over the open goal in the 5th minute.
Menzieshill settled and were dangerous on the left flank coming close with a side netting shot from Egan in 10 minutes.
The match settled into a fine midfield battle with both sides testing each other out.
Milne attempted to break the deadlock with a mazy lung bursting run from his own half to set up Rausch but he had frustratingly ran into an offside position in 22 minutes.
Merpro created another chance when the ball fell for Rausch after a free kick but his left foot shot was well saved by the keeper in 26 minutes.
Both sides were continuing to serve up an intense treat of a match with neither able to fully establish any lengthy dominance.
Rausch almost broke the stranglehold with a super wing run into the box to fire across the face of the goal but no one was able to get a final touch in 42 minutes.
Menzieshill started the second half stronger and Lownie did well to save from Egan in 48th minute.
Merpro immediately hit back with Euan Duff latching onto a Ferries pass but a last gasp lunge tackle from Gallacher
Cleared for a corner in 49 minutes.
Merpro had a claim for a penalty turned down when full back Allan appeared to handle in 52 minutes.
A few minutes later Menzieshill had a similar claim but consistency from the official prevailed.
The match continued to ebb and flow with both sides continuing to maintain a high level of intensity and skill.
Merpro again managed to set themselves an opening when Rausch made a dribbling run at the defence with the ball falling for Bruce. With the keeper stranded he attempted to lob from 30 yards but his effort went just wide in 70 minutes.
Menzieshill came close following a free kick with Greig inadvertently attempting to clear knocking back towards his own goal but good defending cleared the danger in 75 minutes.
Lownie had to another good save following a rumbling run into the box from Tront in 78 minutes.
The match was on a knife edge but a fine move from their own defence involving Murdoch, Nicol Duff and Greig set up Riach but he fired his effort wildly over the bar from 16 yards in 85th minute.
Merpro were finishing stronger and had another good opening when Ferries cruised for Bruce but was unable to direct his header on target in the final
minute.
A rare occurrence 0-0 at full time but a super 90 minutes from both sides.
Extra time and immediately no let up as both teams looked for the breakthrough.
Craig Allan set up Rausch to run in on goal at pace but his cross across goal just evaded Bruce at the back post in 98th minute.
Merpro were beginning to have more of the game and broke the deadlock with a fine goal from the ever dangerous Jordan Rausch. He collected a Milne through ball to dribble past couple of players to slip a low shot under the advancing keeper into the net in 100 minute for 1-0.
Merpro were now more dominant and Bruce had a chance but shot wide in 107th minute.
A few minutes later Bruce made a breaking run into the box but appeared to be caught in two minds and the keeper managed to smother his effort at goal.
With Merpro looking comfortable a moment of self destruct changed the match. Menzieshill were awarded a free kick and amongst the melee G.Allan was sent off after retaliating from provocation and a penalty kick awarded. Grant stepped up to score in 112 minute to hand the visitors a lifeline. The game momentum changed and a tired Menzieshill were now galvanised and pushed the home side back. With only 2 minutes remaining the visitors were awarded an edge of the box free kick. 
Kevin Egan curled a low shot round the wall into the net with Lownie just unable to turn round the post to make it a despairing 2-1 to win the match.
A superb imtense enthralling match with both sides playing some excellent football at times.
Team : Lownie,Ferries,Whyte (Murdoch),Milne,N.Duff,G.Allan, Rausch,Greig,Christie(Riach),C.Allan, E.Duff (Bruce). Subs: Stephen, Turriff.


Surreal game - ridiculous amount of squandered chances allow fuming Fire Brigade to stay in match..


Merpro 3 v 2 Tayside Fire Brigade
Premier League
Sat 4/4/15

Merpro welcomed the Fire Brigade to Broomfield Park on Saturday for footballing duty on a warm benign day.
After a surreal game the Montrose side eventually managed to risk assess and douse the visitors fire power.
Merpro started well and should have went ahead when Graham set the template by running on on goal but firing wide in the 2 minutes.
Paton then had a low 18 yard shot blocked a minute later.
However TFB began to settle and pressed the home side back.
Merpro were surprisingly looking anxious and needlessly careless in their defensive clearances leading to further self inflicted pressure. Following a series of free kicks and dangerous corner the visitors went ahead with a cross to the back post evading all and glanced of Murdoch's hip for an own goal in 12 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back with a brilliantly executed slick move. Milne curled a perfect pass over the back line for Paton to run onto and drive down the flank to slide a low cross into the box for Jordan Rausch to deftly score from 6 yards for the equaliser.
The Firies continued to press and Lownie had to make a couple of low saves from cross balls at his near post.
The home side defence was having more work than recently being used to but were holding out.
Merpro then went ahead following a corner kick routine leading to Murdoch rising to head at goal from 8 yards but GK Warden made a fine party save but the predatory instinct of Graeme Allan pounced to head high into the net from 6 yards to make it 2-1 in 32 minutes.
Merpro then went onto control the match creating a series of virtually same type of gilt edged chances.
Graham broke through to get past the keeper but with the goal wide open somehow slipped his effort past the post in 35 minutes.
Two minutes later good play from Paton set up Graham to run in on goal but his well hit effort came back off the post.
Graham then had another carbon copy chance to run in on goal after some deft play from Whyte set him up but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to smother his clip at goal.
Amazingly a potential hat trick in space of 7 minutes...
Half time reached and despite not being at their normal fluent selves a lead to take into the second period.
TFB started the half well pushing onto the home sides defence but failing to hit the target.
The Motown side then created the first of a series of further squandered opportunities when Crsig Allan broke forward but his chance was well defended in 48 minutes.
The Firies had an opening when French turned his marker inside out but Lownie made a fine save in 50 minutes.
The match was intensifying and Paton created an opening for Graham but his 12 yard shot was well saved by the custodian in 52 minutes.
The match was now rushing end to end with neither side managing to gain any concerted control.
The visitors were playing a very high line leading to several frustrating offside decisions given against Merpro.
Merpro were becoming the more offensive side and a series of good openings were created.
Rausch latched onto a through ball to run in on goal but his clipped lifted effort over the GK was well saved. The rebound fell for the supporting Murdoch but his blasted 14 yard effort was cleared off the line to fall for Graham but lofted his close range effort over the  bar amidst penalty claims for a lunge tackle on him in 56 minutes.
Graham then had another opportunity but still suffering from his injury blasted wildly over the bar in 58 minutes.
Merpro were soon to pay the penalty for their profligacy.
Merpro created another opening with a fine move on the right flank allowing Euan Duff go fire in a rasping low shot excellently turned round the post in 65 minutes.
The match hit another spell of end to end pressure but it was the Motiwn dide continuing to create the chances.
Allan broke forward but hesitated as he ran in on goal and his pass inside was blocked much to his disgust in 70 minutes.
The Fire Brigade were lucky to stay at a full side when Nicol Duff was unceremoniously chopped by their centre half but the official showed undue leniency.
The chances kept arriving as Allan lobbed the high line yet again to allow Milne to break forward but his lofted effort over the advancing keeper went over the bar in 72 minutes.
Incredibly a similar chance for Rausch followed but his effort also went over the bar.
The visitors soon made Merpro pay the penalty for their profligacy when
McIlvenny made twisting run into the box to find space to hit a low shot at goal. Lownie saved but partied into the path of Harkins to drive into the net to make it 2-2 in 75 minutes.
Merpro were annoyed but hit back when Rausch broke through amidst howls of offside claims to round the GK to finally score from an acute angle to make it 3-2 in the 75th minute.
The Firies continued to push but Merpro continued to create and squander their chances.
Rausch broke into the box but his left foot effort hit the side netting in 82 minutes.
Rausch's pace allowed him to again break into the box but as he was about to pull the trigger was clipped and forced off balance leading to the keeper saving at his feet. Amidst incredulity the claims for a penalty were turned down in 85 minutes.
Merpro had time for another opportunity when Bruce broke from midfield and was bundled over on the edge of the box. Foul awarded but last man goal scoring claims were waived away in 88th minute.
A strange surreal match for Merpro who never fully managed to hit their recent fluency but yet created a ridiculous amount of gilt edged chances to have won several games.
However a dogged performance brought a further 3 Premier points to climb the table.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch (Ferries), Whyte, Milne, N.Duff, G.Allan, Rausch, Bruce, Graham (E.Duff),C.Allan, Paton.
Subs : Glennie, Robertson, Stephen.


 


Uncharacteristic lacklustre performance

Menzieshill 5 v 1 Merpro
North of Tay Cup Quarter Final
Saturday 22/3/15
Merpro travelled to Dundee on Saturday with high hopes of moving into the North of Tay Cup semi final.
Menzieshill have been in good form themselves and an intriguing match was anticipated.
On a calm sunny afternoon the home side started well at a fast pace and a flurry of early corner kicks put Merpro under pressure.
Merpro had began to settle but went behind after a disappointing goal. Merpro gave away easy possession allowing a quick break on the left wing for a cross to be headed into the net unopposed from 8 yards by Egan in 14 minutes.
Merpro created a good chance when Allan lofted a clever pass into Rausch's path in the box but he fired high over the bar in 18 minutes.
Merpro were now gaining some control
and equalised following a well flighted free kick allowed Campbell Bruce to get in front of his marker to head into the net from 10 yards in 20 minutes.
The match was now end to end and Lownie had to make a close range double save in 26 minutes.
Merpro went straight up the park with a quick passing move allowing Rausch to nip in front and round the goal keeper but from a acute angle could only fire into the side netting.
Both sides were trying to get a stranglehold on the game and it was Menzieshill who made the breakthrough on the stroke of half time. Bissett found space to hit an edge of the box low shot finding the net in the 44th minute.
Merpro were looking to quickly get back into match but went further behind with a gifted goal. GK Lownie came to collect an innocuous cross but relaxed too early and dropped the ball into the path of Bulle for an easy tap in from 6 yards to make it 3-1 after 48 minutes.
Merpro were further undone following giving away a free kick and then allowing a free header for Glennie in the box to glance into the net from 10 yards in 53 minutes.
Three goals in the space of 13 minutes either side of half time.
The visitors hit back with a well worked combining move allowing Graham to run in on goal but blasted a low shot just wide in  55 minutes.
graham then set up Rausch few minutes later but his close range effort was blocked in 57 minutes.
A few minutes later Bruce had a chance to create some pressure but lofted his effort over the bar.
Riach then fired in a low driven shot into the heart of the box but Graham unmarked was unable to control in front of goal in 62 minutes.
Any chance of a fight back was soon extinguished with an excellent quick fire break and clinical finish from Egan in 67 minutes.
The home side were now content to sit back and Merpro pushed forward looking for some consolations.
Bruce had a well hit shot saved by the goalkeeper in 70 minutes.
Paton then had a good opportunity but stumbled as he ran in on goal.
Whyte then set up a great pass for Christie to run in on goal but clipped his effort wide in 78 minutes.
Paton fired in a low corner with Turriff making a near post run but his glanced close range effort just went wide in 80 minutes.
Christie then had another chance when he was left unmarked in the box from a curling free kick but his headed effort went just over the bar in the 85th minute.
Probably Merpro's poorest performance of the past two seasons with an uncharacteristic lacklustre second half performance from the Montrose side. Conceded too many soft goals and wasteful of opportunities to give themselves any chance of reaching the semi final.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Ferries,C.Allan, N.Duff, Whyte, Rausch, Bruce(Stephen),Graham(Christie), Riach( Milne), E.Duff(Paton)




Long unbeaten run comes to an end amidst controversy.

MERPRO 3 v 6 NCR
Premier League
Saturday 14/3/15
Broomfield was the scene of yet another enthralling top class amateur match on Saturday.
Visiting side NCR are currently top of the MAFA Premier League. Both sides are on long unbeaten Midlands runs and a close match was keenly anticipated.
On a calm benign day both sides served up a feast of good play unfortunately marred by some contentious decisions influencing the outcome of the result.
Merpro started tentatively and immediately went behind after only 2 minutes. NCR swung in a dangerous corner kick with Centre Half Leith able to sweep the ball into the net from 6 yards for 1-0.
NCR were dominating early proceedings but Merpro held out and began to settle with the midfield taking control.
The home side first opportunity came following a Craig Allan cross cleared off the head of Graham
In 12 minutes.
A few minutes later after good pressing play on the keeper a loose clearance fell for Bruce but his 25 yard effort at an open goal was hurried and cleared to safety.
Merpro came close again when Euan Duff cut inside 2 tackles to fire in a 22 yard effort which came back off the post in 22 minutes.
Merpro were keeping NCR pinned back and Graham broke through with the keeper saving at his feet but then the ball ran loose but cleared to safety in 28 minutes.
Merpro's positive response was almost undone with a loose pass allowing Tucker to get in behind the defence but Lownie made a good low save to thwart  in 35 minutes.
Merpro resumed their attacking play with a fine move involving Rausch and Duff setting up Craig Allan but his 16 yard effort in front of goal lacked enough power to trouble the keeper.
Duff made another good run to set up Graham in a similar position but the ball bobbled as he fired at goal in 38 minutes.
Merpro's good play and pressure was finally rewarded following a foul on Whyte. Rausch floated in a free kick falling for Euan Duff to hook into the net from 12 yards for a deserved equaliser in 42nd minute.
Home side joy was almost extinguished a few minutes later when following a corner kick Leith found himself in space but under pressure fired wide to bring a super first half to a close.
Merpro had fought back well after a shaky opening to dominate the half.
After a half time roasting heard across the field NCR came out quickly and pushed the Montrose side back.
As in the first half they made an early breakthrough after the first of the many second half contentious decisions. A cross from the right flank was strongly headed into the net by Duncan from 8 yards but only after gaining advantage by holding down and climbing over Duff in his attempts to clear in 48 minutes.
Next contentious moment soon arrived as Bruce burst forward into the box from a Rausch flick on with full back McGrath's attempted missed tackle swiping him down but the expected penalty claims waived away in 52 minutes.
Merpro continued to press with Bruce throw in flicked on by Murdoch but Graham follow on close range header glanced over the bar in 54 minutes.
NCR were pegged back but the excellent Tucker always dangerous on the break had a right wing cross palmed onto the bar by GK Lownie in 56 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back with a quick fire break away move from their own half. Rausch collected to drive forward to set up Graham to slip a pass into the path of Euan Duff to run in on goal at pace to clinically loft a 25 yard shot over the keeper to again equalise in the 58th minute.
Merpro had their opponents aggravated and almost went ahead following a bulldozing run by Graham setting up Rausch to fire in a 10 yard left foot shot brilliantly turned over the bar by GK Carlin in 60th minute.
Key moments change game and a couple minutes later Duncan found himself space on the edge of the box to clinically fire in a low shot into the net.
A stunning response against the run of play but well executed.
Merpro took a few minutes to regroup but came back with a Bruce run into the box allowing Rausch to fire at goal but blitz defending blocked his 12 yard effort in 64 minutes.
NCR were being pinned back but on a break away created the next controversial moment. Duff in foiling Tucker appeared to be held down but in as the ball broke loose brought down the attacker. As the whistle blew the expected foul for Merpro turned into a penalty for NCR. Following calm restored Cruickshanks competently converted for 4-2 in 72nd minute.
The Motown side gradually regained their composure and hit back with another good move. Ferries broke on the right flank to pass inside for Duff to sweep a cross into the box for Chris Milne to fire into the goal from 12 yards in the 80th minute for 4-3.
The fight back was quickly extinguished with yet another vexing decision. NCR gained a corner and as the ball came in to the box Milne was held as he attempted to clear clear handling in the process. Another penalty awarded amidst further apoplexy and again well converted by Cruickshanks to make it 5-3 in 84 minutes.
Merpro opened up and pushed on in the final moments but were hit on the break with Duncan running through in the last minute to clinically finish the match.
A brutal result not reflecting the home sides fine play and dominance in possession.
Merpro's first MAFA defeat since November amidst frustrating circumstances but also credit to a clinically competitive NCR to maintain top of the table status.
Team : Lownie,Murdoch(Ferries), Whyte,Greig,N.Duff,G.Allan,Rausch, Bruce(Milne),Graham,C.Allan,E.Duff.
Subs: Robetrson,Stephen,Turriff.
Match Sponsor: R Coull & Son.





Captain Duff's wonder goal

Invergowrie 2 v 5 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 7/3/15
Merpro returned home with another set of Premier League points to leapfrog over their opponents Invergowrie on Saturday.
Invergowrie have been Premier mainstays for many years and a close match was anticipated.
Merpro have been on a good run of form and results and started confidently.
Graham worked himself some space in the box to fire a left foot shot well tipped over the bar by GK Davidson after only 4 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick Craig Allan sidestepped a tackle to clip a close range shot off the post rebounding to safety.
Merpro were on top and went ahead when Craig Allan pounced on a loose ball from a throw in to drill a 12 yard shot into the net to make it 1-0 after only 7 minutes.
Invergowrie began to free themselves up and created a chance with a cross flashing across the goal face with striker Slidders back post instinctive shot saved by Lownie in 12 minutes.
The home side got back into the match when Wilson did well to drift off his marker to strike a well hit dipping 25 yard shot into the corner of the net in 15 minutes.
Invergowrie were now galvanised and with the wind behind their backs began to pressure Merpro.
Turriff did well to recover to block a goal bound shot in 20 minutes.
Merpro weathered the pressure and began to regain a foothold.
Bruce worked hard to set up a chance for Euan Duff to run in on goal but fired his effort over the bar in 30 minutes.
The match entered into ebbing back and forth with neither side able to gain complete dominance.
However Merpro were able to break the deadlock with a well worked goal. Graham did well to set up a long cross to the back post for Euan Duff to knock back into the path of Allan but his 10 yard shot was blocked on the line.
Jordan Rausch following up latched onto the loose ball to fire high into the net from 6 yards in 43rd minute to make it 2-1.
Invergowrie had a final chance but good save from Lownie held the Montrose side's half time lead.
Merpro were looking to step up their game in the second half and immediately went on the attack with Graham and the alert GK in a hefty collision as they challenged in 47 minutes.
Merpro felt had claim for penalty when Bruce appeared to be pushed as he went to attack a cross ball into the box in 50 minutes.
Merpro's early second half pressure was soon rewarded but in the most bizarre goal likely to come across.
Invergowrie attempted to set up an attack in behind the Merpro defence but were denied by a trademark robust sliding tackle by Captain Nicol Duff. His strong curling clearance soared high into the air and amidst rising anticipation continued all of 70 yards looping over the GK to sail into the net for a goal of the season contender to make it 3-1 after 55 minutes.
The normally phlegmatic defender celebrated in style his moment of glory.
Merpro continued to push with Greig setting up perfect pass for Murdoch to run in on goal but a fine tackle thwarted his opportunity in 60 mins.
The home side had rarely been able to threaten in the second half but good quick passing link up play managed to work an opening but Wilson slipped his effort wide in 68 minutes.
Merpro heeded the warning and set up a series of openings.
Allan set up Greig but his effort at goal was well saved by the keeper in 70 minutes.
Graham having a fine game was unlucky on a couple of occasions to run in on goal but was deemed offside by the otherwise excellent referee.
Rausch was next to test out the keeper with a rasping swerving 22 yard effort well held in 75 minutes.
Merpro had been dominating but unable to finish off their opponents but the breakthrough soon arrived.
GK Lownie started the move finding Rausch who lofted a pass over the defence for substitute Chris Milne to break forward and expertly lob over the GK from 20 yards to make it 4-1 inn the 80th minute.
However the match then went into a hectic finale as Invergowrie managed to snatch a goal back. Duff in attempting to block a shot at goal fell and handled with a penalty awarded. GK Lownie saved the initial effort but Slidders fired the rebound into the net for 4-2 in 88 minutes.
Merpro immediately went upfield as the home side pushed forward but squandered a couple of good openings.
However in the final minutes Craig Allan broke forward to round the goalkeeper to unselfishly square the ball into box for the supporting Craig Christie to knock into the net from 6 yards to make it 5-2.
A more determined and grinding performance on a windy dsy and bumpy pitch to record a fine resounding victory most notable for the Motown Captain's amazing goal.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch( Ferries), Turriff( G.Allan), Greig, N.Duff, Whyte, Rausch, Bruce( Robertson), Graham( Christie), C.Allan, E.Duff(Milne).



MERPRO 5 v 1 Lowson United
Premier League
Saturday 28/2/15
Merpro welcomed Lowson on Premier League action to Broomfield on Saturday. Lowson had defeated Merpro in the League Cup earlier in the season and have been enjoying a successful campaign in the league.
Merpro quickly asserted themselves with Rausch setting up Riach but his 10 yard effort was blocked after only 2 minutes.
The opening goal soon arrived after good wing play by Rausch again allowed Scott Graham to collect in the box to fire in a 12 yard shot parried high into the net by GK Munro in 13 minutes.
Merpro continued to dominate with the midfield constantly never allowing their opponents to settle.
The second goal duly arrived after tenacious play from Greig allowed Graham to clip a deft pass into the path of the galloping Jordan Rausch. He collected inside the box to drill a low drive into the corner of the net from 16 yards to make it 2-0 after 25 minutes.
Lowson were finding it difficult to gain any hold on the match but remained dangerous with a series of long throws and corners but the home side managed to defend well.
Merpro almost went further ahead after a fine linking move involving Nicol Duff , Bruce and Rausch provided space for Euan Duff to curl a rising shot cannoning off the bar to safety in 32 minutes.
A few minutes later Greig had an edge of the box effort blocked.
Merpro almost gifted Lowson an opportunity when a loose pass allowed Fltcher to close in on goal but good work by Duff and Whyte thwarted for a corner kick in 38 minutes.
The first half came to a close with the Motown side having dominated and deserving of their lead.
Merpro were determined to maintain their control and immediately pressed their opponents into defending.
A further opportunity soon arrived as Graham harried a defender allowing Rausch to pick up a loose pass and run into the box but Munro made a good save to deny in 52 minutes.
Merpro were denied another chance when Graham collected in midfield and drove at the defence but was taken out by a strong challenge just as he had set up Duff to run in on goal unopposed. However the otherwise excellent Referee Brand pulled up play to award the foul rather than afford the chance to carry on and have chance to score.
However Merpro's were not to be denied and went further ahead in 60 minutes. Riach fired in a 25 yard free kick which came back off the bar for the alert Campbell Bruce to latch onto and drill a left foot effort back at goal taking a slight deflection into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
Lowson had rarely threatened in the second half but almost snatched a goal back when a long ball fell for Farquharson to shrug off a challenge. He lobbed at goal but an super outstretched save from Lownie saved the home side in 62 minutes.
Merpro made the most of their keepers save and went further ahead a few minutes later. Further pressure allowed Jordan Rausch to rob a defender to run in on goal rounding the keeper to slot home from an acute angle to make it 4-0 in the 65th minute.
Lowson refused to buckle and began to have their best spell of the match forcing some concerted pressure as the home side's intensity reduced.
Whyte saved Merpro with some excellent defending blocking 3   rebound close range shots in the box to prevent a goal.
The Forfar side did manage to claw a goal back with a 20 yard edge of the box wonder strike from Smith after a deflected clearance fell for him in 76 minutes.
Lowson almost snatched another when
a curled effort glanced off the top of the bar in 80 minutes.
Merpro had relaxed and lost cohesion but managed to regain their composure. A long clearance from Lownie fell for Paton to shrug off his marker but his attempted lob over the GK just went wide in 82 minutes.
Merpro finally finished the scoring when a Christie curled effort was blocked. he collected the rebound to set up the supporting Stewart Turriff to collect on the left wing to curl in a fine low 18 yard shot into the corner of the net to
Make it 5-1 in 85 minutes.
A good strong performance with the Merpro midfield constantly pressurising and controlling the match.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(Ferries), Turriff, Greig, N.Duff, Whyte, Rausch(Houghton), Bruce, Graham(Christie), Riach(Paton), E.Duff(Stephen).
Match Sponsor: Jordan Rausch



Never say die last gasp victory

MERPRO 2 v 1 Arbroath CSC
Premier League
Saturday 21/2/15
Merpro welcomed Arbroath CSC to Broomfield for a local Premier League derby on Saturday.
Merpro have been inactive on league action for some time due to weather postponements and continued success within cup matches and were keen to get back into league action.
An early morning pitch inspection anticipated a continued thaw and the match started in sunny benign conditions.
Merpro started well pushing their opponents back but were unable to create any clear openings.
The first clear chance came after Graham broke through a couple of challenges in the box to hit a left foot 15 yard shot parried by the GK with Paton's rebound effort going just wide in 10 minutes.
The match was settling down with CSC managing to stifle Merpro and began to set up attacks with Watson coming close firing over the bar in 18 minutes.
CSC again came close when Gillespie fired in a low 25 yard well hit free kick excellently saved by Lownie turning round the post in 24 minutes.
Merpro held out and began to gain control again creating a good opportunity in 30 minutes.
Whyte made a break forward passing inside for Greig to weight a perfect pass allowing Graham to escape his marker and run into the box but as he drew out the keeper slid his chipped effort just wide of the post.
Just as Merpro were gaining ascendancy the visitors opened the scoring on a quick breakaway move. The dangerous Gillespie skipped past his marker on the byeline to cut back into the path of McCouaig to finish with a low 10 yard shot to open the scoring after 35 minutes.
Merpro tried to hit back immediately with Paton drifting inside past a couple of tackles but fired his 18 yard effort wide in 37 minutes.
CSC managed to continue to stifle and it was the Montrose side feeling frustrated at half time.
Merpro opened the second half well with Graham and Paton combining well on the left flank but the laters dangerous cross into the box went was clears to safety in 48 minutes.
Graham was next to come close drifting past his marker to fire in a dangerous 20 yard effort just wide in 50 minutes.
Merpro were gradually building up the pressure and after a good combination move Milne fired in a dangerous cross across goal but frustratingly no takers as the went to safety in 55 minutes.
A few minutes later another closeshave as a Bruce throw in was headed just over the his own bar by Mathewson. The home side were now completely dominating with Bruce setting up Rausch but he fired his 16 yard effort over the bar in 60 minutes.
Greig was next to curl a dangerous free kick across the face of goal frustratingly not anticipated in 62 minutes.
A few minutes later the home side were denied a penalty when Brown appeared to handle but the unsighted referee was unable to award.
After some good midfield play Greig was left with an opening but lofted his edge of the box effort over the bar in 68 minutes.
CSC were unable to set up any attacks with GK Lownie a spectator outwitj occasional back passes as the home side pressure continued to build.
Another penalty claim after Gersok appeared to inadvertently handle a close range shot in the box.
A cross to the back post was headed back into the box by Euan Duff but Greig under pressure could only direct his header over the bar from 8 yards in 80 minutes.
Merpro's probing continued and following a fine run by Whyte he almost created himself the equaliser but agonisingly his curled effort just slid past the post in 85 minutes.
Merpro's constant pressure was looking to be in vain but the constant pounding finally had some effect as the match went into injury time.
Nicol Duff pushed forward into the Fellaini last gasp role latched onto a forward pass to fire in a low cross into the near post. Jordan Rausch reacted quickest to clip in a low shot into the net from 5 yards to grab the equaliser releasing pent up emotions in the 91st minute.
Merpro's frustration was released but they refused to settle for the draw and sensed further
Further pressure resulted in a free kick just inside the half and with the minutes ticking away Rausch floated in a long ball into a packed box. Murdoch managed to direct a header into the path of Stewart Turriff who latched onto the knockdown to drive the ball into the net from 10 yards for his first Merpro goal in the 93rd minute.
Amazing scenes as Montrose unbridled joy erupted all round as a two goal injury time blitz had turned the game around to seal a memorable win for the home side.
Ultimately a deserved victory as Merpro's probing and pounding the entire second half eventually paid dividends but CSC's resolve made it a close shave.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Whyte, Greig, N.Duff, G.Allan, Rausch, Bruce, Graham(Christie), Milne(Turriff), Paton(E.Duff). Subs: Houghton, Robertson.
Match Sponsor: Jay Christie.


A Valentine's Day treat..


Merpro 5 v 1 Methven ( Perth)
North of Tay Cup 3rd round
Saturday 14/2/15
Merpro moved into the North of Tay quarter finals after an impressive victory over their Perth opponents on Saturday.
Methven are currently sitting equal top of the Perthshire Division 1 and a tough match was anticipated.
Merpro immediately got into their stride and started at a high tempo.
Craig Allan set up the first opportunity sliding in a low pass for Rausch to cut inside his marker to curl a left foot effort
off the bar in 8 minutes.
Methven managed a couple of corner and Greig did well to clear s header off the line in 14minutes.
Merpro quickly regained their rhythm and should have went ahead after good wing play by Rausch set up Greig in front of goal but his effort from close range went over the bar in 18 minutes.
A few minutes later Graham was bumbled over on the edge of the box with Rausch's subsequent well hit free kick well saved.
Merpro were now in full flow and soon came close again in 25 minutes.
Bruce slid a pass for Graham to curl a 16 yard effort at goal but was again well saved by the keeper and Paton's follow up header went just wide from close range.
Graham burst into the box and was then upended but amidst penalty claims play was waived on in 30 minutes.
Somehow the visiting side were hanging on but the floodgates were about to be clinically opened.
The Motown side were wearing down their opponents and went ahead after some fine play from Rausch on the right flank set up Craig Allan in the box. He deftly danced past a couple of tackles to slide a low shot into the corner of the net in 32nd minute.
Merpro went further ahead after good midfield pressing play from Greig and Paton allowed Scott Graham to collect  in a crowded box and slide another low driven effort under the despairing keeper on 35 minutes. A quick fire double to make it 2-0.
Merpro were now running rampant and went further ahead with a quick breakaway goal. Graham collected a defensive clearance in midfield, dummied his marker to pass for Bruce to break at pace to set up Lee Paton. Paton managed to get to ball just before the out rushing keeper to round him and slide a low shot from a wide angle into the net to make it 3-0 in 38th minute.
Methven were reeling and soon went further behind as Greig was brought down on the edge of the box.
John 'Pirlo' Murdoch composed himself to glide a perfect 20 yard effort over the wall into the top of the net amidst gleeful scenes ( see Merpro AFC Facebook ) to make it 4-0
In the 42nd minute.
A stunning 4 goal blitz in an 10 minute period.
A mesmerising passing first half performance from the Montrose side.
Into the second half and Methven attempted to raise their game but it was Merpro who continued to create.
Allan combined with Rausch to get in behind the defence but he fired his curled effort wide in 54 minutes.
Methven then had their best spell of the match creating some pressure with Toher breaking to fire over the bar in 55 minutes. A few minutes later Greig did well to block a goal bound shot wide.
Merpro hit back when Rausch slid a perfect pass for Ferries to get behind the defence but his cross come shot glanced off the bar in 57 minutes.
The alert visiting GK did well to come out quickly to prevent Christie from scoring after he latched onto a Paton header in 62 minutes.
A few minutes later a Rausch low driven corner came back off the near post with Bruce's goalbound follow up effort blocked to safety.
The Methven GK McDougall again rescued his team after some good interlinking play allowed Whyte to burst into the box to blast s shot at goal excellently saved in 70 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead after Rausch was brought down on the left edge of the box. Craig Christie sized up the wall and quickly hit a perfect low curled 18 yard effort in at the nest post to make it 5-0 in 82 minutes.
Methven managed to gain a consolation goal a few minutes later after a long ball into the box fell for their striker to fire in a low snap shot into the net to finish the scoring at 5-1.
The excellent female match official soon called proceedings to a halt as Merpro celebrated an impressive victory to move into the last eight of the competition.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch( Whyte), Ferries( J.Robertson), C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Rausch, Bruce(E.Duff), Graham(Christie),Greig, Paton(Milne)


FC Claypotts 0 v 2 Merpro
Bremner Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 7/2/15

Merpro moved efficiently into the Bremner Cup 3rd round following a victory over Claypotts on Saturday in Dundee.
Merpro were one of only six matches able to take place after an overnight frost decimated the MAFA fixture card. An early morning inspection anticipated an afternoon thaw and although the pitch was playable underfoot conditions proved to be slippy. However after 3 weeks inactivity waiting the match was able to be completed.
Merpro started well looking to take an early advantage. The visitors almost went ahead following a sweeping pass from Bruce allowed Paton to swing in a dangerous cross ton the back post for Duff to head back into the path of Graham but his snap shot was alertly saved well by Seaton in 5 minutes.
The keeper again did well when an inadvertent sliced cross from Greig had to be tipped over the bar in 10 minutes.
Graham almost set up the opening goal after dribbling past a couple of players to lay off a pass for Graeme Allan but his 10 yard fox in the box effort was deflected wide in 12 minutes.
Merpro had the bulk of play but the early breakthrough had failed to materialise.
Claypotts started to find their feet and GK Lownie had to be alert on s couple of occasions to thwart some close range snap shots.
Merpro weather the pressure and had another good chance when a Bruce cross into the box was headed just over the bar by Murdoch in 30 minutes.
The Montrose side had claims for a penalty a few minutes later when Paton appeared to be pushed whilst attempting to connect with a Craig Allan  free kick in front of goal in 40 minutes.
Claypotts had a spell of good pressure just before the break but Allan and Duff held the defensive line well to prevent any clear openings.
Somehow all square at half time and after some refocusing the Montrose side came out strong again into the second period.
Immediately good play by Bruce set up Graham to run in on goal but his effort was cleared off the line with Bruce 's follow up effort also blocked.
A minute later Paton collected to run in on goal but his low shot was excellently saved by the evergreen GK Seaton in 47th minute.
Merpro were dominating and another good opening fell for Graham after a corner kick but he just pulled his close range effort wide.
Graham then had another couple of good chances latching onto a quick pass but hastily blasted a shot  over the bar and few minutes later dallied on the ball allowing defenders to get back to him.
However the revitalised loved up Hippo made amends to work Merpro a fine opening goal. Scott Graham collected to run at the defence playing a return  pass with Paton to calmly curl a 12 yard  effort into the  corner of the net to make  1-0 in 56 minutes.
Merpro had completely dominated the second half opening and soon went further ahead. Robbie Ferries made a storming run into the box only to be bundled over and a penalty awarded.
Jordan 'top scorer' Rausch calmly stepped up to fire in a well hit penalty to
make it 2-0 after 60 minutes.
Merpro had another chance to go further ahead as Graham had another effort cleared off the line by Bell in 65 minutes.
Claypotts almost snatched a goal back when the increasingly under used GK Lownie created some tension. Attempting to save a long range effort with his chest to maintain possession  he almost inadvertently knocked into his own net...but some nifty recovery remedied the situation.
Merpro were now controlling the game and Paton had another gilt chance to run in goal but again was denied by the wily custodian in 70 minutes.
Merpro continued to create chances with Milne setting up Rausch to run in on goal slipping a pass for Robertson but he fired the follow up effort wide in 80 minutes.
A few minutes later Milne and Rausch again combined to set up an opening for Stephen but with the goal gaping blasted his 12 yard effort wide.
A comfortable victory in the end in increasingly difficult slippy conditions.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(Turriff), Ferries, C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Paton( Robertson),Bruce, Graham(Stephen), Greig, E. Duff( Rausch).
Next Match: North of Tay Cup 4th Round v Methven (h) 1.30pm ko


Tantalising Scottish Cup defeat

Campsie Minerva 3 v 2 Merpro
Scottish Cup 5th Round
Saturday 10/1/15

Merpro resumed New Year duty straight into Scottish Amateur Cup 5th round action involving their biggest match of the season so far.
Merpro travelled south to face well renowned Campsie Minerva from Lennoxtown who play in the Glasgow Premier Central Amateur league.
On a day when the stormy elements exhibited a full range of bright sunshine, hailstones,sleet and snow the match was switched to the nearby Kilsyth astroturf to ensure the game would go ahead.
Merpro started well and immediately pushed their opponents back with some   good midfield play to get in behind the Campsie defence.
Euan Duff was making some dangerous storming runs on the flank and set up the first clear chance after 8 minutes.Dribbling past a couple of players he ran in at goal to slip a pass inside for Campbell Bruce to fire in a 10 yard shot but a defender managing to make a stretching block to prevent the opening goal.
Merpro continued to surprise the home side and Craig Allan was next to come close lofting a 20 yard shot over the keeper clipping the bar to safety after 12 minutes.
Campsie managed to hit back winning midfield possesion to make a quick forward break and an incisive pass failed to be cleared leading to an edge of the box free kick in front of the goals. The resultant free kick was then clinically curled into the net with GK Lownie left reeling to put the home side ahead against the initial run of play after 15 minutes.
Campsie now were galvanised and had found their confidence and began to put Merpro under more pressure. The Merpro rearguard were being tested especially from a series of corner kicks. Campsie had a towering 6ft 6in centre forward Mackie who continually caused concerns with his height and physical strength and were continuously looking to find him to play off his lay offs.
Gradually Merpro began to literally weather the storm and hit back when Duff pressurised a defender to make a rushed pass allowing the alert Campbell Bruce to intercept to run in on at goal to round the GK to calmly compose himself to curl a shot into the net in 32 minutes for the equalising goal.
Both sides were now testing each other without any clear cut chances.
With half time looming and an even first half looking likely the home side managed to gain the advantage.
A long ball forward was flicked on by the giant centre forward with Duff anticipating but as he tried to cover a nippy forward nicked the ball to run in and slip a low effort under Lownie in the 44th minute.
Half time 2-1.
Merpro came out brightly in the second period forcing their opponents back with good forward pressing play cresting some anxiety in the home defence.
Merpro were gradually gaining momentum but Campsie were always dangerous managing to fire in wide crosses constantly testing the Merpro defenders and Greig had to make a excellent couple of blocking tackles to prevent efforts at goal.
With the game finely balanced the home side managed to extend their lead with the giant Mackie again in the midst. A curling free kick aimed for the forward was missed by all allowing a supporting runner to drift in at the back post to head high into the net from 8 yards in the 70th minute.
A blow for Merpro but they refused to lie down and continued to push forward. The Montrose side were rewarded when a fine defence splitting pass allowed Scott Graham to escape his marker to run in on goal. Holding off a covering defender he unselfishly slipped a pass inside along the front of goal for the supporting Lee Paton to fire in a low drive under the keeper from 12 yards to make it 3-2 in the 80th minute.
Merpro and their supporters were now rampant and pushed forward with Whyte and Ferries making good flank runs causing some concerns. The home side were now being pegged back and becoming anxious but despite the late Merpro onslaught were able to
hold firm to seal their victory to move into the last 32 of the national competition.
Merpro can be encouraged by their Scottish Cup run and despite the tantalisingly frustrating result showed can match a respected opponent with aims of winning the competition.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch( Ferries), Whyte, C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Rausch( Paton), Greig, Christie, Bruce ( Graham), E.Duff. Subs: Stephen, Turriff.


Scottish Cup victory

MERPRO 3 v 1 Uphall Station
Scottish Cup 4th Round
Saturday 6/12/14
Merpro moved into the Scottish Cup 5th Round after defeating Uphall Station from Broxburn on Saturday. Uphall play in the Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Association.
An early morning pitch inspection was required and by match time ko the overnight frost had disappeared.
Uphall started the match at a determined quick pace and took control of the match.
Merpro were finding it difficult to string passes together and it was no surprise when the visitors went ahead with a 8 yard header from a corner kick after only 10 minutes.
Merpro managed to create themselves a good opening when Christie did well to win possession and fire in a cross for Duff in front of goal but he volleyed his effort wide in 14 minutes.
A few minutes later Merpro had a penalty claim ignored when Craig Allan appeared to be pushed in the back as he went to meet a cross.
After a good move Bruce collected on the edge of the box but his lofted effort at goal was saved comfortably in 20 minutes.
Merpro had began to get up to pace and gradually took control of the midfield and were establishing some dominance. Craig Allan slipped a super pass into the box for the breaking Greig who collected but the alert GK managed to come out and thwart the attack in 22 minutes.
Allan and Christie then combined to set up a chance for Rausch in the box but he fired his close range left foot effort wide in 26 minutes.
Merpro were now on top and Craig Allan made a twisting run past two players into the box composed himself to fire in a fierce shot but a brave headed clearance prevented the goal bound effort.
Uphall were restricted to hitting on the break and managed to hold on for the remainder of the half to hang onto their early lead.
Merpro came out even more determined in the second period and almost made the breakthrough
Immediately. Rausch collected a defence splitting pass to run in on goal to fire in a well hit rising shot only for GK Brown to get a finger tip to divert onto the cross bar.
Another opening was soon created following a fine passing move Murdoch slipped a pass inside for Bruce to collect and compose himself on the edge of the box but his curled effort was saved by the increasingly busy GK in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now in full flow and Greig set up Rausch to run in on goal unopposed but as he shot at goal the ball bobbled on the surface and sliced his 15 yard effort wide.
Merpro thought they had managed to open their account after fine play from Euan Duff allowed Greig to set up Christie to fire into the net but controversially was given offside in 55 minutes.
The Merpro incessant attacking continued and the deserved breakthrough goal soon arrived after some fine linking play. The increasingly influential Greig held off a tackle to slip a deft pass into the path of the galloping Rausch to run into box and fire in a low cross into the box.Lee Paton ran off his marker to expertly slip a low hooked shot from 12 yards into the corner for the equalising goal setting off some delight within the home ranks.
The visitors immediately rallied and hit back with a good spell of play. Lownie who had been relatively untroubled in the second half was called into action forced into making a good save following a twisting run in the box and well hit effort from centre forward Scott. A few minutes later Nicol Duff had to make a determined blocking tackle to prevent  another close range effort at goal.
Merpro heeded the warnings and re galvanised themselves. Rausch had another breaking run into the box but his close range effort was well blocked to safety.
Merpro regained their attacking intensity and their pressure was soon rewarded. Following some good play Whyte collected and curled a perfect cross into the heart of the box for Scott Riach to rise like a twisting Ferret to out jump his marker to head home to put the home side into the lead for the first time.
Merpro were now rampant and soon went further ahead when Whyte again send in another inviting cross ball into the middle of the box for Rhys Greig to cap a fine performance by deftly prodding a 10 yard shot into the net to make it 3-1 with 8 minutes to play.
A thrilling fight back was complete and Merpro's desire gave them a fully deserved victory to take them into the Saturday Scottish Amateur Cup 5th round for the first time.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch (Whyte), Ferries, Greig, N.Duff, G.Allan,
Rausch (Turriff), C.Allan, Christie (Graham), Bruce(S.Riach), E.Duff(Paton)
Match Sponsor: Colin Duncan.


Good performance against top side despite defeat

Riverside 4 v 1 Merpro
Premier League
Sat 29/11/14
With the majority of MAFA allocated matches postponed due to recent damp weather a hastily arranged fixture was relocated to Montrose. Riverside were keen to have a fixture and agreed to travel and the match was deemed a home fixture for the Dundee side.
Merpro had some selection dilemmas as a goalkeeper shortage in town resulted in Euan Duff volunteering to take the vacant gloves. He soon set up an early home side chance with a long clearance almost falling for Bruce to latch onto but the alert Riverside keeper came out to collect after 3 minutes.
Merpro opened the scoring when Paton pressurised Deuchars to win the ball and burst into the box at pace unselfishly squaring for Jordan Rausch to score in front of goal from 6 yards to make it 1-0 after 5 minutes.
Merpro's good start continued with the Paton and Rausch combination again to almost open up the visiting defence a but the final lofted ball just ran away from the latter.
Riverside were finding it difficult to cope with the Merpro pressing but came back into the match after gifted an opportunity. Esposito latched onto a clearance and sent in a perfect cross for Williamson to expertly head home from 8 yards in the 11th minute.
Riverside began to settle and both sides were now testing each other with some fine passing and midfield play.
Christie almost unlocked the visitors defence with an overhead pass but again alert defending cleared the danger in 20 minutes.
Riverside came close with a well worked move with Cassidy bursting into the box but fired over from 16 yards in 22 minutes.
Merpro had another great opening when Christie latched onto a defensive clearance to set up Paton but GK Palladini came out quickly to save at his feet in 25 minutes.
Riverside had a good spell of play but it was Paton who next fired in a 25 yard effort saved by the keeper in 28 minutes.
Merpro had another opportunity from a short corner kick falling for Christie in the box but his 10 yard snap shot was saved by Palladini in 30 minutes.
Merpro had been more than holding their own but were left reeling when Crozier found himself in free space to curl an excellent finish into the top of the net in 32 minutes to make it 2-1.
Both sides continued to push each other with some fine play but defences held firm.
A good first half by Merpro but undone by some fine clinical finishing.
Into the second period and Riverside quickly pushed Merpro back and hit the bar with 22 yard effort.
Riverside were keeping Merpro pinned back and went further ahead with a quick fire double of fine finished goals by Cassidy and Crozier in 55 and 58 minutes.
Merpro continued to find a way back and Graham set up Paton with lobbed pass but his 12 yard goal bound effort was blocked by Wemyss in 65 minutes.
The match was stretched and Riverside were denied a further goal when Craig Allan made a brilliant lunging blocked tackle to prevent a goal in 70 minutes.
Merpro were next to create with Graham and Christie combining well to slip a pass in for Rausch but again the excellent Pallidini anticipated well to come out and collect in 75 minutes.
Merpro were enjoying the best of the latter stages and Bruce had an opening but fired over the bar in 80 minutes.
Paton made a fine dribbling run past a couple of players to set up Graham but his again Pallidini made a good save in 85 minutes.
Riverside had the final chance on a breakaway but Euan Duff capped a fine performance with a brave low save in the last minutes.
Riverside's strength shone through as they took command in their second half half performance and eventually ran out deserved winners. However Merpro continue to improve and received deserved plaudits from their esteemed opponents post match.
Team : E.Duff,Murdoch(Turriff),Ferries(Robertson),Greig, Pert(Graham), G.Allan, Rausch(Petrie),C.Allan, Christie(Houghton),Bruce, Paton.

Next match : Uphall Station (h)  Scottish Cup 4th Round 1.30pm ko


AC Harleys 1 v 3 Merpro
North of Tay Cup 3rd round
Saturday 15/11/14

Merpro into last 16

Merpro moved into the last 16 of the North of Tay Cup after a physically hard demanding match on Saturday in Dundee. AC Harleys were very motivated from the kick off and quickly made their intent clear to try to prevent Merpro from getting into any rythym.
On a day when most matches were postponed due to the sodden pitch conditions the home side soon put Merpro under early pressure.
However it was Merpro created the first opening when Greig set up Duff to fire in a low shot well turned round the post by the keeper in 5 minutes.
Harleys were receiving vociferous sideline support and the opening spell was frenetic as the home side attempted to unsettle their visitors.
Merpro held firm and almost opened the scoring when Christie passed wide for Rausch to cut inside and hit a left foot effort well saved by the keeper in 20 minutes.
Merpro had another opening following a free kick with the ball falling for Turriff but he fired his effort wide.
Harleys almost broke the deadlock managing to get in behind the Merpro defence but Pert made an excellent recovery tackle to prevent a clear shot at goal in 25 minutes.
The match had began to settle and Turriff did well to latch onto a Murdoch long through ball but just directed his stretched effort wide in 30 minutes.
Harleys created a good chance running in off the byeline but Okide just fired wide in the 34th minute.
Merpro were now starting to find space as the tempo eased and begzn to dominate the laster stages of the first half. as they gained control however had to increasingly survive some robust challenges being leniently allowed.
The Montrose side almost broke the deadlock when a Christie 20 yard free kick came back off the bar with Rausch firing the rebound over the bar after 38 minutes.
Half time arrived with no further chances and Merpro gaining ascendancy.
Merpro immediately hit the muddy ground running when Rausch collected a diagonal Bruce pass to drift inside his marker to drill in a well hit shot tipped over the bar by the GK in 46 minutes.
From the resultant corner an inadvertent defensive clearance had to be cleared off the line.
As it looked as if Merpro were taking control Harleys won a tackle in midfield to break catching the visitors off guard.
McGregor shrugged off a tackle to fire in a low shot past Lownie in 52nd minute.
Harleys were re galvanised and Greig made a good clearance to prevent an opportunity following a corner kick in 55 minutes.
The match was becoming more intense again and the home side began to pick
up some cautions as Merpro slowly began to assert themselves.
However stout defensive play kept Merpro at bay until the introduction of substitute Scott Graham. The 'Hippo' soon made himself at home in the muddy conditions with a sublime backheel first touch of the ball into the path of the galloping Jordan Rausch to take one touch and fire in a brilliant low 18 yard shot low past the fine keeper in the 75th minute. A superb goal equalising goal.
Merpro came close a couple minutes later when Christie latched onto a defensive clearance to pump a lofted 30 yard shot back at goal but the keeper saved well.
Merpro finally went ahead following a storming wing run by Whyte to loft in a cross for Craig Allan but as he was about to collect a defender cleared with his hand and a clear penalty awarded.
For some reason only a booking given.
Jordan Rausch took responsibility for the penalty and promptly fired past the keeper to make it 2-1 for Merpro in the 79th minute. A quick fire double.
Merpro should have went further ahead when Christie slid a pass into the path of Allan to run in on  goal but his normal composure deserted him as he fired wildly over the bar in 82 minutes.
The home side made some changes and pushed forward allowing some space at the back with Rsusch setting up an inviting cross for Graham but he was unable to connect.
Harleys began to pile on some late pressure and the Merpro defence had to put up the barricades to survive.
Merpro finally sealed the match Grant Whyte made another decisive storming flank run to cross expertly into the path for Jordan 'mini Saurez' Rausch to joyously fire in a low shot from 12 yards for his first ever Merpro hat trick in the 88th minute to make it 3-1.
Some further late pressure was held off to clinch the victory.
Harleys were difficult very motivated opponents but although not allowed to be at their best Merpro eventually found their muddy feet to advance into the next round.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Whyte, Greig, Pert, G.Allan ( N.Duff), Rausch,Bruce, Christie,Turriff (C.Allan),E.Duf(Graham)
Subs: Ferries, Robertson.



NCR 3 v 1 MERPRO
Merpro visited Caird Park Stadium on Saturday returning to Premier League duty. Both sides have been in good form recently and an even match was anticipated.
NCR started well and pushed Merpro back with some quick pacy play.
Merpro slowly settled and had their first chance when Stephen laid off a pass for Greig but fired his edge of the shot wide in 8 minutes.
Both sides were testing each other but it was the home side who went ahead with a fortuitous goal. A pass was fed through the centre of the Merpro defence but as Pert was about to intercept slipped on the wet surface allowing Middleton to run in on goal unopposed to score from 14 yards in the 11th minute.
Merpro tried to hit back with Riach having a couple of shots hit wide.
The tempo of the match had now raised as both sides were getting into full flow.
Lownie made an excellent low blocking save coming out quickly to foil the dangerous centre forward Tucker in 22 minutes.
Merpro heeded the warning and gradually began to settle and dominate the midfield.
Bruce curled in a dangerous free kick across the face of goal with Riach almost getting a toe end at the back
post in 25 minutes.
Riach then flipped a lofted pass into the path of Ferries who had made a determined run in behind the defence but the alert GK came out to save in 30 minutes.
Euan Duff then made a strong run on the right byeline to slip in a low cross but Greig's 5 yard back flip at goal was blocked to safety in 32 minutes.
Rausch then created an opening for himself to curl a 20 yard effort just wide in 34 minutes.
Merpro's good play was rewarded a few minutes later. Bruce floated in a free kick into the heart of the box with Murdoch held down by Leith as he attempted to connect and a penalty awarded. Scott Riach stepped up to take responsibility and expertly scored sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1 after 35 minutes.
Merpro continued to press forward with Bruce , having a fine match, making a strong run from midfield to fire in a low shot well held by the keeper.
After some patient composed midfield play Bruce set up Riach at the edge of the box but he fired his shot high and wide in 40th minute.
Rausch was next to create a chance after some nifty wing play to fire in an excellent cross across the face of goal a couple minutes later cleared for a corner kick. From the resultant Rausch corner Merpro had another good chance but Riach's downward header went just wide.
NCR had survived and after a tentative start Merpro had gone onto assert themselves as the offensive side.
NCR came out fast and immediately pushed Merpro back with long balls into the box similar to their first half start.
Merpro held on and almost inadvertently went ahead in 48 minutes. Bruce fired in slow 25 yard effort deflecting off Riach with the keeper managing to scramble the effort wide.
However following this effort NCR began to take a stranglehold in the match keeping Merpro pegged back in their own half.
Middleton had a good opening but fired wide as he latched onto a long ball in behind the visiting defence.
The home side broke the deadlock developing with another fortuitous goal from a corner kick disputed as a goal kick. The in swinging corner evaded the front post attackers and defenders and as Greig was unlucky as his attempt to clear sliced into the net from 6 yards in 53rd minute.
The home side were pressing on Merpro and went further ahead following another corner kick when a header fell for Middleton to score from close range in the 60th minute to make it 3-1.
Merpro tried to galvanise themselves as NCR were content to consolidate their lead but were unable to find their first half fluency and passing.
Merpro made several changes without any immediate gain as NCR managed to stifle any attacking threat.
Graham had a close range header go wide in 80 minutes and Nicol Duff had a looping header saved on the line in the closing minutes.
NCR ran out deserved winners in the end maximising their superior height advantage and played to their strengths in the second half.
Team : Lownie,Murdoch(Houghton), Ferries(Whyte),Greig, Pert, N. Duff, Rausch(Graham),Bruce, Stephen(Turriff), S. Riach, E.Duff(Robertson).



Scottish Cup victory in Glasgowland for Merpro.

Cresswell Lane 0 v 4 Merpro
Scottish Cup 3rd round
Saturday 1/11/14

Merpro travelled down to the leafy suburbs of Bearsden on Saturday on Scottish Cup duty to face Strathclyde Premier League side Cresswell Lane.
Merpro produced an impressive performance against a physically strong  and robust but fair side to move into the    hat for the 4th round draw.
Merpro started well and almost snatched an early lead when a long Murdoch through ball set up Duff but the alert home keeper cleared to safety in 5 minutes.
Merpro then almost gifted their opponents a goal when Lownie and Ferries had a communication mix up but the alert Pert covered to hook clear in 7 minutes.
Merpro had started well and were moving their opponents around but as the pace settled the home side began to get a foothold and started what was to their main tactic of an aerial bombardment. Merpro were hit with a series of long crosses and vicious throw in weapon but solid defending held them at bay.
Merpro hit back with Christie creating himself a chance but his 20 yard effort went just wide.
Merpro came close again following a good move involving Bruce and Duff for Riach to latch onto a cross to fire in a dangerous dipping 22 yard volley tipped over the bar by the GK in 20 minutes.
The opening goal was only held up by a few minutes however as Craig Allan won a strong midfield challenge to slip in a perfect diagonal pass for Craig Christie to cut in off the flank and fire in a clinical 20 yard low drive into the net in 22 minutes to make it 1-0.
Merpro remained on top and following another slick move Bruce laid off a pass for Riach but he fired his effort wide.
The home side raised their tempo and had a good spell of pressure. The Merpro defence was seriously placed under a blitz. A flurry of crosses led to an bizarre spell of 4 fierce ping pong rebound close range shots bravely blocked and covered clear marshalled by Captain Nicol Duff and his defensive colleagues.
Merpro held out and began to regain some composure and soon went further ahead with a sublime goal crafted in midfield possesion and movement play involving Bruce, Rausch and Euan Duff allowing Craig Allan to slide rule a pass into the path of the galloping Jordan Rausch. His momentum allowed him to nimbly dance past a couple of tackles to deftly slip a low shot past the keeper from 15 yards to make it 2-0 after 38 minutes for an excellent goal.
Merpro quickly hit early into the second period almost increasing their lead when Allan and Bruce combined for the latter to slip a diagonal pass into the path of Rausch but on this occasion the keeper managed to block his 10 yard acute effort in 46th minute.
The match lost some of its composure as the home side attempted to robustly drag themselves back into the match forcing a further period of direct attacks and their dangerous long throw weapon but as in the first half the Merpro defence held firm.
Merpro began to regain possesion control again and Christie set up Duff to  fire in a low diagonal shot across the face of goal in 66 minutes.
Merpro's regained control paid off with another fine clinical goal. Bruce slipped a pass into the path of Euan Duff to run in on goal at pace to fire in a well hit effort under the advancing keeper to make it 3-0 in the 75th minute.
Merpro were now well on top and went further ahead when a Greig free kick fell for Craig Christie to deftly lift over the goal keeper from close range at the back post to make it 4-0 in 78 minutes.
The home side vigour was dampened and Merpro should have went further ahead when Graeme Allan headed over the bar from close range following  a Rausch corner kick in 82 minutes.
Merpro managed to see out the remaining minutes comfortably to record an notable victory against a spirited side who have been in good form within their own Premier League.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(G.Allan), Ferries(Whyte), C.Allan,Pert, N.Duff,Rausch,Bruce(Stephen),Christie(Graham),S.Riach(Greig),E.Duff.


Frustration against top side

St James 3 v 1 MERPRO
Premier League
Saturday 24/10/14
Merpro visited Fairfield Park Dundee on Saturday returning to Premier League duty. St James are the current top side in Midlands amateur football and have delivered several heavy defeats on opponents in recent weeks.
Merpro themselves have been in good form recently with four consecutive victories finding their feet in the top league.
The early exchanges were surprisingly tentative with neither side gaining any control as both teams showed wary respect.
Merpro had the first opportunity on 14 minutes. Murdoch was awarded a soft foul at the edge of the box but fired his 20 yard free kick over the bar.
Merpro made the opening breakthrough with a fine opportunistic goal. Bruce did well in midfield to shake off a challenge to send a diagonal pass forward for Jordan Rausch. He managed to escape a strong tackle to run in off the flank to fire in a low drive under the GK to make it 1-0 after 22 minutes.
Merpro gained confidence and began to have a spell of dominance but were unable to take advantage.
St James gradually began to push Merpro back and equalised with a fine goal from McCartney finding space in the box to drill a 14 yard shot high into the top corner in 37 minutes.
The home side were now galvanised and exerted a spell of pressure.
St James then went ahead with a fortunate goal. A long Merpro clearance fell for Adam to push forward to fire in a 25 yard mishit shot which fortuitously was deflected into the path of Rigden in the middle of the box. He made the most of his opportunity to calmly slip a low shot past Lownie from 10 yards to make it 2-1 in the 42 minute.
Merpro attempted to hit back with a quick break away for Rausch to set up Craig Allan but his left foot edge of the box effort was pulled wide in 44 minutes.
Half time reached with Merpro feeling match was still in the balance and determined to take the game to their opponents.
The Montrose side created a good opening when a Bruce lifted pass found Christie to fire in a low well hit shot but equally well saved by the keeper in 46 minutes.
The home side hit back and Pert had to make an excellent block tackle to prevent a goal scoring chance in 48 minutes.
Merpro went back in the attack with Ferries sending in a dangerous cross for Christie but his looped header was saved by the keeper in 50 minutes.
The match was end to end action and Pert again came to the visitors rescue foiling a mazy Rigden run with another fine recovery tackle in 52 minutes.
Merpro then began to gain momentum and press their opponents back.
Murdoch sent in a low cross for Euan Duff to collect and swivel to fire in a 12 yard fierce shot blocked injuring the defender in the process in 55 minutes.
Merpro were now on top and created another good chance when Stephen did well to win a header to allow Christie to shrug off his marker to run in on goal. However as he deliberated in composing  himself allowed a defender to get back to block his effort in 57 minutes.
Merpro continued to press and Murdoch was unlucky after collecting a lay with his 22 yard lofted shot evaded the keeper but struck the crossbar to safety in 60 minutes.
Merpro continued to have most of the pressure as the home side appeared happy to hit on the break.
Rausch did well to combine with Christie to fire in a well hit effort at goal but the home custodian made a fine save in 72 minutes.
Rigden then made another breaking pacy run but again Pert matched him to  clear the danger in 74th minute.
St James then went further ahead when a long midfield run set up a cut back for Jorgensen to deftly score with an excellent first time finish into the corner of the net in 76 minutes.
A blow for Merpro as they been the offensive side.
Merpro refused to lie down and a few minutes later a slick passing move resulted in Rausch bursting into thd box after collecting a Turriff back heel pass to run in on goal but as he aimed to shoot was forced to pass wide. Duff collected and then lofted a cross into the box for Christie who had drifted off his marker but couldn't get the ball
to come down quick enough to score from close range in 80 minutes.
St James were reduced to 10 men when Heggie was sent off.
Merpro swarmed forward and Graham had a well hit 12 yard volley go just wide in 84 minutes.
Duff and Christie then combined well with the latter's shot parried by the keeper to run loose but no takers for a tap in.
St James managed to hang on in the  frenetic finale with their keeper saving well from good openings for Graham and Allan to see out the match to victory.
Some overall frustration for Merpro as they competed well and the main difference their opponents clinical finishing.
Team : Lownie,Murdoch,Ferries  (Graham),C. Allan,Pert,N.Duff,Rausch, Bruce,Christie,Stephen (Turriff),
E.Duff. Subs:Glennie,J.Riach, Robertson



Kelly's Gunners 0 v 4 Merpro
North of Tay Cup 2nd round
Saturday 18/10/14
Merpro moved comfortably into the 3rd round of the North of Tay Cup on Saturday. All Amateur sides in Tayside are eligible to enter the NOT and Merpro were drawn against the current leaders of the Dundee Saturday Morning Division 1 League.
Merpro quickly gained control of the match with some good play.
However it was the home side who created the first clear opening. A long throw into the box was partially cleared with GK Lownie having to make an good save to protect his goal in 12 minutes.
Merpro good play continued with Duff firing in a low cross for Christie to stretch in front of a defender to poke a low effort at goal saved well by the keeper in 18 minutes.
Merpro were dominating and finally went ahead when Craig Allan collected a corner kick clearance to dance past a couple of tackles on the edge of the box and curled a left foot shot into the net to make it 1-0 after 24 minutes.
Merpro quickly hit their opponents with a double blow when Campbell Bruce pounced on a pass following  a Duff foraging run to compose himself to fire in a low 22 yard shot under the keeper to make it 2-0 in 26 minutes.
The home side were managing only sporadic attacks well contained by the Montrose defenders.
Merpro had a gilt chance to go further ahead when Christie set up with a defence splitting pass for Euan Duff to run in on goal but his effort at goal lacked conviction and was easily saved in 32 minutes.
Merpro should have gone further ahead in 37th minute when a rampaging run from Aaron Stephen ended with him being upended in the box by Cochrane and a penalty duly awarded. Christie stepped up but blasted the ball high into orbit eventually landing in Ninewells Hospital pleading for treatment in the A & E Dept..!
Stephen had another fine run in on goal
evading several tackles but his low drive at goal was well saved by the keeper in 42 minutes.
Half time with Merpro well in command but needing to clinically finish the match in the second period.
Stephen continued to be dangerous combining well with Euan Duff to run in on goal but fired his 12 yard effort over the bar in 48 minutes.
A few minutes later Christie collected in midfield to fire in a low driven shot saved in an unorthodox manner by the keepers knees.
The Motown side continued to press and created another good opening in 55 minutes. A well worked Christie free kick fell for Duff but his close range effort was well saved with Murdoch follow up rebound effort coming back off the bar to safety.
Kelly's were becoming increasingly frustrated but were almost gifted a goal when Lownie palmed a corner onto his own bar but a goal line clearance kept the clean sheet in 65 minutes.
Merpro punished the home side a few minutes later when Christie broke forward from the half way line to set up the supporting Aaron Stephen to fire in a low shot under the keeper into the net to make it 3-0.
Merpro continued to push forward and went further ahead in 75 minutes. Graham collected a clearance to round the keeper but was forced wide but managed to drive in a pass for Craig Christie to slide in at the back post to knock home from 5 yards to make it 4-0.
Merpro had another penalty awarded in 78 minutes when Graham was brought down in the box. However after dusting himself down he promptly emulated his strike partner's earlier effort by lifting his  shot high over the bar onto a voyage of discovery into the heavens...!
A few minutes later some further mirth when following a corner kick the ball fell for Murdoch but from 2 yards out somehow managed to slice his effort into the ball collecting clouds for a miss of the season contender...
A convincing fourth consecutive victory for the Montrose side to maintain their good form.
Team: Lownie(Glennie),Murdoch(J.Riach),
Whyte,C.Allan(Houghton),Pert,N.Duff,
Rausch(Greig),Bruce,Christie, Stephen, E.Duff(Graham)



Merpro 9 v 1 Tay Thistle
Scottish Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 4/10/14
Merpro moved into the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup after a superb attacking performance resulting in an emphatic victory against Perth's Tay Thistle on Saturday.
Merpro started strongly and went ahead after only 2 minutes.
Robertson floated in a diagonal cross which fell for Craig Christie to pounce upon and quickly drill a 15 yard drive into the net for a perfect opening.
Merpro continued to blitz their visitors with Rausch nimbly turning in the box and only denied by a close range save in 3 minutes. From the resultant corner Christie crashed a snap shot off the post.
Riach then made a drifting run from midfield past several players and drew out the keeper but his clipped effort was tipped over the bar foiling a deserved goal in the 10th minute.
Merpro continued to dominate and had several good chances to go further ahead without taking advantage.
Thistle almost made them pay when a 22 yard free kick went inches past the post in the 24th minute.
Merpro heeded the warning and should have gone further ahead when Christie peeled of his marker at a free kick to set up Duff inside the 6 yard box but he was unable to get enough power on his clipped effort at goal in 27 minutes.
Rausch then had another one on one opening with the keeper but was foiled in 35th minute.
Merpro's fine play was further rewarded with a well worked goal after a deft lobbed pass from Allan set up Christie to roll a pass into the path of Euan Duff to score from 6 yards to make it 2-0 after 37 minutes.
The Motown side went further ahead when Rausch ran into the box to fire a left foot shot high into the net in 39 minutes making it 3-0.
Merpro were now rampant and went ahead with another superb worked goal with Christie and Riach combining for the latter to slide a pass into the path of Euan Duff to fire home goal number 4 from 10 yards in the 42nd minute.
Merpro started the second half slowly and some slackness put the defence under pressure. Thistle pulled a goal back after finding themselves awarded a penalty after a harsh hand ball decision to make it 4-1 in 48 minutes.
The visitors had a spell of pressure but Merpro quickly asserted themselves going further ahead with another skilfully crafted goal. After a series of passes Bruce slipped a deft back pass for the galloping Rausch to run onto and slip a perfect cross into the box for Craig Christie to knock into the net from  8 yards making it 5-1 in 52 minutes.
A few minutes later Christie completed his hat trick stretching to head home a curled Riach free kick high into the net for 6-1.
Some of the Merpro play was a joy to watch as the fast passing and interlinking play swept their opponents away and went further ahead when Jordan Rausch finished off a move tapping into the net from 5 yards after good work by Duff in 58 minutes.
The home side's onslaught continued with Petrie pressing down a defender to allow a pass for Euan Duff to carefully slide a low shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 8-1 in 65th minute.
Petrie's pace and fresh legs gave no relief to the visitors but no matter how hard he tried was unable to convert a series of well worked chances.
Thistle were given another opportunity after a rare breakaway ended up with another penalty but on this occasion fired the effort wide in 75th minute.
The home side continued relentlessly and went further ahead when Houghton fired in a fierce drive well saved by the keeper but Campbell Bruce latched onto the ball to skilfully hook a left foot shot into the net from 12 yards in 82 minutes.
In the closing minutes Grant making his debut somehow managed to head wide from a Riach free kick at the back post creating some merriment for a miss of the year contender.
Three wins in a row for Merpro and a performance that was a pleasure to watch.
Team : Lownie. Murdoch(J.Riach),J. Robertson(Ferries),C.Allan(Grant), Whyte,N.Duff,Rausch,Bruce, Christie(Petrie),S.Riach, E.Duff(Houghton)
Match Sponsor: McLaren Tyres
Ball Sponsor: R Coull & Son


Tayside Fire Brigade 1 v 5 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 27/9/14

Merpro recorded a stunning Premier League victory in Dundee on Saturday. The Fire Brigade are a redoubtable  side and have been long standing mainstays in the Premier league for over a decade.
The Firies opened well and immediately  kept Merpro pegged back under pressure. GK Lownie was forced to make an excellent double save and a few minutes later a close range shot was blasted off the post. The early pressure was rewarded when Hearn outjumped his marker to score with a 8 yard header in 8 minutes.
The Fire Brigade continued to pummel Merpro and only some stout defending kept them at bay in the first 15 minutes.
Merpro weathered the early onslaught and began to settle and get out of their own half.
Rausch had a great chance when he picked up a Greig pass to nip in behind the defence to run in on goal but the keeper smothered his effort in 17 minutes.
Merpro were now gaining a foothold in midfield and had couple of good openings but unable to find composure with their final passes.
Craig Allan came close clipping a snap shot on the turn just over the bar in 26 minutes.
Merpro were now asserting themselves.Following a fine move Rausch was able to create an opening for Greig from resulting corner kick but he hit his effort straight at the keeper in 28 minutes.
The Firies hit back with a series of dangerous crosses into the box but the strong Merpro rearguard kept them at bay.
The defenders commitment was rewarded when Craig Christie worked himself a excellent equalising goal. He out jumped his marking defender to run onto his own header before slipping the ball past the out rushing goalkeeper and sliding the ball into the net in 35 minutes.
Merpro were now the dominant side and went further ahead with another fine goal. Scott Riach pressed onto a defender winning a strong tackle on the edge of the box and then slid a low left foot drive past the keeper to make it 2-1 in the 42nd minute.
Merpro opened the second half strongly. Whyte did well to set up Duff and after some scrambled defending Greig appeared to be fouled amidst penalty claims in the 47th minute.
Christie then had an audacious snap shot from 25 yards following  a loose clearance but the keeper managed to get back to save.
Merpro's midfield pressure was rewarded when Riach fired in a dangerous cross ball into the six yard box and Welch sliced the ball into his own net attempting to clear to make it 3-1 in the 50th minute.
The home side made several changes attempting to get back into the match but Merpro continued in control and went further ahead in the 64th minute. Whyte and Euan Duff combined well on the flank for the latter to then slip in a low pass across goal for Jordan Rausch to run onto to score from 8 yards to make it 4-1.
Merpro were now all over their opponents. Bruce collected a short free kick to fire in a 22 yard shot but the keeper saved well in 66 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when Euan Duff collected from a Rausch corner kick cut inside his marker to run in on goal and fire in a low driven 16 yard shot under the keeper to makeit 5-1 in 72 minutes.
Merpro were now comfortable and  Duff had another chance but the keeper saved his effort on this occasion.
Lownie had to make an excellent save from a low well hit drive following a good home side move on the left flank in 85th minute.
Merpro had another great chance when Pert made an interception tackle and fhen went on a strong breaking run from defence powering past several players to fire in a cross but Stephen directed his front of goal effort just wide in 87 minutes.
Merpro had a final chance in the last minute with Murdoch setting up Ferries to run in on goal unopposed but his elected pass into the box was cleared.
An excellent all round performance initially built upon by strong backs to the wall defending but as confidence grew emphatically went on to douse down their opponents with some fine clinical finishing.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Whyte, C.Allan, Pert, N. Duff, Rausch( Ferries), Greig( Bruce), Christie( Stephen), Riach, E. Duff(Robertson).Sub:G.Allan


'Riach stunner hits winner for Merpro'

MERPRO 1 v 0 Broughty United
Midlands Premier League
Saturday 20/9/14
Merpro recorded their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday after a hard fought match.
Both sides were closely matched and as the game wore on looked likely for a stalemate until a superb strike separated the teams giving Merpro the full points.
Both sides took some time to settle
The visitors had the first opportunity from a corner kick but close defending by Murdoch forced a header wide in 5 minutes.
Merpro crested an opening when Pert and Christie combined to set up Rausch but he fired his 18 yard effort wide of goal in the 8th minute.
GK Lownie made a good save from a Broughty snap shot in the box following a corner kick in 15 minutes.
Broughty were having a good spell and Riach had to make a blocking tackle to prevent a quick breakaway attack getting into the home side's box after18 minutes.
Merpro began to settle and created a chance when Christie challenged the keeper from a Duff cross allowing the ball to fall loose in the box but just evaded Petrie in 20 minutes.
Merpro had steadied and were now beginning to play well.
Riach had an edge of the box shot go wide following a Murdoch lay off in 25 minutes.
Merpro created another opportunity following a fine Rausch run and cross into the box laid back by Christie but Riach effort at goal was comfortably saved by the keeper in 32 minutes.
Merpro had another chance to go ahead when Riach  headed over the bar from 8 yards following a Rausch corner kick in 38 minutes.
Neither side could make the breakthrough and reached a half time stalemate.
The second period opened with the visitors opening well as Merpro uncharacteristically had a series of loose passes. Broughty, however, were unable to create any openings due to the home side's solid defence.
Much of the second period became attritional as neither side were able to gain any concerted pressure.
Merpro finally broke the deadlock with a superb strike from Scott Riach. He collected in midfield and advanced forward then hit a low drive from 25 yards taking a slight deflection into the bottom corner of the net in the 75th minute to make it 1-0.
Broughty tried to hit back and came close when Logie had an openo g but the ex Arbroath player drifted his header wide in 78th minute.
Broughty applied some pressure and Risch did well to head clear a dangerous cross in front of the goal in 80 minutes.
Merpro were now hitting on the break and Whyte set up Stephen to score but was called offside in 82 minutes.
Rausch then made a trailing run almost the length of the pitch midfield and gained a corner kick on 84 minutes.
Merpro again hit Broughty on the break as they pushed forward when Allan and Bruce combined for Stephen but he pulled his effort wide in the 88th minute.
Broughty pushed with a late surge but stout defending kept them at bay to close out for the victory.
A tough attritional match with Merpro not playing at their cohesive best but a strong battling performance pulled them through for their first Premier win of the season.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(Ferries), Whyte, C.Allan, Pert, N.Duff(Turriff),Rausch,Petrie(Bruce),Christie,S.Riach,E.Duff(Stephen). Sub: J.Robertson.
Match Sponsor: Rhys Greig
Ball Sponsor: R Coull & Son.

MERPRO 1 v 5 Riverside Athletic
Premier League
Saturday 13/9/14
Merpro welcomed the Midlands most successfully side and current Premier League Champions to Montrose on Saturday.
Riverside had ex Montrose player Barry Donnachie along with a host of past Tayport / Lochee United Junior players in their ranks.
Merpro competed well but were gradually worn down by an excellent side epitomised by a relentless hard work ethic and slick passing allied with some clinical finishing.
Early exchanges were fast with both sides testing each other.
Merpro created a good opening when Robertson intercepted a pass allowing him to run in on goal but he fired his effort from 15 yards wide in the 12th minute.
Merpro had a spell of pressure but were clinically dismantled on a slick one touch quick passing break leading to Crozier deftly finding space to drill a low shot into the net from 12 yards to open the scoring in 20 minutes.
Lownie had to make a save with his feet from a Gray snap shot in 22 minutes.
Riverside were now on top and a dangerous Esposito cross was well cleared by Craig Allan in 25 minutes.
Pert then had to make an excellent recovery tackle after chasing down Gray to prevent a goal scoring chance.
Riverside soon went further ahead when full back Deuchars fired in a mishit shot which was spontaneously diverted into the net by Gray from 15 yards in the 30th minute to make it 2-0.
Merpro then had a good spell and created themselves a decent chance when a Riach deflected pass split the defence allowing Robertson to run in goal but he appeared caught in two minds and slid his effort across the face of goal in 34 minutes.
Riverside soon hit back and Graeme Allan had to make a last gasp blocking tackle to prevent a close range effort on goal.
Merpro looked to have scored when Stephen brilliantly controlled a Murdoch pass and first time hit his effort under the keeper but the Referee disallowed for offside in 38 minutes.
Merpro inflicted some self harm when a loose clearance pass fell for Crozier to curl a left foot shot into the net off the post from 22 yards to make it 3-0 in the 42nd minute.
Merpro had been given a first half lesson in clinical efficiency.
The Montrose side came out looking to make amends and gave themselves some encouragement with a early superb goal.
Craig Allan collected in midfield and sent a perfect low driven 30 yard diagonal pass between defenders for the galloping Jordan Rausch to run onto off the right flank to draw out the keeper and fire in a low drilled shot at his near post to score in the 48th minute.
Merpro had a spell of good pressure but were soon dampened when they failed to clear their lines effectively and the visitors went further ahead with a McLean close range goal in 55 minutes.
Riverside went further ahead when a Pert block was fortuitously deflected into the path of McLean to run in on goal and clealy despatch into the net in the 68th minute.
Euan Duff managed to create himself a chance evading two challenges deemed fouls but was then off balance as he ran In on goal and hit wide in 70 minutes.
Lownie pulled off a fine save to prevent a further goal in 78 minutes.
Petrie worked himself a tenacious chance with a good run but was unable to finish in the closing minutes.
No disgrace in this defeat against a physically strong and excellent footballing side.
Most impressive side met this season.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch,Whyte, Greig, Pert( Turriff), G.Allan( Ferries),Rausch, C.Allan,Stephen(E. Duff),S.Riach, J.Robertson(Petrie).Sub: N.Duff.
Match Sponsor : Nicol Duff.
Ball Sponsor : RK Tool Hire


   


Carnoustie YM 3 v 1 MERPRO
Premier League
Sat 6/9/14
Merpro travelled to Carnoustie on Midlands Premier League action on Saturday. With several ayers on Tartan Army duty in Germany the squad was tested but despite this turned in a fine performance.
However a strong physical but good football home side ran out winners to claim full points.
Merpro started well with Stephen laying off a pass for the overlapping Murdoch but his edge of box shot went wide in 5 minutes.
Merpro had settled well but a loose clearance gave the home side a chance but Graeme Allan foiled making a goaline clearance to clear the danger.
However the YM went ahead following a short corner cross headed home from close range by Neave in 17 minutes.
The home side now had the momentum and applied some concerted pressure and GK Scott Robertson had to make some fine saves to keep Merpro in contention.
Merpro steadied with a Riach strong tackle setting up Rausch to play in James Robertson to run in on goal but his drive at goal was well saved in 30 minutes.
Carnoustie continued to apply pressure but stout defending and fine Robertson goalkeeping kept them at bay until the last minute of the first half. A corner kick was cleared to the edge of the box for Sturrock to side step a tackle to drill a well hit shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-0.
Merpro regrouped at half time and immediately hit back with a well worked goal in 47th minute. Rausch combined with Stephen who held off a defender whilst Riach made a decoy run allowing space for youngster Stephen to slide a perfect defence sitting pass for the galloping Rausch to run in on goal and clinically despatch past the on rushing keeper.
Merpro were now galvanised with Rausch and Stephen combining again to set up Riach to run in on the goalkeeper to challenge but the ball ran loose for a goal kick in 50 minutes.
Carnoustie hit back a few minutes later with a fast moving break with Murdoch covering well to clear off the line.
Merpro had another good chance when Craig Allan challenged in the box to allow Whyte to cut inside on the byeline but his low close range shot was blocked on the line in 60 minutes.
Merpro came close again a few minutes later when James Robertson collected in midfield and ran in on goal firing a rasping 22 yard rising effort just agonisingly wide.
Merpro had came back into the match strongly but were dealt a blow when the YM went further ahead with a contentious goal. Graeme Allan appeared to be pushed in the air attempting to clear a long throw into the box allowing a close range header to net in the 72nd minute.
Merpro came back strongly with youngster Stephen,having a fine match, firing in a low dangerous cross for Craig Allan to glance a shot at goal well saved in 75 minutes.
Whyte was next to set himself up with a chance running past a couple of players to find himself in space but his well hit 18 yard shot just went wide in 80 minutes.
Reid was sent off after a dangerous tackle on Nicol Duff in 85 minutes.
Carnoustie held strong and denied Merpro any further chances to se out the remaining minutes.
A fine match and contest with Carnoustie the best side Merpro have met so far in the Premier campaign.
Team: S. Robertson, Murdoch(Ferries), Whyte, N.Duff, Pert ,G.Allan, Rausch, C.Allan,Stephen,S.Riach(Petrie),J.Robertson(Turriff).Sub: J.Riach.

 

 

NCR 3 v 1 Merpro
Fairfield Cup
Wed 20/8/14
Merpro travelled through to the Caird Park Stadium Dundee for an evening cup match.
A close entertaining match with the home side snatching a dramatic victory after a frantic finish to the match.
Merpro started the match well and on top but unable to press home their advantage. NCR gradually came back
into the match and went ahead from a close range header in 27 minutes.
The Dundee side then pressed Merpro back but good defending kept them at bay.
Into the second half and Merpro gradually wore down their opponents with Turriff and Riach forcing some fine saves from NCR keeper.
Merpro finally got their reward when a Houghton fierce drive was well saved into the air by the keeper only for Jordan Rausch toout jump a defender at the back postto knock into the net in the 86th minute to make it 1-1.
The Merpro elation was soon doused when almost immediately a fast wing break from NCR resulted in a dangerous low cross into the box only for Whyte to inadvertently knock into his own net from 5 yards to put the home side back in front.
NCR then clinically scored again a minute later from a quickly taken edge of the box free kick to make it an unfair scoreline reflection on a closely contested match.
Greig then received his marching orders for a second bookable offence as the Ref drew the match to a finish.
Team: S. Robertson, Murdoch(Houghton),Whyte, C. Allan, Pert(Turriff),Greig, Ferries, Rausch, Stephen( Petrie), S. Riach, Duff(J.Robertson). Sub: Glennie.

MERPRO 1 v 2 Lowson United
Fairfield Sports & Leisure Club Cup
Sat 16/8/14
Merpro opened their 2014 season with a visit from Lowson United. The Forfar side were last season's Division 1 Champions and a close match was anticipated.
The home side had a few regulars missing through holidays and injuries necessitating some positional changes.
Both sides started cagily but as the game settled MERPRO began to gain the upper hand pressing Lowson back.
Rausch made a good breaking run setting up debutant Aaron Stephen to run in on goal but alert goal keeping thwarted him in 14 minutes.
A few minutes later Riach then sent in deft left foot cross for Stephen to have close range snap chance but again alert keeping kept him at bay.
Merpro were now running smooth and after some good midfield play Duff turned inside but his speculative 25 yard shot went wide in 18 minutes.
Merpro pressing play was rewarded following a corner kick clearance falling for Rhys Greig on the edge of the box. He steadied himself and hit his effort at goal taking a deflection to loop over the keeper into the net to make it 1-0 in the 20th minute.
The Mo side were now chasing the visitors down with Stephen harassing a defender to allow Duff to run in on goal but his low shot was blocked by a good save in 22 minutes.
Lowson hit back when they were awarded an edge of the box free kick and Farquharson scored directly from 22 yards to equalise.
Almost immediately Merpro hit back when Duff was again sent through on goal but in a rerun was again thwarted by the excellent GK Munro in 29 minutes.
The home side continued to create with Stephen then setting up a great chance for Ferries who hit a composed low shot from 10 yards but Munro flung himself low to make a superb save to turn round the post in 30 minutes.
Lowson came back with a wing run anowshot well saved by Robertson falling into the box but somehow the attacker blazed high over the bar under pressure in 35 minutes.
Merpro continued to attack and a Greig free kick fell for Duff but his well hit shot was tipped over the bar by Munro.
Pert then lofted a long ball forward for Stephen to challenge Munro and retrieve the loose ball but his rebound efgort was blocked to deny another opportunity in 44th minute.
An impressive first half Merpro performance but both sides were still on level terms at half time.
The second half started slowly withies on applying some initial pressure but Merpro steadied and began to resume attacking. Lowson continued to be dangerous with quick long ball breaks.
Rausch had a couple of good dribbling wing runs but on both occasions his crosses into the box were well defended.
Ferries then made himself a good chance when he made a lung bursting run in off the flank to outpace the defence picking up Duff pass to agonisingly slip his low shot past the advancing GK just to slide wide of the post in 55 minutes.
Lowson went ahead with a fine break away goal from their is corner flag area resulting in Cammy Howie running length of the pitch to head home from 15 yards in 57th minute.
Merpro attempted to get back on level terms and Ferries met a Rausch cross but was unable to direct his header on target in 68 minutes.
Merpro continued to have the bulk of the possesion but Lowson were now happy to sit back and defend their lead.
In the latter stages Merpro had a couple of opportunities with low crosses into the box but unfortunately no one was was able to get on the end of them.
Robertson made an excellent low save turning a break away Lowson effort round the post in the 86th minute.
Merpro had a final chance when Duff crossed low into the box but Petrie just couldn't stretch out long enough to direct into goal.
A disappointing result for Merpro in view of their fine play and series of chances created especially in the first half. Some credit for excellent goalkeeping from Munro.
Debuts for Stephen and Tuffiff and many fine performances and positives from a good display.
Team: S.Robertson, Murdoch(Houghton),Whyte,C.Allan, Pert,Greig,Ferries(Turriff),Rausch(Petrie),Stephen(J.Robertson),S.Riach,E.Duff. Sub: Glennie.
Match Sponsor : Graham's Oil and Gas Services.




SEASON 2013-14

Merpro's Harp strings....

Merpro 0 v 1 Arbroath Harp
Bremner Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 22/2/14

Merpro proved to be generous hosts to near neighbours Arbroath Harp on Saturday somehow managing to lose their 3rd round tie to deny themselves a quarter final place. The Montrose side had hopes of progressing further but were unable to break through a side who as the game wore on became progressively more motivated as they sensed causing the cup upset of the round.
Merpro started well with Cabrelli bursting forward to fire in a low shot saved by the GK after only 30 seconds.
Merpro had the ball in the net when a dangerous cross from Rausch found Petrie at the back post to lob over the GK with Graham applying the finishing touch from 2 yards but was given offside in the 3rd minute.
Rausch then made a good run into the box but hastily fired his effort high and wide from 15 yards a minute later.
Harp were gifted a couple of openings when a back pass and then a few minutes later a loose clearance gave them chances but GK Lownie kept them at bay.
Merpro resettled and Rausch made a fast break into the box and was brought down and a penalty awarded. Campbell Bruce stepped to take but his low well hit shot was excellently saved by GK Hardie in the 14th minute.
Merpro continued to attack and Petrie attempted a near post flick at goal following a low cross into the box in 17 minutes.
Harp who had rarely been a threat shocked the home side by opening the scoring following a corner kick when Lyons found himself unmarked in the box to fire into the net from 10 yards in the 20th minute.
Merpro immediately hit back when Bruce slipped a 30 yard defence splitting pass for Rausch to control and run into the box but his low driven shot hit the inside of the post and came back into the keepers arms!
Merpro continued to press as Cabrelli's tenacity won himself a tackle inside the Harp box and then hit a fierce rising shot from 14 yards but the GK flung himself across goal to pull off a superb save in 34 minutes.
A few minutes later GK Hardie again foiled the home side when he flapped away a Graham cross shot off the line to safety.
Harp almost went further ahead with Lyons again finding himself unmarked on the edge of the box following a corner but good defending from Ferries cleared his effort off the line in 36 minutes.
Merpro created themselves another opening following a series of passes when Bruce collected just inside the box but he was unable to get enough power on his effort to trouble the keeper in 40 minutes.
Merpro had another chance following a Graham corner but Graeme Allan 10 yard header went wide in 42 minutes.
Harp had managed to maintain their lead at half time but the home side were confident they could Breach the barricade in the second period.
Within a couple of minutes Craig Allan fashioned himself an opening to fire in a 22 yard low effort but the keeper made a fine save to hold.
Petrie then collected a pass to turn and run at goal but running I on goal fired his effort wide in 48 minutes.
Merpro continued to press but were the visitors were now beginning to defend in depth and thwart the home side.
Bruce managed to set up a chance for Rausch but as he ran in off the flank fired his left foot effort wide in 58 minutes.
Merpro created another good opportunity when Greig set up Duff to collect in the box but his well hit low 12 yard shot was superbly saved by the busy keeper in the 62nd minute.
Merpro were now encamped in the Harp half and following a corner kick routine Greig fired in a low shot dummied inside the box but again the alert keeper saved well in the 70th minute.
The visitors who had hardly crossed the Merpro half were now sensing an upset and were stoutly defending the constant home side's pressure.
Bruce had a long range shot well saved in the 80th minute.
Graham did well to slip in a cross across the face of goal with no takers in 85 minutes.
Merpro had built up Barcelona type possession statistics but the finishing touch frustratingly continued to evade them. GK Lownie had not been required to make a save in the second half as the Merpro domination had been maintained.
Merpro had their final opportunity in injury time when they were awarded an edge of the box free kick. Craig Allan composed himself and hit a superb effort which looked to be heading into the top corner but just shaved the outside of the post to go wide.
A happy Harp side who had incredibly managed to somehow hang on with dogged defending allied with a super goalkeeping performance were sportingly congratulated at full time.
Team: Lownie, Ferries, Houston(Greig),C.Allan, Pert, G.Allan, Rausch, Cabrelli( J.Robertson), Graham, Bruce, Petrie(E.Duff). Subs: Murdoch, Wink.
Match Sponsor : Biarchi Safety 01224 571325


' Whyte breaks the Claypotts '

MERPRO 2 v 0 FC Claypotts
DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 15/02/14

Merpro returned to winning league ways on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of Division 1.
With several matches called off due to the previous evenings torrential storm Merpro were keen to get matches under their belt to keep the pressure on the chasing pack.
Merpro started well creating several good openings.
Cabrelli set up  Whyte to run in on goal but he pulled his effort wide in 3 minutes.
A couple minutes later Merpro should have gone ahead when first Bruce ran in on goal but shot direct at the GK with the rebound falling or Petrie but he also fired into the custodian at close range.
Petrie came close a few minutes later after picking up a Nicol Duff pass to turn inside his marker and fire in an effort at goal but saved by the keeper.
Claypotts then began to settle and pushed Merpro back with a series of long grows and corner kicks. Eadie had to make a flapping save from a swirling cross and alert block defending from Greig foiled the follow up efforts from close range.
Merpro then hit back when Bruce collected and slipped a through pass for the nimble Petrie to run in on goal but his low driven effort beat the keeper but came bak off the post in 25 minutes.
The match hit a scrappy stalemate until Whyte broke forward to set up Petrie to run in on the GK again but he fired his effort straight at the keeper in 37 minutes.
Merpro had began to find some fluency in their play and Petrie again did well to break down the left flank and hit the byeline to cut back a pass for the supporting Bruce but he was unable to direct his lose range effort on target in 40 minutes.
In the losing minutes Greig had an edge of the box hot saved by the GK and Cabrelli had the ball in the bak of the net following a fine  move but was deemed o be offside by the official.
A frustrating first half as several good chances created had kept the visitors in contention.
Merpro started the second period well with Petrie making a fast break to set up Bruce in the box but his opportunity was well blocked in 47 minutes.
Merpro were given a sharp reminder when a cross ball was only partially cleared and Eadie had to make a good close range block save in 49 minutes.
Merpro resumed attack and Greig floated in a free kick which the GK made a good tip save in 50 minutes.
Ferries then made a good bursting run to set up Bruce but he fired his effort wide in 52 minutes.
Merpro were now beginning to dominate and Allan had a free flash across the face of gal with Cabrelli attempting to connect  with at the back post in 60 minutes.
The match hit a brief lull and Claypotts had a couple of good breakaway attacks with Ferries making a block tackle to prevent a shot at goal in 64 minutes.
However this was the last significant moment from the visitors as Merpro began to take control f the match.
Following a good midfield move Allan worked himself some space but his 18 yard lofted effort just went over the bar in 66 minutes.
The increasing pressure was paying off as Claypotts conceded a series of free kicks.
Merpro finally made the breakthrough when Graham attempted to control a lofted free kick inside the box set up the galloping Grant Whyte to break forward to deftly slip the ball past the good GK at the second attempt from an acute angle to make it 1-0 in 75 minutes.
The developing tension was lifted and Merpro proceeded to dominate.
After some good midfield play Greig set up Merpro's willing Shetland Pony Ferries to go on another burying flank run to again set up Bruce but the custodian saved his effort at goal in 77 minutes.
Merpro then had another gilt opportunity when Duff broke forward on is own to run in on goal but hit his effort straight at the advancing GK and did likewise with his rebound effort in a bizarre moment after 80 minutes.
However he made amends a few minutes later when Bruce set up Graham to take off past a couple of defenders to slip a pass inside for Euan Duff to drill into the net from 12 yards to make it 2-0 in the 82nd minute.
Merpro  saw out the rest of the match and had a final opportunity in the dying minutes when Rausch fired wide.
In the end a comfortable victory but earlier missed chances allowed the visitors to remain in contention until the late breakthrough sealed the win.
Team: Eadie, Ferries, Whyte, C.Allan, N.Duff, Pert, Petrie(Graham), Cabrelli( Rausch), E.Duff(J.Robertson), Greig, Bruce(Lownie).
Match Sponsor: Duff Plumbing.




MERPRO 2 v 1 Barnhill
Division 1
Saturday 14/12/13

Merpro renewed aquaintance with Barnhill on league duty on Saturday.
The two sides last met 6 weeks ago in the Tay Valley Shield final at Links Park with the Motown side winners on that occasion.
The fixture appears to bring out the worst of the weather with the game taking place again in atrocious high wind and rain conditions.
For both sides this was a massively important match in their pursuit of the league title.
Barnhill started the strongest disrupting the home side by flooding the midfield and pressing intensly preventing any fluency of Merpro play.
However as the initial stages settled Merpro began to literally weather the storm and gained a foothold in midfield.
Greig collected on the right flank firing in a cross just too high for Duff at the back post in 14 minutes.
Merpro had began to string some passes together but it was a long range 25 yard shot from Euan Duff which broke the deadlock managing to slip under the keeper to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Motown side stunned their visitors with a quick fire double to go further ahead with a fine opportunist goal in the 22nd minute. Whyte broke forward but his 22 yard shot was blocked falling for Scott Graham to collect and twist round his marker and fire in a low drive on the turn from 12 yards into the net to make it 2-0.
Merpro had taken control and but the visitors did well to gradually rally with Graeme Allan doing well to thwart a breakaway attack in 30 minutes.
Merpro heeded the warning and soon resumed attacking with Craig Allan slipping in a deft low pass into the front of goal but unfortunately no one had read his intention in 33 minutes.
Duff then had another long range effort saved by the GK in 35 minutes.
Graeme Allan then had a trademark break from defence drifting past several players eventually being brought down on the edge of the box after 37 minutes. Brother Craig stepped up to take the 22 yard free kick but his well placed effort was saved by the keeper.
Merpro were striving to make a further break through but stubborn defending kept them at bay.
As the first half drew to a close the home side had to withstand some late Barnhill pressure but some frantic defending kept the first half clean sheet.
Barnhill came out strongly at the start of the second half and Merpro almost gifted an early equaliser when a loose pass from defence allowed an attacker in on goal but an alert save from GK Lownie prevented the opening in 48 minutes.
Barnhill however managed to grab a goal back after a highly contentious decision.
Pert appeared to have made a good interception tackle in the box and without any visitors claims the official awarded a penalty amidst furious complaints from the home side. Cassidy kept his composure and slotted home to make it 2-1in the 55th minute.
Barnhill were encouraged but were unable to capitalise on a series of corner kicks as the Merpro rearguard kept them at bay.
Merpro began to regain some ascendancy and should have went further ahead after Craig Allan curled a perfect cross to the back post but Duff's close range header was agonisingly glanced wide in 65 minutes.
Merpro had regained their composure and created another gilt edged opening when Duff did well to shake off some tackles to break though on goal but his low effort from 15 yards was saved by the keeper. The rebound fell for the following up Cabrelli but he slipped as he attempted to snatch his effort at goal and the ball was cleared to safety in 70 minutes.
The match was becoming more frantic as both sides sought midfield dominance but the home side exerted their will with some crunching motivating tackles from Cabrelli prominent.
As the game progressed Barnhill began to push players forward but it was Merpro who created another opening hitting on a quick fire break. Bruce collected a diagonal pass to run in on goal but his unselfish low pass attempting to find Graham in front of goal was cleared to safety in 78 minutes.
Merpro had been holding off the visitors but a mix up in defence when two players went for the same ball allowed an attacker to rush in on goal but Aul'Jim Lownie in goal made a superb rush save to deny the chance in 80 minutes.
Merpro again had to thank Lownie a couple minutes later after a back heeled midfield pass fell to a Barnhill midfielder who burst forward at pace to set up a quick pass into the box but an alert save thwarted the close range effort.
Merpro heeded the lesson and managed to maintain possession in the latter stages to seal the victory to take the full points.
This win takes Merpro 4 points clear at the top of Division 1 with a game in hand to take into the New Year.
Team: Lownie,Murdoch(Ferries),Whyte, C.Allan, Pert, G.Allan, Bruce(Houston),Cabrelli,Graham,Greig,E.Duff. Subs: Collie,J.Robertson,Wink.
Match Ball Sponsor: R Coull & Son


Dundee City 1 v 0 MERPRO
Division 1
Saturday 30/11/13

Merpro unbeaten run comes to an end.

Merpro lost their 100% league record after a narrow defeat in a top of the table clash with Dundee City on Saturday. City were in second place prior to the match and after a closely fought match the home side managed to snatch the only goal of the game.
Despite the defeat Merpro remain on top with a two point lead and a game in hand advantage.
The home side started well forcing play and a loose pass allowed Skelly through but his lobbed effort went high and wide after 3 minutes.
A few minutes later another hasty loose clearance from a corner kick fell for McIntodh to collect and fire in a low 20 yard drive which came back off the post to safety in 5 minutes.
Merpro began to settle and Bruce made a good run forward but his effort went wide in 8 minutes.
Graham was next to create an opening with a good run shaking off a couple of late challenges and firing in a dangerous low cross for Duff at the back post but he couldn't finish the chance and a second effort was also blocked after16 minutes.
Merpro looked as if they were to break the deadlock when Ferries made a fine overlapping run and slipped a low cross into the box. Graham latched onto the cross and hit a first time curled shot which just swerved narrowly wide at the last moment in 28 minutes.
Merpro had weathered the early storm and were gaining the momentum but City were proving to be a dangerous opponent with a quick transition on the break.
Graeme Allan made an important interception clearance from a dangerous cross in 35 minutes.
Merpro were struggling to find the elusive composed final pass but almost made the breakthrough when Bruce set up Pert to make a fast forward run in on goal but his effort at goal went wide in the 42nd minute.
A fairly even first half came to a close with the home side starting well but Merpro slowgains coming stronger but overall neither side completely dominating.
Merpro were looking to quickly establish themselves into the second period but as in the first half it was the home side who started strongest. City forced a series of corner kicks which were well defended under some strong pressure.
Merpro slowly managed to rebuild some momentum through force of will but were struggling to get cohesion into their play.
Bruce made a great run from midfield dribbling past 3 players before a strong challenge on the edge of the box denied him the opportunity to get an effort at goal in 55 minutes.
Eadie had to make a fine save from Petrie who latched onto a long ball evading a strong challenge to fire in a dangerous curling shot parried away to safety in 60 minutes.
Merpro were starting to show some signs of getting on top with Craig Allan firing in a low shot parried by the GK but no one had followed up to fire in from close range in 65 minutes.
Whyte then made a strong long run forward collecting an Allan pass but his final effort at goal was saved after 70 minutes.
City had continued to be dangerous hitting Merpro on the fast break without creating any clear cut chances due to good defending but went ahead with a contentious goal.
A free kick was awarded but given to the home side after Duff appeared to have been the offended person. From the resultant free kick the ball evaded the initial challenges following through to the back post for Stevenson to slip into the net at the second attempt from 8 yards in 70 minutes.
Merpro tried to hit back quickly and Pert rose above a defender for a headed opportunity from 8 yards from a Bruce cross but couldn't get enough power on the effort to evade the keeper in 72 minutes.
A couple minutes later Bruce floated in a dinked pass falling in front of goal for Craig Allan but his subtle flicked effort was collected by the keeper.
Bruce then himself took matters in hand making a great run down the left flank but as he ran in on goal his effort at goal lacked enough power to beat the GK in 75 minutes.
The Merpro flurry continued with another good chance created with a cross evaded the defenders for Graeme Allan at the back post but his close range header went inches wide in 78 minutes.
The attacking continued and the best opening of the game arrived when Allan fed Graham to run in on goal but as he drew out the GK his low curled effort went agonisingly wide in 82 minutes.
The match was becoming frantic with Merpro pushing forward searching for the equaliser and the home side defending deep.
Merpro managed to claw out another good chance following a Bruce throw in but Houston's close range header just went over the bar in another agonising moment.
City managed to hold on and narrow the gap at the top of the league.
Team: Eadie, Ferries, Whyte, Cabrelli(Houston), N.Duff, G.Allan, Bruce, C.Allan, Graham, Pert, E.Duff. Subs: Lownie, Murdoch, J.Robertson.
Match Sponsor : R K Tool Hire
Next match : Barnhill (h) Division 1 2pm ko.


Relentless Merpro breach the Portcullis

Merpro 2 v 1 Portcullis
Division 1
Saturday 16/11/13
Merpro entertained Arbroath neighbours Portcullis on Saturday to Montrose. The visitors were promoted last season after winning Division 2 and a close match was anticipated.
Portcullis started the match well and were preventing the home side from building up any initial fluency into their play.
However it was Merpro who had the first inadvertent opportunity when a defender almost headed into his own net from a Cabrelli corner kick in 10 minutes.
The Duff brothers combined when Nicol forced himself forward to set up Euan but his shot at goal was well blocked in 15 minutes.
The match settled into an even contest with neither side able to establish any dominance as they tested each other.
Merpro were the first to make a chance when Cabrelli won a tackle in midfield and as he moved forward into the box was taken out by a mistimed tackle but the penalty claim was denied in 26 minutes.
Merpro then created the first clear cut opening when Murdoch broke forward slinging in a cross for Bruce to head flick back for Duff but his close range effort was well saved by GK Broomhall in 28 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening when Craig Allan took a quick free kick finding Bruce unmarked in the box but his low cross went across the face of goal without any takers in 30 minutes.
Merpro were now on top of the match and had another great chance when Graeme Allan made a breaking run to set up Duff to run in on goal but again the GK denied and saved well in 35 minutes.
Portcullis who had rarely been a threat in attack suddenly were given an opportunity with a loose pass by Lownie allowed Triggs to run in on goal and escape a tackle to clinically fire into the net to open the scoring for the visitors in 38 minutes.
Merpro however made the perfect riposte when Bruce collected and made an inspired run evading several tackles to slip a pass forward for Euan Duff to run onto and slide a low shot under the advancing GK to score the equaliser in 40 minutes.
Half time arrived with the match evenly balanced.
Portcullis were given an early opportunity as an Allan loose pass allowed Triggs to break into the box but his effort went wide in 46 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back when Bruce made a drifting dribbling run into the box and was then taken out with a well meaning but late tackle. A stonewall penalty was somehow not given amidst some incredulity on the sidelines.
The injustice inspired renewed efforts with Graeme Allan making a foray into attack to set up Cabrelli but his 20 yard low drive just went inches past in 50 minutes.
Graeme Allan was driving the home side forward and set up Whyte to fire in a cross into the box for Ferries to get in front of his marker but his header went just over the bar from 10 yards in 55 minutes.
Merpro were now encamped in the Portcullis half attempting to break down a packed defence.
Duff was set up by Craig Allan to run in on goal but was unable to get enough power on his shot to beat the keeper in 58 minutes.
Allan then set up another chance with a perfectly weighted short pass in behind the deep defence but the alert GK managed to smother Petrie's close range effort in 62 minutes.
The keeper again denied the home side when he saved an Allan 20 yard free kick in
65 minutes.
The Montrose side were now completely dominating and Bruce was next to threaten but his chipped effort was again saved by GK Broomhall.
Craig Allan was set up to run in on goal but agin the keeper saved well down at his near post in 68 minutes. The Allan brothers were pushing their side on and Craig fired in a low corner kick but Graeme's close range effort flashed across the face of goal with no takers in the 70th minute.
Merpro finally made the breakthrough when Craig Allan sized up an edge of the box free kick and  then curled a perfect shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-1 in the 72nd  minute to relieve some growing tension.
The home side continued to press forward with Bruce making a run in at goal but his effort went narrowly across the face of goal in 75th minute.
Duff was next to run inside the box but his drive went rising over the bar.
Pert was next to run into the box set up by Allan but his cross was protein powered and too powerful and high  for Petrie running in on goal to reach in 80 minutes.
GK Broomhall continued to defy the Motown side when he saved from Allan at close range a few and again from a left foot effort from Duff in close succession.
Bruce who had constantly posed a threat with his jinking drifting runs then set up another chance firing in a low cross for Petrie to reach but under pressure hit his effort over the bar from 10 yards in 86 minutes.
Merpro ran out the match comfortably to record another important victory to maintain their 100% unbeaten league run. Merpro although eventually dominating the match were given a testing game but probing relentlessly gradually broke down a packed defence to win an engrossing encounter.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(Petrie), Whyte, Cabrelli(Pert), N.Duff, G.Allan, Ferries, C.Allan, E.Duff, Greig, Bruce. Subs: Houston, J.Robertson, Wink.
Match Sponsor : Cabrelli Electrical.

Merpro 11 v 0 FC Polonia
Division 1
Saturday 9/11/13
Merpro maintained their 100% league record with a remarkable victory over Polonia on Saturday. Polonia are normally a difficult and unpredictable side to play against but on this occasion were swept away by a rampant home side. 
This victory keeps Merpro clear on top of the league.
Merpro were immediately into their rhythm and hit a a quick fire treble to go 3 ahead after only 10 minutes.
Euan Duff opened the scoring when he fired high into the net from 15 yards following a Lownie a long pass forward for Allan to lay off into his path after 3 minutes.
Duff then scored another a minute later picking up a Ferries inside pass after initial good pressure play from Robertson to make it 2-0 in 4 minutes.
The home side continued to pressure and went further ahead when Robbie Ferries picked up a Greig through ball to run in on goal to slip a shot under the GK from 16 yards to make it 3-0 for his first Merpro goal in 10 minutes.
Merpro had the chance to go further ahead when Pert ran in on goal but hit his left foot shot wide in 20 minutes.
Merpro's constant pressure paid off again when John Murdoch rose to head home from 8 yards a perfect in swinging free kick from Robertson in 24 minutes.
Polonia then had a spell of attacking with Craig Allan having to make a blocking tackle to save a goal in 26 minutes.
Eadie came to his defences rescue making a fine save to turn a goalbound shot wide in 28 minutes. A few minutes later Eadie preserved his clean sheet saving a well hit Polonia penalty kick after some dithering in the home side defence led to rash tackle in 30 minutes.
Merpro heeded the warning and resumed on top with Ferries setting up Robertson but his fierce volley just went over the bar in 35 minutes.
Polonia's misery continued when a loose GK's kick found Euan Duff who promptly lofted a well executed 25 yard shot over the custodian into the net for his ht trick in 36 minutes to make it 5-0.
The Montrose side's siege continued when Aiden Pert collected a lofted pass to calmly score from close range to make it six in 38 minutes.
The first half scoring rout was completed after good defensive work from Houston set up Euan Duff to run in on goal and  slip a shot under the keeper to make it a magnificent 7 in 40 minutes.
Into the second period and Petrie immediately bought out a good save from the GK with a well hit drive in 48 minutes
 Merpro soon went further ahead with a sublime goal when Grant Whyte collected in midfield and curled a beautiful  25 yard controlled shot into the top corner of the net in the 58th minute.
The home side dominance continued with Euan Duff collecting a Pert pass to run in on goal and slip past the unfortunate keeper to make it 9-0 in 72 minutes.
Merpro reached double figures when substitute Nicol Duff's first touch of the ball was to fire in a low shot at goal which was cheekily back heeled into goal from 6 yards by Liam Petrie in 76 minutes.
Merpro finally completed their goal scoring romp when Ferries broke forward from midfield
to draw out the GK and unselfishly pass inside for the senior Duff Nicol to slide the ball into the net from 10 yards to make it 11-0 in the 85th minute.
Team: Eadie, Murdoch(Petrie), Whyte, C.Allan, Lownie,Houston, Ferries, Pert, E.Duff(N.Duff), Greig(Wink), J.Robertson(Collie). Sub: Bruce.
Match Sponsor: Andy Eadie


TAY VALLEY SHIELD WINNERS

MERPRO 4 v 1 Barnhill
Tay Valley Shield Final
Links Park Montrose FCC
Saturday 2/11/13

Merpro secured the Tay Valley Shield for the first time with a fine win at a stormy Links Park on Saturday. With hypothermic monsoon weather conditions causing various other local game abandonments the AstroTurf proved to be the ideal surface for the match.
Both sides have had an excellent start to the season with Barnhill undefeated in all competition prior to the match.
Barnhill started the match well with the windy conditions at their back keeping Merpro pressed back in the early stages.
Eadie had to make a good save from an edge of the box free kick in 5 minutes.
Merpro gradually started to settle and McDougall made a good run and pass for Duff but he was given marginally offside in 14 minutes.
A few minutes later McDougall was fouled on the edge of the box and awarded a free kick. He took the kick himself narrowly firing just over the bar in 18 minutes.
McDougall who had began to cause some problems for the visitors was then fouled again and suffered a knee injury in the process. He was unable to continue and was replaced by Graham in the 20th minute.
Merpro were beginning gain ascendancy and Euan Duff made a fine forward run at goal firing in a low drive from 20 yards beating the GK but coming back off the post to safety in 24 minutes.
Merpro went ahead when Duff pressurised a defender to set up up a pass for Campbell Bruce to calmly slide the ball home from 18 yards to make it 1-0 in 26 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening when Graham made a break on the left flank but with Bruce awaiting in the box his attempt to reach him was well block defended.
Barnhill attempted to get back into the match with Eadie collecting a long ball but was then clattered by the overenthusiastic chasing forward causing some indignation from supporters behind the goal in 30 minutes.
Barnhill then created a glimpse of a chance but alert defending from Whyte managed to clear the danger in 32 minutes.
Barnhill were now again pressing forward and equalised when with the Merpro defence sitting deep an easy cross was floated into the box allowing a forward to rise to glance a header from 10 yards into the net in 34 minutes.
Barnhill then came close when a 25 yard low wind assisted drive was parried onto the post by Eadie in the 36th minute.
Merpro immediately hit back when Euan Duff latched onto a forward pass to curl a pass in behind the defenders for Scott Graham to collect. He then cut inside his marker before firing in a brilliant curled shot into the corner of the net from 16 yards to make it 2-1 in 38 minutes.
Merpro continued to press with Bruce firing a shot over the bar.
The Montrose side then went further ahead when Euan Duff latched onto a long ball forward to win a tackle with the advancing GK and calmly curl a low shot into the open goal from a wide angle to set of some happy scenes in the 42nd minute.
Merpro had had a fine first half in difficult conditions and were looking to emphasise their advantage into the second period.
Merpro immediately set off on the attack and Craig Allan had an edge of the box free kick just go narrowly over the bar in the 46th minute.
The Motown side soon went further ahead with a fine move down the left flank.
Whyte took a throw in for Greig to collect and then a cheeky pass in behind the defence allowed the overlapping Whyte to run in on goal to slide a pass inside for Scott Graham to collect and clinically fire in a low drive from 8 yards into the net to make it 4-1 in the 48th minute.
Barnhill looked demoralised for a spell but as the half progressed began to galvanise themselves and pressed Merpro who were now content to hit on the break.
Some good defending continued to keep Barnhill at bay without any clear cut chances being created.
Merpro created an opening when Graham laid off a pass for Craig Allan to fire at Hal from 18 yards but was deflected wide in 58 minutes.
A few minutes later Euan Duff was again unlucky when he collected rather ball in midfield and then lofted a 22 yard effort which came back off the bar in 64 minutes.
Barnhill made a series of substitutions pushing players forward in an effort to make a breakthrough but the Montrose defending continued to thwart them increasingly causing them to became more frustrated.
Some meaty challenges were now taking place and Barnhill eventually had a player sent off for a retaliatory punch after a strong tackle in the 80th minute.
Merpro pressed again and Pert made a breaking run into the box before being taken out from a tackle but the apparent stonewall penalty claims were somehow denied by the official in 85 minutes.
The remaining minutes ran out uneventfully to set up Merpro's first Tay Valley Shield victory creating some more honours to be added to the Montrose side's history.
Merpro were worthy winners with a solid and clinical performance in some horrendous conditions at times.
Team : Eadie, Murdoch, Whyte, Cabrelli, N.Duff, G.Allan(Lownie), Bruce, C.Allan,                McDougall ( Graham) (J.Robertson), Greig (Pert), E.Duff. Sub: Ferries.
Match Ball Sponsor : R Coull and Son
Thanks for Montrose FC for the opportunity to bring a Midlands Cup Final to the town.


Riverside 6 v 1 Merpro
Scottish Amateur Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 26/10/13
Merpro exited the Scottish Cup on Saturday after meeting top Midlands side Riverside Athletic on good form. Riverside have several ex Tayport junior Scottish Cup winners in their side and they will be looking to emulate this in the Amateur ranks.
This was Merpro's first defeat since the opening match of the season.
Riverside gave a lesson in pass and moving pressing play keeping Merpro under constant pressure and were worthy winners.
Merpro were able to maintain some early parity and started playing some composed football.
Riverside created the early chances and Murdoch did well to head clear a dangerous corner kick in18 minutes.
Merpro created their first opening when Euan Duff made a foraging run but as his shot was blocked fell for Bruce following up to drill a fierce goalbound 20 yard shot well saved round the post by GK Ewing in 22 minutes.
Duff again did well a few minutes later interlinking with McDougall for the latter to fire in a low drive just past the post.
However just as Merpro were enjoying their best spell the home side clinically capitalised following a fine move from a throw in leaving Ronnie Kenneth to drill home to open the scoring in 28 minutes.
Riverside continued to press and Craig Allan did well to clear a Davidson header off the line.
Riverside were now rampant and went ahead further when a defensive clearance was blocked and a couple of passes later Kenneth drilled into the net from an acute angle to make it 2-0 in 32 minutes.
Graeme Allan was next to clear a goal bound effort off the line as the home side looked to finish off the match.
Merpro managed to hold out and in the closing stages of the first half Allan set up Whyte on a break but a strong tackle prevented him from moving into the box.
Merpro hopes of getting back into the match were blown away when Kenneth latched onto a cross to fire into the net from 8 yards to make it 3-0 in the first minute of the second half.
Riverside continued to press and Whyte did well to get back and clear a lobbed Crozier effort off the line in 52 minutes.
However the home side soon went further ahead when the impressive Kenneth glanced an acute header into the net from a corner kick in 62 minutes.
A few minutes later the unfortunate Whyte scored a similar headed goal under pressure into his own net to make it 5-0.
Merpro tried to rally and McDougall broke forward but his effort at goal was easily saved in 67 minutes.
Merpro did manage to snatch a goal back when the industrious Greig broke up an attack to move forward and slip a pass for Euan Duff to run onto and slide a low shot past the advancing GK in 70 minutes.
Riverside continued their relentless attacking and Nicol Duff and Bruce did well to clear on a couple of occasions. The home side were not to be denied when the pacy substitute Tracy latched onto a dummied pass and fired a low drive into the net to make it 6-1.
Merpro kept plugging away and Greig set up Collie but good defending blocked his run at goal in 80 minutes.
Wink then had to make a strong tackle to prevent Gray from advancing on goal on the 85th minute.
Merpro had the final chance when Petrie lofted a pass for Duff to run in on goal but the alert GK bravely collected to prevent a goal.
Merpro can have no complaints against a top side who will be looking to progress far in the competition.
Team : Lownie,Murdoch(Petrie),Whyte(Ferries),Cabrelli(Pert),N.Duff,G.Allan,Bruce(Wink),C.Allan,
McDougall(Collie),Greig,E.Duff.


FC Claypotts 1 v 2 Merpro
Division 1
Saturday 19/10/13
Merpro returned home from Dundee with another valuable set of full points to maintain their 100% league record and stay top of Division 1.
With Saturday's non stop rain causing drenched conditions the surface was in surprisingly good condition allowing the match to take place without any doubt.
Merpro had defeated their opponents in the Tay Valley Shield semi final earlier in the season and the home side were very motivated to redress the balance.
Claypotts opened with early pressing play causing some problems with their quick long balls forward but it was Merpro who created the first opening.
Some good midfield interplay resulted in Greig setting up a diagonal pass for Graham to run in on goal but as he drew the GK out fired his effort straight at the keeper in 8 minutes.
Merpro had to re organise a few minutes later as Graham had to be replaced due to an injury.
The match had started at a quick pace with the home side attempting to force themselves on Merpro but calm play kept them at bay.
The visitors had held out the lively opening spell and were now beginning to hit back regularly on the counter attack with Whyte coming close after a breaking flank run and shot in 20 minutes.
Merpro went ahead following another fine diagonal defence splitting pass from Bruce. He set up the speeding Euan Duff coming in off the flank to run in on goal but GK Seaton parried his 12 yard effort but Daryl McDougall following up controlled the ball to drill a low shot into the net to make it 1-0 after 28 minutes.
Claypotts galvanised themselves and attempted to hit back but the Merpro midfield and defence continued to hold firm restricting their opponents to long range efforts.
However just as Merpro had dampened the home side's fervour the home side equalised.
A long ball free kick was floated into the box causing some confusion allowing the loose ball to fall for a Claypotts player to drill a low shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 1-1 in the 36th minute.
Neither side could impose themselves further and half time finished all square with Claypotts having most possession but Merpro having had more clear cut chances.
Merpro looked to impose themselves in the second half and got off to a perfect start with a slick passing move and goal.
Craig Allan picked up a Murdoch throw in midfield and slipped a quick pass forward for Bruce to run onto a curl a superbly weighted cross to the back post for Euan Duff to run onto not having to break stride to out jump his marker to head home from 10 yards to make it 2-1 in the 46th minute.
Claypotts refused to lie down and attempted to pres back but Mepro were now starting to dominate in midfield and increasingly pushing the home side back.
McDougall was causing problems with some fine tricky play keeping their rearguard busy but the visitors were unable to get a further goal to finish the match.
As the match progressed Claypotts sensed they could still snatch some points and set up a flurry of long balls and throw ins into the Merpro goalmouth. Stout defensive play from stalwarts Allan and Duff kept keeper Lownie well protected.
Merpro again weathered the storm and began to dominate again and created with their own series of low driven McDougall corner kicks causing pressure with Graeme Allan coming close with a near post run and sliced shot going just wide.
McDougall then was fouled on the edge of the box and came close in 75 minutes with a curling low 22 yard free kick well saved by the excellent veteran GK Seaton and smothering Duffs follow up close range chance.
Claypotts were now becoming more ragged and the official began to produce his yellow cards for some late challenges. McDougall was then denied a goal scoring opportunity to go clear with a raised arm and hand ball but the player escaped with a lenient yellow card in 80 minutes.
Merpro were now swarming forward with Graeme Allan making a mazy run from defence drifting past three tackles but as he reached the edge of the box found himself unsure what to do... and had a bit of a nosebleed effort slicing his shot wide.
Merpro had another opportunity created by McDougall skipping past a marker and curling an superb clipped cross ball but excellent defending prevented Craig Allan from scoring in 86 minutes.
Merpro should have finished off the match when Duff broke forward and dribbled past his marker but his low hit shot was again well saved at the post by the keeper in 88 minutes.
Claypotts came back encouraged by some mysterious extra minutes of injury time and almost snatched an equaliser in the 95th minute following a low cross met at the near post but just want wide.
Merpro not as fluent as in recent games due to a lively Claypotts side and some difficult conditions but dug deep and produced some of the gritty stuff to grind out the victory.
Team; Lownie, Murdoch(J.Robertson),Whyte,Cabrelli(Houston),N.Duff,G.Allan,Bruce,C.Allan, Graham(McDougall),Greig,E.Duff. Subs: Collie,Wink.


Bruce heads Merpro to stay top

MERPRO 2 v 1 Monifieth Tayside
Division 1
Saturday 12/10/13
Merpro continued their unbeaten league run and now stretch their lead at the top of Division 1 to six points after another victory at the week end. Although again playing some fine flowing football and largely dominating the game the result was in doubt until late in the match due to a succession of missed chance.
Merpro started quickly with a flowing move allowing McDougall to cut inside but the GK saved his effort in the first minute.
The home side continued to dominate and went ahead when an Allan free kick went over the top of the defence but Murdoch managed to keep the ball in play. Scott Graham collected the cut back and stepped inside a defender to curl a low left foot shot into the net from 14 yards to make it 1-0 in 15 minutes.
The Montrose side continued to press and Whyte found himself denied after being sandwiched inside the six yard box following a McDougall cross.
Graham made a dangerous run into the box but his cut back found no takers in the box after 18 minutes.
Euan Duff then collected a pass in midfield and drove at the defence but fired his 20 yard effort wide in 20 minutes.
Merpro were completely dominating and Greig set up Whyte with a series of passes but the latterly well hit 22 yard drive found the side netting in 24 minutes.
Bruce was next to burst forward from midfield but his well hit shot sailed over the bar in 28 minutes.
The Allan's then combined with Graeme flicking his brothers corner kick just wide at the near post in 32 minutes.
Graham then set up Craig Allan to run in on goal unopposed with a sublime back heeled flick pass but instead of taking it up to the GK  but his elected shot went wide from 20 yards in 38 minutes.
The visitors had a late flurry but the last chance of the half was created when Graeme Allan headed a corner kick back into the six yard box but No one was there to pick up the opportunity.
Merpro had dominated the half with Barcelona type possession stats but had only the one goal to show for their dominance.
Tayside immediately came out improved and gained a free kick. Peters well hit 30 yard low drive was excellently saved by GK Lownie with Graeme Allan on hand to clear to safety in the 46th minute
Merpro immediately went up the park with Craig Allan making a good flank run cutting back for Graham but he fired over the bar in 48 minutes.
Graham then had a run in on goal but his touch was heavy and the GK reacted quickly to smother his effort.
Monifieth had raised their game and then had a spell of pressure creating some good chances.
Petrie came close when he collected a cut back and drilled a rising shot off the crossbar in 52 minutes.
Merpro then created another gilt edged chance when after a combination move Allan lofted a pinpoint pass over the defence for Graham to collect and run in on goal but he pulled his angled effort agonisingly wide in 55 minutes.
The match was more of a contest now and Tayside again came close with a header flashing wide in 56 minutes.
Merpro hit back when Graham did well to set up a pass for McDougall but he also fired his 18 yard effort over the bar in 58 minutes. Duff then did well on a flank run to cross into the box but Craig Allan pulled his close range snap shot wide.
Another good move involving Whyte and  McDougall set up Allan but he again pulled his hot frustratingly wide in 60 minutes.
McDougall had a well hit free kick parried by GK Cosgrove with Duff hitting the rebound wide in 62 minutes.
Merpro should have gone ahead after McDougall was fouled by the GK on the edge of the box. His resultant free kick found Graham who headed back for Bruce but his header from close range went over the bar.
Merpro were punished for not killing the match off when Monifieth equalised when a long cross from the left wing fell for Christie to stab a low shot into the net from 10 yards to make it 1-1 after 65 minutes.
Merpro quickly resumed their attacking with Bruce making an excellent fast break to set up Graham to run in on goal but he blasted his close range effort over the bar in 70 minutes.
Merpro were back on top and following a fine move involving Duff, Graham and Bruce he set up Greig in front of goal but he also fired his effort over the bar in 75 minutes.
The home side procession continued with McDougall next to set up a header for Allan but the frustration remained as he headed wide in 78 minutes.
The deserved Merpro breakthrough arrived to ease the tension. McDougall played a short corner kick for Whyte to send in a perfect cross for Campbell Bruce to rise to bullet a header from 12 yards into the top of the net to make it 2-1 in the 83rd minute setting off much happiness.
The home side comfortably saw out the rest of the match to maintain their 100% league record.
Merpro ran out deserved winners and again produced some fine flowing football but were given a testing match as their profligacy in front of goals kept their opponents in the game.
Team:Lownie,Murdoch(Houston),Whyte,C.Allan,N.Duff,G.Allan,McDougall(J.Robertson),Bruce, Graham,Greig,E.Duff. Subs: Cabrelli,Collie,Wink.
Match Sponsor : Colin Duncan

MERPRO maintain discipline to stay on top

MERPRO 7 v 1 Dundee East
Division 1
Saturday 5/10/13
MERPRO welcomed Dundee East to Montrose for their first ever meeting. The visiting side were promoted last season and have started the season unbeaten in league action.
Both sides were sitting on equal points at the top of the league prior to the match.
The Friday night Evening Telegraph had billed this at this early stage of the season a top of the table clash.
The visiting side will want to quickly forget this match as they were overhauled by another composed and disciplined MERPRO performance.
The early exchanges were quite peaceful with neither side completely dominating.
Lownie made a curling shot look easy with a one handed save in 8 minutes.
Mepro were slowly finding their rhythm and beginning to move their opponents over the pitch with their possession play.
Allan set up Greig with an incisive pass into the box but his inside pass was cleared to safety in 15 minutes.
MERPRO were given a scare when a cross ball was headed clear and fell for an unmarked player on the edge of the box who promptly fired a slicing shot just wide in16 minutes.
Merpro quickly heeded the lesson and soon were back on the attack.
The opening goal duly arrived with a fine flowing move started and finished by Euan Duff. He collected a pass in midfield laid back for Whyte and then worked a series of four passes to collect to run in on goal to curl a low shot into the net from 15 yards for a superb goal in 22 minutes.
The visitors had already shown early signs of irritability and after a ridiculous claim for offside P.Gagin was sent off for foul and abusive language towards the referee.
MERPRO quickly resumed their attacking with McDougall then made a dazzling mazy run past 3 players into the box but fired his effort at the GK in 24 minutes.
MERPRO were now enjoying swathes of possession running their opponents ragged.
The home side went further ahead when Graeme and Craig Allan combined following a corner kick allowing the latter to fire in a low shot at goal which reached Scott Graham in the 6 yard box. He quickly pounced to control and calmly fired into the net to make it 2-0 after 32 minutes.
MERPRO for the first time eased their tempo and were soon punished when a midfield player advanced escaping an edge of the box challenge to fire in a well hit rising shot into the net to make it 2-1 in the 37th minute.
The match reached half time with the visitors beginning to look increasingly frustrated but still somehow in the match.
MERPRO opened determined to stay dominant and Whyte came close with a well hit powerful 30 yard drive saved by the GK in 48 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick Graham did well firing in a fierce hooked effort blocked in the 6 yard box.
MERPRO were methodically passing their opponents into submission and soon made the second half breakthrough.McDougall made a fine wing run to fire in a low driven cross into the box leading to a desperate outstretched clearance slicing a high ball over the keeper and into the net to make it 3-1 after 58 minutes.
MERPRO hit quickly with another composed passing move starting from the left back position and working over to the opposite flank.Murdoch collected and burst forward to cross a perfect ball to the back post for Euan Duff to drift in to slot home to make it 4-1 in the 60th minute.
The Montrose side were now rampant and Graeme Allan then made a storming run forward playing a combination pass to collect and fire in a low drive but the keeper denied him in 62 minutes.
McDougall then made another trademark gliding run into the box and unselfishly passed for Graham to score but the pass was forward and offside.
Daryl McDougall was not to be denied and a few minutes later collected an edge of the box pass to drill in a fierce left foot drive into the net from 20 yards to make it 5-1 in 68 minutes.
It was all one way traffic and Scott Graham scored his second of the match finishing from close range following a McDougall cross presented to him in 72 minutes.
Graham then had a chance to complete his hat trick when with the rarest of sights...saw him rise in the air to head a powerful close range header off the underside of the bar. He then pulled the rebound effort wide in 75 minutes.
The visitors were now completely exasperated and S.Gagin followed his brother red carded to the sideline after a stamping tackle.
MERPRO who had maintained good discipline under some provocation firmly completed the match with a further goal when under pressure the visiting centre half headed into his own net to make it 7-1 in 82 minutes.
Robertson had a final chance when he started a fast move into the box and finished with a fierce left foot drive well saved by the GK in 88 minutes.
This was an emphatic victory under some frustrated provocation as the visitors self destructed.
MERPRO go clear on their own at the top of Division 1 after this win.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch(Wink),Whyte,C.Allan,N.Duff,G.Allan,McDougall,Bruce(Houston), Graham(Collie),Greig,E.Duff(J.Robertson) Sub: Pert.
Match Sponsor: Ian Smith


MERPRO go back on top

Monifieth Tayside 0 v 3 MERPRO
Midlands Division 1
Saturday 29/9/13
MERPRO returned to League action after recent cup their recent cup matches. Tayside were promoted last season into Division 1 and had started their season well. Prior to the match the home side were sitting on top of the league albeit having played more matches.
On a hot sunny day MERPRO started the match well with Craig Allan coming close curling a 20 yard free kick into the side netting.
MERPRO were closing down their opponents quickly and Cabrelli did well to pressure and then loft a cross into the box. Euan Duff reacted the quickest nipping in between the GK and the defenders to calmly collect and round the keeper to slide the ball into the net from 12 yards to open the scoring after 5 minutes.
Tayside were struggling to keep up with the MERPRO movement and the visitors were awarded another edge of the box free kick. Allan's first effort hit the wall and his second attempt was also blocked. Graham collected the rebound to drift past a couple of tackles but his pass inside into the 6 yard box went a begging in 12 minutes.
The home side were trying hard to get back into the match but MERPRO continued to create the openings. Murdoch picked up a Greig pass but his hastily hit 25 yard shot veered wide in 22 minutes.
MERPRO then created a good opening with some fine interplay from Graham allowing Bruce to burst into the box but just as he adjusted to shoot he was thwarted but managed to lay off a back pass for Duff but his effort at goal was well blocked in 26 minutes.
Greig and Whyte then combined well but the latter fired his 18 yard effort over the bar in 28 minutes.
Another good opening was created when Cabrelli found Graham at the back post with a cross ball - the 'Boulder' then cushioned a pass for Duff to fire in a low 12 yard goal bound drive but an excellent save by the keeper prevented a goal in 32 minutes.
MERPRO continued to dominate and Graham had a couple of good openings including collecting a loose back pass but shot wide on both occasions. Bruce then hit an edge of the box free kick but the GK saved comfortably in 36 minutes.
Tayside although outplayed started to sense an chance to get back into the match as MERPRO were unable to convert their dominance. A long throw caused some difficulties and a Merpro clearance fell for a midfielder to fire back a curving low drive which just went wide.
MERPRO created a similar opening when a Bruce long throw fell for Greig who laid off for Whyte but he fired his effort over the bar in 40 minutes.
The home side had a late flurry with a series of throw ins and corner kicks and GK Lownie had to make a low snap save in the final minute to maintain the MERPRO lead.
A first half completely dominated by some fine play by MERPRO yet were unable to press home their advantage with a bigger lead.
Into the second half and the Montrose side were determined not to let their opponents back into the match. Another edge of the box free kick started the second half with Allan setting up Duff but his shot at goal went wide in 46 minutes.
Murdoch then made a strong tackle and run forward into the box but also fired his effort wide in 48 minutes.
Cabrelli then set up Graham with a long cross to the back post with Graham controlling well but then fired his effort over the bar in 50 minutes.
Merpro's second half onslaught continued with another opening created after fine play by Bruce allowed Murdoch to cross for Duff but the alert keeper saved his close range header.
MERPRO relentless play was finally rewarded when Murdoch made a long flank run crossing for Duff to control at the back post to cut inside and lay off a pass for Rhys Greig. He calmly collected and side stepped inside to curl a super low shot into the corner of the net from 16 yards to make it 2-0 in 58 minutes.
Cabrelli then ha a good chance but fired his 16 yard effort over the bar in 62 minutes.
MERPRO were now totally in control and soon went further ahead with another fine goal.
Bruce broke forward to slide a weighted pass onto Daryl McDougall to collect and drill in a well hit low shot into the corner of the net from 15 yards in 65 minutes to make it 3-0.
MERPRO continued to press forward creating various openings with Robertson having a great chance when he broke forward at pace into the box but his final touch was too heavy allowing the GK to block his chance.
Tayside stuck too their resistance and somehow managed to prevent any further scoring as the visitors continued to press in the closing stages of the match.
Another fine footballing performance by this MERPRO side graciously acknowledged by the home side's Manager with some appreciated post match comments praising the Montrose side.
This win takes MERPRO back to the top of Division 1 with a full set of points at this early stage in the season.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch(Wink),Whyte, C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Bruce, Cabrelli(McDougall), Graham(J.Robertson), Greig(Archbold), E.Duff(Collie).

MERPRO miss opportunity to progress.

MERPRO 1 v 3 Arbroath HSFPs (after extra time)
North of Tay Cup
Saturday 21/9/13
MERPRO exited the North of Tay Cup on Saturday after a close run game against near neighbours FPs. MERPRO produced yet another good performance against the Premier League side but ultimately despite having most possession were unable to make the most of their dominance in the game.
The opening stages of the match were cagey but eventually the home side began to dominate with Ferries making a series of penetrating runs into the box but thwarted by the keeper and close defending.
McDougall then made a good run cutting inside but his left foot effort sailed over the bar in 20 minutes.
Duff and Graham combined well but the patters shot was deflected wide for a corner kick in 23 minutes.
FPs Low then shrugged off a Lownie challenge to run in on goal but shot his effort wide in 25 minutes. Bruce then cleared a header from Low off the line a few minutes later as the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the match.
Graham made a good dribbling run in on goal but hit his effort past the post in 40 minutes.
Bruce was set up to run in on goal by a fine Murdoch pass dummied by Graham but his shot at goal was blocked by a sliding tackle in 43 minutes.
A close first half concluded in a stalemate for both sides.
MERPRO started the second half well with McDougall making a run forward but was blocked and taken out of play but the ball fell for Graham to fire at goal but his effort was blocked in 46 minutes.
Nicol Duff then had to make a strong defensive headed clearance from a dangerous corner kick in 48 minutes.
Bruce then made a dangerous dribbling run into the FPs box to set up an opportunity for Greig but his 14 yard shot was blocked in 52 minutes.
Duff then came close a few minutes later but again good defended blocked his effort wide.
Following a patient passing move Bruce was set up to fire in another shot at goal but again well blocked and deflected wide in 55 minutes.
MERPRO were aggrieved a few minutes later when they were denied a Euan Duff tap in goal following corner kick with the official feeling Cabrelli had impeded GK Saunderson.
FPs almost made the most of their benevolence when Barber broke through on a quick break but Eadie came out to make a good block save in 58 minutes.
MERPRO then had a couple of probing runs by Graham on the left flank into the box but was denied on both occasions by solid defending.
MERPRO were now keeping FPs pinned back and Lownie had a 25 yard free kick comfortably saved by the GK.
MERPRO soon had the opportunity their overall play had deserved. Euan Duff made a turning run into the box and a swiping tackle brought him down with a penalty awarded.
Jamie Lownie stepped up to take the penslty but his driven effort was well saved by Saunderson in 66 minutes.
MERPRO continued to pressure and Allan broke forward but fired his effort wide in 72 minutes.
FPs who had been rarely seen in attack then had a golden chance when a quick long ball resulted in Eadie having to make two fine blocking saves and then Nicol Duff cleared a third effort off the line in 80 minutes.
MERPRO were then reduced to 10 men when Greig received his matching orders for a second bootable offence.
MERPRO then had the final chance of the game when a Craig Allan 20 yard free kick was fumbled onto the post by the keeper but managed to collect to safety in 88 minutes.
MERPRO made the perfect start to extra time when Whyte crossed into the box with the ball falling for Scott Graham FTP drill in a rising shot from 12 yards to open the scoring after 93 minutes.
The MERPRO 10 men continued to push forward with Ferries making another darting run into the box  but his back heel flick filed to find a team member.
FPs came back into the match with a disappointing goal from a free close range header by Low from a corner kick in 98 minutes.The visitors then hit a quick double when a counter attack break allowed Terry Gray to run in behind the defence to skilfully guide a shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 2-1.
MERPRO attempted to get back into the match and Duff set up Whyte to fire in a driven cross ball across the face of the goal in 106 minutes.
MERPRO were then hit on the break again with a pacy run by Richardson who was then deemed to have been brought down by Ferries in the box and the resultant penalty was converted to make it 3-1 in 110 minutes.
A few minutes later Ferries was then sent off for his second bootable offence.
MERPRO continued to attack with their 9 men but FPs saw out the match uneventfully to progress to the next round.
Another fine oversll performance from MERPRO in a game they largely were on top but ultimately were unable to take the opportunities afforded to them.
Team: Eadie, Murdoch(G.Allan),Ferries, Cabrelli(C.Allan) ,Lownie, N.Duff, McDougall(Whyte), Bruce, Graham(Petrie)Greig, E.Duff(Collie).
Match Sponsor : Annie's Bar.



MERPRO into Tay Valley Cup Final

MERPRO 6 v 2 FC Claypotts
Tay Valley Shield Semi Final
Saturday 14/9/13
Merpro's fine start to the season continued with a comprehensive victory over FC Claypotts on Saturday to reach the Tay Valley Shield Cup Final. The visiting side have started the season well and were unbeaten prior to the match and a competitive match was anticipated.
Merpro however started intensely and quickly had their opponents on the back foot and went ahead after 2 minutes. Cabrelli placed a weighted through pass for Graham to run in on goal but instead of shooting at goal he unselfishly passed inside for the supporting Euan Duff to calmly slot home from 10 yards to make it 1-0 and a perfect start.
Merpro should have went further ahead when Duff then broke the offside trap to run in on goal but just hit his controlled shot wide in 4 minutes.
Merpro were blitzing their opponents and Greig set up Duff to lay off a pass for Bruce but his edge of the box shot rose over the bar in 6 minutes.
Bruce then repaid Duff and his tipped 16 yard shot was well saved in 10 minutes.
Bruce then went on a gliding run into the box beating 3 players but was finally crowded out with a blocked tackle in 15 minutes.
A minute later Bruce made another storming run forward but his final pass inside into the goalmouth was cleared to safety.
Merpro storming opening was further rewarded when Graham did well to set up Euan Duff in front of goal and after taking his time to evade a tackle he struck home from 8 yards to make it 2-0 after 24 minutes.
Claypotts had began to show signs of settling and snatched back a goal after being awarded a contentious edge of the box free kick. Lownie was adjudged to have bumped Wilson and his resultant low 20 yard free kick took a slight deflection and hit the back of the net in 25 minutes.
Merpro hit back almost immediately when Cabrelli broke forward but his 18 yard effort was comfortably saved by the GK in 28 minutes.
Claypotts began to have some ascendancy and came close when a cleared corner kick fell to McGregor with his low drive flashing across the face of goal and just wide in 36 minutes.
Merpro heeded the warning and soon went further ahead when Scott Graham picked up a
through ball to run in goal to calmly fire in a low drive from 18 yards to make it 3-1 in 40 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead amidst confusion. The Claypotts GK threw the ball out landing at the edge of the box in front of the penalty spot and collected by Daryl McDougall who promptly deftly lobbed over the keeper into the top of the net to make it 4-1 in 43 minutes. His happiness was soon doused when the wrath of Claypotts turned on him for playing the ball.  
The Claypotts central defence rearguard went apoplectic with rage as they felt the game should have been stopped for a hobbling injured player in the centre circle unbeknown to the Merpro player..!
Why the keeper threw the ball out into play instead of kicking it into touch only he can answer. A vexed visiting side were left reeling from both the home side's fine first half performance and now also nurturing their percieved grievance.
Merpro were well ahead but needed to finish off the match into the second half.
A McDougall free kick was well defended as Lownie almost got his head to it in 48 minutes.
The match then went into a period of stalemate broken by a Claypotts goal from a glanced Wilson header from a right wing cross in 54 minutes.
Merpro had had a rest and came back at the visitors when a Bruce throw into the box resulted in Murdoch being barged in the back and a penalty awarded to Merpro. The already grieved visitors vented their fury resulting in one of their midfield players being sent off for verbal abuse.
Jamie Lownie waited patiently before slotting his first Merpro penalty kick into the net to make it 5-2 after 58 minutes.
Merpro now had the game won and proceeded to create a series of chances.
Graham set up Duff in front of goal but the GK saved well and Greig's follow up effort was headed clear off the line in 65 minutes.
Claypotts simmering anger continued and another player was sent off for second bookable offence.
Merpro then went further ahead with Euan Duff collecting an Archbold pass to run in on goal and slot home for his hat trick in 78 minutes.
The final 10 minutes became a mixture of goal of the season misses as Archbold had two golden chances to score and some fractious incidents (along with some classic banter from the Claypotts manager concerning Strictly Come Dancing directed at Archi as he got himself tangled up trying to control a pass! ) and finally near the end an exasperated Claypotts full back was sent off for a late challenge on Bruce in the closing stages as the match petered out.
This victory capped off a fine and disciplined performance taking Merpro into their second Tay Valley final following their last appearance in 2011.
Team: Eadie,Murdoch(Ferries),Houston,Cabrelli(Whyte),Lownie,N.Duff,McDougall(Petrie),Bruce,Graham(Archbold),Greig,E.Duff(J.Robertson)
Match Sponsor : TMT Graham and Greig.


Relentless Merpro into semi final

Merpro 7 v 2 Newport
Tay Valley Shield
Saturday 7/9/13
Merpro recorded another fine victory at the weekend overcoming their Fife visitors to move into the League Cup semi final. Both sides had the opportunity of reaching the next stage but Merpro had to achieve a clear cut 4 goal leeway to go through on goal difference.
Both sides settled quickly but it was Merpro who opened the scoring when a Bruce pass in behind the high defence set up Euan Duff to run onto and calmly round the GK to slot into the net from 18 yards after 11minutes to make it 1-0.
Merpro then ran rampant for a spell creating numerous chances.
Duff set up Graham to run through but he snatched his effort wide in 14 minutes.
McDougall won a strong challenge to run in on goal slipping pass inside for Greig but he was unable to control properly and his 15 yard shot was sliced wide in 15 minutes.
Graham was then set up to run in on goal unopposed but a heavy touch allowed the GK to scramble clear to safety in 20 minutes.
Newport had hardly created any opportunities but a quick long ball found the ever dangerous Mike Rommily off his marker and he expertly clipped the ball into the net from 16 yards to remind the home side of his capabilities to make it 1-1 after 22 minutes.
Merpro immediately resumed attacking and another set of chances created.
Murdoch and McDougall combined but the alert GK smothered the latters run into the box in 24 minutes. Graham then set up McDougall to run in on goal but groundhog day again as the GK saved at his feet in 26 minutes.
Newport hit back and Romilly again found some space but on this occasion his rising shot went just over the bar.
Merpro went up the park creating pressure and Duff had a close range shot blocked but was deflected back into the goal but an alert defender cleared off the line as Graham was ready to pounce in 28 minutes.
McDougall who was having a fine game created himself another good opening with a mazy run and then cut inside into the box but his shot at goal went over the bar in 30 minutes.
Merpro were completely dominating in midfield and another opportunity soon arrived when Greig flicked a pass into Graham in the box but the unlucky strikers effort came back off the post and straight back into the keepers arms !
However Graham soon made amends when he ran into the box and expertly picked out Craig Allan at the back post with a lofted pass to evade the fine GK to slot home from 5 yards to give Merpro back the lead in 40 minutes.
Newport however quickly stunned the home side when their centre half calmly slotted home a curled 14 yard shot following a corner kick which was only partially cleared to equalise in 42nd minute.
Amazingly the home side then had another great chance when McDougall went on another good run laying off a pass for Graham but his first half of woe continued when again a defender cleared off the line.
Somehow it had remained on equal terms at half time.
Merpro quickly resumed their dominance and Allan had the ball in the net but was given offside in 48 minutes. Some quick incisive play was opening up the visitors defence and McDougall had a clos range effort blocked in 51 minutes. From McDougall's resultant corner kick Newport failed to clear and Jamie Lownie was on hand to head home from 6 yards to make it 3-2 in 52 minutes.
As in the first half Newport almost immediately hit back when Romilly was set up to run clear but under pressure pulled his 20 yard shot wide. A few minutes later the advancing left back fired in a fierce effort from 25 yards but Eadie covered the rising effort just over the bar.
Merpro went further ahead when Greig slipped a fine pass for Duff to run onto and he then curled a high cross to the back post for Dearyl McDougall to rise like the proverbial salmon to out jump his marker to head home from 5 yards to make it 4-2 in 58th minute.
Duff was next to test the fine GK with a rising shot finger tipped saved to safety in 60 minutes.
Graham who had a fine game linking up play was again foiled a few minutes later by the custodian when a low curled shot was turned round the post.
Merpro relentlessly poured forward and another good run by McDougall ended with Graham dummying his low cross allowing Euan Duff to come into the box to collect and calmly slot into the corner of the net from 12 yards to make it now a convincing 5-2 in 65 minutes.
A few minutes later Graham was again set up to run through on his own but his touch allowed the keeper save at his feet.
Graham finally managed to get the goal his play merited when he collected a deflected clearance and calmly strode forward and from 25 yards lobbed over the GK to find himself swamped by happy team mates in increasing the lead to 6-2 in 70 minutes.
Merpro now had the 4 goal cushion required but soon went further ahead. Graham ran in on goal drifting past a couple of tackles to unselfishly pass inside for Craig Archbold to calmly finish from 10 yards to emphatically round off a superb home sides performance to make it 7-2 .
Team : Eadie, Murdoch(Ferries),Houston, C.Allan, Lownie(N.Duff),G.Allan, McDougall(Archbold),Bruce(J.Robertson), Graham(Collie),Greig, E.Duff.
Match Sponsor: G.Houston Beamer Bhoy.


Marauding Murdoch breaks the deadlock !

Merpro 4 v 0 Morgan Academy FPs
Saturday 31/8/23
Division 1
Merpro recorded another fine league victory on Saturday to round off a successful week with 3 wins under their belt to leave them top of Division 1.
Both sides started slowly but as in midweek Merpro gradually built up their momentum and eventually ran out comfortable winners.
Merpro created their first opening when Ferries made a quick break forward drawing defenders towards him allowing space for Graham to pass inside for Duff but he fired his effort over the bar in 8 minutes.
Merpro then came close again when Bruce collected the ball in the box but his scrambled effort came back off the post in 12 minutes with the ball then falling for Graham but his snatched effort at an open goal flew up into the air to safety.
Duff was next to threaten running through on a mazy run beating several opponents but he lost his balance in shooting and the keeper was able to make a comfortable save in 22minutes.
Merpro had another great opening when Murdoch collected the all inside the six yard box but his flicked effort again came back off the post to safety in 25 minutes.
Merpro were now completely dominating and again the Dundee side were saved by the post when McDougall's shot came back off the woodwork in 30 minutes.
Bruce then had a spell of attempting to open the scoring initially setting up McDougall after a fine run and cross but his effort was blocked in front of goal. Bruce then himself was set up to run in on goal to pass inside for Duff but his tame effort was easily saved by the GK in 40 minutes.
Bruce was then again set up to run through on his own on goal but he pulled his effort wide from 15 yards in 44 minutes.
Although dominating the match with fine play the home side management were left frustrated as the scoreline somehow remained scoreless at half time.
Merpro immediately looked to change this and Graham was set up to run through on goal but as he drew the GK forward a nasty bobble thwarted his effort at goal and the opportunity was cleared in the 47th minute.
A few minutes later after a fine passing move Greig slipped a disgonal pass for McDougall to fire in a perfect low cross but Murdoch leaning back somehow managed to scoop his 8 yard effort over the bar.
Murdoch was again in the thick of the action rising to meet a cross ball but his header lacked power falling into the middle of the box creating a frantic stramash as Allan and Graham had multiple close range efforts blocked before the ball was cleared to safety in 65 minutes.
Merpro eased the frustration and finally made the breakthrough when the marauding Murdoch collected a through pass to run in on goal. He showed his forwards how to score by drilling a low shot under the GK and into the corner of the net to make it 1-0 in 70 minutes. His celebratory run was soon thwarted after being swamped by his delighted team mates...
The floodgates had been opened and 5 minutes later Duff was brought down in the box and Craig Allan stepped up to score from the penalty spot to make it 2-0.
Euan Duff was not to be thwarted bursting through from midfield to fire in an excellent low 20 yard curling shot into the net to make it 3-0 after 78 minutes.
Merpro were rampant and Greig was brought down in the box but Allan this time had his penalty kick saved by the GK in 8O minutes.
However he made amends shortly after following some fine flair play by Collie to set up a low cross into the box to give Craig Allan a tap in goal from 5 yards to complete the scoring in the 88th
Team:Eadie,Murdoch(Archbold),Ferries(J.Robertson),C.Allan(Whyte),Lownie,G.Allan,McDougall(Collie),Bruce,Graham,Greig,E.Duff. Sub:Cabrelli.
Match Sponsor: Jordan Taylor



Merpro 4 v 1 Lowson United
Wednesday 28/8/13
Division 1
Merpro have started the new season in good form and continued with another fine performance in midweek league action against Lowson. Merpro were unable to get the better of their opponents last season but ran out emphatic victors on this occasion.
The match started slowly but gradually Merpro began to find their passing rythym and Cabrelli and Murdoch combined to set up Graham but he hit his curled 12 yard effort off the post in13 minutes.
Merpro early dominance was rewarded when Houston crossed into the box for Graham to challenge with the GK with the loose ball falling for Dan Cabrelli to brilliantly pounce to clinically fire in a powerful driven 15 yard shot into the net for his first ever Merpro goal in 18 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead in 25 minutes when following a lengthy possesion move Greig lofted another cross into the box with the ball again falling for Dan Cabrelli to fire in an almost carbon copy drive into the back of te net to make it 2-0.
Lowson hit back immediately with a spell of pressure and came close when the home side were unable to clear their lines and a close range hooked effort hit the outside of the post in 30 minutes.
Merpro then regained their composure and momentum passing and created numerous chances.
Graham lofted a pass through for Duff to run in on goal but directed his effort straight at the 60 minuteskeeper in  34 minutes. Bruce was next to set up Greig but he fired his close range effort over the bar in 36 minutes. Cabrelli then sent in a long ball over the top of the defence for Duff but alert defending prevented him from breaking through on goal in 38 minutes.
Frustratingly Merpro continued to squander good chances when Duff then set up Graham to run in on goal but again the effort was directed at the keeper who saved in 40 minutes.
Yet another effort was saved by the busy keeper when Graham glanced a close range header goalwards from a Bruce corner kick in 42 minutes.
Merpro had dominated the first half with some fine passing quality play and the only downside had been they were not further ahead leaving their opponents still in the match.
Lowson almost immediately came close when a corner kick failed to be cleared at the near post but alert keeping by Eadie saved on the line in 47 minutes.
Lowson then had a spell of pressure as they upped their intensity levels but Merpro weathered the fightback and began their relentless pass and move play and soon went further ahead.
A fine move involving Graham, Duff resulted in Murdoch overlap and low cross finding Rhys Greig in the box to control and then lash in a 12 yard shot into the net to make it 3-0 after 52 minutes.
Merpro continued to push forward with Houston making a lengthy box to box storming run before being defended wide in 60 minutes.
Lowson began to gain some control of the match and forced the home side back for a spell.
Eadie had to make a couple of good alert saves initially from a Duncan close range header in 7 74 minutes and then a few minutes later from a Hampton low drive.
Lowson snatched a lifeline when a contentious foul was given on the edge of the box and an excellent 20 yard free kick was curled into the top of the net by Duncan in the 80th minute.
Merpro however quickly extinguished any hope of a recovery when a couple of minutes later went further ahead when Bruce slipped a perfect defence splitting pass for Euan Duff to run onto and go round the GK to knock home from 18 yards into the net to make it 4-1 .
Merpro had another effort when McDougall had a snatched hooked effort go over Te bar in the closing minutes.
An excellent performance from the home side maintaining good discipline throughout to run out well deserved victors.
Team:Eadie,Murdoch(Ferries),Houston,C.Allan,Lownie,G.Allan,Bruce(Petrie),Cabrelli(McDougall),Graham(Archbold),Greig,E.Duff. Sub:Collie.
Match Sponsor : R Coull and Son.


Merpro 2 v 5 Barnhill

Tay Valley Shield
Wednesday 21/8/13
Merpro opened their 2013-14 season with a league cup sectional tie against Barnhill.
With Merpro not in action on the first Saturday due to wedding and Wembley late returns their season kicked off with a midweek match. Barnhill had a slight advantage having commencing on the previous Saturday managing to complete their legacy suspensions from last season.
Merpro had several regulars missing due to the carry forward of the totting up suspension system from the previous season. However this provided the opportunity to blood some new players into the side and become accustomed to the MAFA level.
The match started at a high intensity with both sides searching for control.
Merpro had an early penalty claim waived aside when in his debutant Cabrelli sent Graham on his way to run through on goal but was brought down just inside the box after a clumsy challenge in 22 minutes.
Barnhill fought back and another debutant Ferries did well to clear to clear a dangerous cross in 25 minutes.
Barnhill went ahead with a slighty fortuitous goal when a deflected 22 yard free kick evaded Eadie in goal after 28 minutes.
Merpro soon equalised when Graeme Allan made a quick break forward from defence sliding a low through ball for last season's top scorer Euan Duff to run onto to fire in a low drive from 16 yards to open his new season account in 32 minutes.
Merpro created another good chance following a fine left flank attacking move involving Graham and Duff setting up McDougall to turn inside but as  a goal looked certain his close range shot was deflected over the bar to safety in 42 minutes.
Merpro rued the miss as Barnhill went ahead on the stroke of half time when an edge of the box free kick was disapointingly easily headed into the net from close range to make it 2-1 at half ime.
Merpro came out strong in the second half and created a number of good chances.
McDougall had an edge of the box free kick go narrowly over the bar in 48 minutes.
Graham did well to collect a Lownie free kick and under pressure turned his marker and fired in a close range shot but the keeper made a point blank save in 50 minutes.
Murdoch then made a strong run forward firing in a powerful cross falling for Duff to collect at the back post but his return shot slid agonisingly across the face of goal as a goal looked certain in 54 minutes.
Merpro then had another great chance when Graham set up McDougall to run in on goal but he lifted his 12 yard shot just wide in 60 minutes.
Barnhill again punished the home side for their profligacy by hitting on a fast clinical counter attack to score a fine goal to make it 3-1 in 62 minutes.
Merpro however quickly replied when a McDougall corner kick found the delighted John Murdoch in the middle of the box to side foot into the net from 5 yards to make it 3-2 after 65 minutes.
Barnhill however squashed the expected comeback when a tricky wing run into the box resulted in Ferries impeding and the resultant penalty converted to make it 3-2 in 70 minutes.
Merpro continued to force the match with Greig and Duff having opportunities saved by the good keeper.
Another good chance was worked by Archbold shrugging off his marker in the box to turn and drill a 10 yard close range effort blocked by a lunging block in 78 minutes.
Merpro were pushing forward and Eadie was called into actions making a good save from a break away attack. Barnhill put the game out of reach when a curling free kick was headed home from 8 yards in 85 minutes.
Merpro then had the last chance of the match when Collie picked up a pass to run in on goal but his low shot was blocked by the keeper to deny a debut goal for the youngster in the 88 minute.
Merpro played well but scorned a series of openings and were given a lesson by the visiting side in clinical finishing efficiency.
Team:Eadie, Murdoch(J.Robertson), Ferries, Whyte, Lownie, G.Allan, McDougall(Petrie), Cabrelli(Archbold), Graham(Collie), Greig, E.Duff. Sub:Wink.
Match Sponsor : RK Tool Hire

SEASON 2012-13



Merpro 0 v 0 Inchture
Division 1
Sat 20/4/13

Merpro welcomed Inchture to Montrose on Saturday for continuing league action.
On a good day for football both sides we left to share the spoils after a balanced encounter until some controversial officiating in the second half.
Merpro settled quickly and after a good move Graham was left with a chance but shot wildly over the bar in 5 minutes.
Inchture then gained a free kick on the edge of the box and Leitch free kick appeared to be sailing over but held up un the wind and dipped hitting of the top of the bar after 10 minutes.
Merpro then had a good opening from a Graham free kick falling for Euan Duff to stab goalwards to be cleared off the line with Rhys Greig follow up effort also blocked to safety over the bar in 12 minutes.
Robertson then set up a floated cross for Graham but he just failed to latch onto the cross in front of goal a after 20 minutes.
Merpro then had another good opportunity when Greig challenged the GK in the air with the ball following for Graham but controlling the well he slid his low drive just past the post in 25 minutes.
Merpro were then left frustrated when Duff played a pin point pass for Greig to run onto but was deemed to be offside after 30 minutes.
Inchture who had been quiet then had a good opening from a left sing cross with a header just slipping wide in 36 minutes.
The rest of the first half remained tight with neither side fully opening up.
Merpro started the second half well with Graham making a trademark trailing wing run past his opponent to slide a great pass in front of goal but sadly no takers to knock into the net in 48 minutes.
Merpro had to reshape when Nicol Duff had to retire following a head injury after 50 minutes.
Merpro then the best chance of the match when Graham latched onto a perfect Greig defence splitting pass only to agonisingly lob his effort over the GK just wide in the 53rd minute.
Merpro who had taken command of the game were then rocked when Milne was controversially sent packing after a second booking for dissent in the 55th minute to leave Merpro down to 10 men.
Merpro kept an attacking shape and continued to take the match to their opponents.
Graham had a low edge of the box free kick gathered by the GK at his post after 65 minutes.
Merpro continued to keep attacking but were unable to create any further significant openings.
As the match reach the final stages Inchture pushed players forward and had a series of corner kick pressure but good defending held them at bay.
Lownie made an excellent save after a pacy attack from Inchture down the right flank leading to a cut back and well hit drive from 15 yards in 85 minutes.
Merpro held out to secure a decent point in the end after being reduced to 10 men but were ultimately left unhappy having been left with this handicap.
A good disciplined performance and outwith the last 10 minutes Merpro were the more attacking side.
Team: Lownie,Murdoch,S.Robertson,Milne,N.Duff(Bruce),G.Allan,R.Greig,C.Allan,
E.Duff,Graham,McDougall(Houston), Subs: J.Greig,Hector,Whyte.
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.



Good play leads to frustration as cutting edge blunted

MERPRO 0 v 0 FC POLONIA
DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 13/4/13

Merpro endured a frustrating afternoon after totally dominating a match with their possession play but unable to find the cutting edge to seal victory.
Both sides only met 4 weeks ago sharing nine goals between them as Polonia ran out winners on that occasion.
Merpro started well with McDougall and Greig combining well to create an opening for Duff but the ball stuck in amongst his feet and allowed defenders to close him den in 7 minutes.
Robertson was next to threaten the goal with a header going just over the bar from an Craig Allan cross all in 10 minutes.
Polonia made a quick break away but decisive defending from Nicol Duff cleared the danger after 13 minutes.
Bruce then broke forward for Merpro collected a pass on his chest but his effort at gal was blocked with Milne's follow up effort sliced wide.
Merpro were now into their rythym with Greig picking up a pass to run in on goal but dallied to create more space and eventually firing a shot which deflected off team mate Allan to safety in 16 minutes.
Bruce threatened again a few minutes later with a header going wide from a Robertson free kick.
Merpro were anticipating a fightback but as the first half wore on their dominance increased and more chances were created.
McDougall did well pirouetting past a couple of players to set up Euan Duff to blast a close range shot at goal but somehow the Polonia GK managed to tip his fierce effort over the bar in 40 minutes.
A few minutes later Duff was again denied with another well hit angled shot from close range parried round the post by the GK.
Merpro completely controlled the first period but it was Polonia who created the first chance in the second half. Gk Lownie did well clawing away at full stretch a dangerous curling corner from just under the bar in 50 minutes.
Nicol Duff and Graeme Allan did well to foil a Polonia attack but following this the anticipated Polonia fightback failed to materialise.
Merpro in fact increased their metronomic passing play and continued to dominate the match.
Duff set up Greig but he blasted wildly over the bar in 62 minutes.
McDougall then did well with a strong tackle and slipped a pass for Duff but his shot was deflected wide. From the resultant corner kick Scott Robertson rose high but guided his header just over the bar in 66 minutes.
Merpro created another great chance when McDougall fed a perfect defence splitting pass for Greig to run onto but as he drew out the Gk and in a good position he failed to connect well and is still looking for his lost toes in the turf...
A few minutes later another miss of the year contender when Robertson floated in a controlled cross for Euan Duff but somehow with the gol gaping he managed to fail to connect properly with his header and was last seen still holding his head in his hands..
Duff had a further header at goal saved by the custodian a few minutes later.
Merpro were given a scare when a loose pass allowed Polonia to break and under pressure an attacker hit a 20 yard shot which appeared to be going wide but took a slight bobble to hit off the post in 80 minutes.
Merpro continued to press with McDougall making a darting dribbling run into the box but in a good position blasted his effort into the side netting.
Petrie was set loose in the box in the final minutes but he chose to shoot early and hit his effort wide.
Somehow Polonia had escaped and despite all their possession Merpro's lack of cutting edge produced their second consecutive draw and felt like two points dropped.
Team: Lownie,Whyte,S.Robertson,Milne,N.Duff,G,Allan,Bruce(Hector),C.Allan,E.Duff,McDougall,R.Greig(Petrie) Subs:J.Greig,Murdoch,Wink.
Match Sponsor : RK Tool Hire


FC CLAYPOTTS 1 v 1 MERPRO
WEDNESDAY 10/4/13
DIVISION 1

Merpro's Midlands midweek match action commenced with a hard fought league draw with a game of two halves performance. Merpro found it difficult in the first half to find any attacking cohesiveness but after a barnstorming second half created enough opportunities and should have returned home with a full set of points.
Merpro opened with Bruce and Murdoch combining well but the latters cross was too strong across the face of the goal in 3 minutes.
Shortly after Greig picked up a Lownie pass to lay off for Hector but he pulled his shot just wide of goal after 7 minutes.
Merpro had to defend well with Milne heading clear and Lownie covering to clear an effort just short of the goal line.
The game was now reaching full pace with an Allan free kick going wide and then a long Claypotts GK kick out evading the Merpro defenders and an attacker had a dangerous shot go narrowly wide in 20 minutes.
Greig picked up a Hector head flick to almost burst through on goal but good defending forced him wide.
Claypotts then had a spell of concerted pressure with a series of corner kicks.
Merpro GK Steven Gall had to make an excellent instinctive close range save from a bullet header tipping over the bar in 26 minutes.
Merpro broke forward with a fine pass from Robertson setting up Duff but his shot at goal was well defended and blocked to safety.
Claypotts had a further spell of aerial pressure and made the opening breakthrough following a long free kick into the box.Murdoch bundled over an opponent and Claypotts duly converted the penalty to take the lead after 30 minutes.
Merpro weathered some. Further pressure and finished the first half coming close with a Robertson header going just over the bar and a further back flick going across the face of goal without anyone making an anticipation run.
Merpro were looking to get some more cohesion in their attacking play in the second half and immediately took the game to their opponents.
Houston combined well with Greig to make a good wing run and cross flashing across the face of goal in 46 minutes.
Merpro created another great opening with Greig pushing forward in a more advanced role setting up Hector to run in on goal but he fired his low close range shot into the side of the net in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now piling on their own series of corner kick pressure and only some desperate Claypotts defending kept them at bay.
Murdoch had a close range flick cleared off the line with follow up efforts from Allan and Hector also cleared off the line in the ensuing stramash in 55 minutes.
A few minutes later Houston then also had an effort cleared off the line following a Bruce throw causing some anxious defending .
Merpro were now well on top and had another great chance when Allan set up Euan Duff to run in on goal but his fierce shot was well saved by GK Seaton in 58 minutes.
Claypotts almost burst the Merpro backline following intercepting a poor corner kick and making a quick break away attack. With only a committed length of the park defending run from Euan Duff and cover tackle from Robertson prevented a further goal in 62 minutes.
Merpro resumed their pressure with Murdoch firing in a shot well saved and Duff then making a good run with his shot at goal deflected for a corner kick in 68 minutes.
Merpro finally got the goal their second half play deserved when Graham had his effort at parried by the custodian with Euan Duff quickest to the rebound to slide the ball into the net from 12 yards whilst under pressure in the 80th minute.
Merpro had a bizarre moment a few minutes later when a communication mix up in defence allowed a long ball to run through on goal but Milne  calmly cleared the ball.
Merpro had the final chances with the normally composed Graham unusually firing wildly over the bar from close range and Houston again sliding a cross across the face of goal in the final minute.
Team:Gall,Murdoch(McDougall),S.Robertson,Milne,Lownie,Houston,Bruce,C.Allan,E.Duff,Hector(Graham),R.Greig.Subs:J.Greig,Petrie,Whyte.


Merpro 0 v 1 Riverside Athletic
Gray Trophy
Saturday 6/4/13

Merpro welcomed back Riverside Athletic again for Cup action in the Gray Trophy.
This was Riverside's second visit in cup duty in a fortnight but conditions on this occasion were much more benign on a warm sunny day and both sides provided another engrossing footballing match.
Unfortunately for the home side a controversial officiating mistake genuinely acknowledged post match by opponents/official gifted the visitors the match.
Neither side was able to gain any early dominance as both midfield's cancelled out any openings.
Gall was the first GK called into action collecting a long range shot which took an awkward bounce in 10 minutes.
Riverside then had a spell of good possession but failed to create any significant chances.
Merpro then had a good opening when Euan Duff set up Graham with an over head pass but as he ran in on goal his left foot shot was saved by the keeper in 20 minutes.
McDougall was next to threaten creating an opening but he pulled his 18 yard effort wide in 22 minutes.
Merpro had settled into the match and Allan then had a curling free kick punched clear by GK Cargill in 24 minutes.
Bruce was next to threaten playing a return pass with Duff to fire in a dangerous cross blocked to safety a couple of minutes later.
Riverside then came close when Rennie broke from midfield firing in a shot which took a deflection of a Duff block tackle to spin off the top of the bar to safety in 28 minutes.
Merpro quickly threatened again with the elusive McDougall gliding past a couple of players but with the goal beckoning chose to slip a pass inside for Duff but was intercepted and cleared in 30 minutes.
Marauding Murdoch then created his own opportunity chasing a series of players from within his own half for eventually the ball to be passed back to the GK who subsequently sliced his clearance but landed to safety in 34 minutes.
Riverside then created a clear cut opening when some anxious defending allowed a cross into the box evading Gall but Craig Allan cleared from close range. His clearance fell for Crozier but the inform striker somehow managed to spoon his effort over the bar in the 36th minute.
Merpro then created their own good opportunity when Graham combined well with Euan Duff  to run in on goal but he fired his effort just wide of the goal in 38th minute.
Merpro came close again following a Milne cross into the box falling for Duff to fire in a low drive but was well defended by Wemyss to prevent a goal in the 42nd minute.
Merpro finished the first half on the attack with McDougall doing well with some juggling control on the edge of the box to set himself up to fire in a volley but again good defending blocked the opportunity.
A close first period with both sides well matched.
Riverside opened the second half with a fine piece of play.The Merpro forwards had pressed high but Wemyss managed to calmly evade and fired a superb cross field diagonal pass into the path of Paul Harris to run in off the right flank but his effort flew over the bar in the 47th minute.
Merpro immediately hit back with Bruce ,Graham and Duff combining well to force Riverside back into defending well.
Riverside had upped the tempo but Merpro responded as the match intensity began to increase.
The match began to stretch with both sides looking to make the breakthrough
Bruce and Duff were combining well to keep the visiting defence on their guard and shortly after Gall had to make a couple of good saves from Clark and Paul Harris.
From a resulting corner kick Nicol Duff did well to clear from close range as Riverside pressure mounted.
The Dundee side finally made the controversial breakthrough in the 70th minute much to the consternation of the Merpro side. A dangerous curling corner kick was glanced goalwards by Derek Wemyss but Bruce obviously standing on the goal line cleared the ball to safety. The late stand in replacement Referee after some hesitation blew indicated a goal much to everyone's incredulity amidst impotent protestations.
Merpro were stunned and Riverside forced some pressure but good defensive concentration held them at bay and they gradually overcame their frustration.
Merpro started to force the match as they searched for the equaliser and Milne made a good breaking run forward setting up Duff to run in at goal slipping a pass inside for Houston but from a good position he fired his effort over the bar.
Merpro continued to push and created a gilt opening after Hector floated a fine pass in behind the defence for Duff to run onto and pressurise Patterson into making a mistake. Duff ran in on goal and attempted to round the GK but the custodian managed to scramble and recovered the ball to prevent a certain goal in the 80th minute.
Hector shortly after managed to collect a cross ball and created some space to fire in a low drive but good defending from Gorgon blocked the effort in the final minutes.
Riverside held out to run out the victors in a closely fought fine footballing match with Merpro left to ruminate on a controversial decision which sealed the match.
Post match the contrite Referee acknowledged the mistake after Riverside players and officials agreed the ball had not crossed over the line.
This Merpro side continue to make progress and can take great credit from a controlled and disciplined performance against the Midlands current only unbeaten side .
Team : Gall, Murdoch, S.Robertson, Milne (Whyte), N.Duff, G.Allan, Bruce, C.Allan, E.Duff, Graham (Hector), McDougall (Houston). Subs: Lownie, Petrie.
Match Sponsor : R.Coull & Son


MERPRO 3 V 6 RIVERSIDE ATHLETIC
BREMNER CUP 3RD ROUND
SATURDAY 23/3/13
Merpro welcomed Midlands royalty Riverside Athletic to Montrose for the first time on Saturday for Bremner Cup action. Riverside have been the outstanding side in Midlands Amateur football for past 30 years and the present side are currently unbeaten this season.
The weather even by local standards was bone chillingly Baltic with gale force winds and fleeting flurries of snow adding to the Arctic conditions.
Merpro started well with Robertson slipping a pass forward for Graham to break the backline to run in on goal but as he drew the GK he was able to frustratingly parry his low shot wide in the 2nd minute.
Euan Duff then had a 22 yard well hit shot saved at full stretch by GK Cargill in the 8th minute.
Riverside had barely got into their stride but a quick left flank move and cross fell for Calum Crozier to fire into the net from 6 yards to open the scoring after 9 minutes.
Merpro were stung a couple minutes later when Milne controlled a ball on the edge of the box but the bounce inadvertently hit his hand and a dubious penalty was awarded with Paul Clark confidently converting to give the visitors a two goal early lead.
Merpro took some time to settle but gradually clawed their way back into the match.
Bruce fired past the post from a good position after good lead up play from McDougall and Graham in 25 minutes.
Duff was next to fire in a rising shot over the bar after good midfield linking play from Greig in 30 minutes.
Merpro's play was rewarded when Euan Duff fired in a rising shot from 14 yards after good pressing opened up the opportunity in the 32nd minute.
Frustraingly however Riverside immediately broke through the midfield from the kick off and following a sliding Greig tackle another contentious penalty was awarded with Merpro feeling the foul had been committed just outside the box.Clark again confidently converted changing his side to send GK Gall the wrong way to make it 3-1 in 34 minutes.
Merpro again regrouped and slowly regained composure to push forward with McDougall firing in a long range shot well saved by the GK in 38 minutes.
Bruce then made a dribbling run into the box but good defending crowded him out blocking his effort.
Murdoch wasnext to test the custodian with a well hit drive as Merpro looked to gain a lifeline in the game.
Just as half time approached Merpro made the breakthrough when Craig Allan slipped a diagonal pinpoint pass between two defenders allowing Euan Duff to run through on goal rounding the approaching keeper to slot into the net to make it 3-2 at the break.
Merpro started brightest in the second period with Mlne making a run forward linking with Allan to set up McDougall but he fired his effort over the bar in 47 minutes.
Following a good midfield possesion move Duff was sent through but elected to shoot early directly into the strong wide and the power was lost from his effort in 54 minutes.
Merpro again created a good opening from a Graham flank run to set up Greig but his 12 yard effort sliced away from goal to safety in 56 minutes.
Merpro were now dominating in midfield and Bruce floated in a low pass in behind the defence for Duff but he was unable to fully control as he stretched to break through and the all carried through safely for the GK in 58 minutes.
The Merpro midfield were now playing with confidence linking up short passing style to pin Riverside back in their own half and finally got their second half reward.Graham collected a pass on the left flank and drove in past a couple defenders to weight a perfect pass inside for Daryl McDougall to meet and hit a low drive from 10 yards into the net for the equalising goal in 65 minutes.
Graham was next himself to test out the visitors this time coming in off the right flank to hit a left foot shot just wide of the post in 68 minutes.
Merpro were anticipating Riverside to come back into the match but it was the home side who created the next chance when Allan picked up a Duff pass inside the box to calmly round the GK and just as he looked to score good defending from the right back managed to get a block on his effort to prevent a certain goal in 72 minutes.
Riverside stirred themselves again and gained a series of corner kicks with Gall having to make a good reactive low down save at the near post to prevent a goal.
Merpro were not finished and Houston sent a curling ball forward for the dashing Duff to run onto butas he collected collided with the onrushing keeper and the ball fell to safety in 78 minutes.
With the match reaching the closing stages it was a Merpro loose ball cleared from defence that broke the deadlock giving Riverside the opening. Keith McKenzie pounced on the pass to alertly drill in a first time wind assisted 20 yard shot into the net in the 80th minute to make it 4-3.
Merpro tried to push forward but a cklinical break left Crozier with a low tap from a right wing cross to make it 5-3 in 85 minutes. Riverside completed the scoring in the 88th minute with another break when Crozier picked up a pass looking 2 yards offside to run in on goal to slot home for his hat trick to make the scoreline a flattering 6-3.
Riverside clinically finished off the match with three goals in the final 10 minutes.
Merpro exited the Cup but this was as good a performance, especially in the second half ,as they have had this season in view of the quality of the opposition.
Both sides deserve great praise for a feast of skilled football in gale force conditions.
Team:Gall,Murdoch(Whyte), S.Robertson, Milne, R.Greig, Lownie, Bruce, C.Allan, E.Duff, Graham(Hector),McDougall(Houston).Subs;Petrie, Wink.
Match Sponsor : The Black Abbot


MERPRO 3 V 2 MORGAN FPs
DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 16/3/13
Dandy Duff delivers decisive downfall for Dundee side..
Merpro ran out deserved winners in what was an important victory against a stuffy Morgan side.
A late winner in the 88th minute sealed a tense victory in a match the Montrose side largely dominated. 
Merpro started well and dominated possesion in the early stages but were unable to create any significant chances.
However it was the visitors who opened the scoring against the run of play. A long floated pass forward failed to be cleared and fell for the left midfielder to quickly drill in a well hit shot from 25 yards under GK Gall in the 20th minute to
Merpro quickly resumed their possesion dominance and began to create some chances.
Euan Duff made a good run and cross setting up McDougall but his close range goalbound shot was blocked to safety in 24 minutes.
Murdoch then made a storming run finishing with a well hit effort deflected wide in 28 minutes.
Murdoch was again in the thick of the action making an excellent fast covering defensive run to clear a Morgan pacy breakaway attack as Merpro were exposed following a self inflicted loose pass in the 35th minute.
The home sides midfield continued to assert themselves and quickly returned to some quick interlinking play.Milne and McDougall linked well with the latter sending a cross across the face of goal with frustratingly no takers to tap the ball into the net in 38 minutes.
A few minutes later McDougall was again in the midst of the action when his crisp close range shot was blocked with the rebound falling for Graham - however his hastily hit snap shot sliced wide for a throw in rather than in the back of the net !
Morgan managed to hang onto half time without conceding a goal to go into the interval ahead.
Merpro came quickly out of the blocks applying pressure and were rewarded with an early equaliser.
McDougall fired in a well hit corner kick which fell for Craig Allan to side foot into the net from close range to make it 1-1 after 47 minutes.
Morgan however quickly responded with a quick attack leading to a corner kick. The home side initially cleared the ball from the goal area but a follow up effort was drilled back into the goalmouth and after a series of ricochets fell for an attacker to fire home from close range to put the visitors back into the lead in the 49th minute.
Merpro's composure was only temporarily disturbed and soon regained their midfield passing style leading to Graham making a good run setting up Duff but he fired his effort over the bar in 55 minutes.
Merpro good play was soon vindicated when following further interlinking play Greig fed a weighted pass into the path of Daryl McDougall to fire in a low drive from 14 yards to make it 2-2 in the 58th minute.
Merpro were determined to not let their opponents off the hook this time and Craig Allan made a good run into the box but just curled his effort wide in 60 minutes.
Euan Duff then made a fine right wing run into the box and then slipped a pass inside for Allan to latch onto but a rare poor first touch allowed time for a defender to block his near goal effort in 64 minutes.
A few minutes later Merpro came even closer when from another fine curling McDougall corner kick Scott Robertson outjumped his marker to fire in a powerfull downward header only for a defender to clear off the line .
Milne was next to threaten the Dundee side when he made an advancing run from midfield beating three players but approaching goal his effort was saved in 68 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and Allan set up Greig to make a lung bursting run forward into the box but was eventually forced wide as the defence managed to match his run in 70 minutes.
Merpro created another great chance when Graham evaded the back line and made a good wing run.He then curled a pass across the face of goal for the advancing Euan Duff but the ball fell slightly behind him but managed to regather but then fired his effort from 8 yards just past the post in 76 minutes.
Morgan had been rarely featuring in attack but sensed the Merpro effort was tiring and made some good attacks forward as the match became more open. Good defending from Nicol Duff with a defensive header in 82 minutes prevented an opportunity for the visitors.
Merpro continued to attack and Graham had a penalty claim turned down after he fired in a low cross which appeared to be blocked by a defenders hand in 84th minute. 
Merpro's pressure finally paid off in the closing stages when Graham advanced down the right flank and slipped in a low pass for Euan Duff to run in ahead of the GK to take a touch to knock into the net from 5 yards to make it 3-2 in the 88th minute.
The closing minutes of the match ran out uneventfully with the Montrose side running out deserved winners but as a result of some earlier missed chances had left it late to add to the entertain ment..
Team : Gall, Murdoch, S.Robertson, Milne, N.Duff, G.Allan, R.Greig(Whyte), C.Allan, E.Duff, Graham, McDougall. Subs: Lownie, Petrie, Smith, Wink 

Dazzling McDougall repeats double as Merpro continue to show progression.

Dundee City 2 v 2 Merpro
Division 1
Saturday 2/3/13
Merpro returned from league action in Dundee with a well earned valuable point.
Dundee City are a strong side having several players with experience from the higher level Junior game and some players currently on loan as feeder club for Forfar West End.
Merpro have been on a good undefeated run recently and this match would be a marker of how far this years new model have been progressing
The match started with a moment of controversy after 3 minutes when ex Violet player Gray was involved in an off the ball incident with Murdoch whilst waiting for a corner kick. Merpro were not only unhappy with the outcome but also as a few minutes later Gray broke the defensive line to run in on goal and slip a pass across the goalmouth only for Nicol Duff to inadvertently knock into his own net to give the home side an early lead.
Merpro were finding it difficult to contain their opponents slick early play but gradually settled into the game and began to match their opponents.
McDougall was first to threaten but his effort went over the bar after 18 minutes.
Some good pressing play by Hector forced a loose defence clearing pass creating a great chance for Whyte to run in on goal but he elected to pass to Euan Duff who was in an offside position instead of firing at goal himself in 25 minutes.
Merpro had now gained their confidence and were forcing their opponents back and felt they should have been awarded an equalising goal. Following a good move Hector set up Euan Duff to back heel a shot at goal with the ball appearing to cross over the goal line as the GK desperately cleared in 30 minutes.
Brucewas next to threaten but his 22 yard free kick sailed over the bar in 35 minutes.
Merpro created a further good opening when 3 consecutive efforts were blocked then collecting a rebound Duff set up Rhys Greig to run in on goal to fire in. Low shot which cannoned off the post to safety in 40 minutes.
Merpro's first half recovery was completed with a deserved equaliser when Daryl McDougall fired home a 22 yard free kick after Duff had been fouled on the edge of the box in the 43rd minute to make it 1-1 at half time.
Merpro continued to dominate at the start of the second half and went ahead when Daryl McDougall reacted quickest following a Rhys Greig snap shot was deflected into his path to fire under the GK from close range to make it 2-1 in the 48th minute.
Merpro had another great chance when McDougall made an advancing run into the box slipping a pass inside for Euan Duff but his low drive was deflected wide by the GK in 52 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick a pressured defender almost scored an own goal but his attempted clearing header was cleared off the goal line.
Merpro were now well on top and their opponents were finding it difficult to gain any fluency.
McDougall was continuing to cause problems with his gliding dribbling runs into the box and only some desperate crowded defending denied him an opening in 55 minutes.
City came back into the match when on a breakaway attack Gray was fouled on the right flank and from the resultant free kick Stevenson rose unopposed at the back post to head into the net
to snatch an unlikely equaliser at that point in 60 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back with a storming Murdoch run linking with Hector to set up Greig but his goal bound effort was well blocked in 62 minutes.
McDougall was next to test out he GK after good work from Hector but the competent custodian gain saved well in 65 minutes.
Merpro continued to pressure and created yet another effort desperately cleared off the line when Euan Duff latched onto a clearance to blast a 15 yard shot at goal in the 70th minute.
City had weathered the Merpro dominance and made some changes with substitute ex Arbroath player Ogilvie causing problems forcing Gall into his first real save of the match in 72 minutes.
The home side were now re galvanised and good play from Gray set up an opening and alert defending by Greig cleared the danger in 75 minutes.
Nicol Duff then excellently cooly defended a further opportunity from the dangerous Gray who looked likely to score from a cross in 80 minutes.
The home side's pressure was now relentless and Gray then set up Petherick in front of goal but he snatched at his effort and Merpro survived in 84 minutes.
A bizarre moment arrived in 86th minute when Gall cleared a passback forward only for an immediate 30 yard snapshot o be returned at pace forcing Gall into making a hasty diving save.
Merpro weathered the storm and broke forward with a well worked move involving Bruce and Allan setting up Duff to cross to the back post. Graham met the cross to cushion a header back across goal but agonisingly fell behind the onrushing Robertson and Allan and was cleared to safety in the 88th minute.
An entertaining and intense fluctuating match drew to a close with the spoils shared.
Team: Gall,Murdoch,Bruce,Milne,Whyte,N.Duff,R.Greig(Graham),Allan,E.Duff, Hector(J.Robertson),McDougall(J.Greig). Subs:Lownie,Petrie.


Merpro 2 v 2 Douglas Sports Club
Midlands Division 1
Saturday 23/2/13

Merpro were left frustrated following Saturdays match with their old rivals Douglas Sports Club. Rarely have Merpro enjoyed so much dominance in matches that have been traditionally close. However due to a combination of the proverbial barrow load of missed chances and strangest of officiating decision making allowed their visitors to return home with a share of the spoils.
Merpro were left shocked within the first minute when Douglas were immediately awarded a bizarre penalty kick. Milne cleared a Douglas break into the box and when the whistle blew the visitors immediately began to walk away contesting they had not committed any offence..! With all looking bemused a penalty was awarded for some apparent holding from Milne and Wilson gratefully scored from the bizarre spot kick.
Merpro initially shaken and angry began to re focus and gradually found their rhythm and basically pinned their opponents back for the ret of the first half.
E.Duff threatened after 10 minutes with a low shot diverted for a corner kick. From the resultant corner S.Robertson managed to head goalwards but his effort was also cleared to safety.
Duff was again thwarted a few minutes later when he turned inside off his marker into the box to fire in a low drive which the GK managed to get a finger tip diverting the effort onto the post and cleared to safety.
Hector was next to run in on goal but again the GK managed to block his effort after 17 minutes. Bruce was next to come close with a rising shot going just over the bar in 20 minutes.
McDougall and Duff had further good efforts with forward runs but the alert GK continued to deny the home side.
Hector then had a great chance running through electing to shoot with his left foot which the GK  again did well to save in 37 minutes.
The Merpro procession continued and eventually was rewarded when Douglas were pressured on the edge of the box and Campbell Bruce fastened onto a clearance to curl a rising shot into the top of the net from 20 yards for the deserved equaliser in the 43rd minute.
Merpro came out encouraged for the second half and immediately continued to maintain pressure on their unusually subdued opponents.
Duff had a low shot go just wide in 48 minutes.
Hector was next to threaten picking up a Bruce pass to fire in a low drive well saved by the keeper in 50 minutes.
Hector again had another good opportunity after being set up to run in on goal but his effort was blocked wide for a corner kick in 52 minutes.
The stand off between the Merpro attack and GK Mitchell continued with a series of further one on one run in on goals from Duff and shortly after McDougall frustratingly failed to be finished as the custodian single handedly kept Merpro at bay.
Gall was finally called into action having to make a good save from a rare Douglas break through in 60 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back with Hector again set up to outstrip the defence to make a good breaking run in on goal but elected to quickly shoot and the goalkeeper saved in 62 minutes.
Douglas were slowly coming back into the match and almost snatched a goal with only determined defending from Milne denying them initially clearing a snap shot off the line and following up with a superb blocking tackle in 70 minutes.
Merpro quickly responded and following a corner kick should have went ahead when Murdoch was presented with a free header but mistimed his effort glancing wide from 5 yards in 72 minutes.
Douglas were now pressing forward causing some problems down their right lank but Merpro held out and hit them on the break. Graham played in a perfect quick cross pass for Duff to run in on goal but again the keeper managed to foil the striker in the 75th minute.
Merpro pressed forward again with Duff making a good right flank run and cross across the goal face with Robertson strongly winning a challenge to drill in a low drive which was cleared off the line by a covering defender in 77 minutes.
Merpro finally broke the deadlock when Duff did well playing in an accurate pass for Scott Graham to coolly finish with a low drive into the net from 15 yards to make it 2-1in 80 minutes.
Merpro looked to finish the match off but Douglas came back into the match with yet another highly contentious penalty awarded when Robertson was deemed to have held back Wilson and he expertly drilled the ball past GK Gall to make it 2-2 in 82 minutes.
Douglas now had their tails up and sensed an opportunity to snatch victory and applied some concerted pressure. Merpro withstood and almost snatched the winner in the closing minute when Graham made a flanking run crossing for Duff but his cheeky back heeled close range effort was well saved again by the outstanding GK who again denied the home side to bring a frustrating and at times bizarre match to a close.
Team: Gall, Murdoch, S.Robertson, Milne, Whyte, N.Duff, Bruce, Allan, E.Duff, Hector(Graham), McDougall(Greig). Subs:Lownie, J.Robertson, Smith.
Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son.


Dundee University 2 v 3 Merpro
Division 1
16/2/13
Merpro travelled to the University Grounds on Saturday and managed to literally dig out a valuable league victory on a quagmire pitch. Normally the University parks are of good condition but on this occasion both sides had to contend with a heavy sticky surface.
Both sides started tentatively gradually finding their feet but it was Merpro who made the opening breakthrough. Hector was impeded and from the resultant Allan free kick Daryl McDougall rose like a salmon at the back post to direct a powerful header into the top of the net from 8 yards to score his first ever Merpro goal after 13 minutes.
Bruce was next with an effort parried to safety by the GK in 15 minutes.
Merpro growing ascendancy was subdued when Pert had to leave the field after sustaining an innocuous injury after 17 minutes.
The University almost snatched an equaliser after a diagonal cross ball was nudged back goalwards but Robertson was on hand to clear to safety in 20 minutes.
Allan was next to trouble the home side with a close range flicked effort blocked for a corner kick and shortly afterwards a hooked shot going just wide.
On the half hour mark Merpro should have gone ahead further following a corner kick muddy melee Murdoch had a close range chance and then several other subsequent efforts were cleared off the line and eventually to safety.
The students made the most of their let off breaking down the right flank and as a cross came into the box Murdoch got himself in a tangle attempting to clear but inadvertently knocked into his own net from 5 yards to make it 1-1 in 32 minutes.
Merpro continued to largely dominate but were finding it difficult to get some quality final passes strung together To open up the students defence.
Bruce managed to make a good break forward evading several tackles rushing in on goal but unfortunately all his good lead up play was wasted as he fired his cross too powerfully high across the face of goal in 38 minutes.
An unusually low key first half came to a close with Merpro in charge but not in the lead.
Merpro immediately started the second half at a higher tempo and Hector linked well with E.Duff to run in on goal and fire in a low shot well saved by the keeper in 47 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick Duff looked to score but his close range shot was blocked and well defended to safety.
Merpro maintained their pressure with Bruce making a jinking run into the box but again a desperate block thwarted his effort for a corner kick in 50 minutes.
Hector was next to test  GK Fino with a rebound header following a defensive clearance but the custodian held well in 52 minutes.
Merpro however soon deservedly went ahead after some fine interlinking play involving Duff set up Daryl McDougall to skip past a defensive lunge and slip a low shot past the keeper from 10 yards to make it 2-1 after 55 minutes.
Merpro came close again a few minutes later with a fast flowing move as they began to dominate down the flanks with McDougall and Hector combining well to set up Duff but he was quickly crowded out.
However as in the first half another Merpro defensive error allowed the University side back into the match. Murdoch played a pass inside for his central defender but was too short and the alert Students forward quickly snapped up the opportunity to break forward at pace and round GK Gall to slot into the net to make it 2-2 in the 65th minute.
Merpro were knocked back for a spell but gradually resumed grinding down their opponents with Allan coming close with a edge of the box effort in the 70th minute.
Merpro seemed certain to take the lead when Bruce made another darting run into the box cutting back for Allan to fire in a close range goalbound shot but somehow yet another great defensive block prevented the goal in the 74th minute.
Merpro were not to be denied however and went back into the lead for the third time when Duff under pressure in the middle of the box set up Kevin Hector with a little slip pass to burst past the cover defender to slip a low flick past the keeper from 10 yards to make it 3-2 in 77 minutes.
The University came back into the match and McDougall did well to head clear to safety off the line from a corner kick header in 85 minutes.
A few minutes later Merpro had a further chance to extend their lead when a good run by Duff into the box produced another goalmouth stramash but again desperate defending helped clear to safety.
The University pushed forward in the closing stages and Gall did well to save a dangerous cross ball in the final minute to ensure victory for the Montrose side.
Team: Gall, Murdoch, S.Robertson, Milne, Pert(Whyte), N.Duff, Bruce, Allan, E.Duff, Hector(Petrie), McDougall. Subs: Graham, Lownie, Smith.


Arbroath Harp 1 v 2 Merpro
Bremner Cup 2nd Round 9/2/13

Merpro returned to Midlands action with a short trip to Arbroath for their Bremner Cup 2nd round tie. Merpro have had a two week layoff and were keen to gain early control of the match and started at a high tempo pressurising their opponents.
Bruce had the first opportunity picking up a E.Duff lay off but fired his shot wide in 5 minutes.
McDougall then made a forcing run in off the left flank but the GK did well to deny his effort at goal a few minutes later.
Harp were gifted a chance when Pert inadvertently headed backwards but pressure from Gall forced the effort wide in 10 minutes.
Whyte then had an chance following good pressure by Hector to block a defensive clearance but he fired his 20 yard shot wide in 12 minutes.
McDougall then made another good run before being brought down just inside the box but the Referee decided the offence occurred outside the box denying the penalty claims in 14 minutes.
Merpro were well in control and Allan lobbed a cross into the box for S.Robertson to heed goalwards for Murdoch but his keenness strayed him into offside in 16 minutes.
Harp made a quick breakaway attack but strong defending from N.Duff cleared the danger in 18 minutes.
Merpro almost opened the scoring when Murdoch made a strong forward run setting up Hector to slip past a defender and fire in a low angled shot which just narrowly went wide in 20 minutes.
Merpro finally got the goal their early play deserved when Euan Duff picked up an Allan pass to hold off a defensive challenge and run in on goal to fire in a driven shot past Te keeper in22 minutes to make it 1-0.
Merpro should have had another penalty when a stonewall decision was waived away by the official when Hector dribbled past a couple of players at pace and running into the box rounded the outrushing keeper but was impeded with sliding tackle and the ball ran out to safety in 30 minutes.
Shortly afterwards a moment of farce when Murdoch collected a pass inside the box and was given a nudge in the back and after a slight delay crumpled a la his hero Suarez style and was duly booked for his acting abilities...  
Harp began to come back into the match without creating any significant chances until the last minute of the first half. A free kick was floated into the box and only partially headed clear with Gall having to make a low brave diving save to deny an equaliser on the stroke of half time.
The second half started with Merpro again pressing but it was the home side who equalised with Cant firing home from close range following a corner kick in the 50th minute.
Merpro quickly restored their lead after some good interlinking lead up play set up Euan Duff to fire in a low drive from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 in the 53rd minute.
Merpro continued to dominate and Hector was unfortunate with he skilfully lobbed the GK from 18 yards only for his effort to come back off the bar. E.Duff follow up goalbound shot was desperately blocked to safety in 58 minutes.
McDougall was next to break through but he was chopped down on the edge of the box. His resultant free kick just sailed over the bar in 62 minutes.
Harp managed to break through but again excellent defending from Merpro Captain Nicol Duff denied the opportunity after 64 minutes.
Merpro had another good chance when Hector picked up a through pass to run in on goal but a heavy touch allowed the keeper to gather in 65 minutes.
Murdoch was next to break forward but as he ran in on goal lobbed his effort wide a few minutes later.
Merpro continued to,press forward and Allan made a good run and left foot shot into the top corner which was almost flapped into the net by the GK in 75 minutes.
Shortly after Allan again fired in a dangerous cross but Murdoch running in failed to connect and the ball went across the goal face to Duff but his effort was well blocked.
Merpro had another opportunity when Bruce made a darting run into the box only to be taken out with a lunging tackle but yet again somehow the official failed to award the penalty to deny the Montrose side after 85 minutes.
Harp pushed hard for an equaliser but Merpro held out and continued to be dangerous on the break with youngster Petrie making some good darting runs in behind the defence to keep them occupied in the closing stage.
A well deserved win graciously acknowledged after the match by the Harp officials with the scoreline not reflecting the Merpro superiority.
Team:Gall,Murdoch,S.Robertson,Whyte,Pert,N.Duff,Bruce,Allan,E.Duff,Hecor,McDougall(Petrie).Subs: Graham,J.Robertson,Smith,Wink.

Merpro 5 v 6 Newport
Division 1
Saturday 19/1/13

Merpro were again involved in yet another roller coaster Midlands league match on Saturday.
With only three matches surviving the entire Midlands fixture list some much needed weekend warmth was provided in an entertaining match.
Merpro were however left to rue a match which had managed to slip away from them despite another fine offensive performance.
Newport opened the scoring after only 5 minutes when David Romilly was fouled and scored with a superb taken edge of the box free kick glancing off the post.
Despite this setback Merpro began to settle and Houston did well to pick out Euan Duff to run in on goal but his low drive was well saved and turned round the post for a corner kick in 10 minutes.
The keeper again did well blocking a Bruce close range effort after good leading up play from Graham and Duff in 12 minutes.
Merpro soon equalised when Whyte made an interception and set up Scott Graham to turn his marker and run in on goal quickly firing in a low drive from 16 yards to make it 1-1 after 15 minutes.
Merpro then began to overrun their opponents with Allan and Duff both coming close with chances.
Merpro were then frustrated as penalty claims were to be denied. Graham initially caused some consternation with a driving run into the Newport box and in amongst the subsequent desperate tackles Bruce appeared to be brought down amidst loud claims for a foul in 25 minutes.
A few minutes later Graham created another chance with a low cross across the face of the goalmouth with Scott Robertson just agonisingly failing to get a touch to stab home from close range.
Newport made a quick break away and some fine defending from Nicol Duff prevented a goal scoring opportunity.
Calamity struck the home side when Robertson 20 yards out in attempting to block a cross stretched out to inadvertendly divert the ball high over Eadie for a freak own goal in 32 minutes.
Newport were now galvanised and went further ahead when Romilly broke forward but good covering defending blocked his effort but Bruce followed up quickest to fire in a low shot into the net from 10 yards to make it 3-1 in the 36th minute.
Eadie then made three rebound saves to deny Romilly again after he broke through although the home side were furious as he looked well offside.
Newport were now controlling the match and Robertson made a good blocking tackle to prevent an opening. Merpro were making some ragged efforts to get back into the match but again were hit on the counter attack albeit with a well conceived quick passing move down the left flank allowing Michael Romilly to drill in a fierce low drive at the near post to make it an unlikely 4-1 in 42 minutes.
Merpro had a final chance when Allan floated in a free kick but Pert was unable to fully connect with a header in front of goal as half time arrived.
Merpro started the second half well and were encouraged with a quick goal when Houston broke forward into the opposition box and under pressure the defender prodded the ball into his own net after 48 minutes.
Merpro began to control the match and Graham broke through but his effort at goal was blocked as he deliberated in shooting in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now forcing the match keeping Newport pinned back but as in the first half a rapier like breakaway resulted in another well taken clinical finish after Romilly expertly set up his rapid colleague Bruce with a superb back heel pass for him to run in on goal and fire a low drive into the net in the 60th minute to make it 5-2.
Merpro refused to buckle and came right back with a fast flowing move involving Bruce setting up Graham to pass across the goalmouth but as he ran on to collect the cross with the goal at his mercy he had to stretch and agonisingly diverted the ball wide in 62 minutes.
Bruce was becoming increasingly influential and a few minutes later set up Aiden Pert to run in at goal and slip the ball past the advancing GK to open his Merpro account to make it 5-3.
Merpro quickly kept up the pressure and clawed another goal back with Bruce again involved turning in the box firing in a shot saved by the GK but Euan Duff was alert to drill the ball into the net from 10 yards to make it 5-4 after 70 minutes.
Merpro were now pushing forward and winning the midfield battle but disappointingly were again hit on the break when Romilly collected a long ball and slipped inside past the covering defenders  to run in on goal and fire in another well placed low drive from 18 yards into the corner of the net to make it 6-4 in 78 minutes.
Again despite this setback the Montrose side kept pushing and snatched another goal back when   Bruce broke in from the right flank to place a low cross for Aiden Pert to tuck the ball home with a low shot from 10 yards at the near post to make it amazingly 6-5 in 82 minutes.
Merpro continued to apply constant pressure and only desperate defending and some over anxiety with the final pass kept the home side at bay.
Merpro were again looking for a penalty claim when Bruce was denied by the desperate left back who fell down in front of him and both he and a covering defender caught the Merpro player but again the claim was denied.
As Merpro piled forward in seeking the equaliser Newport again hit on the break but a great double reaction save from Eadie prevented a further goal from what was already a harsh scoreline.
Newport managed to hold out the final minutes to finish victors staving off the Merpro
fightback in yet another thrilling encounter.
Team: Eadie,Murdoch,Houston,Allan,N.Duff,S.Robertson(J.Robertson),Bruce,Pert,Graham(Hector), E.Duff, Whyte(Petrie). Subs: McDougall,Smith.
Match Sponsor : R. Coull and Son.

Merpro 3 v 3 Lowson United
Division 1
Saturday 12/1/13

Merpro continued in Midlands league action on Saturday after surviving the overnight rains which postponed several local matches.
Forfar's Lowson have had a good run recently and are currently sitting in 4th position and a keenly contested match was anticipated.
Lowson started the brightest with a strong breeze behind them and dominated the early proceedings with some quick linking play.
Merpro began to settle within a new formation and Bruce made a good run from midfield playing a succession of passes to break into the box but was crowded out in attempting to shoot at goal in the 7th minute.
Both sides had now settled but it was Merpro who created the next opening when Bruce collected a Duff pass to run in on goal unopposed but his low shot from 18 yards was partially saved by the GK and a covering defender managed to get back to clear off the line preventing the opening goal in 12 minutes.
From the resulting corner kick Merpro had another clear cut chance when Duff rose unchallenged but his close range header was cleared off the line.
Merpro continued to press with Murdoch making a strong run down the right flank firing in a cross.
Allan then set up Pert to run through but as he approached the goalmouth his attempted pass inside was intercepted rather than push forward and fire at goal himself in 20 minutes.
Lowson then made a good break forward with the powerful Danny Smith stretching the defence before firing in a low cross to the near post. Merpro defenders somehow got themselves in a tangle allowing the winger Leith to follow up and easily shoot home from 6 yards to make it 1-0 after 21 minutes.
Merpro hit back almost immediately when Duff managed to turn his marker inside the box but fired a curled low shot just past the post in 23 minutes.
Lowson again made the most of their opportunities going further ahead following a short corner resulting in a cross to the back post with Smith out jumping his marker to head goalwards. GK Lownie made a parried save but the ball fell for the alert Rory Crichton to tap home from close range to make it 2-0 in 32 minutes.
Lowson made another break forward but good covering defending from Gove kept Smith at bay in 35 minutes.
Merpro were now looking to run out the first half but Lowson were given a further gifted opportunity to go further ahead. Smith appeared to push Gove in an aerial challenge and with the ball breaking loose Robertson's thrashed attempted clearance almost decapitated the forward with Crichton subsequently expertly scoring from the resultant penalty kick awarded to make it an unlikely 3-0 in 42 minutes.
Merpro regrouped at half time and quickly got back into the match when Campbell Bruce collected a pass on the edge of the box to fire in a controlled lofted left foot shot into the top of the net despite a valiant touch from the GK in the 47th minute.
Merpro created another opportunity when Bruce's cross fell for Graham but slipped and lost control at the near post in 49 minutes.
Merpro continued to press with Whyte firing wide and Gove firing over following a corner kick.
Graham then made a good run in from the left flank setting up Hector but his close range shot was blocked and Lowson managed to clear in 60 minutes.
Graham then made another good flank run with the GK managing to make a flap save to deny in 65 minutes.
Merpro continued to push forward and Lowson who had been pressed back for much of the second half began to exploit some of the gaps opening up and on a rare break forward came close when a well hit driven 18 yard shot crashed off the Merpro bar in 75th minute.
Merpro broke forward and after a good passing move Allan fired in an edge of the box shot pushed onto the post by an excellent GK save. The rebound fell into the goalmouth with Scott Graham reacting quickest to hold off a strong challenge to prod into the net to make it 3-2 in 77 minutes.
Merpro were now back on top and only another excellent finger tip save from GK Munro prevented Craig Allan scoring from a 20 yard free kick in the 80th minute.
Merpro were not to be denied and drew level with a deserved equaliser in the 84th minute.
Euan Duff broke forward evading several tackles and with momentum behind him fired in a brilliant rising unstoppable shot from 18 yards to make it 3-3.
Despite some further pressure the home side couldn't find the winner and an enthralling match drew to a close.
Merpro's composed and concerted play eventually wore down their opponents capping a spirited second half fightback in an entertaining match.
Team:Lownie,Murdoch,Houston,Allan,Gove,S.Robertson(Hector),Bruce,Pert,Graham,E.Duff,Whyte. Subs:Petrie,J.Robertson,Smith.
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.


Arbroath CSC 4 v 0 Merpro
Division 1
Sat 5/1/13
Merpro resumed Midlands league action with a New Year first foot making the short journey to Arbroath visiting local rivals CSC.
The match started well for Merpro with some good pressing play and creating the first goalscoring opportunity after only 5 minutes. Graham made a good run dribbling past couple players in off the right flank setting up Greig but his 16 yard effort went just over the bar.
Merpro then went onto have a good spell of pressure managing to pressurise their opponents.
However CSC dented the visitors with a fast flowing move to open the scoring in 18 minutes with Longmuir expertly connecting from a Pearson cross to blast into the net from 8 yards to make it 1-0.
CSC had now gained in confidence and began to settle although Merpro aided their play with a series of misplaced passes gifting possession putting themselves under repeated pressure.
Merpro were now having to work hard to create any opportunities but Graham did well to collect and hold off his marker but the alert GK saved his effort at goal in 30 minutes.
CSC disappointingly went further ahead when the experienced front man Pearson used his strength to easily roll past his marker in the box to slide in a low moss gathering shot at the near post from 16 yards in the 33rd minute.
Merpro tried to get back into the match with E.Duff making some good runs at goal but his efforts at goal didn't have enough power to trouble the GK.
The first half finished with Robertson making a good defensive clearance off the goal line preventing a Longmuir effort at goal.
The second half started with Merpro attempting to improve in their possession but good forcing pressure from the home side continued to make it difficult to get any cohesion and CSC kept Merpro pinned back largely in their own half in the early stages.
Merpro did manage to get forward eventually and Graham made a good run at goal but fired his effort just wide in 55 minutes.
CSC however shortly after went ahead when following a quick throw in some quick passing from flank to flank resulted in a cross to the back post finding Swan able to dive low to head home from 5 yards to make it 3-0 in 60 minutes.
Merpro tried to rally but consecutive efforts from Graham and Duff were both blocked.
CSC went further ahead as the match became more ragged when McDowell broke forward to round the GK and despite a latch gasp tackle from the excellent defender N.Duff managed to slip the ball into the net from close range to make it 4-0 in 75 minutes.
Merpro began to enjoy some more of the play in the latter stages with McDougall making an excellent forcing run into the box beating 3 players but his effort was blocked for a corner in 80 minutes.
The match ended without any further scoring.
Merpro had some good hard working performers but ultimately the experienced and powerfull CSC proved to be too strong for the visiting side.
Team : Gall, Pert, S.Robertson, Allan, Lownie(J.Robertson), N.Duff, Bruce, Greig(McDougall), E.Duff(Petrie), Graham(Hector), Houston. Sub: Murdoch.


Merpro 0 v 5 FC Claypotts
Division 1
Saturday 1/12/12
Merpro were involved in the only surviving Division 1 match on Saturday as the frost hit the Midlands fixture schedules postponing nearly all matches.
Merpro would have wished for the match to have been postponed also after a poor performance heavily influenced by a previous nights social engagement. Several players were under par and a hard working and recently resurgent FC Claypotts ran out worthy winners.
Merpro started reasonably well with McDougalll picking up a Graham pass to almost break through but the alert GK advanced fast to thwart the opening in 4 minutes.
Gall then had to make the first of a series of good saves instinctively flicking a shot onto the post to safety after 7 minutes.
Claypotts then began to keep Merpro under pressure but consistent defending prevented any clear cut chances.
Merpro had another opening when McDougall again did well to run at goal with his shot deflected into the path of Greig but he couldn't adjust his balance sufficeintly to get enough power on his effort at goal in 20 minutes.
McDougall again created a further opening a few minutes later for Allan but his run through was blocked in 22 minutes.
Merpro at this stage had settled and were now looking more likely to make the breakthrough.
Graham was fouled on the edge of the box but Craig Allan's resultant free kick just swerved past the post after 25 minutes.
Claypotts came back into the match with a quick breakaway move but squandered a good opening in front of goal in 35 minutes.
McDougall again came close for Merpro after picking up a Houston long ball and dribbled round the advancing GK but unfortunately the ball became stuck at his feet and the keeper recovered to snatch the ball into his arms after 38 minutes.
Claypotts who had aslways been dangerous on the break opened the scoring with a fast right flank attack resulting in Gorgon shooting low into the net from 18 yards in 40 minutes.
Claypotts soon went further ahead when Bruce looking offside collected the ball on the left flank cut inside and fired a rasping shot into the top of the net in 43 minutes to go into half time with a 2-0 lead.
The second half started slowly but Gall again had to make a good low down save to thwart the visitors in 50 minutes.
Merpro had a chance when McDougall had a snap close range header saved by the GK following a Robertson corner kick in 55 minutes.
Gall was again called into action initially palming away a high cross ball and then immediately having to dive bravely at an attackers feet to prevent a goal in 60 minutes.
Merpro had a half chance shortly after following a goalmouth melee with Greig's resultant snap shot charged down in 65 minutes.
Claypotts went further ahead when the unmarked Bruce was allowed to runin on goal unopposed to fire home in 67 minutes to make it 3-0.
Merpro attempted to maintain some momentum but failed to trouble their opponents and Claypotts went further ahead on a quick fire breakaway move down the left flank crossing to the back post for Bruce to complete his hat trick from close range in 80 minutes.
Merpro had a brief rally when Petrie had a snap shot from close range blocked and Lownie later made a storming run needing 5 tackles to eventually take him down.
Claypotts finished off the match in the closing minutes when Bruce took his personal tally to four to complete the scoring.
A disapointing match from the home side.
Team:Gall, Whyte, S.Robertson, Allan, Lownie, Houston, Bruce, Greig(Wood), Graham, McDougall, J.Robertson(Petrie). 



Merpro 3 v 4 Portcullis
North of Tay Cup 2nd round
Saturday 24/11/12

Merpro exited the North of Tay Cup after losing out to near neighbours Portcullis from Arbroath.
Both sides exhibited some good passing interplay but in a fluctuating tempestuous match the Montrose side largely contributed to their own downfall as a result of having two players sent off and finishing the match with only 9 men.
Merpro started slowly and Portcullis dominated in the initial stages.
The visitors went ahead when the home side failed to clear and the ball found McCach free to run in on goal to calmly finish to open the scoring after only 4 minutes.
Portcullis went further ahead hitting Merpro on the break and although Scott Robertson managed to make a scrambled block the rebound fell for the alert McCach to curl a low finish from 15 yards into the net to make it 2-0 after 12 minutes.
Portcullis had made an energetic start to the match but Merpro gradually found their rhythm and began to dominate the rest of the first half.
Lownie sent a long ball forward and McLeod could only head backwards allowing Graham to run in on goal but the alert GK Cargill saved well in 20 minutes.
Graham broke through again from a defence splitting Allan pass but as he drew out the GK he passed inside for Duff but his pass was intercepted by the covering defenders and a good opportunity was lost in 24 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and GK Cargill saved his side with an excellent reactive save from a close range Euan Duff header following a Bruce long throw in 27 minutes.The rebound header from Duff was defended well and he could only direct this over the bar.
Merpro's good play was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty after a handball offence and Craig Allan stepped up to score to make it 2-1 in 32 minutes.
Merpro equalised with a quick fire double when Euan Duff picking up a pass in midfield turned and shrugged off a defender to fire in a thunderous rising shot from 25 yards into the top of the net to make it 2-2 in 34 minutes.
A fluctuating first half initially dominated by the visitors finished with the home side well on top.
Merpro second half optimism soon turned to annoyance in the 47th minute.
An off the ball incident involving McLeod and Greig resulted in the latter being sent off after retaliating but the Referee had failed to spot the initial provocation and the wily Portcullis player escaped any punishment.
Merpro initially continued to attack and Allan made a good run with his low edge of the box shot saved by the GK in 50 minutes.
Portcullis however gradually began to take control and make their extra man count.
The visitors went ahead after a pass was slipped through into the box with GK Gall coming out to make a good save to block the ball away to the left flank. Nicoll quickly pounced on the ball and promptly sent a cross back into the box which swung into the top of the net to make it 3-2 after 55 minutes.
The visitors continued to dominate for a spell but Merpro hung on and began to create some chance for themselves.
Scott Robertson glanced a back post header off the side of the upright following a Graham free kick in 65 minutes.
Graham then had a mazy run on the edge of the box before being crowded out and a free kick awarded. His edge of the box effort however was deflected over the bar to safety in 67 minutes. From the resultant corner kick the ball fell for Graham but the GK did well to save from his snap shot.
Gall came to the home side's rescue after long ball over the top of the Merpro defence fell for Atkinson to run in on goal but the custodian made an excellent covering save in 70 minutes.
Merpro had a great chance to equalise when Graham broke through down the left flank cutting inside covering defenders but his left foot shot was directed straight at the goal keeper and his rebound effort was also well saved by the custodian in 74 minutes.
Portcullis made the most of this and promptly went up the park and extended their lead following good play. The ever dangerous Atkinson drifted past couple of challenges on the left flank cutting inside and laid off a pass for Triggs to shoot home from close range to make it 4-2 in 76 minutes.
Merpro held on for a spell but came back into the match when Scott Graham picked up an Allan pass to run in on goal to finish with a direct shot from 15 yards to make it 4-3 in 80 minutes.
McDougall then made a good run into the heart of the visiting defence but failed to connect properly with his effort from a good position
The match was now open as both sides opened up and Gall made another good save to deny.
Merpro were rocked further when N.Duff after making a couple of strong challenges was very harshly deemed to have raised his studs and given his marching orders.
Merpro despite being reduced to nine men continued to erratically scrap for the equaliser but the developing Portcullis side with some good young players held out to move into the next round.
Team: Gall, Houston, S.Robertson(Petrie), Allan, Lownie, N.Duff, Bruce, Greig, E.Duff, Graham, J.Robertson(McDougall). Subs: Whyte, Wood.
Match Sponsor: R Coull and Son.

MERPRO 3 V 0 DUNDEE UNIVERSITY
DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 17/11/12
Merpro recorded a welcome victory over an interesting University side on Saturday.
The students are always a good organised team to play and on this occasion caused some additional consternation as they lined up with a couple of deadringers in their side for Everton's Fellaini and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.
Merpro started the match well motivated and quickly took command of the match playing some good football.The home side created their first opening when Euan Duff made a good run and cross for James Robertson to drill a right foot 20 yard shot well saved by the GK in 10 minutes.
Merpro should have went ahead a few minutes later when Houston decieved the students defenders with a diagonal cross falling for Allan to superbly control but as heturned cliped his low shot from 12 yards just past the post.
The University side had an opening after being awarded a close range free kick which tool a wicked deflection but GK Gall did well to dive low to save in 16 minutes.
Merpro's opening play was rewarded when they went ahead after good play from Graham down the left flank evading a couple of tackles to run into the box to pass inside for James Robertson to drill in a left drive into the net from 12 yards  to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The visitors hit back almost immediately and with the Merpro rearguard claiming offside the ref waived play on and Gall had to come to the home sides rescue making a great diving save to prevent a certain goal in 22 minutes.
Merpro resumed attacking and Euan Duff had a good right flank run and shot well saved by the GK in 25 minutes.
Merpro continued to apply pressure and received further reward when a Bruce lobbed ball into the box was anxiously headed back towards goal with the GK only able to parry into the path of the alert Craig Allan to latch onto and calmly knock into the net from 6 yards to make it 2-0 in 30 minutes.
The Montose side were now in complete charge and Allan came close with an edge of the box free kick which deceived the GK but just curled wide at the last moment in 35 minutes.
Merpro superiority was further emphasised with an excellent goal following an initial Lownie pass was deftly flicked over the top of the defence by Euan Duff for Scott Graham to run in on goal and as he drew the GK out expertly lobbed into the net from 25 yards to make it 3-0 after 39 minutes.
The second half started with Merpro hunting for more goals and Duffbroke forward but was thwarted by the onrushing GK and Graham subsequent effort just went over th bar.
Graham had another good chance running in on goal following an Allan pass set him up but the GK did well to save in 50 minutes.
Scott Robertson was next to have an opportunity but his close range header drifted wide following a corner kick in 55 minutes.
The match which had been played in a sporting manner changed abruptly when Merpro were reduced to 10 men after Rhys Greig was sent off for a second debatable bookable offence after 58 minutes. 
The match had lost some it's first half edge but the students could now sense some home side vulnerability and upped their play.Merpro did well to hang on as the University side applied pressure and had a shot come crashing off the bar from close range and a couple of dangerous crosses across the face of goal.
However the home side weathered the storm with some resolute defending and came back into the match regaining their composure.Duff, Bruce and McDougall all had efforts at goal either go narrowly wide or well saved by the GK.
An excellent goal line clearance from Nicol Duff in the closing stages ensured Merpro enjoyed a well deserved clean sheet and prevented a late flurry of pressure to secure fullpoints.
Team:Gall, Houston, S.Robertson, Allan, Lownie, N.Duff, Bruce, Greig, E.Duff, Graham(Coull), J.Robertson(McDougall) Sub: Wood
Match Sponsor : RK Tool Hire Services.
Next match: Portcullis (h) North of Tay Cup 1.30pm ko


MERPRO 3 V 5 ARBROATH CSC
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 3/11/12
Merpro welcomed top of the table Arbroath CSC for league action on Saturday.
In yet another enthralling raw thriller the visitors returned home with the spoils after a late flurry of goals denied Merpro after a spirited fightback earlier in the game.
Merpro were missing several players due to work commitments, injuries and "stag weekends"
CSC capitalised on some initial Merpro hesitancy and went ahead when Spurek burst through a tackle and fired in a low shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 1-0 after only 4 minutes.
Merpro replied quickly when E.Duff set up Graham to run in on goal but his attempted chip shot over the GK was saved in 7 minutes.
Allan was next to threaten for Merpro but his edge of the box shot was saved well by the GK in 10 minutes.
CSC began to take control of the match and kept the home side under pressure for a spell.
Merpro were able to set up a break away when E.Duff sent J.Robertson away down the left flank but his rising drive was deflected over the bar for a corner kick in 22 minutes.
Whyte then had to make an excellent covering tacle on CSC's Longmuir to prevent a goal scoring opportunity in 24 minutes.
Shortly afterwards Whyte had to be substituted forcing further alterations to the home side's defence.
The match began to become more even as the Merpro midfield began to gain some foothold and  both sides were provided good footballing entertainment.
Merpro almost snatched an equaliser following a mix up in the CSC defence after a corner kick fell in the box but some frantic defending cleared the chance in 40 minutes.
Merpro had another good opening following a good pass from Coull providing for the breaking run from Murdoch to set up a back flick pass for E.Duff but his close range effort was blocked in 43 minutes.
Merpro started the second half well but went further behind after a CSC break away down the left flank finished with a low shot well initially well saved by Lownie but his parry fell into the path of ex Roselae player Kevin Longmuir to knock home from close range to make it 2-0 in 52 minutes.
Merpro replied quickly with a well taken goal after Greig did well in midfield to slip through pass in behind the defence for Euan Duff to run in off the left flank to curl an excellent finish into the top corner of the net from 20 yards to make it 2-1 after 56 minutes.
Merpro were now again competed well with their midfield partnerships combining well.
Merpro equalised when Bruce had an initial edge of the box free kick blocked but his subsequent lobbed effort into the middle of the box was met by Ian Coull who head glanced into the net from 8 yards after managing  to outjumpt the advancing GK to make it 2-2 in 60 minutes.
CSC were rattled and their earlier good play was now being broken up by the home side who soon went further ahead.
Graham made a trailing run down the goal line but as he was approaching the edge of the box was brought down and after some deliberation with both sides exercising grievance awareded a penalty.
Craig Allan stepped up to score from the spot to take Merpro into the lead for the first time in the match in the 70th minute.
Merpro who had been galvanised kept up the pressure but as the match wore on CSC began to throw more players forward.
Lownie made an excellent handling save from an edge of the box pile driver in 78 minutes.
CSC equalised when a back post cross failed to be cleared and Sean Gatrick was calm in finishing to make it 3-3 in 80 minutes.
The visitors were now storming forward and from a low right wing cross an initial loose effort at goal fell for Matty Gall to guide into the net from close range to take CSC back into the lead in 87 minutes.
Merpro pushed forward in the closing minutes and Bruce had a low drive through a ruck of players well saved by the alert GK in 89th minute denying the equaliser.
CSC stormed forward in the last action as Merpro had pushed players forward and Matty Gall scored with an fierce effort from an acute angle wih the last kick of the match to provide a harsh reflection on the result of an absorbing match.
Team: Lownie,Murdoch, Houston, Allan, Whyte (Coull), S.Robertson, Bruce, Greig, E.Duff, Graham, J.Robertson.
Match Sponsor : R Coull and Son.


MERPRO 3 V 3 ABERTAY UNIVERSITY (aet)
MERPRO WIN 3-2 PENALTY KICKS
NORTH OF TAY CUP 1st round
SATURDAY 27/10/12
Merpro welcomed Abertay to Montrose on Saturday in North of Tay Cup action.
The overnight snow showers had melted and an enthralling match was completed.
Merpro started well and Hector had a great opportunity after 3 minutes when he capitalised on a defensive mix up but alert recovery defending prevented his effort at goal.
Merpro were not to be denied and went ahead following an excellent fast moce with Bruce instumental in combining initially with E.Duff and then setting up Kevin Hector to score with a pass across the goal face for a 5 yard finish into the net in 5 minutes.
Merpro continued to dominate the early exchanges with Greig firing wide in 12 minutes.
Bruce then had a close range header cleared off the line following a corner kick with S.Robertson's follow up effort also cleared off the line in 14 minutes.
It was all the home side pressurising and Murdoch next to have an opening but his header went over the bar in 15 minutes.
E.Duff then provided an opportunity following a swashbuckling run at goal but when the ball arrived for Houston his edge of the box effort was fired over the bar in 22 minutes.
Merpro then had another good chance to extend their lead when E.Duff headed into the path of Hector to run in on goal but his effort was saved by the advancing GK in 25 minutes.
Abertay made the most of this as they went up the park in almost their first attackof the game to score with a low shot into the corner of the net to equalise in 26 minutes.
Merpro responde immediately when Bruce made a good run to set up Hector who fired in a great low cross across the face of the open goalmouth but E.Duff was just unable to reach to slide home in 27 minutes.
Merpro continued to apply pressure and E.Duff was next to burst in on goal but his effort at goal was well blocked in 30 minutes.
Merpro then deservedly went ahead again when Whyte made an interception and broke forward to set up a perfectly weighted through pass for Kevin Hector to run onto and slip past the advancing GK to slot home to make it 2-1 after 35 minutes.
As the first half drew to a close Hector made a good run and then set up Bruce to fire in at goal but the GK made a good save to kep the scoreline unchanged.
Merpro had dominated the first half against a good side but only helda slender lead to show for their efforts.
Abertay came out strongly in the second half initially pressing Merpro back in their own half but never created any significant chances.
As the match wore on the home side were becoming frustrated at their inability to extend their lead and their passing play began to became erratic giving away possesion too easily allowing the University side to build dangerous transition attacks on goal.
Abertay eventually equalised but it was only as a result of a handling mistake from GK Lownie from a loose cross into the box affording an easy tap in from close range in the 65th minute to make it 2-2.
Lownie made amends a few minutes later saving well from a point blank header following a corner kick.
Merpro stabilised and gradually worked their way back into the match and received their own fortuitous break when Graham hit a shot from 25 yards which hit a defenders head to loop over the GK into the net to restore the Merpro lead in the 76th minute.
Merpro were now back on top and Murdoch broke forward but was uppended on the edge of the box producing an acrobatic effort Tom Daley would have been proud of in an Olympic diving event. 
Merpro continued to push forward but were caught on a break following a corner kick. Abertay cleared and a fast moving break resulted in a fine 18 yard effort hitting the net for the equaliser in the 85th minute.
The University side whom had played well in the second half were unlucky when a low shot came back off the post in the final minutes  to deny them the winner.
The match moved into extra time and it was Merpro who looked the likelier side to make the break through.
Allan made a good run into the box but excellent defending tracked him wide to deny him a clear effort at goal in 98 minutes
Graham then opened up the students defence with a mazy wide run but his pass into an open box found no follow up players and a good opportunity went begging in 110th minute.
Merpro were now joining their passes and Greig set up J.Robertson but his shot was blocked and Bruce's follow up effort went disapointingly over the bar in 112 minutes.
Following another good flank run J.Robertson found Allan in the box and he deftly stepped inside his marker to curl in a low shot at goal but an excellent finger tip save turned his effort round the post in 126 minute.
As the match drew to a close Abertay had a break away attack and only some excellent defending from N.Duff prevented a goal scoring opportunity.
With the match level after extra time penalty kicks then ensued with Merpro GK Jamie Lownie proving to be the influencing factor. He saved two Abertay penalty kicks and another came back of the woodwork.
Merpro advance into the next round as Campbell Bruce, Craig Allan and Scott Graham converted their efforts to allow Merpro to win 3-2 on penalty kicks. Euan Duff's effort came back off the post and Merpro 's final kick from Scott Robertson was not to be required.
Team:Lownie, Murdoch ( J.Robertson), Whyte, Allan, N.Duff, S.Robertson, Bruce,Greig,E.Duff, Hector(Graham), Houston. Sub:Coull.
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.


AUCHTERARDER PRIMROSE 5 V 4 MERPRO
Foster's Scottish Cup 2nd round
Saturday 20/10/12
Merpro exited the Scottish Cup for this season after yet another of their thriller matches provided a dramatic finish.
Primrose elected to play the postponed match in Montrose due to their own pitch continuing t be unplayable due tot the heavy rainfall over past couple of weeks.
Auchterarder currently in their Premier League have been a mainstay in the Perthshire league for many years and can include Tennis major winner Andy Murray as one of their former players.
Primrose had a great opportunity to open the scoring after a loose pass allowed an opening but Gall made a great low save to deny the chane in the first minute.
Merpro then quickly began to dominate with some good pressing play and were rewarded when Bruce set up Craig Allan to show some nimble touches to deceive defenders to calmly slot home to make it 1-0 after 10 minutes.
The visitors immediately had an opening to equallise but their winger shot high over the bar.
Merpro then could have went further ahead when Hector set up a perfect sliding through pass for Houston to run onto but his effort was well saved by the GK at close range in 15 minutes.
Lownie was next to create an opening breaking forward and slipping a pass for Hector to make a good run onto beating a defender and drawing out the GK but as he went wide narrowed the angle and his effort hit the side netting in 22 minutes.
Merpro wer now well on top and a well worked free kick from Allan set up Greig but his 16 yard shot lacked enough power and the GK saved in 26 minutes.
Just as it looked likely Merpro would increase their lead Primrose were allowed back into the match as a series of defensive self destruction supplied some easy offerings. A defensive mix up allowed a easy tap in for the equaliser in 28 minutes and a few minutes later a break down the left flank and cross failed to be cleared and easily slotted home to make it 2-1 in the space of 3 minutes.
Murdoch then did well to clear off the line a rebound shot with Wood clearing to safety as the visitors scented the defensive anxiety.
Merpro stabilised and at the other end Murdoch nipped in at the front post to glance a header just wide from a Bruce throw in 34 minutes.
Merpro almost snatched an equaliser when the ball fell for Allan in the box after a stramash of clearances but his effort went just over the bar in 38 minutes.
Merpro's first half came crashing down initially as Captain Nicol Duff was off receiving treatment Primrose went further ahead after a wing run failed to be cleared and subsequent cross was volleyed home from 8 yards in 40 minutes.The visitors went further ahead when further defensive slackness allowed a winger to run through on a long ball pass to make it 4-1 in the 44th minute.
Somehow in a first half they largely dominated Merpro had shot themselves in the foot.
Merpro came out stronly in the second half and Hector almost broke through but the GK managed to clear in 48 minutes.
Allan then had a well placed curling free kick acrobatically saved by the GK in 52 minutes.
Merpro's good opening was almost undone when a loose pass back was latched onto but great defensive work from Nicol Duff prevented a goal in 56 minutes.
After this fright Merpro resumed relentless attacking with Lownie having an acrobatic snap shot blocked following a corner kick in 60 minutes.
Merpro's good play was rewarded with a fine move involving an Allan pass for Whyte to run onto and  fire in a perfect low cross for Kevin Hector to strike home under pressure from 10 yards to make it 4-2 in 67 minutes.
Merpro galvanised then quickly scored again when Euan Duff fired in a dangerous low shot from 18 yards which took a deflection past the keeper into the net in 69 minutes to make it 4-3.
Merpro were now swarming over their opponents and Bruce set up a cross across goal for Graham to latch onto but his shot was well blocked in 72 minutes.
Bruce then set up another chance for Allan but his glancing header was well saved by the GK in 80 minutes.
Merpro then had what appeard to be a stonewall penalty,acknowledged after the game, turned down when Lownie was bundled over in the box in 84 minutes.
Primrose who rarely were seen as an attacking force in the second half made a quick break and again only excellent defending from Nicol Duff prevented finishing the match in 86 minutes.
Merpro then snatched the equaliser their second half attacking play deservrd when Houston floated in a left flank cross for the rarest of sightings...Scott Graham to outjump his marker and glance a looping header over the GK into the net from 12 yards to make it 4-4 in 88 minutes.
The drama was not over as both sides now went for the winner but as the match drew to a close an innocous cross into the box was dropped allowing a galling easy tap in for the visitors to return to Auchterarder to move into the 3rd round.
Merpro's defensive lapses proved to be costly but their spirited second half fightback showed character and their offensive playws good.
Team: Gall,Murdoch.Wood(Whyte),Allan,Lownie,N.Duff,Bruce,Greig,E.Duff,Hector(Graham),Houston.
Match Sponsor : R.Coull and Son.
Next match:North of Tay Cup v AbertayUniversity(h) 2pm ko 

INCHTURE 4 V 3 MERPRO
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 6/10/12
Merpro resumed League action after a free week the previous Saturday with a match against an Inchture side currently unbeaten in the league this season.
Inchture started brightly full of confidence pressurising in midfield and opened the scoring when Merpro initially were caught ballwatching with an back post effort coming back off the bar and the rebound shot home from 6 yards in 10 minutes.
Merpro found their feet and then only stout defending prevented the equaliser when  triple rebound efforts from Allan, Murdoch and McDougal werec all cleared off the line in 15 minutes.
Inchture went further ahead when their striker escaped his marker in the box and fired in a low shot from 12 yard s to make it 2-0 after 27 minutes. 
Inchture then almost went further ahead when Merpro lost possesion in midfield and a quick break sliced through the Merpro defence but Lownie pulled off a great save to deny the home side from increasing their lead in 35 minutes.
Merpro finished a poor half with Graham making a good run and shot just slipping wide in 42 minutes.
After some team shape reorganisation and positional changes at half time Merpro came back out looking more comfortable and immediately took the match to their opponents.
Scott Robertson set up a good floated pass for Graham to run onto at goal but his subtle touched effort was well saved by the advancing GK in 48 minutes.
Robertson again set up Graham with a quick throw to run in on goal but he draged his close range effort wide in 52 minutes.
Inchture immediately replied ith a long range dangerous effort but Lownie made another good save to deny the home side.
Merpro came back into the match when Houston picked up a headed corner kick clearance on the edge of the box fired the ball back into the box for Scott Graham to latch onto turning to beat his marker and drilled his effort into the net from 12 yards to make it 2-1 in 55 minutes.
Inchture came right back at Merpro and had an effort hit the post with the rebound well saved by Lownie to keep Merpro in the match in 56 minutes.
Merpro then came storming back at Inchture with a quick throw from Bruce for Graham to run in on goal setting up Euan Duff to have  two close range chances at goal blocked and just go wide of the post in 58 minutes.
Merpro were now the dominant force and McDougall then had a 25 yard shot saved by the GK.
The same player came even closer when Allan floated in a free kick with McDougall's diving header from 12 yards agonisingly coming back off the post in 64 minutes.
Merpro's pressure paid dividends when Euan Duff collected a pass strongly shrugging off 3 defenders to run in on goal and fire in a low drive for the equaliser in 66 minutes.
Merpro continued to press and Scott Robertson then came narrowly close with a glancing header foolwing a Bruce long throw in 68 minutes.
Merpro's second half performance was now rampant and another moment of fine play sent thenm into the lead. Allan collected the ball in midfield calmly advanced forward and slipped a perfect composed through ball for Euan Duff to time his breaking run from midfield and calmly round the GK to score to make it 3-2 after 72 minutes.
However Inchture immediately came back into the match when a routine cross from a quick short corner came into the box but unfortunately GK Lownie dropped the ball and an attacker had an easy tap in from 3 yards to bring the home side on level terms in the 73rd minute.
Merpro refused to allow this etback to deter them and Allan shortly after had an effort cleared off the line following another Bruce throw in causing defensive anxiety in 78 minutes.
Both sides then continued searching for the winner but as a close faught draw looked likely the home side snatched a dramatic winner.whentheir left back collected a clearance on the edge of the box and promptly fired in a thunderous high drive in off the underside of the bar to score the winning goal in injury time to seal the full points.
Merpro's second half attacking performance and come back was deserving of reward but again some encouraging signs to take in rebuiding the current side.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Houston, Bruce, Whyte, S.Robertson(Wood), McDougall(Hector), Allan, E.Duff, Graham, J.Robertson(N.Duff). 
Next match - Auchterarder Primrose (a) Scottish Cup second round



MORGAN FPs 1 v 4 MERPRO
DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 15/09/12
Merpro resumed league action after a free week to enjoy the wedding of former player Graeme Allan the previous week.
Merpro returned home with a full set of points after a strong solid performance foiling a determined Morgan side.
The current Merpro side is slowly developing and this was a victory which gave evidence of the progression being made as some of the younger players become accustomed to the strength of the Midlands game.
Both sides took time to settle into any rythym as they attempted to gauge ech others formations.
Merpro made the opening breakthrough when Euan Duff closed down a defender and robbing him of the ball to run forward before passing across the face of goal for Scott Graham to fire into the top of the net from 10 yards to make it 1-0 after 17 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when Bruce set up Graham to run in on goal but his initial shot was saved by the GK. Graham collected the rebound and passed inside for the following up Craig Allan to slide a left foot shot into the net from 8 yards to make it 2-0 in 22 minutes.
Morgan then attempted to get back into the match with a spell of concerted pressure but the excellent Merpro defence and hard working midfield thwarted them from gaining any significant chances.
Merpro kept hitting the home side on the break and Duff pulled out a good save from the Morgan GK in 35 minutes.
Merpro had weathered the pressure and went further ahead when Craig Allan picked up a pass on the edge of the box.He then danced around a couple of tackles before curling a superb low shot from 16 yards into the net to make it 3-0 in 40 minutes.
Merpro had the chance to go further ahead when James Robertson burst through from midfield to run in on goal but unselfishly passed inside for the following up Bruce but the pass was intercepted and cleared to safety in 43 minutes.
After an erratic opening Merpro had settled into a good pattern of play to take a commanding lead at half time. 
Morgan started the second half strongly attempting a quick response but as in the first half a well organised defence kept them at bay. Morgan were firng in crosses and throw ins and almost scored but James Robertson cleared off the line in 57 minutes to then set up an immediate Merpro break away.Gove made a storming run from defence evading several players but the attack was eventually foiled for a corner kick.
Morgan managed to eventually make a breakthrough with a superb long range goal. Murdoch did well to break up an attack on the edge of the box but the clearance fell for centre half Petrie to run onto and fire in a low thunderous drive from 35 yards into the net in 68 minutes.
Merpro replied almost immediately when Graham ran onto a Whyte pass to run in on goal and fire across goal for the on rushing James Robertson to knock into the net from 5 yards to make it 4-1 in 70 minutes.
Merpro continued to keep Morgan at bay until a defensive clearance was picked up by GK Lownie with the referre deciding this was a deliberate passback. Morgan were awarded an 8 yard free kick in the box but the massed Merpro defence foiled the effort in the 85 th minute.
Merpro almost extended their lead further on a couple of occasions when a Hector through ball was cleared by the GK and in the final minutes Euan Duff had a strong shot well saved.
Some clinical finishing helped to polish off a determined Merpro display and return the Montrose side to their winning ways.
Team : Lownie,Murdoch,Houston,Bruce,Gove,S.Robertson,Whyte,Allan,E.Duff,Graham(Hector),J.Robertson(McDougall) Subs;Brown,Smith    


Riverside Athletic 4 v 0 Merpro
Tay Valley Shield
Saturday 01/09/12
Merpro travelled through to Dundee to meet Riverside Athletic on Saturday in a League Cup section match. Riverside Athletic are the Midlands AFA most succesfull side and have been the benchmark for the past couple of decades.The home side this season are looking to re assert their authority having recruited several well known players from the Tayport and Lochee Junior ranks.
The match was played on a lush early season surface at Downfield Juniors enabling both sides to enjoy some excellent passing football.
Merpro started well with their formation causing some trouble for the home side with the central midfield managing to break up the Riverside play well.
Murdoch picked up a short corner and drove in on goal but fired his effort over the bar in 10 minutes.
Bruce was next to break forward picking up a loose pass to burst in on goal but his 16 yard shot also went over the bar in 15 minutes.
Riverside hit back when Harris hit a hooked volley off the Merpro bar in 18 minutes.
McDonald then appeared fortunate to remain on the pitch following a two footed challenge on Bruce in midfield in 20 minutes.
Lownie making a rare appeaance in goal was then called into action having to make his first fine save in 20 minutes.
Merpro created a good opening when a Murdoch cross found Hector at the back post but he dallied and was quickly blocked from getting his effort at goal in 25 minutes.
Riverside were now beginning to gain some fluency in their midfield and applying some concerted pressure. The home side went ahead following a corner kick with Ronnie Kenneth heading home form 10 yards in 34 minutes to break the deadlock.
Merpro then created a great opening when Allan set up Graham to shrug off Wemyss to run in on goal but as a goal seemed certain the GK managed to save his effort in 36 minutes.
Riverside made the most of this by quickly retaliating and extending their lead with good slick passing setting up Kenneth to run in on goal and clinically finish to make it 2-0 after 38 minutes.
Merpro had played well in the first half but the home side's clinical effectiveness and metronomic passing style gradually gave them the ascendancy.
Merpro came out determined to maintain their own passing style and soon created yet another golden opportunity.Graham did well to hold off a challenge from Wallace in the box and slip a pass inside for Euan Duff but unfortunately he was unable to get enough power on his effort and directed his shot into the GK arms in 49 minutes. 
As in the first half Riverside quickly went up the park and replied with another quick passing move down the left flank allowing Kenneth to complete his hat trick with a composed finish from 8 yards to make it 3-0 in 50 minutes.
Merpro continued to press forward and Allan pulled out a good save from the GK in 55 minutes.
Another good opportunity went abegging when the composed Whyte lofted a pinpoint pass over the head of a covering defender for Graham but he fired his effort over the bar in 58 minutes.
Riverside began to again dominate the match but resolute defending and high work rate in midfield managed to keep them at bay.
Merpro created another opportunity when McDougall and Bruce combined well for Graham to run in on goal but good defending on this occasion forced a corner kick in 78 minutes.
Lownie who was having an excellent game in goal made a superb save from the ever dangerous Kenneth tipping a fierce close range shot round the post in 82 minutes.
The home side however went further ahead when ex North End player Scott Lochhead found space to drift in at the back post to slip a shot into the net to make it 4-0 in 86 minutes.
Merpro created a last chance when Euan Duff combined well with Bruce but his effort at goal was well saved by the keeper in 88 minutes.
Riverside were then denied a further goal in the final minute when Lownie made another fine save to deny Kenneth followed up by a strong trademark Nicol Duff challenge to prevent the follow up effort at goal.
Riverside's physical prescence, fluent all round composed possession and dangerous front men proved to be the difference but Merpro stuck to their task and emerged with their best performance of the season as yet.
Team: Lownie, Murdoch, Houston, Bruce, N.Duff, S.Robertson (J.Robertson), Whyte, Allan, E.Duff, Graham(Wood), Hector (McDougall). 


MERPRO 2 V 6 DOUGLAS SPORTS CLUB
TAY VALLEY SHIELD
WEDNESDAY 29/08/2012
Merpro produced one of their poorest performances in the past 5 years allowing an assertive Douglas side to record a fully deserved win.

Douglas got off to a great start when a long ball failed to be cleared by the back peddling Murdoch leaving GKGall exposed and an easy finish for the attacker to score in 2 minutes.
Merpro had a chance to equalise but Euan Duff's effort crashed off the cross bar in 8 minutes.
Douglas went further ahead shortly after with a pacy break to score to make it 2-0 in 15 minutes.
Euan Duff then did well to shrug off a challenge from Crear to run in on goal but the GK saved his effort in 25 minutes.
Douglas went further ahead with another disappointing goal when an attacker was allowed to turn in the box and score in 35 minutes to make it 3-0.
Whyte then did well to cover some exposed defending to clear a further effort off the line just before half time break.
Douglas soon extended their lead when a misplaced cross disapointingly sailed into the top of the net in 55 minutes.
Hector had an effort at goal after some good play from Graham in 60 minutes.
Whyte again came to the home side's rescue when Douglas broke through with some quick passing interplay to fire in at the exposed goal.He somehow ,again, managed to track back and clear off the goal line to prevent a certain goal in 70 minutes. 
Merpro then had their best spell of the match with Allan and Bruce beginning to get some passing rythym in midfield.
Bruce gave the home side some hope when he skillfully lobbed the GK from 25 yards following an earlier shot being blocked in 75 minutes.
Douglas soon however finished the match off with a further couple of goals.
Hector gained some credibility when he combined well with Graham to guide a left foot shot past the keeper from 15 yards in 80 minutes.
Allan then almost scored another 2 minutes from the finish but the GK made agood save .
Douglas were by far the deserving winners with some fast forward breaks with Wilson and McIntosh prominent in their 4-3-3 system causing constant pressure on the Merpro rearguard.
Team: Gall, Murdoch(Brown),J.Robertson(Wood),Bruce,Whyte,S.Robertson, Hector,Allan, E,Duff,Graham(Coull),McDougall. 
  

MERPRO 2 V 4 ARBROATH CSC.
TAY VALLEY SHIELD
WEDNESDAY 22/08/12.
Merpro commenced the Tay Valley League Cup section with a midweek home tie welcoming Arbroath CSC.
Arbroath are an experienced side made up of several ex juniors and a tough match was anticipated.
Both sides started slowly with neither side gaining any immediate control.
Merpro were the first side to almost break the deadlock when Hector made a good run into the box passing inside for Graham to control and hit a low shot past the GK only to come back off the inside of the post and run along the line in 12 minutes.
Arbroath hit back a few minutwes later when ex Roselea player Longmuir cracked a volley off the Merpro woodwork.
Merpro then created another good opening when Graham ran through on goal but GK Cargill made a good save much to home side frustration as Bruce was waiting inside unmarked in 20 minutes.
Merpro GK Steven Gall then made a good save from his namesake in the Arbroath side tipping a fierce shot over the bar in 30 minutes.
At this stage the match was even with both sides playing good football.
However Arbroath made the breakthrough after a spell of concerted pressure when they were awarded a penalty after Scott Roberson brought down Gatrick on the edge of the box. Smith stepped up to fire in a low penalty under the despairing Gall to open the scoring in 38 minutes.
Merpro were then hit with a further double flurry of goals when first Spurek fired in a thunderous shot from the edge of the box and then Gatrick outjumped a covering defender at the back post to head into the net in 44 minutes.
After an even first half Merpro were undone by a three goal burst in last 6 minutes of the half.
Merpro managed to get back into the match when Graham made a good run down the right flank and unselfishly passing along the face of the goal for the onrushing James Robertson to calmly score at the back post to open his Merpro acount and make it 3-1 after 52 minutes.
Arbroath replied quickly when Gall had to make a good save from anothe rthunderous Mathew Gall shot in 54 minutes.
Arbroath went further ahead when a cross from the right wing went across the Merpro goal for Kevin Longmuir to tap in from close range to make it 4-1 in 60 minutes.
Merpro refused to give up and an exquisite defence splitting pass from Bruce set up Euan Duff to run in on goal and expertly clip a low shot into the net from 18 yards to make it 4-2 after 68 minutes.
Merpro attempted to get further back into the match and came close withan Allan free kick curling just wide in 84minutes.
Arbroath were now content to sit back and their experiece managed to keep Merpro from mounting any further comebacks.
A good all round game with Arbroath's clinical finishing flurry at the end of the first half proving to be decisive.
Some encouraging signs from young Merpro side to take into the forthcoming matches.
Team : Gall, Whyte, Houston, Bruce, Lownie, S.Robertson, Hector(Murdoch), Allan, E.Duff, Graham(Coull), J.Robertson(McDougall) Sub:Wood.
Next game v Douglas Sports Club(H) 29/8/12 6.30pm

MERPRO 6 V 6 CASTLE AFC
MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 18/8/12
Merpo AFC commenced the Midlands AFA 2012 - 13 season with a home tie against the Castle Huntly open prison side.
Merpro have said farewell to a number of players during a busy close season including six players progressing into various Junior sides and another deciding to take up the challenge of match officiating. 
Despite the changes Merpro have enjoyed an unbeaten pre season campaign whilst acclimatising players into the amateur ranks and attempting to build a new side for the forthcoming season.
Competive League action however soon tested the character of the Montrose side when a very motivated Castle team almost overan Merpro in the early part of the match.
Castle went ahead when a loose defensive pass allowed the visitors to break forward and clinically drive a high shot into the net from 20 yards after only 3 minutes on the clock.
Castle were encouraged and soon went ahead after a further home side gift when a shot from the edge of the box managed to find it way into the top of the net in 12 minutes.
Merpro gradually began to meet the pace of their opponents and show signs of finding their their feet.
Following some determined defensive play from Whyte he set up Graham to latch onto a pass to break forward into the opposition box.Close interlinking play the allowed Euan Duff to fire into the net to make it 2-1 in the 20th minute.
Gall then was called into action making a fine save in 22 minutes.
Merpro were now competing on a level footing and soon equalised. Hector showed determination driving into the box with the ball arriving at Graham,s feet but as he shielded he was bundled over and a penalty awarded. Craig Allan calmly stepped up to fire into the net to make it 2-2 after 30 minutes.
Castle quickly returned to the offensive and their tricky winger twisted and turned into the box before he was brought down by Whyte for a penalty.Merpro GK Steven Gall however dived low to make an excellent save to keep the scores level in 32 minutes.
Gall was again called into action making another fine save a few minutes later as Castle attempted to regain control.
However another calamitous defensive error from the home side allowed Castle to regan the lead after a forward run ito the box failed to be cleared provideing an easy chance to score fron close range in 36 minutes to make it 3-2.
Both sides were now pressing forward and Bruce's chipped pass set up a Graham header which drifted wide in 40 minutes.
Scott Graham soon made amends alertly latching onto a defensive melee in the box following a Bruce throw in causing confusion to drill a snap shot high into the net to make it 3-3 in 43 minutes  to bring the scores level at half time.
Merpro had done well to come back into the match in the opening period and soon went ahead into the second half.
Graham made a good run and drifted inside into the Castle box before slipping a short pass for Craig Allan to shield and pirouette round a pressing defender to clip a low flick into the net from 8 yards to put Merpro into the lead for the first time in the match after 52 minutes.
Gall then made a superb low diving save to tip a long free kick which evaded all players round the post in 55 minutes.
Merpro were now controlling the match and Hector made a good run passing inside for Graham to set up Robertson but his effort was well saved by the GK in 60 minutes.
Craig Allan then had a cross shot cleared off the line a few minutes later to prevent a further goal.
Merpro created further chances with Euan Duff firing high over the bar and Allan shortly after having ahooked shot cleared from close range.
Merpro were not to be denied however when Eun Duff collected a pass and drove forward firing in a low 22 yard drive which was fumbled by the GK allowing the alert Campbell Bruce to ru in and fire into the net from 10 yards to make it 5-3 in 70 minutes.
Castle continued to be dangerous and Gall had to come quickly out of his goal area to make another good save to deny a fast forward breaking through in 74 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when Euan Duff capped a fine performance running in on goal to drill a low shot past the GK to make it 6-3 in 80 minutes.
Merpro looked to be comfortable but Castle continued to fight and after Merpro lost possesion on the right flank a low cross was driven into the box for an attacker to fire in a ferocious shot well parried by Gall only to fall for a Castle player to slot home from close range to make it 6-4 in 85 minutes.
Merpro quickly broke forward and the Castle GK made two good consecutive saves from firstly a well hit driven shot from Coull and then saved an equally well controlled shot from Wood tipping over the bar to prevent a further goal in 87 minutes.
Castle were now pushing in the final minutes and clawed their way back into the match when a curled pass in behind the defence allowed a couple of players whom looked well offside to run in on goal and drill a shot into the net to make it an unlikely 6-5 in 89 minutes.
Although shocked Merpro kept possesion and created another chance when the ball fell for Bruce but his clipped effort drifted over the bar as the match moved into added on time.
Castle had the last moment of this match when into the 7th minute of added on time a forward broke through but Gall quickly came out of goals to bravely save low at his feet but the ball squirmed loose and fell for a follow up attacker to fire low into the Merpro net to cap an amazing fight back from the prison side to make it 6-6.
Merpro had done well to survive their opponents energetic opening but as the game wore on found their rhythym with clinical passing and fine finishing looked to have them well ahead but some late complacency allowed Castle to galvanise themselves and finish the match on a high.
Team:Gall,Whyte,Houston,Bruce,Lownie,Robertson,Hector(Wood),Allan,E,Duff(Coull),Graham(Trialist),Robertson(McDougall).Sub:Trialist. 
Next match :Arbroath CSC( h) Tay Valley Shield Wednesday 22/08/12  6.30pm ko 

SEASON 2011-12


NCR 4 V 2 MERPRO
Premier League
Saturday 12/5/12
Merpro returned to a Saturday fixture after a recent flurry of midweek league matches.
Merpro were looking to consolidate their Premier League status needing only one point from their remaining matches to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation battle. The mid table sides are only separated by three points leaving three sides fighting to stay clear of the last remaining slot.
The Montrose side started well and had a good opening in 2 minutes when Whitworth headed over the bar from 6 yards from a dangerous Bruce long throw. 
The NCR keeper was called into action a few minutes later tipping a headed flick from another Bruce trademark long throw round the post in 5 minutes.
NCR made their first foray in attack and Whitworth made an excellent blocking tackle to prevent a shot at goal in 10 minutes.
NCR however disapointingly went ahead against the run of early play when Merpro failed to cut out a trailing Tucker run and then allowed the attacker to pas to Middleton to twist inside the box leaving him free to slot home from 10 yards in 12 minutes.
Merpro soon got back into the match when Graham was brought down in the box twisting past his marker with a penalty being awarded.
Craig Allan stepped up to score from the spot to make it 1-1 after 18 minutes.
The match began to enter a period of midfield stalemate with both sides unable to create any clear cut openings.
NCR however eventually made the break through with a dangerous run on the right flank allowing a cross into the box and Tucker slotted home from a deflected shot from close range to make it 2-1 in 28 minutes.
Merpro again fought back with Ally Duff making a storming run from midfield brushing past several defenders but his 14 yard low drive across the face of goal just went agonisingly wide in 32 minutes.
Merpro again came close a few minutes later when the busy Cruickshank latched onto a pass running in on goal but he was unlucky when his effort was saved and the ricochet was also palmed away to a covering defender safety to clear in 35 minutes.
Merpro continued to push and Graham was unlucky on a couple of occasions when pulled up for controversial offsides.
Merpro finally got the equaliser their play deserved when Houston latched onto a forward pass then slipped a passinside for the on rushing Scott Riach to collect and fire in a low cracking 25 yard drive into the corner of the net to make it 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Merpro had fought back twice and wer looking to take their momentum into the second half.
However it was NCR who started the brightest and Findlay had to make a good save from a right wing breakaway move in 48 minutes.
After the home sides initial flurry Merpro had soaked up the pressure and the match settled with neither side able to establish any real dominance in the match.
However Merpro gave the homesters a gifted opportunity when from a long throw the tall Middleton was pushed in the back and a penalty awarded.Dandie made no mistake from the resultant spot kick to break the second half deadlock in 60 minutes.
Merpro again attempted to fight back and Graham combined for Bruce to run through but he was foiled in his effort in 65 minutes.
Cruickshank then picked up a loose clearance from the NCR GK but alert defending quickly closed him down as he attempted to advance in on goal in 6 8 minutes.
Ally Duff was next to find himself with an opportuninty collected a good pass from Bruce int he box but as he attemted to twist to get a clear shot a defender blocked and cleard to safety in 7 5 minutes.
NCR were managing to just exert enough pressure on the Merpro attacks to prevent any clear cut openings.
Gillon was next to make a mazy run across field and then curled in a cross for Craig Allan but his left foot hooked shot drifted just over the bar in 80 minutes.
NCR then sealed the match with a late goal with a right wing cross floating over the covering defender and finding Middleton at the back post with an easy close range header to make it 4-2 in 85 minutes.
NCR were always dangerous on breakaway attacks with front pairing Tucker and Middleton difficult to handle however this was a disapointing result as Merpro had hopes of returning home with some points in the bag.
Team : Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth, G.Allan,Bruce,Cruickshank(Duncan),Graham,Riach,Houston(Gillon). Subs:Lownie,Murdoch,Pert.   
  


SSPP 2 V 0 MERPRO
Premier League
Monday 30/4/12
Merpro made the evening dash through to Dundee to meet joint top SSPP in Premier League action.
SSPP were fresh and full of confidence from having defeated their main rivals Bank Street Athletic at the weekend to inflict on them their first domestic defeat of the season.
Merpro had to reshuffle their side as a result of unavailability and had to withstand a salvo of opening pressure to remain in the match.
Findlay was called into early action saving well from a Coogan header after 4 minutes.
Milne did well to cover and cleared off the line following a dangerous corner kick in 12 minutes.
Merpro gradually began to find their confidence as the recast defence held firm and the midfield started to combine well.
Graham and Cruickshank did well combining with interchange passes to break forward causing some good defending to keep them at bay.
SSPP continued to be dangerous and a long range shot from Coogan skimmed off the top of the bar in 30 minutes.
However after this it was Merpro who began to dominate the rest of the first half with Graham combining for Riach to fire in a low drive tipped round the post by the GK in 32 minutes.
Merpro almost scored a few minutes later from an Allan corner kick falling for Milne with his effort scrambled off the line in 35 minutes.
From the resultant Graham inswinging corner kick Coogan almost sliced a header into his own net in attempting to clear.
Merpro wer now well on top much to their opponents increasing consternation. Greig was next to create a opening crossing for Bruce at the back post but his header was saved comfortably by the GK in 38 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening with a well worked move involving Craig Allan and Cruickshank setting up Duncan but his left foot effort from 8 yards went just wide in 40 minutes.
Another free flowing move involving Duncan and a Greig edge of the box lay off gave Riach an attempt at goal but his shot flew over the bar in 44 minutes.
SSPP had a last minute low drive well saved by Findlay cleared up well by the alert Milne to cover to ensure the first half remained goal less.
Merpro were looking to build on their fine first half but were quickly knocked back when Tracey rose to head home from 8 yards from a corner kick to open the scoring to make it 1-0 after 47 minutes.
Merpro immediately responded with Cruickshank setting up Riach to fire in a shot but the GK saved well in 49 minutes.
Duncan was next to collect in the box and fire in a turning shot from 12 yards but his goalbound effort was well blocked in 5 2 minutes.
SSPP had a flurry of pressure looking to finish the match and Findlay had to make a good save and shortly after Milne cleared a Coogan goal bound effort off the line in 65 minutes.
Merpro refused to capitulate and came storming back when Greig slipped a pass for Cruickshank to set off on a mazy lung bursting run before twisting inside his marker to fire in a 20 yard effort which unluckily came crashing back off the bar in  68 minutes.
SSPP however went further ahead from another corner kick when Hay collected a header to slot home from 3 yards to make it 2-0 in 75 minutes.
Merpro attempted to keep up their pressure but SSPP changed to a more defensive formation to stifle the increasingly dominant Merpro midfield and managed to keep their  visitors at bay and hold out for the remainder of the match.
Merpro played some excellent football and a tigerish defence held the early onslaught at bay but ultimately   despite dominating large spells of the match a strong home side ran out with full points to maintain their title challenge.
Team:Findlay,Bruce,Houston,C.Allan,G.Allan,Milne,Greig,Duncan(Murdoch),Graham,Riach,Cruickshank.  


Merpro 0 v 0 Tayside Fire Brigade
Premier League
Saturday 21/4/12
Merpro welcomed the Fire Brigade for league action on Saturday in what
turned out to be an exciting and dramatic match after the home side
were reduced to 10 men early in the match.
The Fire Brigade had GK Craig MIllar in goals fresh from having
represented the Scotland Amateur Football team in a match with the
Republic of Ireland in midweek.
Merpro started well playing some excellent quick passing football
pinning their visitors back.
Riach was first to threaten with a hooked snap shot on the turn from 18
yards almost evading the keeper collecting on his second attempt after
5 minutes.
Graham then broke down the left flank slipping in a cross for
Cruickshank to meet but his effort was blocked and Riach's subsequent
over head kick was again saved by GK in 8 minutes.
Merpro's promising start was jolted when they were reduced to 10 men
after Sean Whitwoth was sent off after a last man collision with
Davidson in 12 minutes whilst both players were chasing a through ball.
Findlay made a good save from the resulting free kick.
The Fire Brigade were now galvanised and sensed some Merpro
vulnerability had a period of concerted pressure without creating any
significant chances.
Merpro began to find their composure again and Ally Duff made a forward
run setting up Riach but he flashed his left foot shot over the bar in
22 minutes.
Merpro came close again when Ally Duff and Graham both had efforts
blocked in the box with the ball falling for Riach but his goal bound
drive was blocked with a lunging tackle to safety in 25 minutes.
Merpro were now back on top and Craig Allan combined well with Greig
but his effort was also well blocked  to safety in 28 minutes.
Craig Allan then had a chance himself with an edge of the box free kick
after Graham was fouled but he curled over the bar in 32 minutes.
Merpro had the last chance of the first half when Graham did well to
cut inside but his attempted curled effort went straight and slid past
the post in 44 minutes.
The Fire Brigade came out of the blocks quickly in the second half
looking to gain ascendancy and it was their turn to peg Merpro back for
a spell.
Ally Duff made a superb last ditch tackle to deny Foote as he looked
likely to score after slipping past a couple of players in 47 minutes.
Yet as in the first half the home side held firm and gradually began to
gain control despite the numerical disadvantage.
Graham picked up a Greig through pass to run in on goal from the left
flank but his low driven effort was well held by MIllar in 52 minutes.
Greig again set up Graham with an over the top pass but MIllar again
denied saving comfortably in 56 minutes.
Fire Brigade hit back with their best opportunity of the match after
Craig Allan appeared to be fouled In midfield they broke on the attack
with Annobil running in from the left wing to fire a shot across the
face of goal going just wide in 60 minutes.
The Firies were now enjoying another good spell and Lownie made a
strong blocking tackle in the goalmouth to prevent a shot at goal in 64
minutes.
Milne then made a run forward but his rising shot went over the bar in
66 minutes.
Merpro were now again the probing side and only a brilliant save from
Millar prevented the opening goal. Lownie set up Craig Allan with a
deft over the top chipped pass to run onto as he ran in on goal his
lobbed goal bound effort was acrobatically tipped over the bar to
safety in 70 minutes.
Drama followed shortly after when even the Fire Brigade were astonished
to receive a penalty kick without making any claims. Lownie was
adjudged to have nudged his opponent as the ball was heading for a goal
kick and the spot kick was awarded.
However GK Mark Findlay made an excellent low diving save to deny
French's effort and the home side's injustice was vindicated in 80
minutes.
Merpro continued to push for the winner and looked to have made the
breakthrough when Milne made a run down the right flank cutting in past
his opponent to slip a pass across goal for Graham but he agonisingly
fired his effort over the bar from 10 yards in 85 minutes.
A rare no scoring draw but this was an enthralling match with Merpro
playing some excellent football and showing a determined spirit after
being reduced to 10 men early in the match.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie,Whitworth,G.Allan,Cruickshank(Milne),
C.Allan,Graham(Bruce),Riach,Greig. Subs:Duncan,Houston,Pert.
Match Sponsor:Stuart Robertson.

Merpro 1 v 4 Bank Street Athletic
Premier League
Monday 16/4/12
Merpro welcomed the current Midlands Premier League champions to
Montrose on Monday evening. Bank Street are hot favourites to be
crowned Premier winners again and remain unbeaten in the league.
Merpro had hopes of ending this run but found the visitors too strong
to overcome.
Bank Street made a good start with the wind at their backs and went
ahead early when a curling corner kick reached the back post for Martin
to ghost in unmarked to head home from 5 yards after only 3 minutes.
Merpro attempted to reply when Greig fired in an effort saved by GK
Craigie in 14 minutes.
Bank Street almost went further ahead when Middleton fired in a shot
with Findlay collecting safely after an initial fumble in 24 minutes.
Bank Street went further ahead when Merpro lost possession and a quick
break set up Egan to clinically drive low into the corner of the net to
make it 2-0 after 27 minutes.
Merpro again replied with a well worked move involving Nicol Duff and
Greig setting up Craig Allan to almost break through but good defending
thwarted the move in 32 minutes.
Bank Street went further ahead with a stunning piledriver 30 yard free
kick strike from ex Montrose FC striker Gary Middleton to make it 3-0
in 35 minutes.
Again Merpro fat tempted to reply when Bruce picked up a diagonal cross
field pass to run in on goal but he was unable to fully connect with
his effort and the GK saved comfortably in 37 minutes.
Bruce then did well making a right flank run setting up Graham but he
shot wide after 40 minutes.
Merpro were stunned shortly after when Middleton scored another superb
goal after he picked up a loose clearance to run wide hitting a dipping
lobbed left shot on the turn from 25 yards to sail into the top of the
net to make it 4-0 after 42 minutes.
Merpro had hopes of applying pressure with the winds behind their back
in the second half and Greig immediately came close after a good
combination move to fire a shot across the face of the goal.
Bruce then had a trademark long throw headed over the bar by Whitworth
in 52 minutes.
Whitworth had another opportunity when Riach was fouled on the edge of
the box but his 22 yard effort went wide in 60 minutes.
Bank Street were less of an attacking threat and Greig again came close
with a looping shot tipped over the bar by Craigie in 65 minutes.
Merpro had more second half possession and eventually made the
breakthrough when Ally Duff broke forward into the box to fire a
thunderous rising shot high into the net from 15 yards in 75 minutes.
He had been impeded in the act but the Referree allowed the goal to
stand after some initial confusion as to whether he was awarding a
penalty kick.
Merpro looked to claw back further and came close when Whitworth broke
through on the edge of the box to run in on goal but Craigie reacted
well to dive low to save his goal bound shot in 80 minutes.
Riach then picked up a right wing low cross but his slashed shot went
wide wide in the closing minutes.
Bank Street's first half concerted pressure with Connell in midfield
outstanding and Middleton a constant threat up front proved too big a
climb for Merpro in the second half and the visitors were worthy
winners over the 90 minutes.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie(Pert),Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Gillon),
C.Allan,Graham(Duncan),Riach,Greig.Subs:Cruickshank,Gall.
Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son.


Menzieshill 0 v 8 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 14/4/12
Merpro hit top form to return home from Dundee with a valuable set of full points on Saturday.
Menzieshill have already defeated Merpro on two occasions this season but were no match for a determined Montrose side in this match.
Merpro immediately applied concerted pressure and went ahead early with a quick fire double brace of goals. Nicol Duff forced a defender into a foul and Craig Allan floated the resultant free kick into the box for Ally Duff to head home from 8 yards to make it 1-0 after 9 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead two minutes later when Scott Graham latched onto a hurried clearance and skilfully drilled home a low drive into the net from 18 yards to make it 2-0.
Bruce was fouled after combining well with Riach as he ran in on goal from the right flank in 15 minutes. Craig Allan's resultant free kick was flapped away by the keeper to safety
Merpro were dominating all over the pitch and Lownie was next to create clipping in a cross for Riach but his close range header was blocked in 20 minutes.
Greig was next to threaten picking up a quick free kick to fire in a rising 16 yard shot with the GK tipping over the bar in 22 minutes.
Merpro continued to dominate with some quick interlinking play and Menzieshill were finding it difficult to contain and were giving away a series of fouls under pressure.
Ally Duff was next to threaten with a right wing run setting up Lownie to drill in a powerful 16 yard drive.His shot was blocked falling for Riach to fire in a low 12 yard drive which just shaved the post in 25 minutes.
Merpro came close when a Bruce long throw fell for Graham who unselfishly laid off for strike partner Riach to drill in a low shot but his effort was blocked to safety in the crowded box in 27 minutes.
Menzieshill had a brief spell of parity and Findlay was called into action saving from a McCord shot in 31 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when the troublesome Riach was fouled yet again just outside the box. From the resultant free kick Ally Duff outmuscled his marking defender to head home into the top of the net to make it 3-0 in 40 minutes.
Graham and Bruce then combined well to set up Riach with a good opening but he fired his effort over the bar as the first half drew to a close.
Merpro were in no mood to relax and immediately went further ahead when Riach head flicked on a Whitworth long pass for Scott Graham to run in on goal and drill under the keeper in 46 minutes to make it 4-0.
Merpro should have went further ahead when Lownie headed over from close range from a Craig Allan corner kick in 50 minutes.
Allan then set up Greig with a deft pass to run in on goal but the GK made a great save to deny a certain goal in 53 minutes.
Riach was unlucky when he clipped a shot on the turn off the bar after good play down the right flank in 56 minutes.
Menzieshill frustration boiled over when McGuiness was sent off for lashing out at Greig in 62 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when detetmined wing play from Gillon set up Scott Riach to finally get the goal his play deserved drilling a straight shot into the net from 10 yards in 70 minutes.
Riach threatened again picking up a though ball to run in on goal but his low 18 yard drive crashed off the inside of the post and ran along the line to safety in 72 minutes.
Merpro were running rampant and went further ahead when Pert pressured in midfield to set up Riach to pass into the path of Scott Graham to clinically finish to complete the strikers hat trick in 74 minutes.
Rhys Greig then capped a fine performance drilling in a low drive to score in 76 minutes to make it 7-0.
Greig and Graham's quick thinking short corner set up Ally Duff at the back post but his close range header just went wide in 78 minutes.
Duff then made a storming forward run repaying Graham but he somehow managed to fire his effort wildly over the bar in 80 minutes.
Duff broke forward yet again and was brought down in the box with a penalty awarded.
Scott Riach stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was saved by the GK however he reacted quickly and followed up to fire the rebound into the net in 84 minutes to make it 8-0.
The energetic Pert was next to break through from midfield but as he ran in on goal attempting to round the GK the ball held up and the opportunity was thwarted.
McGuire broke forward for Menzieshill in the closing minute firing in a long range drive which clipped off the top of the Merpro crossbar.The Merpro rearguard had performed well throughout the match denying any clear cut openings and fully deserved their clean sheet.
This was a resounding victory for a well motivated Merpro side to produce one of their best all ound performances of the season.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie(Pert),Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Gillon),C.Allan(Houston), Graham,Riach,Greig.

Merpro 1 v 5 St James
Buckman Mackie Cup
Saturday 7/4/12
Merpro exited the Buckman Mackie Cup on Saturday after St James turned in an impressive second half performance to leave the home side trailing.
In an entertaining football match Merpro were unable to sustain a good first half performance and the Dundee side eventually ran out convincing winner.
Merpro created an early opportunity when Allan played a pass through for Euan Duff to run onto but his effort was blocked by the GK and cleared to safety in the second minute.
St James were denied an opening goal when Nicol Duff somehow covered a mistake by GK Findlay to get back to make a tremendous last ditch tackle in 8 minutes.
The visitors were dominating at this stage but good defending kept them at bay in the early stage.
Merpro had a good opening when Nicol Duff fired a cross to the back post for Graham to head back across goal but alert defending blocked  an initial goal bound shot from  Euan Duff and the follow up from Riach hitting the net in 15 minutes.
St James sparked back into attack when Rigden fired in a dangerous cross for Heggie at the back post to fire in a close range shot at goal only to be denied by a triple save from Findlay as the ball bobbled about in the box in 25 minutes.
Merpro came close when an Allan free kick was directed back across the goal face by Greig but unfortunately there were no takers and the ball was clear to safety in 33 minutes.
The Merpro midfield had started to gain an upper hand and this was reflected when the Montrose side soon went ahead. Craig Allan collected the ball on the edge of the box and then cut inside his marker to curl in a superb 20 yard shot to evade the outstretched GK Darling to make it 1-0 in 36 minutes.
The ever dangerous winger Rigden then made a good run but concerted pressure from Nicol Duff forced him to fire wide in 38 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening after Euan Duff forced a defensive mistake allowing Graham to pick up a loose pass to set up Allan to run in on goal. However as he set himself up to shoot a frustrating bobble allowed a covering defender to get back and block his effort in 40 minutes.
Duff unfortunately was injured in the lead up play and Merpro were reduced to 10 men as he received treatment and St James soon made the most of this opportunity.
Following a corner kick full back McAlpine had stepped forward freed from marking Duff and fired in a low drive from an acute angle on the edge of the box which evaded everyone to creep into the net at the back post to make it 1-1 in 43 minutes.
Merpro had played well in the first half and despite this setback looked to consolidate  their good play into the second period.
St James however quickly pinned the home side back and went ahead with an early response when a cross from the left flank found Rigden ghosting in behind the defence to skillfully head home from 10 yards to make it 2-1 in 52 minutes.
Merpro attempted to respond and Nicol Duff floated in a cross to the back post for Bruce but his close range header was comfortably saved by the custodian in 57 minutes.
St James soon went further ahead when MIllar curled in a well hit in swinging corner kick which somehow evaded everyone. Bruce covering on the back post goal line attempted to clear off the line but the pace of the cross was too much and his clearing header went into the roof of the net in 60 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro were now increasingly under pressure and having to repeatedly make defensive challenges to keep the visitors at bay. Rigden eventually made the pressure count when he picked up a sweeping cross from the opposite flank to cut inside and fire in a low 15 yard drive into the corner of the net in 70 minutes to make it 4-1.
Merpro managed to break out with Ally Duff making a determined run forward from defence to cross for Graham at the back post but his header at goal went back acros goal and over the bar  to safety in 78 minutes.
St James completed the scoring when a corner kick was cleared to the edge of the box but when the follow up low driven shot came back the unfortunate Bruce attempting to clear off the goal line sliced the ball high into the net for the final goal in 88 minutes.
Merpro were unable to replicate their first half performance as St James bolstered by an early second half goal applied concerted pressure and showed their quality as one of the leading sides in the Midlands Association to run out worthy winners.
Team:Findlay,N.Duff,Houston,C.Allan,A.Duff,Lownie,Cruickshank(Pert),E.Duff(Bruce),Graham,Riach,Greig. Sub: Murdoch.
Match Sponsor : RK Tool Hire.




Merpro 2 v 4 Newport
Ferrari's Shield Quarter Final
Saturday 31/3/12
Merpro made a disappointing exit from the Ferrari's Shield at the Quarter Final stage on Saturday. Newport are a good solid side but Merpro dominated much of the match however failed to make the most of their numerous opportunities. Newport boosted by an inspired goalkeeping performance were able to clinically make the most of their chances and despite a spirited fightback the home side lost out on a semi final place.
Merpro started well with Ally Duff bursting forward into the Newport box but his dangerous cross was cleared in the 2nd minute. Merpro almost scored from the resultant corner kick stramash but several blocks prevented the opening goal.
Newport hit back a few minutes later picking up an opportunity breaking forward taking advantage of a Merpro player's injury with a shot crashing off the bar in 4 minutes.
Merpro charged forward again with Ally Duff setting up brother Euan but his cross into the box was blocked with a last ditch clearance in 8 minutes.
Again from the corner kick Merpro came close with a couple of close range efforts blocked but failed to find the net.
Graham was next to break through dribbling past a couple of players and then picked out Craig Allan in the box but the goalkeeper Morris pulled off a superb save to tip over his close range effort in 20 minutes.
Merpro had another great opportunity when Lownie was next to threaten picking up a Greig pass running into the box but the keeper made another great close range save to prevent the opening goal in 24 minutes.
Merpro continued to pressure and Nicol Duff fired in a long range shot again saved by the keeper in 32 minutes.
Newport stunned the home side opening the scoring on a breakaway attack with Romilly setting up his supporting midfielder Campbell to run unmarked through to score in 36 minutes.
Merpro resumed attacking with Lownie firing an edge of the box shot over the bar in 38 minutes.
Graham then broke through picking up a pass over the top of defence to run in on goal but as he looked to shoot he appeared to be fouled and denied a penalty in 40 minutes.
Ally Duff again made another foraging run forward into the opposition box and his effort at goal was just cleared off the line by a covering defender in 42 minutes.
Newport then further stunned the home side when they went further ahead after Romilly found space in the box to score in 44 minutes to make it 2-0 at half time.
Merpro came storming out of the blocks in the second half and pulled a goal back immediately following some good pressure resulting in Lownie passing wide for Rhys Greig to run in on goal from the right flank to drill in a low shot past the keeper from 14 yards to ake it 2-1 in 46 minutes.
Newport hit back forcing a series of corner kicks eventually resulting in Whitworth scoring an own goal as he attempted to clear an inswinging cross in 48 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro then almost forced a further goal when a Craig Alan free kick fell for Greig in the box but the keeper made another superb close range shot denying a certain goal in 50 minutes.
The match was end to end as Newport looked to finish off the match and Findlay made a good close range double save to deny the visitors in 52 minutes.
Merpro looked to have pulled a goal back when new signing Scott Riach drifted in behind the defence slipped a shot past the onrushing keeper but a covering defender managed to get back to clear before the ball went over the line in 54 minutes.
Graham then did well to drift past his marker but his cross for the waiting Riach in the box was just too heavy and collected by the keeper in 60 minutes.
Merpro came back into the match with a slick passing move involving Ally Duff and a Riach deft  backward pass into the path of the onrushing Rhys Greig to run in on goal at pace and fire a blistering shot into the net from 15 yards in 65 minutes to make it 3-2.
Merpro were now galvanished and Riach set up Graham to run in on goal but his flicked effort to round the keeper was blocked as a certain goal looked likely in 68 minutes.
The same combination again opened up the Newport defence with Graham running in on goal taken out by a covering defender with a penalty kick being awarded.
Craig Allan stepped up but his effort was well saved by GK Morris to deny the equaliser in 72 minutes.
Newport hit back and a great tackle from Nicol Duff kept them at bay in 74 minutes.
Merpro again resumed attacking and Lownie clipped a pass over the defence for Graham to again run in on goal but as he fired his shot the ball bobbled and the opening was lost in 78 minutes.
Merpro were incensed a few minutes later when Nicol Duff was clearly fouled in attempting to clear with the ball allowing Romilly to receive a pass and clinically fire home with a well hit shot in 80 minutes to make it 4-2.
Merpro's normal good discipline began to unravel when their appeals went unneeded and the irate Duff who was still seething was sent off a minute later following a late challenge.
A few minutes later Merpro were awarded a foul following a dangerous lunging tackle on Greig. The defender amazingly failed to be reprimanded but a fellow defender in the resultant melee was sent off and Rhys Greig was also sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute.
The match ran out uneventfully thereafter to allow Newport to take the spoils but a match Merpro were left to rue as their ambitions to win the trophy were thwarted.
Team:Findlay, A.Duff, N.Duff, Milne, Whitworth, Lownie, Greig, C.Allan, Graham(Gillon), E.Duff(Riach), Houston(Cruickshank). Subs: Gall, Pert.
Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son.


TAYSIDE FIRE BRIGADE 2 V 1 MERPRO
NORTH OF TAY QUARTER FINALS
SATURDAY 17/03/12

Merpro travelled through to Finlathen Park on Saturday to take on Tayside Fire Brigade in the quarter finals of the North of Tay District Cup. Only three points separate the two teams in the George Buckman Premier League, so a close game was expected even though Merpro were going into the match on the back of four straight wins.

From the kick-off the Fire Brigade made it clear they did had no intentions of that becoming five, as they pinned the Montrose team back, not allowing them any time to get into their normal passing game. The home side continued to press and caused all sorts of problems through a very good work rate and excellent movement, with Graeme French and Craig Davidson creating most of the difficulty for the visiting team. Merpro were barely able to get out of their own half in the first 20 minutes, with some sloppy control and loose passing not helping their cause.

Fine defensive displays however have contributed hugely to the visitors recent run of good results and this was to keep them in the game with Mark Findlay in the Merpro goal barely troubled for all the home side’s pressure.

Eventually Merpro clawed their way into the game, breaking the Fire Brigade’s momentum in the process. They however never managed to trouble Millar in the opposition goal either, and half time came with the score still 0 – 0.

Merpro started the second half much the stronger side, with Scott Graham on his own up front getting much better support from the Merpro midfielders, with wide players Campbell Bruce and Gordon Houston managing to put some good crosses in, and central midfielder Craig Allan now managing to play further forward to link play up.

The game was turned on its head in Tayside’s first real attack of the second half, and having found themselves with players in the Merpro 18 yard box they took full advantage when Sean Whitworth’s attempted clearance under pressure dropped 12 yards out. The Brigade reacted quickest, and Findlay had no chance when McDonald ran through on his own to score on 55 minutes.

Merpro immediately went on the offensive again with the match returning to the home side’s half, and within 10 minutes the visitors had got their equaliser. With Tayside unable to clear the ball from their own box, it was down to Scott Graham to take full advantage, when he turned and fired a tremendous left foot shot into the net from 12 yards, receiving a late tackle, and very sore ankle for his efforts.

The game swung from end to end, but neither keeper was really being troubled, until the referee made a decision which would eventually kill Merpro’s chances of reaching the semi-finals. As Tayside once more applied pressure in the visitor’s box, Chris Milne was adjudged to have struck the ball with his arm. A penalty was awarded; with a very frustrated Milne booked for his heated appeal.

Although Findlay guessed the right way, he could not do enough to stop the ball hitting the back of the net from the penalty kick, and Tayside regaining their lead on 75 minutes.

Merpro refused to give up, and continued to throw everything at the home side, both Euan Duff and Paul Duncan being added up front in an effort to save the game.

In a frenzied end to the match the referee once again became centre stage. Milne having found himself just outside the opposition 18 yard box cut inside and beat two players to get inside the box before he was taken down by a third defender. It looked a clear penalty, but the referee who claimed not to have seen it, was not of the same opinion. Though not seeing the foul, he did hear Milne’s frustrated appeal, and deemed it strong enough to warrant a second yellow card, with Merpro then finding themselves down to 10 men for the remaining minutes of the match.

Tayside Fire Brigade held out, running out 2 – 1 winners with the visitors left feeling frustrated about what could have been. While showing plenty of desire to keep themselves in the match, there was not the same quality and composure shown in more recent performance to get the result they craved.

Merpro are in Cup action again next week when they travel to Wellbank for the 2nd round of the Ferraris Shield, a trophy they won in Season 2009/2010.



Merpro 4 v 0 Kelso
Ferrari's Shield 1st round
Saturday 10/3/12

Merpro moved into the next round of the Ferrari's Shield with a comfortable victory over Kelso on Saturday. Kelso rarely threatened and despite not being at their cohesive best Merpro still ran out emphatic victors.
Merpro started well with a good combination move involving Graeme Allan and Euan Duff setting up a chance for Houston but he fired his 16 yard shot over the bar in 5 minutes.
Merpro soon opened their account when Sean Whitworth made a break from defence resulting in him pressurising the GK into a misplaced clearance. Whitworth then made a strong challenge to win the ball off a defender and his perseverance was rewarded when he was able to slot the ball into the net from 10 yards in 10 minutes to make it 1-0.
Lownie was next to threaten with a close range header going just wide from a Greig corner kick in 12 minutes.
Murdoch then did well to create himself a golden opportunity by winning a header and as he ran in on goal shrugging off several defenders he looked likely to score but GK Mauchline made a good close range save to deny 'Big Red' in 20 minutes.
GK Machline made another excellent save denying Euan Duff after his good work holding off a defender to fire in a well driven shot in 26 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and a superb combination move involving Allan,Duff and Bruce resulted in the latter firing in a low driven cross across the face of goal with a harried defender crashing his attempted clearance off the crossbar to safety in 30 minutes.
Merpro dominance was eventually further rewarded when Lownie played an exquisite lobbed pass over the top of the defence for Euan Duff to run onto and fire in a low left foot drive from 15 yards into the corner of the net in 35 minutes to make it 2-0.
Merpro continued to dominate but half time arrived with no further scoring.
Merpro quickly resumed where they had let off with Murdoch making a strong run from his own half setting up Duff to fire in at goal. His shot was blocked but fell for Craig Gillon to collect in the box to calmy slot into the net from 10 yards for his first Merpro goal to make it 3-0 in 48 minutes.
Pert was next to threaten after picking up a Gillon lay off on the edge of the box but fired his effort over the bar in 50 minutes.
Lownie then had another good chance to score rising in the box to head goal wards from 10 yards from a Whitworth free kick but the GK was able to save in 54 minutes.
Whitworth then had an edge of the box free kick blocked and Gillon's follow up effort was also blocked to safety in 58 minutes.
Merpro continued to press with Milne breaking forward setting up Duff but as he ran in on goal the GK made a low diving save in 60 minutes.
Kelso were finding it difficult to create any real chances but Gall was finally called into action diving low to turn a shot wide in 62 minutes.
Merpro quickly resumed attack with Milne lifting a pass over the top for Duff to run through but the GK again thwarted the striker in 64 minutes.
Gillon then had a another opportunity blocked in the box in 65 minutes.
The match was becoming one sided and Duncan was next to break through but as he ran in on goal he was pulled back and brought down on the edge of the box in 72 minutes.
Merpro somehow continued to contrive further missed chances with Duff passing up another great opportunity firing wide as he ran in on goal and Gillon firing over the bar a few minutes later.
Duff had a further opportunity bursting in from the right flank but with Duncan unmarked on the 6 yard line he fired his close range shot into the side netting in 82 minutes.
Merpro finally completed their scoring when Cruickshank did well breaking up a Kelso attack and ran forward slipping a curled pass for Paul Duncan to run in on goal and expertly slot a low shot into the corner of the net in 88 minutes to make it 4-0.
Merpro made several changes to their side utilising their squad and resting some players with niggling injuries and only some profligacy in front of goal prevented a more comprehensive scoreline.
Team:Gall,Pert,Houston,(Duncan),Milne,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,E.Duff, Murdoch(Cruickshank),Lownie,Bruce(Gillon).Subs:A.Duff,Graham
Match Sponsor:Coupon King Steve

Carnoustie YM 0 v 1 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 3/3/12
Merpro recorded their best result so far of their inaugural Premier League campaign defeating third placed Carnoustie YM on their home turf. Carnoustie have been a leading side in Midlands football for many years and this was an important stepping stone victory for the Montrose side.
Both sides started slowly but it was Merpro who created the first opportunity in 5 minutes when Bruce and Graham exchanged combination passes down the left flank but the latters cross fired across goal was too heavy for Greig rushing in.
Conway then had an jinking run into the Merpro box but eventually was crowded out before he could fire in a shot in 14 minutes.
Carnoustie came close in 25 minutes when a loose pass was intercepted in midfield but from the resultant break forward Watt fired over the bar.
Merpro created another good opening when the brothers Graeme and Craig Allan combined to set up Bruce to run in at goal but his 18 yard shot was saved well by the GK in 30 minutes.
Milne then made a break forward into the YM box but his final pass was cleared to safety in 32 minutes.
Carnoustie gradually built up steady pressure keeping Merpro pinned back with good play for much of the rest of the first half.
Findlay had to make an excellent diving save from a 22 yard dipping shot from Conway in 42 minutes. Carnoustie had the final moment of the first half when a dangerous cross flashed across the face of goal with Findlay managing to get a finger tip to thwart the onrushing attackers.
Merpro were encouraged to get forward more in the second half and Ally Duff set the scene early with a storming break setting up Graham to run in on goal but a well timed covering tackle  prevented a good opportunity in 46 minutes.
Watt then had a tricky run from midfield but Findlay was able to comfortably save his subsequent shot at goal in 48 minutes.
Merpro then began to enjoy their best spell of the match creating several good openings.
Greig ran in on goal but instead of taking a shot at goal attempted to cut inside and pass for Craig Alan but was tackled in the process in 50 minutes.
Merpro almost opened the scoring when a long throw from Bruce was glanced on to the back post but GK Smith managed to clutch the ball to safety at the back post in 55 minutes.
Carnoustie made a break forward and were awarded a soft free kick on the edge of the box.
Findlay managed to parry the resultant curling shot with Milne thinking quickly to cover and clear the ball to safety in 56 minutes.
Merpro resumed on attack and Lownie was unlucky to be pulled up for offside after an excellent passing move in 58 minutes.
Graham was again set up to run in on goal but was crowded out by the covering defenders in 60 minutes.
Greig was next to have another opportunity but he scuffed his effort at goal was blocked to safety in 62 minutes.
Merpro continued to open up the Carnoustie defence and Ally Duff created their best chance of the game. He made a great run forward slipping a pass in for Graham to run in on goal but as he drew the GK out the ball bobbled and his effort from 12 yards was sliced and cleared to safety in 66 minutes.
Amazingly another chance was created a few minutes later as Graham broke into the box but with all expecting a shot his pass inside for Ally Duff was frustratingly blocked in  minutes.
Merpro dominance of the second half was jeapordised when Graeme Allan was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 72nd minute.
Carnoustie were noticeably encouraged and took command for a spell but the home side were the team to be stunned when Merpro finally went ahead with a stunning goal.
Craig Allan broke forward collecting a pass and looking up deftly made a reverse pass across the edge of the box for Jamie Lownie to meet and expertly drill a low drive from 20 yards into the corner of the net for his first Merpro goal in 76 minutes to make it 1-0.
Carnoustie immediately resumed pressure on the Merpro goal but were finding it difficult to create clear cut chances and it was Merpro who managed to create another great chance when Duncan broke clear but the GK did well charging down his shot and the resultant follow up effort from Greig in 85 minutes.
Following this it was backs to the wall resolute defending for the closing minutes as Carnoustie forced a series of corners but the Montrose side's 10 men spirited rearguard held out to record a deserved victory on their second half performance.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Milne,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,C.Allan,Graham(Duncan),Lownie,Bruce.Subs:E.Duff,Doyle,Gall,Murdoch.
Next Match:10/3/12 Kelso(h) Ferrari's Shield 1st Round 2pm ko.


Merpro 2 v 1 Logie Harp
Premier League
Saturday 25/2/12

Merpro welcomed recent rivals Logie Harp for their latest Premier League match.Logie finished runners up to Merpro last season in Division 1 but a late winner earlier this season gave them the full points in a close encounter.
Merpro however redressed the balance on this occasion running out winners after requiring a dramatic finale to the match after they had been reduced to 10 men.
Merpro controlled most of the match but found a compact Logie side difficult to break down and were happy to sit back and hit the home side on the break.
Both sides started tentatively but Merpro had first claim when a defender appeared to handle the ball whilst running back to clear in 5 minutes.
Whitworth created a good chance with a long ball forward for Graham to latch onto but his attempted lob went well over the bar in 15 minutes.
Merpro came close again a few minutes later when a curling Lownie 30 yard free kick evaded everyone in the box only to hit off the post and safety.
Bruce was next to try out the GK but his 20 yard left foot shot was saved comfortably in 25 minutes.
Milne then sent a long pass forward for Graham to run onto but good defending crowded him out before he could set up a shot at goal in 30 minutes.
Merpro continued on the attack with Ally Duff charging forward to set up Graham who drifted wide in the box and then passed inside but their were no takers for his dangerous cut back in 38 minutes.
Logie managed to keep Merpro at bay and the first half finished goal less.
The second half opened with Merpro continued to attack and Craig Allan immediately tested out the GK with an edge of the box shot well saved in 46 minutes.
Bruce was next to make a run inside and fire in a 20 yard shot just over the bar in 48 minutes.
Ally Duff then stormed forward and amidst penalty claims appeared to be impeded in challenging for the ball in 50 minutes.
Merpro were stunned in 60 minutes when they were hit on the break from their own free kick and in covering the attack gave away a free kick on the edge of their own box.
Adding to the disappointment the resultant free kick failed to be marked properly and Logie managed to head home from close range for an easy goal to go ahead in a match where they had rarely threatened.
Merpro's period of self destruction continued when Whitworth was then sent off after a second bookable offence in 65 minutes.
From seeming well in control of the match the home side were now under pressure and Logie looked to finish off the match.
Merpro however managed to stabilise and determinedly began to fight back.
Craig Allan drove forward and drilled in a low shot just wide off the post in 75 minutes.
Merpro were now again forcing the match and got their deserved reward in the 82nd minute.
Allan floated in a dangerous free kick across the face of the goal challenged by Lownie and a defender with neither getting a touch but Ally Duff following up ran in to chest the ball into the net from 5 yards for the equaliser.
Logie were now the team stunned and Merpro were now galvanised and forced pressure on the GK but he managed to recover fumbling a corner kick in 84 minutes.
Merpro's late fightback was further rewarded when Rhys Greig latched onto a clearance on the edge of the box to drill in a low shot under the keeper to take the Montrose side into the lead in the 87th minute.
Logie attempted to hit back and Lownie did well with a headed clearance in 89 minute.
Merpro almost went further ahead when the energetic Duncan did well in evading the defence and ran through in on goal but as he drew the GK out his 18 yard shot just drifted wide in injury time.
Logie pushed forward but Merpro held out to record a superb spirited win with a determined never say die fightback after being reduced to 10 men.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Milne,Whitworth,Lownie,Cruickshank,C.Allan,Graham(Duncan),E.Duff,Bruce(Greig)Subs:Gall,Houston,Murdoch.
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.


Merpro 2 v 1 Letham Amateurs
North of Tay 4th round
Saturday 18/2/12

Merpro recorded a fine win over Letham from Perth in the North of Tay Cup on Saturday.The North of Tay Cup is competed for by both Midlands and Perth and Kinross association teams. Letham are currently in second place in the P&K Association's premier league and this 4th round result takes Merpro into the last eight of the competition.
Both sides started slowly attempting to come to terms with the severe blustery conditions.
Letham created the first opening when a close range header went over the bar in 18 minutes.
Merpro created a good opportunity following Milne making a storming run through the midfield setting up Euan Duff but the GK was alert in blocking his 12 yard shot in 20 minutes.
Findlay then had to make a good low diving save from a 35 yard dangerous wind assisted shot in 22 minutes.
Houston was next to threaten making a determined left flank run but his dangerous cross was well defended to safety in 32 minutes.
Findlay then had to be alert to deal with a long wind assisted clearance from his opposite number to race from his goal to thwart an oncoming Letham attacker on the edge of the box in 40 minutes.
Merpro had the last opportunity of an even first half when Lownie cleverly used the wind to curl in an edge of the box shot well saved by the keeper in 43rd minute.
Letham opened the second half well but it was the Montrose side who broke the deadlock.
Milne intercepted a Letham attack and then  sent a long ball forward for Graham to control and shrug off a challenge to run in on goal. He then passed inside for Euan Duff to fire into the net from 12 yards with a low first time shot in 48 minutes to make it 1-0.
Craig Allan then fired in a cross shot a few minutes later but the GK recovered quickly after fumbling before any Merpro attackers could pounce.
Merpro were now on top and created another opportunity following a good move on the right wing for Lownie but his curled effort from 16 yards just went over the bar in 52 minutes.
Cruickshank was next to threaten running in on goal but the GK did well blocking his close range shot and fortuitously collected the rebound in 55 minutes.
Merpro command of the game and clever interlinking play on the right flank soon paid dividends. Cruickshank and Euan Duff combined well with the latter sending in a dangerous cross for Craig Allan to meet with a powerful header from 10 yards to hit the net to make it 2-0 in the 59th minute.
Merpro had the ball in the back of the net again when Graham collected and ran in on goal but was controversially given offside.
Letham attempted to apply pressure but the Merpro rearguard were comfortably keeping them at bay.
However Letham managed to gain a lifeline with a freak gol when a Merpro defensive clearance was blocked on the edge of the box but the wind assisted rebound sailed into the top of the net in 76th minute.
Merpro  resumed on attack and a Whitworth free kick went over the bar in 78 minutes.
Letham were now revitalised and Milne made an excellent blocking tackle to prevent a shot on goal in 80 minutes.
Letham were now pushing players forward and were rewarded when Nicol Duff brought down an attacker in the box and a penalty was awarded in 82 minutes.
Findlay however came to the Montrose side's rescue diving low to save the spot kick.
Merpro  resumed on attack shortly after with Ally Duff making a storming run into the box with the ball falling for Pert to fire in a fierce shot at gol well saved by the keeper in 86 minutes.
Merpro came close again a couple minutes later when Euan Duff headed over the bar from clse range in 88 minutes.
Merpro were denied an almost certain final goal after defending a last minute corner kick. Letham with nearly all players including their GK in the box were left exposed but as Merpro broke forward the referee frustratingly blew his whistle to finish the match.
A good solid all round performance from Merpro moves them into a Quarter Final tie v Tayside Fire Brigade.
Team : Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Milne,Whitworth,Lownie(Bruce),Cruickshank(Pert),C.Allan,Graham,E.Duff,Houston. Subs:Duncan,Gillon,Murdoch.
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Next match: Premier League v Logie Harp(h) Saturday 25/2/12  2pm ko.


Dundee College 4 v 1 Merpro (after extra time)
Bremner Cup 2nd round
Saturday 11/2/12
Merpro returned to action after a recent hiatus as a result of the frozen winter conditions but disappointingly exited the Bremner Cup after the tie went to extra time.
Merpro opened the match brightly and dominated the first 30 minutes but were unable to find the incisive final pass to emphasise their superiority and paid heavily later with defensive lapses contriving to their own downfall.
Merpro had a good opportunity when Craig Allan combined well with Euan Duff but his curling left foot shot from 18 yards went over the bar in 7 minutes.
Euan Duff then had an opening himself receiving the ball in the box after another excellent combination passing move involving Graeme Allan but he was unable to direct his 10 yard effort directly on goal in 11 minutes.
Milne and Craig Allan then combined well to set up Gillon but his effort at goal was saved comfortably in 13 minutes.
Bruce then picked up a clearance but his 25 yard shot was high and went over the bar in 20 minutes.
Merpro continued on top and a Bruce throw in fell for Greig in the box but he was unable to connect fully with a snap shot in 24 minutes.
Merpro's opening dominance continued and a Craig Allan's curling free kick frustratingly slid across the face of the goal without any takers in 35 minutes.
Gall who had been largely untested throughout the first half was called into action after a deflected shot fell into the path of an attacker but he reacted quickly to block in 40 minutes.
Frustratingly for Merpro the first half came to a close without any goals to show for their good play.
Merpro started the second half confidently and Lownie played a good diagonal pass for Gillon to run in on goal behind the defence but he fired his 16 yard shot across the face of the goal in 46 minutes.
Merpro were made to pay for their profligacy when a long ball clearance following a corner kick caught them on their heels and Aitken ran through from the half way line to round Gall and slip in a shot to score despite a desperate Lownie attempt to clear off the line in 50 minutes.
The Dundee side were now encouraged and began to dominate the match for a period of time applying some concerted pressure.
Merpro made some changes and gradually stabilised and with Greig coming close with a shot after a good run and cros from Ally Duff in 62 minutes.
Graham then had a trademark trailing run leaving a couple of defender in his wake but his dangerous cross into the box was cleared to safety in 65 minutes.
The match was now end to end and the College had an opportunity when a pass was allowed through but a combination of covering defenders and increasingly soft ground conditions prevented the opportunity in 70 minutes.
Merpro gradually began to exert concerted pressure and Greig was sent in on goal from a Duff pass but was well tacked in 75 minutes.
Merpro came agonisingly close shortly after when Milne crashed a 6 yard header off the bar from an Alan corner kick.
Gall then kept Merpro in the game with a brilliant low diving save from a close range snap shot in 82 minutes.
Merpro made the most of their keepers save Shen they finally broke their deadlock with a well taken goal. Ally Duff made a break from defence setting up Gillon to curt in a cross to the back post for Scott Graham to control well and slide a low shot into the net under the GK in 87 minutes to take the tie to extra time.
Merpro started well with Cruickshank setting up a chance for Graham but he was unable to convert in 95 minutes.
College shortly after went ahead with a disappointing gol following Aitken left unmarked to head into the net from 8 yards from a corner kick in 98 minutes.
The College were now further encouraged and scored again shortly after when a loose ball failed to be cleared effectively and subsequent chip pass found an attacker loosely marked to fire into the net in 112 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro had an opportunity to claw back but Graham's header in 120 minutes fell into the keepers arms.
College finished off the match when Aitken capped a fine performance running in on goal to fire in  low shot to complete his hat trick in 128 minutes.
A disappointing result for Merpro as despite some fine first half play a failure to score and a combination of lapses in defensive concentration allowed a resolute College to move into the next round.
Team:Gall,G.Allan,Houston,Milne,A.Duff,Lownie(Cruickshank),Greig,C.Allan,E.Duff(Whitworth),,Gillon,Bruce(Graham)Subs:Pert,Murdoch.



HARRIS FPs 0 v 3 MERPRO
BREMNER CUP 1ST ROUND
SATURDAY 21/01/12
Merpro moved into the Bremner Cup 2nd round following a comprehensive victory over Harris FPs in Dundee on Saturday.
Harris have been difficult opponents in the past especially on their own notorious slope pitch but on this occasion the Montrose outfit were too strong for the Dundee side.
Merpro largely dominated the match and eventually ground down their opponents to seal the match in the latter stages.
Merpro opened brightly playing up the hill with a strong wind at their backs pinning the home side into their own half.After some good possesion play Merpro almost opened the scoring when Craig Allan picked up a Duff lay off to fire a curling 18 yard shot at goal but an excellent diving save prevented the goal in 15 minutes.
Merpro were not to be denied and went ahead a few minutes later.
Craig Allan slipped a curling pass in behing the defence down the left flank for Greig to run onto and  he drove a pass across the face of goal for Euan Duff to compose himself and slot home from 12 yards to make it 1-0 after 18 minutes.
Merpro continued to press forward and following a Houston cross had a penalty claim for handball denied in 22 minutes.
Harris were only rarely threatening but on a breakaway move Ally Duff managed to cover well to prevent a goal soring opportunity in 35 minutes.
Merpro had another good chance to increase their lead when Greig dummied a Houston cross allowing the ball to runthrough for Euan Duff but he dallied on the ball and a covering defender did well to block his goal bound effort from 15 yards in 39 minutes.
In a surreal first half Findlay in the Merpro goal never had to make a save so complete was the visitors defending and midfield dominance.
Merpro started the second half on top and both Houston and Pert were denied early openings breaking down the flanks.
Craig Allan picked up a Milne perfectly weighted pass to run through but was brought down on the edge of the box.Allan just lofted the ball over the bar from the resultant free kick in 54 minutes.
Greig was next to make a good run into the box but his dangerous cross into the box failed to reach a Merpro player and was cleared to safety in 58 minutes.
Findlay then had to make a save from a 25 yard shot as Harris began to fight back and exert some pressure on the visitors in 60 minutes.
Milne then set up Greig with another good pass but as he ran in on goal he slipped on the muddy surface and Harris were able to mop up and clear in 64 minutes.
Harris began to enjoy some good midfield play but the Montrose side rearguard kept them at bay.
Greig continued to look lively and he set up Craig Allan but in a good position his shot lacked power and the keeper saved comfortably in 68 minutes.
Merpro eventually went further ahead after some good interlinking passing on theedge of the box with Milne and Greig setting up Craig Allan to curl in a low shot into the cornewr of the net from 15 yards to make it 2-0 in 75 minutes.
Merpro were now back on top and Ally Duff made a breaking run setting up brother Euan but he somehow pulled his 10 yard effort wide of the goal in 78 minutes.
Merpro superiority was emphasised further when Milne broke into the box and was pulled back by a defender with a penalty awarded.
Craig Allan stepped up to clinically score from the spot to make it 3-0 in 82 minutes.
Merpro had another gilt edged chance when Gillon slipped a composed pass in between the central defenders for "big red" Murdoch to run onto but the GK saved his one on one effort from 16 yards in the 85th minute.
Merpro ran out comfortable winners and now meet Dundee College(a) in the next round this coming Saturday.
Team : Findlay.Pert(Gillon),N.Duff(Murdoch),Lownie,A.Duff,G.Allan,Greig,C.Allan,Milne,E.Duff(Duncan),Houston.Subs:Bruce,Cruickshank.





Merpro 3 v 4 St James
Saturday 7/1/12
Premier League

Merpro resumed Premier League action with their first match into the New Year 'first footed' by St James following the festive break.
St James are viewed as one of the top sides in the Midlands and had ex Tayport Scottish Cup winner Grant Patterson in their side.
St James started the brightest and Findlay had to make a good low save following a quick breakaway attack in 5 minutes.
Merpro gradually weathered the early pressure and settled into the match.
Whitworth hit a 22 yard free kick just over the bar in 12 minutes.
Merpro went ahead with a goal of perseverance from Euan Duff in 20 minutes.
He chased down a difficult pass back from McAlpine and won a strong tackle with GK Darling to slot home from close range to make it 1-0.
Nicol Duff was next to threaten pushing forward to come close firing in a cross shot in 22 minutes.
Merpro then conceded an equaliser when possession was lost on the edge of the box after a short goalkick allowed Jorgenson to run through and score to make it 1-1 in 28 minutes.
Findlay then did well to save  from  another quick breakaway attack following a long ball from defence in 30 minutes.
Merpro went back into the lead following a good move down the left flank resulting in Houston floating in a cross collected high by the keeper but as he returned to the ground he collided with Graham who promptly passed into the box for the supporting Craig Allan to fire into the net from 8 yards to make it 2-1 in 32 minutes.
Merpro were now on top and Milne set up Euan Duff to run through but he was brought down on the edge of the box. Craig Allan's resultant curling free kick was subsequently saved by the GK in 34 minutes.
Milne was next to break forward but his effort at goal was saved by the keeper in 36 minutes.
Merpro continued to threaten and Euan Duff came close with a header following a corner kick in 38 minutes.
Following another good passing move involving Whitworth and Nicol Duff set up Euan Duff but his effort went over the bar in 42 minutes.
Merpro reached the half time break comfortably ahead after a disciplined and solid performance.
St James started the second period at a higher tempo but in a similar pattern to the first half it was Merpro who gradually began to create the best chances.
Craig Allan came close with a driven shot from the edge of the box following a Duff lay off from a good passing move in 52 minutes.
Merpro were then denied a goal when Greig chased down GK Darlings clearance jumping to block his kick and fire into the net but the goal was disallowed as the referee deemed he had inadvertently blocked with his hand.
Merpro were then denied another well worked goal when Craig Allan slotted home from close range after a low driven cross into the box from Graham in 55 minutes. Without any claims from the opposition the referee controversially somehow deemed the goal was offside despite the cross being played back and Allan running in behind a defender.
The Merpro momentum began to subside allowing St James to gain some consistent possession but it was still a surprise when they snatched an equalising goal when Jorgensen fired in a snap shot from 16 yards into the net in 66 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back an came close when Graham fired in a dangerous cross with defender McAlpine almost clearing into his own net in 68 minutes.
The match then reached it's turning point as a result of three further separate contentious officiating decisions.
St James were awarded a penalty when Graeme Allan charged down a snap shot and was deemed to have handled the ball. During the subsequent furore Craig Allan was incredulously sent off for his protestations. St James duly converted the penalty to take the lead for the first time in the match in 72 minutes.
St James then went further ahead when Rigden collected a through ball to run in on goal to score despite looking to be blatantly offside amidst the home side's protestations in the 75th minute.
A match that appeared to be comfortable for Merpro had completely turned on it's head as a result of a series of controversial decisions.
Despite being reduced to 10 men Merpro slowly regrouped and attempted to get back into the match.
Ally Duff made a forcing run into the box but his shot at goal was well saved by the keeper in 82 minutes.
Lownie then made another forcing run into the box firing in a high shot tipped over the bar by the custodian in 85 minutes.
Merpro came close again when a corner kick fell for Ally Duff but his snap shot just wen wide of the post in 86 minutes.
Merpro pulled a goal back when finally Ally Duff's rampaging runs paid off when he ran in on goal from the right flank and slipped in a shot at the near post despite the GK managing to claw the ball back brother finished off just in case to make it 4-3 in 88 minutes.
Merpro tried in the final minutes to snatch a deserved equaliser but St James managed to hold onto a fortuitous win acknowledged in the match aftermath.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Milne,Whitworth(Lownie),G.Allan,Greig(Bruce),C.Allan,Graham(Duncan),E.Duff,Houston.Subs:Gall,Murdoch.

Match Sponsor : R.Coull and Son.

Broughty United 4 v 5 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 26/11/11

Merpro resumed Premier League action on Saturday and returned home from Dundee
with a stunning last gasp victory after coming back from a three goal deficit to
claim full points.
Merpro have a history of providing games of high drama and this match continued
the recent tradition.
On a blustery day Broughty started brightly with the wind at their backs and
soon opened the scoring after a Merpro loose back pass was pounced upon by
Stevenson and he ran through to score after 4 minutes.
Findlay made a good low diving save to tip a fierce shot round the post in 9
minutes.
Broughty went further ahead when a midfielder burst through fortuitously
collecting a clearance and slipping in a low cross for Gollan to fire in a low
shot to make it 2-0 in 12 minutes.
Merpro began to settle but found it difficult to find their feet and the final
cohesive pass to trouble their opponents.
Broughty then went further ahead with another Merpro gifted goal when a
difficult lofted back pass was chested down by Findlay but his clearance was
hurried and fell for Stevenson to calmly take his time to fire in a low drive
into the net to make it 3-0 after 25 minutes.
Merpro slowly worked their way back into the match and managed to get some
concerted possession pushing Broughty back. Bruce and Craig Allan combined to
set up Duncan to run in on goal but GK Calder saved well in 37 minutes.
Bruce then did well cutting inside firing in a curling left foot shot tipped
round the post in 43 minutes.
Merpro reached the half time break without further self inflicted wounds to
regroup.
Merpro now with the wind at their backs quickly hit back when Ally Duff
combining with Duncan and Allan made a storming run into the box firing in a
shot partially saved by the GK but as the ball flew goal wards defender Kenny
cleared with an arm and a penalty was awarded along with a red card.
Craig Allan abided his time as the GK was treated for a lengthy injury and then
steered a low shot into the net to make it 3-1 in 48 minutes.
This was the impetus Merpro needed and a period of sustained pressure ensued
eventually resulting in a well worked goal after Bruce played in a clever
chipped pass over the defence for Rhys Greig to run in from the left drawing out
the GK to slip a low shot into the net from 12 yards to make it 3-2 in 54
minutes.
Merpro's pressure intensified further and after a corner kick an amazing old
time stramash
occurred when incredibly four separate short range efforts were cleared off the
goal line by effective desperate Broughty defending in 56 minutes.
Craig Alan then came close with a curling edge of the box free kick in 58
minutes.
Broughty were now pinned back and Euan Duff was next to create a good chance but
his driving shot went over the bar in 60 minutes.
Duff then had a further great chance but his 8 yard header from an Allan corner
kick went just over the bar in 62 minutes.
Whitworth then had an edge of the box free kick saved by the keeper in 64
minutes.
Bruce then created another great chance with a dangerous low cross but Duncan
was just unable to connect with a low sliding lunge at the back post in 66
minutes.
Merpro were stunned a couple of minutes later when Broughty out of the blue made
a rare quick break and Stevenson managed to evade a challenge to clinically fire
in a low shot into the net to make it incredibly 4-2 in 70 minutes.
After a few minutes of recovery Merpro soon resumed the task and renewed the
momentum building up pressure.
Duncan managed to turn his opponent on the edge of the box to attempt to run at
goal but was brought down but somehow the penalty claims were denied in 74
minutes.
Merpro were now relentless and created further chances with Greig and Milne who
beat three players in a determined run both being denied by GK Calder in one on
one situations.
Milne then had left foot effort well saved by the GK from 18 yards.
Merpro continued to play some excellent football in difficult conditions and
further chances were created for Graham to run in on goal but a last ditch
tackle thwarted his opportunity
Graham had another chance dribbling past players but at close range the
excellent custodian again made a brave save to deny in 82 minutes.
Milne and Ally Duff then had further efforts go just over the bar as the
incessant attacking continued.
Merpro determination was eventually rewarded when Sean Whitworth stopped low to
head into the net from 8 yards following a Graham corner kick to make it 4-3 in
86 minutes.
The Montrose side couldn't now be contained and equalised a couple of minutes
later when Sean Whitworth smashed in a close range shot following another
goalmouth melee to make it 4-4 in 88 minutes.
With the win now in Merpro's sights Euan Duff broke through the defence but GK
Calder again appeared to have saved his side with a superb save to deny a goal
in the 90th minute.
From the resultant curling corner kick the ball evaded all defenders and
attackers and just agonisingly scraped past the back post.
Merpro however were not to be denied as in the final minute of injury time
Graham managed to pick out Euan Duff in the box and he calmly composed himself
to drill a low 12 yard shot into the net to make it 5-4 in the 93rd minute
setting off exuberant scenes of joy.
Merpro's second half efforts created wave after wave of composed probing
attacking play and deserve great credit for such a determined disciplined
performance coming back from three goals down at the half time break.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff.N.Duff,Milne,Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Pert),C.Allan,E.Duff,Duncan
(Graham),Greig.Subs:Gall,Houston,Murdoch.

Merpro 4 v 1 Carnoustie Athletic
North of Tay Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 19/11/11

Merpro moved into the last 16 of the North of Tay Cup after a good performance
on Saturday.
This is the furthest Merpro have managed to progress in the NOT and now have to
wait until February for the next round.
Merpro came out of the blocks quickly immediately pressurising their opponents
and were rewarded with an early opening goal.
Craig Allan played a quick short corner kick with Cruickshank who crossed for
Graham to glance a header to the back post pounced upon by Sean Whitworth to
blast a powerful rising shot high into the net from 8 yards after 3 minutes.
Graham was next to make a good run and his dangerous cross was well held by the
GK on 6 minutes.
Merpro should have went further ahead after Whitworth head flicked on an Allan
corner kick but Ally Duff somehow managed to shoot wide at the back post with a
close range left foot effort in 11 minutes.
Following an excellent passing move involving Whitworth, Euan and Ally Duff
finally crossed for a glancing Craig Allan header to be handled well by the GK
in 14 minutes.Craig Allan again came close with a rising left foot shot after
some good leading up play from Cruickshank and Euan Duff in 16 minutes.
Cruickshank then made a good wing run passing inside for Graham to drill in a
low left foot shot again well saved by the keeper in 19 minutes.
Merpro should have went further ahead when Graham latched onto a through ball
and ran in on goal but as he rounded the advancing GK his touch was heavy and
his opportunity was diverted wide for a corner kick in 22 minutes.
Merpro created another gilt edged chance when from another corner kick the ball
initially fell for Ally Duff but his effort was blocked rebounding for brother
Euan but he fired his rising shot over the bar from 10 yards in 25 minutes.
Carnoustie finally managed to gain a foothold as the incessant Merpro pressure
relented but despite some good play never created any significant chances.
As the half drew to a close Graham had another opportunity collecting a
Whitworth free kick in the box but fired his effort over the bar in 40 minutes
and a few minutes later after some good play Milne almost burst through but the
moment was well defended.
Somehow Carnoustie had survived the first half onslaught and must have been
encouraged to have only been one goal down at half time.
The visitors had the first chance of the second half when Findlay had to make a
good low diving save parrying a fierce 20 yard free kick cleared to safety by
Ally Duff under pressure in 48 minutes.
Carnoustie were now encouraged and put the home side under some concerted
pressure but good defence kept them at bay.
Merpro slowly returned to attack with Bruce floating in a cross for Cruickshank
to glance a header goal wards saved comfortably by the GK in 56 minutes.
Merpro's play was rewarded when Graham made a good run on the right drilling in
a dangerous low cross for Euan Duff to finish from 8 yards to make it 2-0 in 58
minutes.
Graham then did well collecting a pass and then fired a dangerous low cross
across the face of goal in 60 minutes.
Carnoustie almost snatched a goal with an edge of the box shot but Findlay
managed to tip the effort over the bar in 62 minutes.
Bruce then had a lofted shot saved by the keeper in 64 minutes.
Merpro then created another great chance with a good move involving Allan and
Graham setting up rebound efforts for  E.Duff, Cruickshank and Bruce but the
opportunities were not taken in 66 minutes.
Carnoustie out of the blue snatched a shot off the post on a breakaway attack in
68 minutes.
A minute later they clawed a goal back when Jarrett did well drifting wide and
fired in a low shot into the corner of the net to make it 2-1 in 68 minutes.
Merpro immediately responded to the threat with Cruickshank making a good
breaking run into the box but the GK did well to defy him in 70 minutes.
Carnoustie then had another good spell firing over the bar and a few minutes
later Nicol Duff made a good clearance to prevent a goal scoring opportunity.
However Merpro resumed in attack and good play from Cruickshank and Duff set up
Greig but he was thwarted as he ran in on goal.
Merpro went further ahead when Milne collected a short corner firing in a cross
which fell for Euan Duff to fire in a "Dambuster" type bouncing ball shot from
15 yards which found it's way into the net to make it 3-1.
Carnoustie's resistance was broken and Merpro dominated the latter stages with
further efforts from Nicol Duff and Greig being thwarted.
Merpro's overall dominance was finally emphasised when Chris Milne collected a
cross ball ran in on goal and after a series of rebound saves playing ping pong
with the keeper eventually finished off the opportunity to score to make it 4-1
capping off a good victory.
Team: Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Milne(Murdoch),Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Greig),C.Allan,Graham,E.Duff,
Cruickshank. Subs:Gall,Lownie,Pert.
Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son.


Merpro 0 - 2 Invergowrie
Premier League
Saturday 12/11/11

Merpro continued in Premier League action on Saturday but were victims of a late
smash and grab raid from opponents Invergowrie.
Merpro largely dominated the match however were unable to convert a variety of
chances and ultimately were undone by two late goals from their visitors.
Invergowrie appeared wary of the home side lining up in a defensive set up
playing throughout the match with a isolated lone striker up front.
The match kicked off after an immaculately observed Remembrance weekend silence.
Merpro opened well and Lownie had a header cleared in the opening minutes
following a corner kick in 2 minutes.
Merpro came close again shortly after when Greig had a snap shot in the box
cleared off the line in 5 minutes.
Whitworth then set up Cruickshank with a long curling pass to make a good run
down the right wing crossing into the box for Graham to glance a header just
over the bar in 7 minutes.
Merpro were totally dominating the early stages of the match with Invergowrie
unable to make any Significant forward attacks.
Craig Allan did well to create space on the edge of the box then clipped in a
curling shot which just evaded the top corner of the net in 20 minutes.
Greig then managed to break through from the edge of the box but as he attempted
to gain some time to make some space to fire in a shot he was tackled and the
opportunity was thwarted in 24 minutes.
Invergowrie managed their first shot of the match when left winger Pullar fired
in a long range shot comfortably handled by Findlay in 28 minutes.
Merpro continued to dominate forcing corner kicks with Graham coming close from
a curling effort well tipped over the bar by GK Gourlay in 32 minutes.
Findlay then had to look lively to make a good save when an Invergowrie cross
ball was headed inadvertently back to his own goal by Graeme Allan who appeared
to have been fouled in the process in 34 minutes.
Merpro resumed attacking when Greig and Cruickshank combined well with the
latters dangerous cross ball well defended to safety in 35 minutes.
From  the resultant corner kick Mepro came close yet again when from another 6
yard box melee a snap shot from Greig was bundled clear off the line in 3
minutes.
Invergowrie were defending desperately and luck continued on their side when a
good interlinking passing move involving Cruickshank,Graham and Greig resulted
in a instinctive defensive clearance crashing back of the post preventing the
opening goal for Merpro in 38 minutes.
Graham then set up Craig Allan on the edge of the box but he was slightly off
balance firing his shot wide in 40 minutes.
Graeme Allan then made a fast break from defence interlinking with Graham
setting up Greig in the box but his 8 yard shot was superbly saved by the keeper
from what looked to be a certain goal in 43 minutes.
Whitworth then had a further shot blocked in the final minute of the first half
controlled by the home side but without finding the clinical finish.
Invergowrie came back out quickly and for the first time put Merpro under some
concerted pressure but the defence coped well denying any significant chances.
Merpro slowly resettled and Lownie chipped a deft pass over the defence for
Craig Allan to run onto and cross into the box but Greig was unable to keep his
effort down firing over the bar from 10 yards in 50 minutes.
Findlay then had to make a save from a curling shot from Carlin who had created
some space for himself in 55 minutes.
Merpro again came close when Sellar reacted quickest to a Craig Allan low corner
kick but his flicked shot just went past at the near post in 62 minutes.
Invergowrie were having more possession in the second half but the Merpro
rearguard were managing to keep them at bay and no clear cut chances were being
created.
Nicol Duff advanced forward in 66 minutes curling in a long range effort
comfortably saved by the good GK.
Merpro were beginning to show signs of frustration as the breakthrough continued
to elude them   as Invergowrie maintained an organised and  determined defence.
The visitors tactics were rewarded when they snatched the opening goal when from
a midfield free kick Pullar broke in between covering defenders to fire into the
net from 15 yards in 78 minutes.
Merpro attempted to get back into the match with Sellar setting up Graham but
his shot was saved in 80 minutes.
Lownie managed to clip in a effort but again the keeper saved comfortably in 84
minutes.
Merpro's efforts were becoming more frantic but good pressure from Cruickshsnk
and Euan Duff set up Graham but his flicked effort went wide in 88 minutes.
Invergowrie had the final closure as a mazy run from the right winger evaded a
series of tackles to fire in a composed finish from 16 yards to seal the points
in the last minute.
Merpro were left to rue their missed chances in an engrossing entertaining game.
Team: Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie,Whitworth(Milne),G.Allan,Cruickshank,C.Allan,Graham,Greig(E.Duff),Houston(Sellar).Subs:
Pert,Bruce.
Match Sponsor: RK Tool Hire.



Merpro 2 v 6 Carnoustie YM
Premier League
Saturday 5/11/11
Merpro hosted Carnoustie YM on Saturday in Premier League action. Unfotunately
for the home side the only sparkling Bonfire Day display on show was from the
visitors. Merpro  were given a painful lesson on the day in how to play slick
quick possession football along with maintaining regular constant pressure.
YM had an early opening when a diagonal cross evaded the Merpro defence but the
resultant shot went wide in 5 minutes.
Merpro first opening arrived from a Houston cross falling for Graham in the box
but his flick pass for Graeme Allan was intercepted in 8 minutes.
Merpro went behind following a loose pass being intercepted allowing Carnoustie
to sweep forward and open the scoring from Garvock in 10 minutes.
Merpro immediately hit back with a well taken goal from Scott Graham collecting
a high A.Duff free kick on his chest and then calmly rounding the GK to score in
11 minutes to make it 1-1.
Merpro created another opening when Graham and Bruce combined for Whitworth but
the chance was lost.
Merpro then went behind again following another loose gifted pass setting up a
midfielder to run onto and crack an unstoppable shot into the net in 14 minutes.
Merpro fought back and Graeme Allan broke through on the right flank but the GK
saved well pushing his shot wide for a corner kick in 18 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick YM made a fast breakaway and good cover pressure
from Ally Duff and save from Findlay prevented a further goal.
Merpro created another good opening when Graham broke through on his own but was
unable  to finish clinically allowing the keeper to save in 20 minutes.
At this stage Merpro looked to be matching their opponents but a moment of quick
thinking and fine skill set them further behind.
Carnoustie played in a low quick free kick to the edge of the box for the
dangerous Garvock to deftly leave his marker In his wake before slipping in a
low cross into the box for his co striker Neave to tap into the net from 5 yards
for an excellently worked goal to make it 3-1 in 25 minutes.
Merpro although stunned continued to look for another opening and Graham did
well drifting inside past a couple of markers then fired a low shot wide of the
post in 28 minutes.
Graeme Allan then did well crossing for Graham but under pressure directed his
header wide in 32 minutes.
Bruce did well to drift into a position in the box but snatched at his shot and
fired wide in 35 minutes.
A further loose pass allowed YM to make a quick fire break but this time the
finishing shot went wide in 38 minutes.
Merpro made the most of this let off by clawing a goal back when Graeme Allan
made a good right wing run into the box composing himself before drilling a low
shot into the net to make it 3-2 in 40 minutes.
However in the story of the Merpro's first half they gifted yet another goal
with a further loose pass on the edge of the box allowing Neave to run in on
goal to finish to make it 4-2 in 43 minutes.
Merpro made some tactical changes at half time hoping to improve midfield
competitiveness and created an early opening.
Euan Duff made a good run in on goal with his effort being blocked but then then
passed for Whitworth but he fired his 8 yard effort over the bar in the 48th
minute.
Carnoustie however soon extended their lead with a cleverly worked goal
following a short corner kick move with Garvock calmly playing in a short pass
for the unmarked Neave to slot home from 6 yards under claims for an offside
decision in 52 minutes to make it 5-2.
Carnoustie went further ahead with a slick passing move down the right wing and
cross into the box finished by Garvock from close range to make it 6-2 in 70
minutes.
Carnoustie continued to play some neat passing football and remained  on top for
the remainder of the match.
Only some stout defending from the Merpro rearguard prevented further scoring
and the visitors eventually ran out comfortable winners.
Although Carnoustie were worthy winners and turned in an impressive performance
Merpro largely contributed to their own downfall with some uncharacteristic
loose passes in the first half to gift at least three of their opponents goals.
Team:Findlay,Murdoch(Greig),N.Duff,Bruce(Duncan),A.Duff,Lownie(E.Duff),G.Allan,C.Allan,Graham,Whitworth,Houston,Subs:Pert,Sellar.
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.




Logie Harp 3 v 2 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 29/10/11
Merpro renewed acquaintance with rivals Logie Harp on Saturday in Dundee
Harp finished runners up to Merpro last season in the Division 1 title race.
Both sides opened up slowly but it was Merpro who opened the scoring after 10 minutes.
Ally Duff connected with a powerful header from 10 yards following an Allan corner kick to make it 1-0.
Harp replied almost immediately with a long range shot from Donald coming back of the post.
Harp then had a spell of dominance and equalised when another break from midfield resulted in another long range shot hitting the back of the net in 16 minutes.
A quick fire double stunned Merpro when a pacy quick passing move broke through the Merpro rearguard and the Harp attacker drilled a low shot into the corner of the net in 18 minutes.
Merpro were being pressed back but slowly regrouped and managed to hold off the pressure.
Bruce had an opportunity to slip in a left foot shot when the ball fell to him in the box but the GK saved well in 22 minutes.
Graham set up a cross for Whitworth at the back post but his stretching header went wide in 25 minutes.
Allan then made a break from midfield but the ball held up in the increasingly muddy surface but eventually reached Greig who clipped in shot from 14 yards only to be cleared off the line in 35 minutes.
Harp finished off the first half well forcing Findlay to make two excellent consecutive finger tip saves in the closing minutes.
The early stages of the second half became a dour struggle in the greasy conditions as neither side established any initial dominance.
However as the half wore on it was Merpro who gradually exerted their will with a build up of determined pressure.
Allan came close with a curling edge of the box shot in 75 minutes after good initial pressure play by Ally Duff.
Merpro pressure was rewarded when Craig Allan equalised with a glancing header from 12 yards after a Bruce trademark long throw into the box in 77 minutes.
Murdoch was next to threaten but his shot went wide in 80 minutes.
With the match looking likely to be heading for a fair draw result Harp however had the final sting in the tail when they won an edge of the box free kick.
Johnston sized up the Merpro defensive organisation and saw a gap clipping in a direct curling shot in at the near post in 85 minutes for the eventual winner.
Team Findlay,Murdoch,Houston,Bruce,A.Duff,Lownie,E.Duff,C.Allan,Graham(Duncan),Whitworth,Greig.Subs:Brown, N.Duff.


Merpro 4 v 3 Broughty United
Premier League
Saturday 22/10/11
Merpro entertained Broughty United to Montrose for Premier League action on Saturday.
Merpro had to make several changes to the side as a result of injuries and various commitments.
Broughty currently sitting in 2nd place started the match with a strong wind on their backs and kept Merpro pegged back in the opening stages.
Lownie and Nicol Duff had to make two good blocks to prevent shots at goal.
Broughty opened the scoring when left back Melville latched onto a ball and fired in a 25 yard shot into the top of the net evading Findlay's clutches in 10 minutes.
Merpro slowly started to get back into the match and began to get forward with some good moves.
Euan Duff made a good run setting up Graham to run in on goal but  GK Haig made a good parry save in 12 minutes.
Nicol Duff then had to make another good block to prevent an effort on goal in 14 minutes.
Graham and Greig then combined well for Merpro but the latters lofted effort at goal was saved by the keeper in 16 minutes.
Another incisive Merpro midfield passing move set up Craig Allan to run in on goal and his dangerous low cross was almost deflected into the net in 22 minutes.
Merpro looked to have equalised when Whitworth knocked down a Nicol Duff free kick in the box falling for Euan Duff to fire in a 16 yard goal bound shot but Haig made an excellent diving save to prevent the goal in 30 minutes.
Broughty responded and came close on a breakaway run with lofting a 18 yard shot over the bar in 34 minutes.
Broughty came close again but GK Findlay made a superb low scooping save from a 10 yard snap shot in 36 minutes.
Merpro made the most of their keepers save equalising two minutes later when Ally Duff rose majestically to powerfully head home a Craig Allan corner kick from 10 yards to make it 1-1.
Merpro went ahead with a quick fire second goal when Craig Allan sent a sublime defence splitting pass through for Graham to run in on goal to slip in a low cross for the supporting Rhys Greig to tap into the net from 5 yards to make it 2-1 in 42 minutes.
Merpro were now on top and Nicol Duff won a strong midfield tackle to set up Alan but his left foot shot was blocked and from the resultant cross Whitworth had his header saved by the GK.
Merpro were now running rampant and following another quick passing move Whitworth had a goal bound shot deflected over the bar to bring the first half to a close.
Merpro started the second half well when Greig quick throw in set up Graham to run in on goal but a recovery block tackle prevented him scoring in 50 minutes.
Merpro were then reduced to 10 men whilst Euan Duff received treatment for an injury and Broughty almost grabbed an equliser when an 18 yard shot cannoned off the bar in 55 minutes.
Broughty then forced a series of corners putting Merpro under some concerted pressure which finally paid off when a cross ball was unable to be cleared and from the resultant melee the ball was clipped into the net by McIntosh taking a slight deflection to make it 2-2 in 65 minutes.
Broughty had taken control of the match but Merpro fought back with Murdoch firing a 20 yard shot wide.
A few minutes later Merpro were unlucky when a thunderous Whitworth 25 yard free kick cannoned back off the bar in 70 minutes.
Merpro then created two gilt edged opportunities when Graham cut in on goal from the left wing on his own but the GK made a low diving save from his curled effort in 72 minutes.
Graham shortly after collected a loose clearance from the keeper to run in on goal again but this time he agonisingly slipped his shot wide.
Broughty made the most of their let off when they went ahead from McIntosh following a disputed free kick failing to be cleared in the box in 78 minutes.
Merpro picked up their game again and looked to have equalised when Allan had the ball in the net from a Whitworth pass but was given offside in 82 minutes.
Merpro refused to lie down and gained their reward when Murdoch was taken out on the edge of the box with a dangerous lunge tackle.
Craig Allan stepped up to superbly curl in a low free kick into the corner of the net for the equaliser to make it 3-3 in the 85th minute.
Emotions were now running high with some meaty challenges taking place all over the pitch but it was Merpro who finally managed to force the decisive action of the match.
Whitworth chased down a defender winning a tackle to run in on goal and strongly shrug off two challenges in the box before being brought down for a dramatic late penalty kick.
Craig Allan waited for the referee to deal with the stormy protests before calmly sending the GK the wrong way to complete Merpro's second comeback of the match to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute.
Merpro saw out the remaining injury time to secure a spirited victory in a dramatic roller coaster of a match.
Team:Findlay,Murdoch,N.Duff,Bruce,A.Duff,Lownie,E.Duff(Duncan),C.Allan,Graham,Whitworth,Greig,Sub:Gall.



Bank Street Athletic 2 v 1 Merpro
Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 15/10/11

Merpro travelled to Dundee on Fosters Scottish Cup duty to face the current Midlands Premier League Champions Bank Street Athletic.
BSA are the top side in Midlands football at present and with several regulars still missing making their way home from Scotland duty in Spain a difficult match was anticipated.
The Merpro squad however responded well and were eventually edged out after a tight and tense match over the 90 minutes.
Bank Street started confidently and kept Merpro pinned back in the early stages.
Merpro had several changes in the side and were taking time to settle and the early stages were mainly focussed upon keeping BSA at bay.
Gourlay came close for BSA with a cross shot glancing off the bar in 8 minutes.
BSA went ahead when a long throw from Godfrey was glanced into the net by Walker to make it 1-0 after 14 minutes.
Walker came close shortly after following pouncing on a loose defensive pass but shot wide as he ran in on goal in 22 minutes.
Merpro finally began to settle and started to get some midfield foothold in the match as the half progressed and their confidence began to increase.
Merpro's reward for some stout defensive work keeping them in the game arrived when  Cruickshank broke from midfield latching onto a Bruce pass.He cleverly drew  the defence out wide before passing inside for Euan Duff to run in on goal and blast a ferocious drive into the net from 12 yards for the equaliser in 40 minutes.
Merpro had another opportunity a few minutes later when Duff appeared to be fouled on the edge of the box. However play was allowed to carry on with Duncan collecting a Houston cross pass but he was forced back away from goal but then managed to chip a cross ball back across the goal but was just too high for the onrushing Cruickshank to connect.
BSA had the final moment in the half when Gourlay drifted in at the back post but clipped his effort over the bar from 8 yards to make it 1-1 at half time.
Merpro had the first opening of the second half when Euan Duff closed down and disposessed  his opponent with a strong tackle.He then ran in on goal before passing inside for Bruce who had supported  to fire in a low left foot shot at goal. His effort evaded the GK but was cleared off the line with a last gasp sliding clearance by the covering defender Bell in 52 minutes.
Merpro had another opportunity but Craig Allan fired an edge of the box free kick over the bar in 56 minutes.
Merpro were now enjoying their best spell of the match and persistent play from Euan Duff created another good opportunity.
Duff won an aerial cross ball challenge with the BSA GK on the edge of the box. He then laid off a pass releasing Cruickshank to run in on goal but he elected to cut the ball back for Duff to shoot but he was unable to force the ball into the net from 5 yards due to covering defensive pressure and the opening was thwarted in 64 minutes.
BSA began to resettle and forced a series of corner kicks but good Merpro defensive cover were keeping  them at bay.
However after a period of pressure appeared to have been soaked up BSA made the breakthrough to take the lead.
A breakaway attack led to a scramble in the Merpro goalmouth as players found it difficult to keep their footing with the ball being cleared twice off the line. Merpro appeared to have held out but the the eventual clearance fell for Bradford on the right wing to collect and run in and drill in a powerful 16 yard drive in off the near post to make it 2-1 in the 70th minute.
Findlay who had been largely well covered by the Merpro defence then had to make couple of outstanding saves from fierce shots from ex Montrose FC striker Gary Middleton.
The game began to open up in the latter stages with Houston having an edge of the box shot well saved after a good lay off from Duff in 82 minutes.
Merpro had a final gilt edged chance when good pressure play from Bruce won him the ball from Bell on the left touchline. He then ran in on goal slipping a low pass into the goalmouth for Sellar but he agonisingly fired his effort over the bar from 5 yards in the 88th minute.
Merpro's reshaped defence can take great credit for this spirited performance keeping a good side at bay. After a nervous opening period in the first half they managed to settle and compose themselves eventually established a stronghold and carved out some good openings later in the match to make this a close run result in the end.
Team:Findlay,Brown,N.Duff,Bruce,A.Duff,Lownie,Duncan(Sellar),C.Allan,E.Duff,Cruickshank,Houston, Subs:Donaldson,Murdoch,Pert.


Portcullis 1 v 3 Merpro
North of Tay Cup
Saturday 8/10/11

Merpro travelled through to Arbroath for a coastal derby match returning home with a comfortable victory under their belts to maintain their recent set of good results.
Merpro made several changes in their side and formation as a result of injuries and players away on Scotland supporting duties.
The Montrose side started the match well immediately pressurising their opponents with Cruickshank and Craig Allan combining well to create a chance cleared for a corner kick in the first minute.
Merpro pressure continued with Lownie cross shot deflected wide for another corner in the 3rd minute.
Cruickshank was next to threaten after picking up a deft Bruce clipped pass in behind the defence but he lifted his shot just over the bar from 16 yards in 5 minutes.
Whitworth burst through driving into the box but was brought down with a clearing tackle from behind amidst penalty claims in 10 minutes.
A few minutes later further penalty claims were denied when it appeared Bruce was pushed off the ball in the box.
Another opening was created following a good move involving Ally Duff and Cruickshank setting up Craig Allan but he fired his left foot effort over the bar in 22 minutes.
Portcullis had done well to keep Merpro at bay but the pressure eventually paid off when Sean Whitworth collected a Houston pass and his first touch set himself up to fire in a ferocious 20 yard drive in the net to make it 1-0 in 25 minutes.
Lownie was next to come close firstly firing in a rising shot over the bar in 30 minutes and shortly after had a header saved by the GK Broomhill following a free kick in 35 minutes.
Portcullis although competing well rarely threatened but were given a lifeline when a mix up with an attempted cushioned back header allowed Triggs in to score an easy goal in 42 minutes.
Merpro immediately started the second half maintaining the pressure and Craig Allan had a 20'yard free kick saved by the GK in 46 minutes.
Bruce then had a close range shot saved by the keeper after good combination passing with with Lownie in 48 minutes.
Bruce again came close when he picked up a Whitworth lay off to fire in a curling 20 yard shot which came back off the bar in 50 minutes.
Merpro's pressure paid off when a Whitworth downward header from a corner kick was cleared off the line but Gordon Houston was alert to fire into the net from 5 yards to make it 2-1 in 52 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top with the GK making an excellent save from a driven Craig Allan corner kick in 55 minutes.
Ally Duff had a header cleared off the line following another corner kick shortly after.
Cruickshank was next to create a good chance making a determined run on the left flank crossing for Brown at the back post but hit his first time effort over the bar from 15 yards in 75 minutes.
Portcullis continued to compete well in midfield but GK Findlay was rarely troubled as his defence kept the Arbroath side at bay.
Merpro finally went further ahead when Graeme Allan clipped a long pass over the defence for his brother Craig to run onto pressurising the defence into a clearance.The ball fell for the supporting Paul Duncan to promptly fire in a controlled low left foot 16 yard shot into the net in 78 minutes to make it 3-1.
Shortly afterwards following a Bruce throw in Cruickshank set up Craig Allan but he fired over the bar in 80 minutes.
Portcullis then enjoyed a spell of late pressure but the Merpro defence held firm.
Merpro moved into the last 32 of the North of Tay Cup with this victory.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie,Whitworth(Duncan),G.Allan,Murdoch(Brown),C.Allan, Cruickshank,Bruce,Houston


Riverside Athletic 1 v 3 Merpro
Premier League
Saturday 01/10/11

Merpro returned from Dundee on Saturday with their first Premier league win of the season.
Riverside have been the Midlands top side of the past 15 years and this is a notable victory for the Montrose side.
Merpro went into this match with two succesive Cup tie wins under their belt but needing to kick-start their leg campaign.
Riverside started well applying early pressure but gradually Merpro began to settle playing some tidy football.
Merpro went ahead when Greig chased down a defender blocking his clearance and then ran in on goal passing inside for Scott Graham to slot past the goal keeper from 8 yards in 9 minutes.
Merpro had another great opportunity to go further ahead when Pert chased down the GK forcing him into a loose clearance falling for Houston to run in on goal passing inside for Graham but he dallied on the ball with a defender getting back to clear. Craig Alan then picked up the ball ran at the defence crossing for Graham to have a second chance but he mistimed his low diving header resulting in a clearance away from goal in 12 minutes.
Riverside settled and then had a spell of dominance and Findlay had to make a couple of good saves in close succession to maintain the Merpro lead.
Riverside however soon equalised with a headed goal from 8 yards from a corner kick in 26 minutes.
Riverside came close again a few minutes later with an edge of the box shot going just wide.
Merpro resettled and Greig did well breaking on the right and then firing in a 22 yard shot well saved by the GK in 35 minutes.
Houston was next to fire in an edge of the box shot after collecting a corner kick clearance in 38 minutes.
Merpro's pressure paid off when Nicol Duff floated in a free kick with the ball falling for Sean Whitworth to compose himself and hold off a defender to rifle in a low shot from 10 yards to make it 2-1 in 40 minutes.
Merpro had another effort come close when Whitworth curled in a long free kick with Craig Allan almost getting a touch at the back post in the 43rd minute.
Riverside came roaring out at the start of the second half keeping Merpro pinned back.
Findlay made a good blocking save as an attacker broke through with the Merpro defenders claiming for offside in 52 minutes.
Riverside came close again with Findlay making another fine instinctive save from a blistering low edge of the box free kick in 55 minutes.
Merpro continued under the cosh attempting to hit on the break but the final composed pass kept eluding them.
Graham finally managed to break through on the right flank but his cross for the waiting Greig was intercepted by the GK in 60 minutes.
Merpro had another great chance when Craig Allan broke through from midfield but after shimmying past his first marker and then shrugging off another defender slipped with his left foot effort going just wide in 62 minutes.
Merpro were now enjoying some possession and Euan Duff had an opportunity but fired wide from 12 yards in 65 minutes.
The Merpro defence were coping well with the Riverside attacks allowing the Montrose side to get forward. Graham then did well cutting inside off his markers before firing a quick shot agonisingly just over the bar in 75 minutes.
The game was now end to end and Riverside came close with a glancing header going over the bar in 82 minutes.
Merpro went back up the park with a good quick passing move arriving for Euan Duff on the left to cut back inside and slip a low pass across the face of goal for Scott Graham to calmly slot into the net with his left foot from 10 yards to make it 3-1 in 83 minutes.
Merpro had another good chance when Pert made a breaking run from midfield but fired his 10 yard shot straight at the GK in 85 minutes.
The drama continued when Merpro were reduced to 10 men when Pert was sent off a few minutes later for a second bookable offence.
Merpro had a final gilt edged opportunity after Euan Duff won a midfield tackle slipping a perfect pass through for Graham to run in on goal unopposed but as he attempted to round the GK he was blocked and the keeper managed to collect the ball in extended injury time.
This was a good spirited performance from Merpro with the defence doing well to prevent a second half fightback from Riverside before the clinching goal sealed a historic victory.
Team:Findlay,A.Duff,N.Duff,Lownie(E.Duff)Whitworth,G.Allan,Pert,C.Allan,Graham,Greig,Houston, Subs:Brown,Murdoch.


Vale of Earn 1 v 3 Merpro
Fosters Scottish Cup 1st round
Saturday 24th September 2011

Merpro travelled through to Crieff on Saturday in Scottish Cup duty and came back on their travels with a fine win under their belts.
Merpro have found some fruitful pickings with their opponents from Perthshire in the cup competitions over the past couple of weeks.
Vale of Earn have a good recent pedigree having won the prestigious North of Tay Cup at Dens Park a couple of seasons ago.
On a fine sunny day both sides served up a close match until the latter stages as Merpro came from behind with a build up of second half pressure to clinch the victory.
Vale of Earn started the match well and came close when a Brock header from a long throw came back off the bar in 2 minutes.
Findlay made an excellent low save from another back post header in 8 minutes.
Merpro began to settle and forced a couple of edge of the box free kicks without troubling the GK.
Houston then floated in a cross and Sellar's header from 10 yards was glanced wide in 15 minutes.
Craig Allan then had an edge of the box free kick well saved by the keeper in 24 minutes.
The match had began to settle with neither side gaining any dominance.
Findlay then had to make another good save from a header from the dangerous midfielder Brock in 30 minutes.
Merpro  created a good opening when Cruickshank played a composed pass in behind the defence for Craig Allan to almost latch onto in the 34th minute.
Merpro created another good opening when Graham ran through on the left flank but as he drew out the defence his attempted cross for Sellar unmarked in the box sailed into the GK's arms in 36 minutes.
The home side went ahead with a stunning goal when Brock won a midfield tackle ran at goal and fired in a stunning 25 yard Stoke into the top of the net in 38 minutes.
Merpro came back and Sellar had a header go over the bar following an Allan corner kick in 40 minutes.
Graham was next to make a good run down the right flank firing in a low shot parried by the keeper and cleared to safety in 42 minutes.
Merpro then had their best opportunity of the half when Graham set up Sellar to run in on goal on his own but his attempted effort was saved by the GK in the 44th minute.
Merpro started the second half well with Cruickshank slipping a subtle short pass through for Sellar to run onto but the alert keeper did well to block his effort in the 46th minute.
Merpro had upped their tempo looking for the equaliser and were gaining more possesion forcing their opponents back but were finding it difficult to find the clinical final pass.
Vale were continuing to be dangerous hitting Merpro on the break and Brock hit the post with a cross shot in 55 minutes.
Nicol Duff made an excellent pressurising challenge forcing an attacker to shoot over the bar in 72 minutes.
Merpro gradual build up of pressure began to intensify and finally paid dividends.
Alasdair Duff was brought down on the edge of the box and Scott Graham stepped up to expertly curl a low 18 yard shot round the wall hitting off the post into the net in 75 minutes.
Merpro were now on top and Graham set up Greig and right wing low cross into the box was almost deflected into the net in 78 minutes.
Graham then collected a corner kick clearance and came close with a swerving 18 yard shot going just wide in 80 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when Alasdair Duff made a trademark storming run from defence bursting past several defenders before firing in a thunderous 16 yard shot high into the net setting off joyous celebrations in 85 minutes.
Merpro hit their opponents with another quick blow when Rhys Greig did well playing some tight passes in the box before deftly chipping the ball over the GK from 15 yards in 87 minutes.
The home side kept pushing forward leaving some space open and Merpro came close in injury time when Murdoch helped set up Bruce to run in on goal but his left foot effort just went over the bar to finish off the match.
A good victory with the match in the balance for most of the game  but a strong finish from the Montrose side earned them the victory.
Team:Findlay,Brown(Greig),N.Duff,Lownie,A.Duff,G.Allan,Cruickshank(Bruce),C.Allan,Graham,Sellar(Murdoch),Houston.


Merpro 10 v 0 Star of Atholl
North of Tay Cup 1st round
Saturday 17/9/11

Merpro hit the goal trail with an overwhelming victory over their Perthshire visitors from Blair Atholl on Saturday in the North of Tay Cup.
The match started off in calm sunshine but conditions deteriorated into torrential rain as the match progressed.
Merpro started well and Whitworth came close to opening the scoring when his header hit the bar from a Craig Allan cross in 5 minutes.
Lownie was next to come close with another header just going wide in 8 minutes.
Merpro were not to be denied and hit Star with a quick fire 10 minute treble deluge of goals.
Scott Graham opened the scoring after a trademark dribbling run down the left flank before cutting inside to fire under the GK to make it 1-0 in 15 minutes.
Graham then pounced on a defensive mistake a couple of minutes later to run through on goal slipping the ball under the advancing keeper from 16 yards to make it 2-0.
Graham almost made it a quick fire hat trick latching onto a Graeme Allan pass but the defenders managed to get back and block in 20 minutes.
However Merpro soon went further ahead following a corner kick challenge by Whitworth fell for Scott Graham in the box to quickly sent in a drilled snap shot on the turn into the net  from 10 yards to complete his hat trick in 25 minutes.
Atholl were reeling and Cruickshank had a good opportunity well saved by the GK in 27 minutes.
Craig Allan was next to come close with an edge of the box shot going wide.
Atholl started to settle as the Merpro onslaught lessened and Findlay made a low save from a 25 yard shot in 30 minutes.
The Perthshire side had a spell of pressure but failed to create any significant chances.
Merpro came back with some late chances when Euan Duff headed over the bar,Graham was denied with a last ditch tackle and in the final minute of the half Houston fired wide.
Merpro quickly resumed on the attack into the second half and Bruce cut in from the right flank and hit a left foot shot just wide in 55 minutes.
Merpro soon went further ahead when Darren Cruickshank fired in an acrobatic volley high into the net from 18 yards following a corner kick clearance to the edge of the box in 58 minutes.
The floodgates literally now opened as Merpro continued to consolidate their superiority with a further flurry of well worked goals.
Scott Graham went on a mazy run to make it a personal tally of 4 goals to make it 5-0 in 62 minutes.
Euan Duff was next to score opening his account with a close range effort in 65 minutes.
Duff added his second goal a few minutes later after some good lead up passing moves to make it 7-0.
The busy GK made two excellent diving saves from Cruickshank and Graham to deny further goals.
Merpro were now running rampant and went further ahead when Graham and Euan Duff combined well for Duff to fire home from 10 yards to complete his hat trick in 75 minutes.
Merpro continued to attack and soon went further ahead when Dean Sellar combined with Graham to fire home in 82 minutes to make it 9-0.
As the match drew to a close Sellar completed his double firing home at the back post from a Graham low cross across the face of the goal in the 88th minute to make it an amazing 10-0.
Some pleasing performances throughout the match and early clinical finishing paved the way for an emphatic victory and advance Merpro into the next round.
Team:Findlay,Pert(Bruce),N.Duff,Lownie,Whitworth,G.Allan,Cruickshank,C.Allan,Graham,E.Duff(Sellar),Houston(Greig). Subs:Brown,Murdoch.
Match Sponsor R.Coull and Son.
Next match: v Vale of Earn(a) Fosters Scottish Cup 1st Round.



Tayside Fire Brigade 2 v 0 Merpro
Premier League

Saturday 10/9/11
Merpro visited The Fire Brigade in Dundee on Saturday but in an even match were unable to come back home with a share of the points.

With the match looking to be heading for a draw The Firies were able to make the breakthrough capitalising on a slip and clinching the game with a late goal as Merpro pushed for the equaliser.
Findlay was the first GK to be called into action saving comfortably from a 22 yard free kick in 4 minutes.
Merpro began to settle and Milne set up Bruce to run in on goal but the TFB MIdlands Select custodian MIllar saved well to deny the goal in 12 minutes.
Merpro had another good move resulting in Houston firing in a cross but again the GK MIllar handled well under pressure in 14 minutes.
Whitworth then had a 25 yard free kick go wide in 17 minutes.
Merpro had further pressure with a Bruce corner kick coming to Brown at the back post but his knock down header was cleared to safety in 22 minutes.
Whitworth then had another free kick comfortably saved by the GK in 26 minutes.
Cruickshank then looked to have broken through but he was given offside in 30 minutes.
Merpro then had a great opportunity following a quick passing move involving Cruickshank and Euan Duff who drove past his marker to sling in a low cross for the onrushing Whitworth to fire in a low shot from 18 yards but his goal bound effort was blocked in front of goal to safety in 36 minutes.
In the closing minute of the first half Findlay had to make a reactive save to tip over the bar from a close range effort.
Half time arrived with Merpro having had better of the play.
Merpro opened the second half well with Bruce making a good run and shot hitting unfortunately off Duff in 46 minutes.
Houston then sent in a diagonal pass for Bruce to run in on goal and head goal wards but his effort came back off the post in 50 minutes.
The Fire Brigade began to hit back and they then had an effort come back off the top of the bar in 54 minutes.
Merpro looked to have made the opening when Brown latched onto a ball in midfield advancing forward firing in a 25 yard swerving shot but GK MIllar made an excellent diving save in 56 minutes.
Duff then had a snap shot from 12 yards saved by the keeper after a long throw into the box from Bruce in 58 minutes.
Bruce then had a good dribbling run but his left foot effort from 18 yards was comfortably saved by the keeper in 62 minutes.
Merpro were rocked when TFB went ahead against the run of play.
A cross from the right wing came in and GK Findlay picked the ball out from the air but on landing the ball squirmed out of his grasp as he collided with players with the ball falling for an attacker to shoot into the net from 10 yards in 65 minutes.
TFB now had a good spell of pressure culminating with a long range effort hitting the top of the bar in 70 minutes.
The Firies went further ahead with a breakaway goal as Merpro pushed players forward in the closing stages.
Milne had a Couple of efforts go wide in the last few minutes as the game came to a close.
A disappointing result as Merpro played competently well enough within themselves without hitting full form and at the least deserved a share of the spoils.
Team:Findlay,Pert,Houston,Lownie,Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Murdoch),Milne,E.Duff,Cruickshank,Brown, Sub:Gall.
Next Match; North of Tay 1st round v Star of Atholl(h) 2pm ko.


Merpro 1 v 6 Menzieshill
Premier League
Saturday 3/9/11

Merpro continued in Premier League action on Saturday but in a groundhog day type performance again came short after a second half defensive collapse to allow a match in their grasp to slip away.
Merpro started well playing some good football and keeping their opponents pegged back.
Craig Allan came close with a edge of the box free kick with the GK tipping his shot over the bar in 15 minutes.
Sellar was next to come close with a glancing header just going wide in 18 minutes.
Merpro's opening  dominance almost came to fruition when from an Allan corner kick Whitworth's 8 yard header was brilliantly tipped away by GK Palladini  as a goal seemed inevitable in 24 minutes.
Merpro had to defend themselves shortly after when Bruce cleared off the line following a near post flick from a Menzieshill corner kick in 26 minutes.
Merpro continued to enjoy most of the possession and finally managed to make the opening breakthrough.
Whitworth sent forward a long free kick falling for Sellar to control well and run past his marker. He slipped a low shot across the face of goal past the keeper and as the ball looked to cross the line Craig Allan following up tapped in to make sure to make it 1-0 in 44 minutes.
Merpro looked the likelier side at this time to go on and dominate the match.
However following the break Merpro allowed their opponents back into the match with some slack defending.
Menzieshill equalised after a corner kick was conceded and only partially cleared allowing a snap shot to score after 48 minutes.
Menzieieshill quickly capitalised when an edge of the box free kick was crossed to the back post and hesitant defending allowed an attacker to creep in between two players to tap in and score to take an unlikely lead after 50 minutes.
Menzieshill were now fired up and Gall did well to tip away a long range shot in 56 minutes.
Merpro's frustration boiled over when Menzieshill went further ahead with a long ball going over the defence with offside looking obvious the player was allowed to go through and score in 66 minutes.
Shortly after another similar situation developed and again with offside being denied Menzieshill took advantage to go further ahead in 72 minutes.
Merpro attempted to regroup and Brown and Whitworth attempted to force home from close range following a corner kick.
Sellar managed to run in on goal and fire in a low shot which came back off the post in 76 minutes.
Milne was next come close with the GK doing well to save his close range header a couple of minutes later.
Merpro's frustration continued when Euan Duff ran in on goal but his  low shot just went wide in 80 minutes.
Menzieshill went further ahead when a low shot took a deflection off a defender to spin into the net in 82 minutes.
Merpro created another opening following a good run by Duff allowing Murdoch to attempt to curl a 12 yard shot at goal but the keeper save comfortably in 85 minutes.
Whitworth was left frustrated as he head flicked a throw onto the back post with no takers waiting for the tap in.
Menzieshill completed the scoring in the final minute with an edge of the box shot tucked into the corner of the net.
Another frustrating match as Merpro's first half performance was good but  a combination of defensive errors and some controversial offside decisions allowed Menzieshill to seal what looked an unlikely win at half time.
Team : Gall,Pert(Lownie),Brown,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Duncan(Murdoch),Milne,E.Duff,Bruce,Sellar, Sub: Doyle


Merpro 0 v 5 NCR
Premier League
Wednesday 31/8/11

Merpro welcomed NCR for a midweek Premier League fixture to Montrose.
However after a strong second half performance the Dundee side returned home with a comprehensive win under their belts.
NCR opened stronger and had a couple of close efforts before Merpro began to settle and created some openings.
Graham played a return pass with Greig but a well timed tackle prevented his shot at goal in 22 minutes.
Graham and Sellar combined well leaving Bruce with an opening but he pulled his shot wide in 25 minutes.
Another good move let Graham in on goal but he was unable to connect fully with his left foot shot from 12 yards and the GK saved comfortably in 28 minutes.
Merpro were now enjoying some dominance and came close when Sellar rose well to head over the bar from 8 yards from an Allan corner kick in 30minutes.
Sellar did well a few minutes later picking up a pass and quickly turning fired in a spectacular first time 25 yard shot which was brilliantly finger tipped saved by the fully stretched GK onto the bar and cleared to safety in the 35th minute.
Merpro had another opportunity when a good move allowed Bruce to move in on goal from the right flank but his attempted chipped effort was safely collected by the keeper in 40 minutes.
NCR went ahead after being awarded a disputed free kick on the edge of the box.
From the resultant free kick cross an attacker was given some space to head into the net just as half time approached to open the scoring.
Both sides had had spells of dominance and this was a blow for the home side.
NCR opened strongly and Greig did well to clear off the line following a header from a corne kick in 50 minutes.
Merpro replied quickly and Sellar came close with a shot deflected wide in 52 minutes.
NCR began to take control of the match and went further ahead with a glancing header in 60 minutes and followed up quickly with a third goal to leave Merpro reeling.
NCR were now rampant and pressurising Merpro and went further ahead when a short pass back was cleared by GK Findlay rebounding off the attackers outstretched arm allowing him to control to score in 75 minutes despite the home sides protests.
NCR continued to press and shortly after came close with a shot hitting the bar with Donaldson doing well to calmly head safely back into Findlay's arms to clear up in 80 minutes.
NCR completed the scoring in the final minutes to seal a deserved win after a dominant second half performance.
Team:Findlay,Pert,N.Duff(Donaldson),C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(E.Duff),Graham,Sellar(Duncan) Subs : Lownie,Murdoch.
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NCR 4 v 0 Merpro
Marquee Trophy
Saturday 20/8/11
Merpro travelled through to the Caird Park Stadium to complete their League Cup section in a match NCR had to win for any possibility of qualifying.
Merpro made several changes to their side as suspensions came into force but on a sunny hot day found the factory side to hot to handle.
NCR ran out worthy winners as Merpro found it difficult to lift their game and gain any cohesion.
NCR started well and Bruce did well to clear off the goal line from a corner kick after 8 minutes.
A few minutes later Donaldson repeated with a goal line clearance but the rebound was quickly despatched from 5 yards to make it 1-0 after 10 minutes.
Lowing was next to make a good defensive block and clearance to deny a goalscoring opportunity after a NCR break through in 12 minutes.
NCR went further ahead with a long ball over the top allowing the left winger to run through and slot past Gall to make it 2-0 after 15 minutes.
G.Allan tried to galvanise Merpro with a trademark run from defence breaking through but was unable to find the final pass to create the opening in 20 minutes.
Brown came close with a glancing header from a Duncan corner kick in 25 minutes.
Merpro attempts to get back into the match were set back when NCR went further ahead with an attacker breaking through to slip a sliding shot into the net past the on rushing Gall from 18 yards to ake it 3-0 at half time.
Merpro performance showed some signs of improvement in the second half and began to play more in their opponents half.
Whitworth had a rising shot go over the bar in 50 minutes.
Sellar picked up a Duncan through pass but good defending steered him wide and blocked his shot at goal in 52 minutes.
From the resultant Duncan corner kick Whitworth's goal bound header was cleared off the line to safety.
Merpro created another chance when Whitworth flicked a header on or Sellar to run through on goal but again strong defending thwarted his opening in 56 minutes.
Sellar was trying hard to open Merpro's account and came close again with a glancing close range header from a Duncan cross in 60 minutes.
Merpro were now having their best spell of the match and Pert did well to break through and fire in a shot just wide in 65 minutes.
Merpro thought they had made the breakthrough when Murdoch showed a good touch collecting a free kick in the box and slipped the ball from 6 yards into the net but was unfortunate to be given offside as he had timed his run well in 80 minutes.
NCR completed the match with a well taken goal in the final minutes.
Team:Gall,Pert(Murdoch),Donaldson,Brown,Lownie,G.Allan,Duncan,Cruickshank,Sellar(Findlay),Sellar(Findlay),Whitworth(E.Duff),Bruce.Sub:Graham


Merpro 3 v 4 Menzieshill
Marquee Trophy
Wed 17/8/11

Merpro were involved in midweek Marquee Trophy action and although defeated played some excellent football throughout the match. Both sides can take credit from an open exciting game but ultimately Merpro were left to rue losing the match after allowing their opponents back into the tie on several occasions. Merpro were given a lesson in efficient clinical finishing by their opponents who made the most of their chances.
Merpro got off to a perfect start when Greig collected the ball on the edge of the box and calmly lifted the ball over the defence for Craig Allan to skilfully collect and calmly round the GK to score after 3 minutes.
Donaldson then created a good opening for E.Duff but he fired his effort over the bar in 8 minutes.
Cruickshank then collected a C.Allan through pass to burst past 3 defenders drawing out the keeper but his deft chip from 16 yards just sailed over the bar in 10 minutes.
Merpro were well on top but Menzieshill came back into the match with a fortuitous goal on a breakaway when an initial shot was hit wide but the ball fell for an idle player to quickly despatch for the equaliser in 12 minutes.
Findlay then had to make two good saves as Menzieshill enjoyed their first spell of pressure in the match.
Merpro regrouped and regained their control with E.Duff and  Cruickshank combining well only for the latter's shot to be blocked.
However Merpro soon went ahead with a superb goal of the season contender after a quick fire passing move from midfield. Greig,E.Duff,Cruickshank combined for Graham to lift a perfect lob pass over the defence for the onrushing Rhys Greig to make a defence splitting run in behind the defence take a touch and fire in a low drive from 16 yards to make it 2-1 in 25 minutes.
Merpro should have extended their lead when Graham dribbled past his opponent to run in goal but the GK saved his effort with the rebound falling for E.Duff but he had his rising shot tipped over the bar in 27 minutes.
Menzieshill made the most of their let off and went up the park with a left wing run and cross for  a glanced header to finish high into the net from 15 yards in 28 minutes.
Whitworth was next to test the GK with a well hit 25 yard free kick in 36 minutes.
Merpro had another opportunity when following a corner kick the ball fell for E.Duff but he directed his shot over the bar in 40 minutes.
Menzieshill repeated their earlier gratitude by again breaking up the left wing and following some quick inter passing fired in a ferocious angled 18 yard shot into the net to make it 3-2 at the break.
Menzieshill started quickly in the second half and only a hood block by Donaldson prevented a goal in 46 minutes.
Merpro soon regained their composure and equalised when Euan Duff made a storming run down the right flank before firing in a shot which was blocked but came straight back to him and he promptly drilled in a low shot under the keeper from 8 yards to make it 3-3 in 50 minutes.
Merpro continued on top and Cruickshank and Graham combined well setting up a far post cross for Sellar but his glancing header went wide from 8 yards in 52 minutes.
E.Duff was next to test out the keeper firing in a low shot following a Sellar lay off on the edge of the box in 55 minutes.
Menzieshill repeated their groundhog day tactics with another goal out of the blue when a cross from the left wing fell at the back post handsome indecisive defending allowed the right winger to run in score an easy tap in after 60 minutes.
Merpro lost some of their earlier composure but kept plugging away and created yet another good opening when E Duff fired in 16 yard shot which came back off the bar only to fall for Graham running in but with the goal gaping he could only agonisingly direct his 6 yard header over the bar in 74 minutes.
Merpro set up another opening when Cruickshank made a great run in on goal but passed for C.Allan who in turn set up Duncan but his effort went harmlessly over the goal in 80 minutes.
Merpro profligacy in front of goal continued to haunt them when another good opportunity went a begging after C.Allan clipped in a cross for Whitworth's effort to be blocked falling for Sellar but his close range header was saved in the 88th minute.
Menzieshill survived and despite a some excellent football Merpro were left pointless and lost the chance to progress further and left to reflect upon lapses in breakaway defending and missing a host of golden chances.
Team:Findlay,N.Duff(Brown),Donaldson,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,Cruickshank,Graham(Duncan),E.Duff(Pithie),Sellar. Subs: Gall,Lownie.
Match Sponsor:R Coull & Son.

Merpro 3 v 5 SS Peter & Paul

Saturday 13 August 2011
Marquee Trophy League Cup

Merpro opened their new Midlands season with a visit from SSPP in a Premier League Marquee Trophy tie on Saturday.SSPP have been one of the leading sides in Midlands football for many years and a stern test was expected.
Merpro initially responded well to the test but unfortunately as a result of some inexplicable officiating the Montrose side were left feeling extremely frustrated and exasperated at the finale.
SSPP started the match the brighter and Findlay did well to calmly collect a curling early free kick across the face of the goalmouth.
SSPP were determined in their approach and some robust tackling went unpunished in the early stages by the official.
Merpro slowly began to settle and following a good passing move involving Pert and  Greig led  to a cross from Euan Duff allowing Sellar to drift in behind the defence to slot home from 10 yards but unfortunately he was given offside in 8 minutes.
Whitworth was next to come close with a snap shot but the GK was able to make a juggling save following a Nicol Duff long free kick in 10 minutes.
Merpro had now settled and signs of the familiar midfield passing interplay began to develop leading to the opening goal. Greig and Euan Duff combined setting up Sellar to swing in a cross for the onrushing midfield run from Craig Allan to volley into the net from 12 yards to make it 1-0 in 15 minutes.
Merpro almost made it a quick fire double when Sellar was set up to run through on goal on his own but the GK managed to save with his leg to prevent a second goal in 17 minutes.
SSPP hit back immediately when Merpro lost possession in midfield and and Heenan broke through to fire in a 20 yard shot. Findlay saved but was unable to hold with the rebound falling for Scott to pounce and fire into the net in 18 minutes.
Both sides were now well into the match playing some good passing football and testing each other.
Merpro were the side to break the deadlock when Craig Allan lofted a pass over the defence for Dean Sellar to run through and calmly lob over the on rushing keeper from 18 yards to make it 2-1 in 32 minutes.
Merpro then began to gain more control but almost lost a goal on a breakaway attack when Heenan broke past couple of tackles and fired in a 20 yard shot which came back off the bar in 38 minutes.
Merpro started the second half well and created another gilt edged chance to extend their lead.
Graham did well drifting past Coogan on the wing and then driving into the box slipped in a low cross for Euan Duff but from 8 yards out he was unable to find the clinical finish and the defenders managed to clear to safety in 52 minutes.
Merpro continued to press and looked likely to add to their tally.
Whitworth had an edge of the box free kick go over the bar in 55 minutes.
However the game exploded into an incredulous moment when Graeme Allan was called over by the match official after querying why the SSPP defensive free kick wall was not the regulation 10 yards distance. The Referee deemed abusive language had been used and to everyone's amazement sent off the Merpro player. In the context of some of the previous tackles and industrial language perpetrated by the opposition throughout the match this was an exasperating decision and turned the match.
SSPP who had began to look ruffled were now galvanised and only a strong challenge from Pert prevented an equaliser in 60 minutes.
Merpro hit back on the break a few minutes later with Sellar creating himself a chance.
However SSPP began to dominate and equalised when a left wing cross failed to be cleared and winger Malone knocked into the net from close range to make it 2-2 in 65 minutes.
SSPP were now sensing victory and went ahead in 70 minutes with a header from Centre Half Hay following a corner kick.
Findlay then had to make a close range collision save with Malone in 74 minutes to deny another opportunity.
Merpro managed to regroup and Brown had an opportunity out jumping the defence to glance a header wide from a Nicol Duff free kick in 76 minutes.
Merpro stunned their opponents with an equalising goal when Scott Graham did extremely well to drift between two defenders to collect a high Greig cross ball and step sideways to calmly drill in a low shot from 14 yards to make it 3-3 in 80 minutes.
SSPP quickly broke forward and Findlay had to make an excellent diving tip save over the bar from a well hit shot in 82 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick the clearance fell for Hay to react quickest on the edge of the box to drill a shot through the melee into the net to put the visitors into the lead.
Wilson then fired SSPP further into the lead when he latched onto an attempted clearance which fell kindly for him to make it 5-3 in 86 minutes.
Merpro had a final moment when Euan Duff ran at the defence and slipped a pass through for Graham to finish but was given offside in the 88th minute.
Merpro turned in a good performance and until the controversial sending off offence looked to be the stronger side however following this moment the match turned and SSPP made the most of their opportunity.
Team:Findlay,Pert,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,Cruickshank(Donaldson),Graham,E.Duff,Sellar(Brown) Subs:Gall,Lownie,Murdoch.
Next match: Marquee Trophy v Menzieshill(h) 17/8/11 6.30pm




SEASON 2010-11 REPORTS

Merpro 2 v 2 Newport
( Newport win 5-4 on penalty kicks )
Gray Trophy Cup Final

Merpro suffered Cup Final despair losing out on a sudden death penalty kick shoot out with Newport at Craigie Park Dundee on Saturday.
Merpro were looking to complete the Gray Trophy to add to their Division 1 title and complete a League and Cup double.
Merpro have been involved in some enthralling matches this campaign and in a match of fluctuating fortunes this game lived up to the billing.
Newport started sharper and kept Merpro pinned back in the early minutes.
Merpro created their first opening when Graeme Alan broke forward sliding a pass through for Graham to run in on goal but a combination of ball holding up and good defending prevented the chance in 8 minutes.
Merpro had began to settle and Nicol Duff made a storming run from defence but was halted on the edge of the box.The subsequent long ball clearance fell between the Merpro defence and David Romilly was able to run in on goal and fire a low shot past Henderson from 16 yards to open the scoring in 10 minutes.
Merpro responded well with Graham running in on goal but was thwarted with what appeared to be a high tackle as he received a head knock in 11 minutes.
Graham then came close shortly after with a low shot just going wide in 14 minutes.
Newport continued to be dangerous on the break and Merpro were finding it difficult to get any fluency into their passing game.
Merpro at this stage living off scraps but soon created some further openings. Greig was fouled out wide and Gourlay floated in free kick falling for Craig Allan drifting in at the back post but he could only direct his 10 yard effort over the bar in 24 minutes.
A few minutes later another similar groundhog day free kick from Gourlay again fell for Allan drifting in but this time his low snatched effort just sent slipping past the post in 27 minutes.
Newport GK Morris saved his side when Milne set up Graham to run in on goal but the custodian made a great save to block his effort in 32 minutes.
Merpro were almost caught out a few minutes later when Newport hit on the break with David Romilly winning a tackle in midfield to run in on goal. Duff and Gourlay did extremely well to hold him up but he squared across goal for his unmarked brother Michael to shoot at goal but great covering tackles by Graeme Allan and Duff prevented what looked to be a certain goal in 36 minutes.
Milne then made a breaking run from midfield before laying off a pass for Nicol Duff to advance forward and fire in a 25 yard shot just over the bar in 40 minutes.
Newport were awarded an edge of the box free kick when their lively left winger Hardie was brought down. Henderson then pulled off a great diving save from the resultant curling 20 yard free kick in 43 minutes.
Merpro had the last opening of the half when Craig Allan picked up a short corner kick and dribbled along the touchline but his cross into the box was cleared in the 45th minute.
Newport early good start gave them the ascendancy but although not at their best Merpro were still able to create some good openings.
Newport again opened well and had a shot go just past the post in the 46th minute.
Merpro ade a good break with Euan Duff making a good run and cross for Graham to glance in a header but the keeper saved comfortably in 48 minutes.
Merpro were stunned when a long throw into the box failed to be cleared with the ball falling for Michael Romilly to gleefully fire into the net from 8 yards to make it  2-0 for Newport in 50 minutes.
Merpro although shocked came right back into the match when a good move involving Greig allowed Euan Duff to lay off a pass for Craig Allan advancing forward to fire in a 18 yard shot at goal which took a deflection sailing over the GK into the top of the net to make it 2-1 in 51 minutes.
Whitworth was next to come close with a 10yard header from a free kick but the keeper saved comfortably in 54 minutes.
Newport then had a spell of good pressure but good defending from the Merpro rearguard kept them at bay.
Graham then had a good opportunity running through but again the GK did well to block his effort.
The match was now end to end and Henderson had to make an excellent diving tip save over the bar from a dangerous rising shot in 60 minutes.
From the resultant corner Milne did well in head clearing a snatched shot off the line.
Milne again did well a couple of minutes later blocking an effort in the box.
Merpro almost gifted a further goal with a loose backward header falling for one of the ever dangerous Romilly brothers.Graeme Allan managed to clear his effort off the goal line with Henderson then able to make a good save and foil the next rebound effort.
Merpro began to gain control of the final stages of the second half as the fresh legs of their substations began to take effect and were now gradually applying pressure.Newport were being hemmed back and Merpro had claims for a penalty over ruled when Whitworth appeared to be brought down in the box as he swivelled to shoot in 80 minutes.
Graham was next to shrug off his marker and run in on goal from the left  but as he drew the GK out agonisingly his left foot shot just evaded the net in 85 minutes.
The Merpro pressure finally paid dividends with 3 minutes left on the clock. Gourlay made a break from defence slipping a short diagonal pass for Darren Cruickshank under intense pressure to run in on goal and slip a low shot under the keeper to equalise and set off jubilant scenes to make it 2-2.
Merpro searched for the winner and Whitworth had a final shot saved by the custodian in the last minute.
Merpro's young guns indomitable spirit hauled them back into the match and it was Newport who looked stunned as the match went into extra time.
Merpro immediately resumed their dominance and Gourlay had a great chance heading over the bar from 6 yards from an Allan corner kick in 95 minutes.
Graham was next to come close turning inside and firing in a shot bringing out a great save from the keeper turning the effort around the post.
From the corner kick Whitworth jumped highest but could only glance his 8 yard header just wide.
Duncan then combined well for Cruickshank to run in on goal again however the custodian did well to thwart the opportunity in 112 minutes.
Newport were just hanging on but at the start of the second period of extra time some slackness allowed Romilly to run in on goal from the right but Henderson made a great blocking save to deny the chance in 116th minute.
Merpro were  incredulous a few minutes later when the Assistant flagged and after consultation Newport were awarded a penalty kick. Houston was extremely harshly adjudged to have handled a close range cross just inside the box whilst attempting to block with the referee initially allowing play to carry on. Merpro's sense of injustice was vindicated when Henderson subsequently pulled off a brilliant low down save from Romilly to fire up the Montrose side further.
Merpro then began to completely dominate the rest of extra time with constant waves of attacks.
Romilly who was becoming more isolated in attack was sent off for a second bookable offence after a late challenge on Gourlay in 110 minutes.
Merpro were now searching and prompting for the fatal blow with Craig Allan  forcing his way through bringing out a brave close range save in 112 minutes.
Allan then made another run forced away from goal in the box but was clipped with a late tackle amidst further penalty claims. From the resultant corner kick awarded Gourlay had a header go over the bar.
In a grandstand finish Merpro created further chances with Cruickshank setting up Whitworth with a pass to the back post but after creating himself space agonisingly he slipped his 8 yard left foot shot wide.
Houston was next to come close with a glancing 10 yard shot going just wide following a Bruce long throw into the box.
Further anguish was around the corner when Craig Allan slipped past his marker and then clipped a controlled 18 yard shot over the keeper only to bounce off the bar to safety.
Somehow Newport had survived and the match went into penalty kicks
Merpro scored deftly with their first four awards from Bruce,C.Allan,Whitworth and P.Duncan.
Henderson had again saved a Newport penalty and Cruickshank stepped up to attempt to finish off the match but further drama ensued with his effort sending the GK the wrong way but his shot despairingly just sliced wide.
Newport  scored to send the match into sudden death. N.Duff had his effort saved and Newport then finally completed the outcome converting to win the tie.
Merpro's young guns although not at their best in the early stages eventually managed to dominate and frustratingly a host of chances were missed allowing a weary Newport side to take the cup back to Fife.
Merpro although obviously  disappointed with their second Cup Final defeat this season have had a superb campaign after dominating Division 1 to win the Championship.
Team: Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig (Cruickshank), Milne (Bruce), E.Duff (P.Duncan), Graham, Houston. Subs: Findlay, Gibbon,


Penalty Shoot Out Drama..
Merpro into Cup Final

Morgan FPs 1 v 1 Merpro (aet)
Merpro win 7-6 on Penalty kicks
Gray Trophy Semi Final
Saturday 28/5/11

Merpro were presented with the Division 1 League Championship Shield prior to the match by George Burton Midlands Association President receiving generous congratulations from their opponents Morgan FPs.
However following this Morgan made it very difficult  but ultimately in yet another dramatic conclusion Merpro ran out winners in this semi final match to reach their second cup final this season.
Merpro were missing three custodians and veteran GK Colin Wilson was called upon yet again into action to help out.
Morgan started with a strong wind at their backs and Wilson had no time to settle as he had to quickly tip over a dangerous header in the first minute.
Merpro soon settled and gained early control with some good pressing play and created Graham did well to set up Greig at the near post but his effort was deflected wide in 5 minutes.
Graham collected a Cruickshank cross and dribbled past a defender on the touchline but his resulting shot at goal was cleared in 8 minutes.
Euan Duff was next to threaten run forward before turning inside to fire at goal but the GK saved well in 10 minutes.
Merpro were looking good at this stage and Whitworth then sent Euan Duff through on goal but  his three various attempts on goal were either blocked by the keeper or covering defenders in 20 minutes.
Wilson was called into action making a brave save after Morgan broke through the middle of the Merpro defence in 24 minutes.
Morgan went ahead when Wilson initially made a good save tipping an edge of the box free kick onto the bar but the rebound fell for an advancing attacker to head into the net from 6 yards to make it 1-0 in 26 minutes.
Morgan were now on top and came close a few minutes later with a cross coming close.
Wilson then had to make another great save diving low as an attacker broke through to fire at goal in 35 minutes.
Euan Duff then did well bursting past a defender and raninon goal but the Morgan GK did well to block his effort in 42 minutes.
Merpro were now looking to assert themselves in the second half and apply some concerted pressure.
Whitworth had a 30 yard free kick well saved in 50 minutes.
Whitworth then had another shot sail over the bar after a good lay off from Duff in 54 minutes.
Wilson then had to make a stretching one handed save to turn a dangerous header over the bar in 56 minutes.
Merpro resumed their pressure with Euan Duff firing a shot just wide in 60 minutes.
Craig Allan was next to come close when he fired in a ferocious rebound shot after his free kick was blocked but the GK made an excellent save  in 62 minutes.
Merpro again came close when an Allan corner kick fell for Gibbon but he could only direct his header over the bar from 8 yards in 64 minutes.
Merpro finally made the breakthrough after another corner kick fell for Nicol Duff to set up Scott Graham to drill in a low shot from 12 yards to make it 1-1 in 75 minutes.
Merpro continued to press but Morgan remained dangerous on the break.
Greig was next to come close with a couple of edge of the box shots both well saved by the keeper.
Merpro looked to have broken the deadlock when a Craig Allan shot cannoned back off the post for Greig to slot home but he was given offside in 85 minutes.
Morgan almost snatched a winner in the last few minutes with a shot going close.
The match went into extra time with Craig Allan again testing out the formidable Morgan keeper who again made a good save to foil Merpro.
At the other end good tackles from Graeme Allan and Nicol Duff kept Morgan at bay.
Graham then had a good opportunity to put Merpro in front but was unable to convert.
Both sides were unable to find the finishing touch and the match then entered into a marathon penalty kick shoot out
Both sides scored with all their first five penalties with Campbell Bruce,Craig Allan, Sean Whitworth,Paul Duncan and Jharone Gibbon scoring for Merpro. The shoot out then went into sudden death with Nicol Duff converting and then as Morgan hit the bar up stepped Darren Cruickshank to calmly slot into the net to send Merpro into the final.
Team: Wilson, N.Duff, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Cruickshank, Greig, Graham(P.Duncan), E.Duff(Bruce), Gibbon. Subs: Donaldson, Gray, Smith.


Newport 5 v 5 Merpro
Division 1
Wednesday 25/5/11

Merpro made the journey across the Tay Bridge to play Newport the only side to have beaten Merpro at home in a League match this season.
Merpro had clinched their first Midlands Division 1 title the weekend and a celebratory atmosphere pervaded throughout the match.
Both sides engaged in a fast and intense game of football with no pressure on either side and a cavalcade of goals ensued.
Newport started quickly and only a good covering tackle by Houston thwarted Romilly in 2 minutes.
Merpro almost opened their account hen good play by Duncan and Grahm set up Cruickshnk to run in on goal but he sliced his shot wide in 4 minutes.
Newport then began to control the match keeping Merpro hemmed back.
Merpro changed formation began to get to grips with the match and had the ball in the back of the net after good play by Cruickshank for Greig to net but he was given offside in 16 minutes.
However Merpro were not to be denied when Rhys Greig got his reward for starting and finishing a move after slotting home from close range following Graham's shot being initially blocked in 16 minutes.
Henderson then had to make a couple of great saves to keep Newport at bay in quick succesion.
Newport equalised shortly afterwards when a long ball caused some confusion and Romilly ran in to score in 32 minutes.
Merpro immediately went back on the attack and Duncan was brought down and fouled.
As he picked himself up he quickly took the free kick to set up Scott Graham to run in on goal and round the GK to slot home in 34 minutes to make it 2-1.
Donaldson was next to make breaking run from midfield but he was held back with Merpro claims for an infringement on the edge of the box.
Merpro went further ahead with a goal of the season contender after being awarded a free kick just inside the Newport half. Sean Whitworth stepped up to fire in an absolutely stunning strike from 40yards which was still gathering pace as the ball hit the back of the net past the spellbound keeper in 42 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro were in command and Donaldson made a good wing run and ran in on goal but fired his effort just over the bar in 48 minutes.
Further good play set up Duncan but he also fired his effort over the bar in 52 minutes.
Newport were looking weary but came back into the match scoring directly from a free kick on the edge of the box in 55 minutes.
Newport were now renewed and equalised a couple of minutes later when a left wing break away resulted in low well hit shot creeping in at the near post to make it 3-3.
Newport were galvanised but it was Merpro who went back in front when Graham made a good break away run sending a low cross into the box. Bruce challenged the GK with the ball falling for Rhys Greig to fire into the net for his second goal and make it 4-3 in 60 minutes.
Graham had a chance to put Merpro further ahead following a throw in but was unable to convert in 65 minutes.
Newport were now beginning to dominate in midfield and equalised with a contentious goal following a long throw into the box after Whitworth appeared to be held whilst attempting to clear in 70 minutes.
Newport went further ahead when Merpro lost possession in midfield and an edge of the box shot was parried into the path of the ever dangerous Romilly to run in and slot home to put the Fifers into the lead for the first time in the match in 80 minutes.
Merpro although stunned with the Newport onslaught fought back and got their reward when Duncan was fouled in the box and a penalty kick awarded.
Drama follows this Merpro side and Craig Allan had his penalty saved but alertly responded to slot the rebound under the GK to complete the scoring in the 88th minute of an enthralling match to make it an amazing 5-5.
Team: Henderson,C.Allan,Houston,Bruce,Whitworth(E.Duff),G.Allan,Cruickshank,Greig,Graham(Findlay),P.Duncan,Donaldson(Gibbon). Subs: N.Duff,Gray.


Local football history made..superb achievement completing the title having lost only two matches and with two games left to spare...

Dundee University 1  v 4 Merpro
Division 1
Saturday 21/5/11

Merpro continued to set new standards with a convincing win against Dundee University to seal the Midlands Division 1 League title.
Merpro travelled through to the University Grounds on Saturday needing to gain two points to mathematically make certain of the Championship.
Effectively last weekend's top of the table victory over closest rivals Logie Harp almost ensured the title would be heading to Montrose for the first time but Harp pulled back the deficit with a midweek victory and the pressure returned back onto Merpro to finish the job.
Merpro went into the match with several players dobts and some injured players missing.
Merpro got off to a perfect start when Graham set up Euan Duff to run through and fire past the GK from 16 yards to make it 1-0 in 5 minutes.
The same combination worked again but this time a covering defender managed to block Duff'sattempt at goal in 8 minutes.
The students began to settle and a strong defensive wall deflected a dangerous edge of the box free kick past for a corner kick in 10 minutes.
Merpro came close again when an Allan shot swerved wide for Bruce to instinctively head toasted goal but the GK made a comfortable save in 18 minutes.
Merpro were now being pegged back with some good University football and Findlay had to make a couple of good saves to keep his goal intact.
Merpro had the ball in the back of the net again when good play involving Bruce and  Cruickshank set up Greig to fire across goal but Whitworth lurking at the back post was given offside as he fired into the net in 38 minutes.
Merpro went on the offensive straight from the start of the second half looking to finish off the match.
Graham made a good run turning off his marker then firing in a great 20yard curling shot which cannoned off the post to safety in 47 minutes.
Merpro soon went further ahead when Craig Allan set up a defence splitting pass for Graham to run through and twist inside a defender before laying off a pass for Sean  to blast in a left shot on the turn in off the underside of the bar from 10 yards to make it 2-0 in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and went further ahead when Bruce swung in a perfect left foot curling cross for Sean Whitworth to meet and bullet in a header from 10 yards to make it 3-0 in 55 minutes.
Merpro were now comfortable and relaxed and continued to dominate the match.
The fourth goal duly arrived in the 65th minute when good leading up play from Duff and Whitworth set up Campbell Bruce to compose himself and calmly slot past the GK from 12 yards to score his first ever goal for Merpro.
Merpro continued well on top and created several good openings.
Ehuan Duff was through on goal on two consecutive occasions and foiled by the keeper both times.
Greig then had a golden opportunity but fired his shot high over the bar in 75 minutes.
Bruce then emulated his midfield partner with a similar effort a few minutes later.
Duff then came close after the ball rebounded into his path after Duncan's initial effort had been blocked in 80 minutes.
The Students continued to play attractive football and were rewarded when a defence splitting pass allowed their nippy winger in to fire in a low shot past Findlay to deny the clean sheet in 88 minutes.
Merpro had the final chance when a Whitworth effort was charged down with the ball falling for Duncan but his hooked shot just went past the post in the final minute.
Merpro ran out comfortable winners to seal the first ever Midlands Championship victory for a Montrose side heralded at the final whistle amidst jubilant touchline scenes.
Team:Findlay,N.Duff (Gibbon), Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan(Donaldson), Bruce, Greig, E.Duff, Graham(P.Duncan), Cruickshank, Sub: Doyle.

Merpro 2 v 0 Logie Harp
Division 1
Saturday 14/5/11
Merpro fresh from securing Premier League promotion in midweek had no time to bask with a potential title decider against their season long rivals Logie Harp on Saturday.
Both sides have been almost neck and neck all season largely matching each other’s results.
Merpro had managed to sneak ahead in the past week when Harp were defeated recently against Dundee University.
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A Merpro victory would take them further clear but defeat would allow their Dundee rivals back into the Championship race.
Logie were immediately on the offensive and with a strong wind at their backs kept Merpro pegged in their own box. Logie were pilling on incessant pressure with a series of crosses and long throws for their tall striker.A Simpson backward header from a long throw just went over the bar in 5 minutes.
Findlay then had to make a tremendous last gasp flick save from a long wind assisted free kick from Donald which evaded all players and looked to be sneaking in at the back post only to turn it round the post in 10 minutes.
Merpro finally managed to string some passes together and Graham came close with a curling with a curling header well saved by GK Bell in 17 minutes.

However this was only temporary relief as Logie continued to dominate and put the Montrose side under pressure.
Diagonal cross balls were causing some problems but Logie were unable to make the most of their pressure due to some solid Merpro defending.
Nicol Duff made a good headed clearance and shortly after Whitworth cleared at the back post from a corner kick. Gourlay made a timely cover tackle on the one occasion Logie managed to break through the centre of the Merpro defence in 30 minutes.
Merpro were finding it difficult to escape from defence as a result of the powerful wind and their normal passing and move game was being blown away by Logie's pressure.
Merpro managed to hang on till half time and a stout rearguard defensive display had kept them in the game.
Into the second half and Merpro needed to take control and immediately reversed the direction of the match and went on the offensive.
Merpro initial pressure was withheld and on a breakaway attack Findlay managed to clear a low shot to safety in 50 minutes.
Merpro resumed their attacking and made the breakthrough when Euan Duff turned inside the box escaping his marker and as he was about to shoot was brought down for a penalty kick.
Craig Allan stepped up and calmly despatched into the back of the net in 52 minutes to make it 1-0.
Merpro were now rampant and soon went further ahead when the galvanised Duff again wriggled clear of his marker with the ball falling into the path of a breaking run from midfield from Craig Allan to clinically curl a low drive into the net from 16 yards to make it 2-0 in 56 minutes.
Milne then made a run at goal but his last gasp slip shot was saved by the GK in 58 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and reversing the tables keeping Logie pinned back.
Whitworth had a speculative 30 yard shot at goal when he saw the GK slightly off his line but couldn't get enough loft on his effort in 65 minutes.
Merpro were keeping Logie on the back foot and now dominating in midfield.
However Logie began to chase the match pushing on some extra forwards and a Wallace effort crashed off the top of the bar in 75 minutes.
Merpro replied with another Whitworth speculative 30 yard effort going over the bar in 78 minutes.
Merpro looked to have went further ahead when Milne burst into the box and his stretching flick shot from 16 yards just went agonisingly over the bar in 80 minutes.
Merpro continued to maintain control but in the closing stages of an extended injury time Logie had a couple of free kick which went over the bar.
In the closing minutes Logie's Wallace who had become increasingly irritated was sent off for a two footed lunge tackle.
Merpro's survived a difficult first half but were able to reverse the fortunes in the second period and an all round strong committed performance secured the victory.
This win now places Merpro a commanding seven points clear of Logie in second place with three matches still left to play.
Team:Findlay,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,Milne,E.Duff(Gibbon),Graham(Bruce),Houston(Cruickshank).Subs:Donaldson,P.Duncan.
Match Sponsor:Stuart Robertson


Merpro 4 v 1 Morgan FPs
Division 1
Wednesday 11/05/11

Merpro reached another new milestone this week with a midweek victory over Morgan FPs securing promotion to the Midlands Premier league.

Merpro have been pacemakers in Division 1 for most of the season and finally achieved their points total with 4 league games still left to play.
Merpro started the match well and remained on top throughout the match eventually running out convincing winners.
Merpro's first major opportunity arrived after 10 minutes when Euan Duff forced a good save with a close range header following a Craig Allan cross into the box.
Milne set up Duncan to make a good wing run but his dangerous cross was cleared to safety in 14 minutes.
Merpro opening play was rewarded when Cruickshank picked up a pass and drove into the centre of the defence before laying off a pass for Craig Allan to drill in a superb rising shot into the top corner of the net from 20 yards to make it 1-0 in 22 minutes.
Morgan were rarely threatening but Findlay had to look lively saving a low well driven shot with his feet in 30 minutes.
Merpro had another opportunity to go further ahead when the ball fell for Whitworth in the box but his 8 yard header lacked power and the GK made a comfortable save in 36 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead with a fortunate goal created by a moment of perseverance from Paul Duncan who chased down a defender and blocked his clearance for the ball to amazingly sail into the net from edge of the box in 52 minutes to make it 2-0.
Merpro were now well on top and Whitworth's run forward was blocked but the ball fell for Craig Allan but his edge of the box effort was saved by the GK in 56 minutes.
Gourlay was next to storm forward but he was eventually blocked by covering defenders in 58 minutes.
Merpro dominance paid off further when Euan Duff made a good run at goal setting up Craig Allan to drill into the net in 65 minutes to make it 3-0.
Morgan hit back and Gourlay had to make a desperate diving goal line clearance with FPs claiming a penalty for a handling offence in 68 minutes.
Morgan came close a few minutes later when Findlay managed to get the slightest of touches to direct an effort off the bar.
Merpro immediately hit back with Gibbon and Duff combining with the latter sending in a cross across the face of goal but the onrushing Whitworth stretching in front of an open goal could only direct his effort high and over the bar in 72 minutes.
Whitworth had another golden opportunity from a cross ball but directed his 10 yard header away from goal in 75 minutes.

Whitworth was at the centre of the action and again he had another great chance when Allan set him up to run in at goal but the GK was able to parry his effort to safety in 77 minutes.
Whitworth was destined not to score as another headed effort was saved by the GK in 80 minutes.
Morgan came back at Merpro and a loose defensive pass allowed Taylor to run in on goal rounding Findlsy and slotting home in 82 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro ensured there was to be no late rally when Jharone Gibbon picked up a return pass from a short corner to run in on goal and drill in a low drive under the GK in 84 minutes to finish the scoring to make it 4-1.
Morgan's resistance was gradually worn down with continous passing and movement and only some lenient finishing prevented a higher scoreline.
Merpro eased into the Premier League and the focus moves onto claiming the Division 1 title.
Team:Findlay,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig,Milne(Bruce),E.Duff,P.Duncan(Gibbon),Cruickshank(Donaldson).Subs:Graham,Houston.
Match Sponsor: Keano



Merpro 4 v 1 FC Claypotts
Gray Trophy Quarter Final
Saturday 7/5/11
Merpro responded well to their midweek defeat with an improved commanding performance enabling them to cruise into the Gray Trophy semi final. Both sides were involved in a thrilling roller coaster of a close match recently but on this occasion the Montrose side never allowed their opponents into the match and ran out comfortable winners.
Merpro started quickly immediately pressing on Claypotts and had a good opportunity to open the scoring in 4 minutes.
Graham did well and set up Duncan in front of goal but he was unable to finish and his follow up pass to Cruickshank was cleared to safety.
Milne was next to set up Duncan but his effort was quickly blocked in 8 minutes.
Claypotts were finding it difficult to cope with the Merpro midfield's movement and passing.
Whitworth was at the centre having a close range chance and then shortly after being brought down in the box amidst penalty claims in 15 minutes.
GK Seaton was denying the Merpro opener with some good handling and then made a great reaction save from a Cruickshank 8 yard shot after good work from Graham in 25 minutes.
Claypotts made a threatening break for the first time and Gourlay did well to make a covering block tackle in 26 minutes.
Graham then made another good run setting up Duncan but he scuffed his close range left foot shot was cleared to safety in 30 minutes.
Merpro continued on top and Craig Allan came close curling in an 16 yard shot headed clear off the line by Ogilvie in 35 minutes.
Claypotts almost snatched a goal but defensive pressure from Craig Allan forced the effort wide in 38 minutes.
Gourlay then went on a rampaging run from defence crossing into the box but only for Graham to mis kick his 6 yard shot at goal in 43 minutes.
Merpro continued in the same vein in the second half and made ttheir deserved breakthrough with an excellent passing move. Milne picked up the ball in midfield played a return pass with Duncan and then slipped a short ball into Scott Graham's path to run in on goal rounding the GK to slot into the net after 50 minutes.
Duncan then chased down a through pass but the GK made a good challenge to deny him in 52 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top playing some smooth passing football and finally began to emphasise their superiority with a series of goals.
Houston made a wing break crossing into the box for the Craig Alan to rush in and clip a volley into the net from 14 yards to make it 2-0 in 70 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead with a superb shot and finish from Scott Graham firing in a low 18 yard drive in 75 minutes.
Merpro made it 4-0 when Sean Whitworth picked up a Bruce through ball and ran in on goal driving the ball past the GK in 80 minutes.
Whitworth should have increased his tally a few minutes later but fired his shot over the bar.
Claypotts then had the final moment in the last minute with a contentious goal from a corner kick when Henderson was impeded as he collected the ball in mid air and Ogilvie knocked home from close range to make it 4-1.
This was a return to form for Merpro with some excellent passing football at times and eventually the various chances were finished to run out relaxed winners.
Team: Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan,Whitworth (Findlay), G.Allan, Cruickshank, Milne, Graham, P.Duncan(Bruce), Houston(Gibbon). Subs: E.Duff, Simpson.
Match Sponsor Stuart Robertson.


Merpro 0 v 2 Newport
Wednesday 4/5/11
Division 1
Merpro met with Newport for the first time this season in a midweek fixture with the Fife side emerging victorious.
This was only Merpro's second league defeat of the season but fortunately their title rivals Logie Harp were also losing in Forfar and as a result Merpro remain top of Division 1.
The Fife side were worthy opponents and especially in the first half played some composed passing football.
Newport made an early breakthrough when Merpro failed to clear their lines effectively with the ball falling for Michael Romilly to alertly fire in a snap shot from 8 yards to open the scoring after 5 minutes.
Merpro tried to get back into the match but Newport were keeping possession well and thwarting the home side.
Euan Duff eventually made a breakthrough but after being tugged back on the edge of the box he was unable to get enough power on his shot to trouble the keeper in 21 minutes.
Craig Allan came close with a free kick which missed all players and sailed just past the back post in 21 minutes.
Graham then had a powerful run slipping past a couple of defenders before firing in a low 16 yard shot which went narrowly past the post in 26 minutes.
Merpro were now obtaining more possession and had a series of efforts from Whitworth and Allan without managing to open their account.
Newport came close with a well hit shot rising over the bar on a breakaway attack in 38 minutes.
Graeme Allan was alert to clear in front of the Merpro goal after long cross ball ball was dropped in 40 minutes.
Merpro had another close effort when Craig Allan's near post flick came back off the outside of the post from a Bruce long throw in after 42 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening when Euan Duff made a good wing run crossing for Graham but he snatched his effort and was cleared to safety in 44 minutes.
Merpro opened the second half well putting pressure on Newport but initially unable to create any clear cut openings.
However as the pressure built only a good defensive block prevented Graham from finding the net in 55 minutes.
Merpro created another chance when a Graham cross went across the face of goal but Whitworth was unable to steer the ball into the net in 56 minutes.
Craig Allan was next with a curled shot but the GK made a good save in 58 minutes.
Newport had rarely threatened in the second half but Henderson had to be alert to save a snap shot on the turn from David Romilly in 62 minutes.
Newport went further ahead a few minutes later when a corner kick near post clearance was sliced into the box for Michael Romilly to quickly despatch from 6 yards to make it 2-0.
Merpro attempted to get back into the match and Whitworth headed over the bar from a corner kick in 68 minutes.
Merpro came close again when first Euan Duff had an effort blocked and Graham's follow up shot was also well defended to safety in 70 minutes.
Merpro were now keeping Newport pegged back and Gourlay was mounting a personal attack on the Fifers goal. Firstly he headed agonisingly over the bar from 8 yards from an Allan corner kick in 72 minutes. Next he made a good run at goal before firing in a left foot shot held by the GK in 76 minutes. Finally he then had another effort go over the bar from close range following a good cross on the turn from Whitworth in 80 minutes.
Merpro looked as though they had made the breakthrough when Scott Graham shrugged off a sandwich tackle to turn and slip the ball into the net in 85 minutes but the match official disappointingly disallowed the goal.
Merpro were unable to create any further openings and Newport held out to claim full points.
Team:Henderson,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce(Greig),Milne(Cruickshank),E.Duff(P.Duncan),Graham,Houston. Subs:Findlay,Simpson.
Match Sponsor:RK Services Tool Hire.


FC Claypotts 2 v 3 Merpro
Division 1
Saturday 30/4/11

Merpro continued in League action travelled to Dundee to face 4th placed Claypotts.
This turned out to be yet another thriller of a match but again a resolute and stirring performance earned Merpro the full set of three points to leapfrog them back to the top of the league.
Merpro opened up in attacking mode and as in their midweek match completely dominated the early exchanges. A series of corners and long throws by Bruce kept Claypotts under pressure.
Euan Duff and Graham combined with some quick passing but the latter shot went narrowly over the bar in 5 minutes.
Whitworth then did well to shrug off a challenge and run in on goal but his shot was blocked in7 minutes.
Gourlay was next to come close when his near post flick from a Craig Allan corner was blocked on the line in 11 minutes.
Merpro however were not to be denied and soon opened the scoring.
Bruce made a good run down the right flank crossing for Whitworth to send in a powerful header but GK Seaton made an excellent save to deny but the ball fell for Craig Allan following in to send back in a low shot which the keeper again saved but was unable to prevent crossing the line to make it 1-0 in15 minutes.
Merpro were running rampant and creating chances at will.
Graham had a 20 yard shot go narrowly wide in 17 minutes.
Graham again had a shot well saved by the GK this time with the rebound falling for Craig Allan but his low effort guided into the corner was cleared off the line in 20 minutes.
Merpro came close again when a Bruce long throw landed for Graham and his well hit snap shot was superbly saved by the busy Claypotts custodian in 22 minutes.
However as in midweek the opposition came back into the match after a Merpro defensive back header fell for Aitken to drill into the net in 24 minutes.
Claypotts were now galvanised and began to dominate the midfield area with a period of concerted pressure as Merpro became more ragged.
However despite their superiority Claypotts were unable to create any significant openings and  the first half  reached a half time stalemate.
Merpro immediately broke the deadlock when Sean Whitworth headed home with a looping 16 yard header which crept into the top corner of the net from a Craig Allan free kick in the 46th minute to make it 2-1.
Merpro were now back in the ascendancy and came close again with another Bruce long throw almost falling for Graham but the GK calmly collected the ball in 52 minutes.
Milne then set up Euan Duff to run in on goal but he was thwarted by the GK and a covering defender as he tried to lift his shot over the custodian 55 minutes.
With Merpro looking comfortable the match was about to move into overdrive.
Claypotts Player Manager Ogilvie sent in a goal bound header instinctively handled on the goalime by Milne who was duly red carded in 65 minutes.
Claypotts converted the resultant penalty with Henderson close to making the save to make it all square.
Merpro maintained their atta king formation and were rewarded with an excellent combination goal between Graham and Euan Duff who collected the ball on the edge of the box cutting inside his marker to drill a low shot from 16 yards into the corner of the net in 72 minutes to make it 3-2.
Claypotts attempted to come storming back and Henderson had to make a good save tipping over the bar in 75 minutes.
Claypotts were enraged a few minutes later when Graeme Allan made a last gasp tackle to deny a breakaway move in the 77th minute.
Claypotts were now well on top and Merpro changed formation to counter their attacking threat as the match entered into a frenetic end stage.
Henderson was now being called into action on a regular basis as the Dundee side laid siege to the Merpro goal but a stout and gutsy rearguard managed to hold them at bay to record another roller coaster victory.
Team : Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Bruce, Milne, E.Duff(P.Duncan), Graham(Cruickshank),Houston. Subs : Christie, Donaldson, Findlay


Arbroath CSC 2 v 4 Merpro
Division 1
Wednesday 27/4/11

Merpro returned from their midweek fixture in  Arbroath with another valuable set of full points.
Community Sporting Club formerly Arbroath Amateurs are always difficult opponents and this game proved to be no exception.
Merpro however got off to a fantastic start with most probably their fastest ever goal after only an amazing 30 seconds.
A Nicol Duff throw was heading onwards by Graham for Euan Duff to break through a Haldane tackle to run in on goal and fire under GK Nugent to make it 1-0.
Merpro opening got even better when Sean Whitworth headed home a Craig Allan free kick from 6 yards to make it 2-0 after only 2 minutes.
CSC were stunned and Merpro continued on top with a Greig glancing header going across the goal face with no takers in 10 minutes.
Merpro created another gilt edged opening when Houston ran in on goal but elected to pass inside for Graham to have his shot desperately blocked on the line.The ball then fell again for Houston but his effort at goal was again blocked in 15 minutes.
CSC managed to recover temporarily with Gatterick coming close with a fierce shot just going wide in 18 minutes.
Merpro resumed their opening salvo with Whitworth trying to catch the GK out with a lobbed shot from 35 yards in 22 minutes.
Each Merpro attack brought openings and Graham was next to set up Houston to run in on goal but he dallied too long in shooting at goal and was forced wide in 25 minutes.
The Merpro opening onslaught was halted when CSC scored when a low free kick from the edge of the box fell for Gall to stab the ball into the net from 8 yards to make it 2- in 27 minutes.
The Arbroath side were now encouraged and Gall again came close with an effort going over the bar in 38 minutes.
The match was now on an even keel but neither side was able to increase their first half tally.
CSC immediately opened the second period at a fast pace and kept Merpro pegged back in their own half.
After a series of corners and free kicks the Arbroath pressure eventually paid off when Gillespie fired in a cross which was deflected into his own net by a glancing header from Whitworth in attempting to clear for an own goal in 60 minutes.
CSC continued to pummel the Merpro goal with a combination of fast wing play and an aerial bombardment for the gigantic Gall in attack and came close to further scoring on a number of occasions.
However somehow due to a combination of desperate and committed defending the Merpro rearguard managed to hold firm and gradually weathered the storm.
Merpro began to regroup and eventually  managed to break out of defensive mode and build some attacks.
With the game finely poised Merpro made the breakthrough when a Craig Allan curling 25 yard free kick evaded all players and crept into the corner of the net to put Merpro back in front in the 80th minute.
The game was now end to end and Cruickshank had a shot well saved by Nugent in 84 minutes.
Arbroath came even closer when Haldane fired in a superb ferocious goal bound shot from 25 yards but Craig Allan was perfectly placed on the goal line to head clear in 85 minutes.
Merpro then had the final moment with a breakaway attack selling the win.
Paul Duncan played a return pass with Duff and ran in on goal to clinically fire past the keeper from 15 yards in the 88th minute and score his first ever Merpro goal and finish the scoring at 4-2.
This turned out to be yet another roller coaster of a match unenvisaged after the early Merpro dominance but top and tail performance goalscoring and a gutsy mid period of defending gave them the victory.
Team:Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig, Milne, E.Duff(Findlay),Graham(P.Duncan), Houston(Cruickshank),Subs: Bruce, Simpson.


Douglas Sports Club 3 v 3 Merpro
Division 1         

Saturday 16/4/11

Merpro remained top of Division 1 after gaining a hard fought away league point in a dramatic roller coaster of a match.
This was the proverbial game of two halves with Douglas enjoying the spoils in the opening half but a rollicking comeback from Merpro in the second half almost gave them the full points.
Merpro created the first opening when Bruce set up Euan Duff to run in on goal but Douglas GK Rice made a great block. The ball then fell for Donaldson but he could only direct his 6 yard header over the bar after 8 minutes.
Douglas went ahead a minute later following a corner kick routine resulting in a headed goal from 8 yards by Myles in 9 minutes.
Merpro created another great chance when Graham latched onto a through ball and his well hit snap shot was alertly tipped over the bar by the keeper in 11 minutes.
Merpro created another good chance with a well worked move involving Graeme Allan and Graham setting up Euan Duff but again the keeper made a great save to foil the striker in 14 minutes.
Douglas made the most of their next attack when Crerar broke from midfield and evaded a tackle before drilling into the net in 20 minutes to make it 2-0.
The match entered into a dogged phase with Merpro attempting to get back into the game but Douglas kept them at bay and remained the sharper of the sides without creating any further major chances.
Merpro looked to improve in the second half and immediately responded with a goal in the 46th minute.
Graham did well to slip in a pass for Euan Duff to hold off a tackle and drill in a low shot from 12 yards to make it 2-1.
Douglas however immediately replied a minute later when Crerar latched onto a quick free kick and clipped in a low shot parried by Henderson into the path of Myles to fire into the net from 5 yards to make it 3-1.
Merpro refused to be stunned and Donaldson came close with left foot shot from 20 yards in 54 minutes.
Merpro pushed players forward in an attempt to retrieve the game and Euan Duff was unlucky with a low shot cleared off the line in 56 minutes.
Whitworth looked to have scored with close range header but GK Rice made another great save to tip over the bar in 58 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and received their reward when a Bruce long throw was headed home by Sean Whitworth from 8 yards in 62 minutes to make it 3-2.
Douglas were now reeling and Gourlay was next to come close with 22 yard shot pushed wide by the GK in 65 minutes.
The Douglas custodian did well again a few minutes later when he was alert to deny Graham from a long range Henderson kick.
Merpro pushing on were caught with a long ball which was failed to be cleared allowing an attacker in behind the defence. Henderson came out to meet and diving at his feet was deemed to have brought him down and a penalty was awarded. Henderson's anger at the award was redeemed when he dived low to save Crerar's penalty to keep Merpro in the match after 75 minutes.
Merpro soon resumed on the attack and equalised when Graham broke forward and was brought down just inside the box and Craig Allan respected the resultant penalty kick to make it 3-3 in 80 minutes.
Merpro sensed victory and Graham then had another shot cleared of the line in 82 minutes following another long clearance from Henderson.
Craig Allan looked to have found the net with a free kick but yet again GK Rice made a superb save to tip over the bar in 85 minutes.
Merpro continued to push forward and Graeme Allan broke forward from the defence picking up a Whitworth pass to run in on goal but the Douglas keeper again capped an excellent performance by foiling him just as he looked likely to round the custodian in 88 minutes.
A stirring second half fightback by Merpro almost secured the full points however a man of the match performance by the Douglas GK ensured the game ended all square.
Team:Henderson,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Bruce,Greig,Graham(P.Duncan), E.Duff(Gibbon),Donaldson(Houston). Subs:Findlay,Gray.


Merpro 3 v 3 Tayside Fire Brigade (aet)
(TFB win 4-2 on  penalty kicks)
Bremner Cup Quarter Final
Saturday 9/4/11

Merpro were involved in another marathon encounter on Saturday with the Premier League "Firies" in the Bremner Cup Quarter Final tie. Merpro have reached two cup finals in the past year and were looking to maintain their good cup runs especially as the Final is held at Dundee United's Tannadice Stadium.
On a hot sunny day the match kicked off with TFB setting off at a fast pace but it was Merpro who created the early openings.
Bruce had a shot well saved after 3 minutes when a Craig Allan corner kick fell for him in the box.
Bruce again came close when Milne set him up with a diagonal pass in behind the defence but his attempted chip shot over the advancing keeper was caught in 12 minutes.
The Firies first real effort came when French was allowed to run from midfield and sent in a low 25 yard shot which Findlay did extremely well to turn round the post as it took a vicious bobble.
Whitworth cleared the resulting corner kick setting up Euan Duff to make a strong 30 yard run but again the GK Warden did well to advance and save an excellent save in 20 minutes.
Craig Allan was next to curl a shot just wide following a Gourlay pass in 23 minutes.
The Fire Brigade attempted to pressurise Hit back and exerted a series of corner kicks on Merpro.
Findlay then make a great save when a TFB cross came into the box and French with a free header from 10 yards looked certain to score in 26 minutes.
The Fire Brigade pressure paid off when following another corner the ball was cleared back to the taker and he curled a left foot cross shot into the top corner of the net to open the scoring in 28 minutes.
Gourlay then made a storming run from defence and his shot was blocked and deflected into the air but the keeper then did well to collect in 30 minutes.
Merpro continued to press and Bruce almost connected from a Donaldson cross.
Houston was next with a chance from a Whitworth diagonal cross found him in the box but he was quickly tackled before he could fire in an effort.
Merpro's pressure was rewarded when Gibbon sent in a corner kick which fell for Craig Allan to fire into the net from 15 yards to make it 1-1 in 35 minutes.
Houston then did wellwith a wing run and cross which fell for Gibbon but his effort at goal was charged down in 38 minutes.
The Fire Brigade went ahead against the run of play at this time when Foote ran onto a chip pass over the top and calmly despatched to score after 40 minutes.
Merpro almost equalised a few minutes later when Euan Duff broke through and initially was tugged back by Tonner but Duff shrugged him off to fire in a shot at goal but was saved by the GK. Tonner received a booking for what could well have been a sending off offence.
Whitworth had a snap turning shot from a Donaldson free kick held by the GK in the closing minute of an all action first half.
Merpro started the second half well and Bruce had an early cross shot come back off the bar in 48 minutes.
Merpro quickly equalised when Bruce sent in a diagonal pass behind the defence for Barry Gourlay to collect and run in on goal to fire past the GK from 10 yards to make it 2-2 in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now well on top and went into the lead when Bruce pressurised his opponent into making a loose pass which fell for Euan Duff to collect and run in on goal hitting a low shot under the keeper from 15 yards to make it 3-2 in 52 minutes.
The Fire Brigade were beginning to struggle and Whitwotrth came close with a back post header from an Allan free kick in 59 minutes.
Bruce then almost set up Gibbon but he was quickly thwarted in 70 minutes.
Allan was next to threaten when he was sent through on goal but the keeper did well to save.
TFB began to rouse themselves for a final push and Findlay became more active with a series of routine cross saves and on one occasion alertly cleared on the edge of the box.
With the Merpro defence appearing to be coping The Fire Brigade had a final chance with a free kick on the edge of the box into injury time.
Merpro managed to deal with the first effort at the back post but the ball fell for Centre Half Tonner to knock into the net from 6 yards to equalise in the 92nd minute and drag the match into extra time.
TFB were now encouraged and initially they looked the stronger side but it was Merpro who managed to create the only clear cut opening with a good move down the left flank allowed Emerson to set up Duncan to shrug off a defender and run in on goal but the GK again did well to flick his shot round the post to safety in 102 minutes.
Merpro came back into the match in the second period of extra time with. Gourlay coming close but he was pressurised into firing over the bar following a corner kick in 110th minute.
Findlay was then called into action and made a good one on one save in 115th minute.
Merpro had a further opportunity when Greig almost broke through from an Emerson cross and finally Duff had a shot saved by the GK in the closing minute.
The match went to penalty kicks with Merpro making the early breakthrough when Findlay saved from Jenkins.
Craig Allan and Chris Milne converted but Whitworth and Gourlay had both their kicks saved and finally the Merpro fire was doused as The Fire Brigade converted their further penalties.
Both sides can take credit from an enthralling match with Merpro perhaps left to feel this was one that got away.
Team:Findlay,Gourlay,Donaldson(Emerson),C.Allan,Whitworth,N.Duff,Bruce(Greig),Milne,Gibbon(P.Duncan),E.Duff,Houston.Subs:Gray,Simpson.
Match Sponsor: RK Services Tool Hire.


FC Polonia 0 v 1 Merpro
Division 1
Saturday 2/4/11

Merpro travelled to Dundee to face the Polish nationals side FC Polonia on Saturday. Both sides have met twice earlier in the season with a Merpro win and draw as the outcomes.
Merpro managed to maintain their winning form and extend their lead at the top of Division1.
The match result turned out to be a close encounter but Merpro were the dominant side and after some late drama finally secured full points.
Merpro started well and Cruickshank set up Graham to run through and shrug off his marker and fire into the net from 12 yards but the goal was somehow disallowed by the official in 2 minutes for the first of many contentious decisions.
Merpro continued to press and Whitworth came close with a 20 yard curling free kick just past the post in 7 minutes.
Polonia almost snatched the lead with a low 30 yard driven free kick which deflected off Graeme Allan but Findlay was alert and made a good reaction save in 12 minutes.Findlay again did well diving low to flick an edge of the box shot round the post in 15 minutes as Polonia had brief flurry of pressure.
Merpro soon returned in attack and Graham was unlucky with a rasping goal bound 16 yard drive which inadvertently struck Whitworth in the box and rebounded to safety after 20 minutes.
The match then hit a period of scrappy play as neither side could gain any real ascendancy and  the game was continually being broken up due to officiating decisions.
Merpro were becoming increasingly irritated and frustrated as they were finding it difficult to get any fluency in their play.
Craig Allan brought the first half to an end with an edge of the box free kick well saved by the Polonia GK.
Merpro started the second period well and should have gone ahead after 47 minutes.
Cruickshank and Craig Allan combined on the edge of the box setting up Graham but he snatched his lofted effort over the diving GK and the bar from 8 yards.
Findlay then did well with some good handling from a series of Polonia free kicks and corners.
Merpro then started to dominate again with the game falling into a similar pattern of Merpro attacking with Polonia content to hit on the break with a long ball.
Whitworth came close with a header going wide from an Allan free kick in 60 minutes.
Merpro had another good chance when Gourlay sent another glancing header wide from 8 yards from a curling inswinging Donaldson free kick in 65 minutes.
Merpro were then dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men when Greig was sent off for his second bookable offence after he had been tackled late in 75 minutes.
Merpro refused to buckle however and maintained their buccaneering attacking approach and  soon received their reward.
Gibbon made a left wing break and slipped a low cross across the face of the goal resulting in a Polonia defender knocking the ball into his own net in 85 minutes to make it 1-0.
Merpro almost snatched another goal when Gibbon set up Craig Allan to burst forward but the GK managed to tip his 10 yard effort onto the bar and over to safety in the final minute.
Team :Findlay, Gourlay, Donaldson, C.Allan,Whitworth, G.Allan, Cruickshank, Greig, Graham,E.Duff (P.Duncan), Gibbon. Subs: N.Duff, Houston.



Merpro 6 v 1 Michelin Athletic
Division 1
Saturday 26/3/11

Merpro maintained their position at the top of Division 1 with an emphatic victory over Michelin Athletic on Saturday.
Michelin had provided Merpro with a stern test earlier in the season but on this occasion were well beaten as a rampant Montrose side kept up a constant pressure in the match.
Merpro started the match brightly and went ahead after 5 minutes.
Craig Allan flighted a 25 yard free kick to the back post and Gourlay did well heading back across goal for Jharone Gibbon to knock home from 5 yards to make it 1-0.
Merpro hit a quick fire double with another goal of the season contender in the 8th minute.
A superb quick interlinking passing move from inside their own half involving Donaldson,Cruickshank and MIlne set up Euan Duff inside the box to drill a 10 yard first time shot into the net to make it 2-0.
Merpro were swarming over MIchelin and Duff and  created further efforts at goal.
Findlay was called into his first serious action when he had to make a save from a 20 yard MIchelin shot in 25 minutes.
Merpro soon went further ahead when Milne broke up a MIchelin break. Whitworth then collected the ball in midfield and made marauding run through the defence setting up Euan Duff to calmly run in on goal and slip a left foot shot past the GK at the near post from 10yards to make it 3-0 in 28 minutes.
Michelin were frustrated but were given an opportunity to get back into the match when a Whitworth challenge on the edge of the box gave away a penalty which was duly despatched by Cassidy in 30 minutes to make it 3-1.
Merpro were undaunted and continued to press with Gourlay heading over the bar and Milne firing wide as further opportunities were being created.
Merpro should have gone further ahead in 40 minutes when Cruickshank made a break running in on goal but wasn't able to direct his shot past the GK and from the rebound Milne could only curl his 18 yard shot into the keepers arms.
Merpro were denied their own penalty claim when on another break Craig Allan set up Gibbon but as he went past the GK he appeared to be taken down but only a corner kick was awarded in 42 minutes.
Michelin started the second half with a brief flurry of pressure but it Merpro soon regained the ascendancy and went further ahead after another good linking move in 52 minutes.
Duff collected a midfield through ball from Allan and ran in on goal but as he was forced wide he laid off a pass for Bruce who looked up and floated in an inch perfect cross for Jharone Gibbon at the back post to shoot at goal from 6 yards. His first effort was well blocked on the line but he quickly despatched his follow up effort into the net to make it 4-1.
Merpro continued to dominate and a powerful run by Milne set up a cross for Whitworth to head flick goal wards before falling for Duff but his drive from 12 yards was well blocked in 62 minutes.
Merpro were not to be denied and soon went further ahead with another goal made from their Youthful triumvirate.Bruce made a wing run nutmegging his opponent before passing for Gibbon to lay off a pass for Euan Duff to fire into the net from 12 yards to make it 5-1 and complete his first Merpro hat trick in 66 minutes.
Milne then made a storming run from midfield firing in a low shot which came back off the post in 75 minutes.
Michelin then came back and had a period of pressure but Findlay kept them at bay with good handling.
Merpro came back on the attack with Milne and Graham combining for Craig Allan to drill in a shot from the edge of the box to make it 6-1 in 78 minutes.
Michelin refused to give up and shortly afterwards had a shot come back of the post and in the final minutes Findlay did well tipping a wel hit shot over the bar as the game came to a close.
Another good performance with a solid defensive base allowing the youthful attack to take their chance and maintain Merpo's current momentum.
Team:Findlay, Gourlay, Donaldson, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Bruce, Milne(Doyle), Gibbon,E.Duff(Graham), Cruickshank(Greig). Sub:Gray
Match Sponsor:R.Coull and Son.



Merpro 2 v 0 Dundee University
Midlands Division 1
Saturday 19/3/11

Merpro returned to Division 1 League action on Saturday entertaining Dundee University for their first encounter of the season against the University Students.
Merpro maintained their good league run with an unspectacular but solid performance and this victory moved them back to the top of Division 1.

St James 6 v 6 Merpro (after extra time)Merpro started the match on the offensive and Graham did well with a dribbling run along the byeline then firing in a 6 yard acute shot saved by GK Fino in 5 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick the ball fell for Whitworth but he was unable to direct his left foot shot on target from 10 yards.
Merpro continued to dominate and Greig did well to direct a midfield header for Graham to run through unopposed on goal but he was again denied by GK Fino after 8 minutes. Merpro came close again when Craig Allan floated in a free kick for Whitworthn to head goal wards at the back post but the GK saved well in10minutes. Merpro continued to unsettle the University defence.Euan Duff pressurised them into a mistake allowing Graham to lay off a pass for Craig Allan to curl a shot just past the post in 15 minutes.Merpro's initial pressure began to ease and the University began to settle and play some good football without causing any real threat.Merpro had another opening when Euan Duff headed wide from an Allan corner kick in 35 minutes.Neither side created any further openings and the match reached half time in stalemate.The University started the second half well putting some pressure on the Merpro rearguard.Findlay did well to save from close range when a cross found an attacker in the box who looked well offside in 53 minutes.Merpro quickly responded when Gourlay picked up a pass in midfield sending in a cross for Crig Alan to each other.Merpro finally created another opening when Craig Allan collected a Cruickshank pass found space on the edge of the box to fire in acrobatically twist in mid air to send in a curling 16 yard header into the top corner of the net in 55 minutes to make it 1-0.Both sides attempted to get some control of the match but were cancelling a shot St goal well saved by the GK in 70 minutes.
Merpro soon went further ahead when a Donldson corner kick was met by Whitworth at the back post to head across goal for Darren Cruickshank to react quickest to head into the net from 6 yards to make it 2-0 after 75 minutes.The University side pushed players forward in the closing stages but a solid Merpro defence kept them at bay to record a clean sheet and another victory.
Team : Fiindlay,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan, Whitworth,G.Allan,Cruickhank(Bruce),Greig,E.Duff(Gibbon), Graham, Houson(Donaldson),Sub:Gray.
Match Sponsor:Mr Motivator.


(Merpro win 3-2 on penalty kicks).
Bremner Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 12/3/11
Merpro travelled through to Dundee on Saturday to record another memorable victory in a remarkably dramatic game to move into the Quarter Finals.
An early morning pitch inspection declared the match playable to face the highly rated Premier side St James on their own patch.
St James are seen as one of the top sides in the Midlands Leagues and their opening play certainly merited their status. Merpro were pinned back from the start and St James went ahead after 2 minutes when Ward swept home from 10 yards.
Merpro were hanging on struggling to match the early pace but slowly worked their way into the game and equalised after 15 minutes. MIlne broke forward and hismshot was deflected into the path of Scott Graham to calmly stride in on goal and expertly slot past GK Darling to make it 1-1.
St James were unfettered and shortly after went ahead when Ward collected a pass and outpaced the covering defender to slot into the net from 12 yards to make it 2-1.
Nicol Duff attempted to reply with a long range shot saved by the GK in 20 minutes.
St James soon went further ahead when ex Dundee player McAlpine burst forward from right back to fire in a thunderous 20 yard drive to make it 3-1 in 25 minutes.
Merpro refused to be demoralised and began to create further openings.
Graham collected a through ball and ran in on goal but Darling made a good save in 30 minutes.
Milne then set up a chance for Cruickshank but as he approached goal he pulled his shot just wide going narrowly past in 35minutes.
Gourlay then sent a pass through for Graham but he was unable to break through after 40 minutes.
Merpro reached half time still believing the match was far from over and quickly went on the offensive into the second period.
Milne made a good run forward however was forced wide by the GK and his pass inside for  Greig was quickly defended in 47 minutes.
Greig was becoming more prominent and he had a shot from the edge of the box saved by the GK in 52minutes.
Merpro came back into the match after Greig did well in midfield before firing in a cross which was finely glanced by Scott Graham to find the net off the back post to make it 3-2 in 55 minutes.
Merpro stunned their opponents further when they equalised again when Scott Graham latched onto a ball and fired past Darling to complete his hat trick in 58 minutes.
Both sides attempted to search for the winner but the match remained in a stalemate with no further goals despite end to end action.
Merpro quickly seized the initiative in extra time when MIlne latched onto a Donaldson cross but snatched his shot from 6 yards and as the ball trundled goal wards Darren Cruickshank was sharpest in a melee of players to fire into the net from 3yards to put Merpro into the lead for the first time in the match after 92 minutes.
Merpro were now looking the most likely team to win but St James gradually fought back into the match and scored again with a McKenzie header from 10 yards in 96 minutes.
St James then went ahead again when Turnbull latched onto a ball on the edge of the box to fire in a shot from 18 yards to make it 5-4 after 97 minutes.
Merpro refused to buckle and created a further chance when Cruickshank  forced his way into the box with a series of passes but Darling did well to save his shot in 99 minutes.
St JAmes then went up the park and Connell looked to have sealed the match with a 25 yard shot skimming off the muddy surface into the net to make it 6-4 in 102 minutes.
Merpro pushed players forward in an effort to retrieve the match and Euan Duff almost snatched a goal when he found himself one on one in the box but the GK saved his close range effort.
Merpro were not to be denied however with the goal of the game when Chris Milne collected the ball on the half way line then proceeded to dribble past four players and play a return pass with Whitworth before firing low into the net from 10 yards to make it 6-5 in 113 minutes.
Henderson then had to make a low diving finger tip save to prevent a breakaway goal in 115 minutes.
Merpro then snatched a dramatic equaliser for the third time when Euan Duff fired into the top of the net from 10 yards after his initial effort had been blocked to make it a remarkable 6-6 in the 118th minute.
Neither side was able to force a winner and the match went into penalty kick drama.
Merpro went first but Craig Allan had his effort saved by the GK.
St James then went ahead yet again but a converted efforts from Chris Milne,Sean Whitworth ,Barry Gourlay and a Henderson penalty save allowed Merpro to seal the remarkable never say die win and oust one of the Cup favourites.
Team:Henderson,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig(Gibbon),Milne,Graham(E.Duff),Cruickshank,Houston(Donldson)Subs:Bruce,Findlay.


Logie Harp 3 v 2 Merpro
Midlands Division 1
Saturday 26/2/11
Merpro suffered their first league defeat in season 2010/11 in controversial fashion on Saturday.
In the top of the table clash v Logie Harp,who lie in second place,the Montrose side lost the game in the final minute to a disputed goal.
Merpro went into the match with a 3 point lead and despite the defeat remain on top of Division  1 on goal difference.
Due to the recent wet weather the pitch was in poor condition and slippery in areas which was to prove to have a significant influence on the match.
Both sides started tentatively wary of each other but it was Logie who made the first breakthrough. Logie made a long ball defensive clearance which went over the Merpro defence Henderson reacted quickly and came out to parry the initial shot but as he was about to collect the ball slipped and Rosleveld was left to fire into an empty net from 16 yards to make it 1-0 after 4 minutes.
Merpro began to slowly find their feet and Gourlay sent a long ball forward for Graham to run onto but the ball held up before he could get chance to fire in his shot at goal in 8 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening when a Gourlay long throw fell for Cruickshank at the back post.His snatched effort was deflected into the path of Greig but his header from 6 yards was cleared off the line to safety in 11 minutes.
The match settled into a stalemate but eventually Merpro created another gilt edged opening.
Craig Allan made a good run and then sent in a cross for Graham to fire in a low goalbound shot saved by the GK. The ball rebounded for Euan Duff but leaning back he was unable to get a full contact on the ball and from 5 yards out scuffed his effort allowing the keeper to get back and save in 22 minutes.
Shortly after Logie went further ahead after their initial short corner kick routine had been cleared but a further pass into the box fell for the unmarked Wallace to rifle a well hit shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 2-0 in 25 minutes.
Logie then had a spell on top but Merpro began to recover and Greig managed to fire in a left foot effort saved by the GK in 35 minutes.
Merpro were then denied a penalty when Milne latched onto a cross ball and headed goal wards from 12 yards but in the process was taken out late by a high lunge by the covering defender but despite loud appeals the referee waived play on in 38 minutes.
Merpro were now controlling the match and brought the game back in reach when Cruickshank evaded a couple of tackles before setting up Scott Graham with an incisive reverse pass for him to run in on goal and drill a low 14 yard shot past the advancing GK in 40minutes.
Merpro had their tails up and created another opening when Whitworth head flicked a long throw into the path of Graham to fire in a vicious dipping volley from the edge of the box which just went over the bar in 42 minutes.
Another great opportunity soon arrived when Craig Allan sent in a free kick which fell for Cruickshank but his headed 8 yard effort just went over the bar in 45 minutes.
Logie went into a half time lead having taken their only two clear cut openings but Merpro managed to recover and although not at their best still managed to create several good chances.
Logie however started the second half well keeping Merpro pinned back for the first 10minutes. Merpro who were finding it difficult to clear their own lines and allowing the Dundee side to put them under pressure.
Henderson made a fine save and Milne did well to clear the subsequent follow up with a brave blocking tackle in 48 minutes.
Merpro began to get back into the match and Euan Duff did well to shrug off couple of tackles and then fire in a low 16 yard drive which cannoned back of the post. The ball rebounded for Cruickshank but with the GK lying on the ground his outstretched effort from 10yards went agonisingly over the bar in 56 minutes.
Henderson had to make a good save when a long cross ball from left back Donald almost sailed into the back of the net in 58 minutes.
The match was now in the balance and Christie broke through but was fouled on the edge of the box. His resultant 18 yard free kick curled agonisingly wide with the GK beaten in 62 minutes.
Graham shortly after broke through but the alert GK saved his attempt at goal.
Logie came close when a mishit right wing cross ball glanced off the top of the bar in 70 minutes.
Christie then again came close when he acrobatically fired in a Rooneyesque over head shot from an acute angle across the face of goal in 75 minutes.
Graham was next to threaten when he picked up on an Emerson through ball to run in on goal but the covering
defender did well to force him wide and smother his effort at goal.
Merpro were now forcing persistent pressure and were rewarded with the equaliser in 88 minutes. Milne spotted Christie free in the box but his attempt to turn in on goal was foiled but the ball broke for Scott Graham to calmly drill in a low 15 yard shot under the GK into the net to make it a deserved 2-2.
However the match had a sting in the tail when Logie forced some late pressure and were awarded a contentious throw near the Merpro goal.
Merpro had defended long throws well all game but on this occasion the ball failed to be cleared effectively and appeared to take the slightest of glances off Whitworth to sail straight into the net to make it 3-2 for Logie to collect the full points.
This was Merpro's first league defeat since May 2010 and  incredibly only their second league defeat since January 2010.
Despite the obvious disappointment Merpro can take pride in their outstanding league form over the past year.
Team: Henderson, Gourlay, Emerson,(P.Duncan), C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig, Milne, E.Duff (Christie), Cruickshank (Gibbon), Subs: Bruce, Findlay.
Next match v Dundee University (h) Division 1 2pm ko


Merpro 6 v 2 Morgan FPs
Bremner Cup
5/2/11

Merpro entertained fellow  Division 1 side Morgan on  Saturday in the Bremner Cup. Merpro produced another strong all round performance to run out convincing winners in the end.
Merpro were largely in control of the match and eventually emphasised their authority in the second half with some fine clinical finishing.
Merpro started the match well playing some excellent possession football and quickly went ahead after 3 minutes. Euan Duff supplied a defence splitting pass for Rhys Greig to time his run perfectly to slip the ball past the outrushing GK from 16 yards to make it 1-0.
Gibbon then made a determined wing run firing in a low cross for first Craig Allan to have his shot well saved by the GK then rebounding to Duff only to have his effort cleared off the line in 12 minutes.
Morgan then began to settle but it was Merpro who continued to create the chances.
Milne made a storming run from midfield played a pass with Gibbon before slipping in a low cross for a Graham to have his 8 yard flicked effort superbly tipped over the bar by the GK after 21 minutes.
Merpro continued to create and from the resultant Craig Allan corner kick passed up another opportunity the ball landed at Greigs feet but with his back to goal he was unable to apply the finish in 22 minutes.
Merpro produced another chance on a counter attack when the ball fell for Duff on the edge of the box but under pressure hit his effort over the bar in 28 minutes.
Morgan gained a lifeline when in attempting to clear a long ball Whitworth swivelled to clear but also caught his opponent and a penalty was awarded and duly well converted by Taylor in 32 minutes to make it 1-1.
Merpro shortly after created another opportunity when a Craig Allan free kick fell for Graham in the box but he snatched at his effort from 10 yards falling then for Gibbon to have his effort then cleared off the line.
Morgan then created their first proper opening resulting in an 18 yard shot coming back off the Merpro crossbar in 36 minutes.
Morgan were now encouraged and for the first time kept Merpro under some concerted pressure resulting in another shot from the edge of the box. Gourlay did well to cover and head divert a clear goal bound effort onto the bar in 42 minutes.
From the resultant corner kick Henderson saved well flicking over the bar from a 6 yard powerful header to make it all square at half time.
Merpro came quickly out for the second half looking to assert their first half superiority and Craig Allan sent a pass through for Greig to run onto behind the defence but on this occasion the GK saved well from his 15yard effort at goal in 46 minutes.
Merpro were not to be denied and went ahead with a super clinical finish.Henderson launched a long ball forward knocked headed backwards by a defender for Scott Graham to latch onto before running in on goal and drilling a high 20 yard left foot finish into the net in 48 minutes to make it 2-1.
Merpro went further ahead with the proverbial quick fire double when MIlne set up Euan Duff to run in on goal round the advancing GK to knock into the net to make it -3-1 in 50 minutes.
Merpro were now well in control and shortly after had a penalty claim when Craig Allan was upended in the box but somehow no award was given.
Merpro soon went further ahead Graham latched onto a MIlne through ball drawing out the GK before unselfishly passing inside for Duff to hit a shot at goal which was semi blocked but Jharone Gibbon ran in at the far post to slide home under pressure from 3 yards to make it 4-1 in 70 minutes.
The match looked comfortable but Morgan hit back when DIckson latched onto a cross ball in the box and hit a powerful 15 yard shot high into the net taking a deflection off FIndlay on it's way in 75 minutes.
Merpro soon hit back when the influential Milne chased down a defender and winning the ball sent a pass through for Craig Christie to run in on goal flick the ball over the diving GK and run in and score to make it 5-1after 80 minutes.
Merpro continued to dominate and Bruce did well on the right flank before sending a cross across the face of goal only for Christie to somehow knock past the back post from 3 yards for miss of the season contender in 85 minutes.
However final moment of the match arrived when Chris MIlne received his due reward when he ran through on his own from midfield evading various defenders and rounding the GK to slot home from an acute angle to complete the scoring to make it 6-2 and take Merpro into the last 16 of the competition.
Team : Henderson, Gourlay, Donaldson(Findlay), C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig(Bruce), Milne, E.Duff, Graham(Christie), Gibbon. Sub: Duncan
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ARBROATH HSFPs 1 V 2 MERPRO

SATURDAY 22/1/11

DIVISION 1

 

Merpro recorded a hard earned derby win against close rivals HSFPs on one of the few Midlands matches to go ahead at the weekend.

Merpro were not able to produce some of their recent free flowing football but still were able to overcome their opponents and the  difficult pitch conditions to grind out another valuable victory.

This win means Merpro remain four points clear at the top of the league.

Merpro started well when Euan Duff slipped through a slide rule pass for Gibbon to run in on goal but the GK did well to guide him wide and the opportunity was lost in 2 minutes.

Gibbon almost opened the scoring again when he latched onto a goalkeeping parry but the custodian recovered quickly to smother his shot in 4 minutes. 

Merpro continued on top and Euan Duff came close with a low shot well tipped round the post by the GK in 7 minutes.

FPs created their first openings after 10 minutes  with a dangerous cross going across the face of the goal with no takers and a couple of minutes later had a header go narrowly wide.

Merpro retaliated when Gibbon made a good wing run firing in a low cross parried by the GK but no one was close to finish in 20 minutes.

Merpro came close again when a Whitworth 22 yard free kick was well held down low by the FPs keeper in 25 minutes.

FPs managed to hit back when Tait ran free and fired in a low shot from 16 yards but Findlay narrowed the angle and saved well in 28 minutes.

FPs had a spell pressing Merpro back but it was the Montrose side who broke and had the ball in the back of the net. Euan Duff latched onto a pass and fired in a snatched shot which rebounded for Greig to score but he was given offside in 34 minutes.

Merpro stepped up the tempo again and went ahead when Emerson curled in a superb corner kick for Craig Allan to drift in at the back post and head home from 5 yards to make it 1-0 in 36 minutes.

As the half came to a close Merpro were denied a handball penalty claim when a cross came into the box but unfortunately the referee was unsighted on the blind side and failed to award.

FPs started the second period well and Findlay made a good low save in 46 minutes.

Merpro resumed their attacking and Milne made a break but was unable to get enough power on his left foot shot to trouble the GK in 49 minutes.

Nicol Duff then ventured forward and fired in a dangerous dipping 30 yard shot which the GK did well to divert for a corner kick 52 minutes.

FPs were gifted a chance when a long ball came into the box and as Gourlay attempted to clear he  slipped in the conditions  but the surprised attacker Lyons could only fire wide from 8 yards in 55 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead when Jharone Gibbon pounced on a loose FPs pass and sped past the defence to run in on goal and calmly fire in a curling low 20 yard shot past the advancing GK to make it 2-0 in 68 minutes.

Merpro looked comfortable at this stage but FPs managed to snatch a goal back during a goalmouth melee when  Scott Cowan flicked a covered shot at goal from 10 yards only for it to be deflected off the chest of Whitworth into the net in 75 minutes.

Merpro immediately went back on the attack and Christie had a header go narrowly wide from a Whitworth free kick in 78 minutes.

The game was now becoming more frenetic and Findlay pulled off a great low down save from an 18 yard Ferrier drive in 80 minutes.

FPs were now galvanised and kept Merpro pegged back with some concerted pressure.

However it was Merpro who almost went further ahead when Christie latched onto a long ball forward and his head flick header just went over the bar in 85 minutes.

FPs resumed their torrid late onset of pressure but resolute defending kept  them at bay and their frustration boiled over in the final minute when Riddell was red carded after an altercation.

Merpro ultimately deserved their win and although not at their recent best managed to dig out a determined performance to clinch victory.

Team : Findlay, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig, Milne,E.Duff(Christie), Gibbon, Emerson(Donaldson). Subs: Bruce, Cruickshank, Doyle

Next Match: Logie Harp (h) 29/01/11 Division 1  2pm ko

 


MERPRO 4 V 1 FC CLAYPOTTS

 SATURDAY 15/1/11

 DIVISION 1

 

Merpro returned to league action after a memorable 2010 with an excellent winning start to begin the New Year in style and also maintaining their position atop of Division 1.

Merpro remain the only unbeaten league side in all of the Midlands Leagues .

Merpro have been inactive for the past 2 months due to the chronic severe weather conditions and the festive break. Claypotts have themselves been enjoying a good season currently lying in third place but were swept aside by a determined Merpro who came out of the blocks quickly and never let up from from start to finish.

Merpro first opening arrived after 6 minutes when Houston broke forward receiving a Graham lay off but shot past.

Shortly after Claypotts survived a penalty claim when Graham appeared to be tripped by the GK on the byeline.

Euan Duff then came close with a low 15 yard drive but the GK saved brilliantly with a low diving finger tip save to turn the effort round the post in 12 minutes.

Houston again did well to break forward drawing out the GK who saved his first effort but his follow up then went across the face of the goal with Euan Duff almost touching home at the back post with a sliding effort in 16 minutes.

Brother Nicol Duff then had a shot saved by the GK in 18 minutes.

Merpro opened their New Year account when Scott Graham collected a Gourlay pass subtly flicking the ball round his marker to then run in on goal and fire a low drive into the corner of the net from 16 yards to make it 1-0 in 22 minutes.

Claypotts were hardly in the match and went further behind when Graeme Allan scored an astonishing goal after 38 minutes for what surely will be a contender for goal of the season. He made an intercepting tackle on the edge of the Merpro box and then set off on a mazy momentum run almost the entire length of the pitch dribbling past various players before finishing off by rounding the GK to calmly knock into the back of the net amidst jubilant celebrations to make it 2-0.

Euan Duff then tried to emulate beating 4 players in a similar type run but at the last moment the ball bobbled and he lifted his 15 yard shot over the bar in 42 minutes.

Merpro continued to dominate at the start of the second half and almost went further ahead when Craig Allan fired in a cross missed by a couple of players but the surprised  Houston at the back post couldn’t direct his header goalwards and instead cleared to safety from a few yards out in 48 minutes. 

Claypotts were now occasionally beginning to hit on the break but good defending prevented any significant chances.

Merpro continued to create further chances and after a good passing move between Craig Allan and Greig gave Graham a headed opportunity but he directed his effort over the bar from 10 yards in 62 minutes.

However Merpro soon went further ahead when Milne broke forward setting up Scott Graham to run in on goal from the left wing and fire in a low driven shot from 18 yards to make it 3-0 in 66 minutes.

Emerson then made a good wing run firing in a curling low cross but unfortunately there were no takers to knock into the net in 70 minutes.

Merpro continued to dominate and following another good move involving Gibbon setting up Graham he hit in a low cross into the heart of the box with both the ball cannoning off Cruickshank falling for Chris Milne to knock into the net from 5 yards to make it 4-0 in 80 minutes.

Claypotts sneaked a consolation goal with a close range header in the 87th minute.

Merpro created a final chance when Gibbon broke through on his own but the GK capped a good performance to again block his effort in the final minutes.

This was a commanding and at times rampant performance from Merpro to convincingly take full points.

Team : Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig (Cruickshank), Milne, E.Duff (Gibbon), Graham, Houston (Emerson),

Subs: Bruce, Findlay.

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Next Match :Arbroath HSFPs (a) Division 1 22/1/11     



MERPRO 5 V 0 DOUGLAS SPORTS CLUB

MIDLANDS AMATEUR DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 13/11/10

 

Merpro produced a scintillating first half performance to set up the platform for a resounding victory and maintained their position at the top of Division 1.

 Merpro were also able to exorcise some of their recent Tay Valley Shield ghosts after Douglas had defeated the Montrose side in the recent final.

Douglas only had one change from their final line up and started the match well with Crerar almost scoring an identical free kick as in the final but Henderson was alert and turned his 20 yard curling effort round the post in 3 minutes.

The match started at a frantic pace with Douglas dominating but Merpro began to settle and soon went ahead. Euan Duff pressurised a defender, blocking his clearance,then running through on goal before clinically slipping the ball into the corner of the net from 16 yards to make it 1-0 after 11 minutes.

Merpro created the next chance when Graham collected a cross from Cruickshank and ran in on goal but as he attempted to round the GK he was forced wide and the opportunity was lost in 18 minutes.

Douglas created a good opening after some slick midfield passing but Henderson pulled off a great diving save to deny the equaliser in 22 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead when a Craig Allan corner kick was cleared to Cruickshank on the edge of the box. He fired in a shot which was deflected over the blocking defenders and was headed clear off the line into the air. Sean Whitworth reacted quickest and strongly out jumped the covering defender to powerfully head home from 10 yards to make it 2-0 in 25 minutes.

Douglas were shocked but continued to force forward with some good play but Merpro quickly stunned them again with another goal after some fine interpassing play.

Donaldson picked up the ball and passed into Graham who then set up Euan Duff to run in on goal. The GK made a good blocking save only as far as the following up Darren Cruickshank to calmly slot a low shot into the net from 18 yards to score his first Merpro goal to make it 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Merpro were now well on top and Gourlay had a speculative 30 yard shot in 34 minutes.

Graham then shot past the post in 36 minutes.

Duff then did well pressurising the GK and his poor clearance fell for Emerson but the custodian managed to get back to foil his attempted effort from 35 yards in 38 minutes.

Graham then set up Craig Allan but as he ran in on goal good defending smothered his opportunity in 40 minutes.

Douglas attempted to regroup and continued to attack but were stunned further when Donaldson pressurised his opponent into making a loose pass allowing Emerson to pick up and run forward before slipping a perfectly weighted ball for Scott Graham to run onto and fire a first time lob over the GK from 20 yards to make it a superb 4-0 scoreline in 44 minutes.

Douglas came out quickly in the second half but it was Merpro who again created a further chance when Graham robbed a defender but the GK made a good save in 50 minutes.

Douglas then began to have most of the second half possession but resilient defensive play ensured no clear cut chances were offered until a low shot was parried by Henderson but Graeme Allan was in attendance to calmly clear in 60 minutes.

Merpro were content to sit back on their lead soaking up the pressure bringing Douglas onto them and hitting on the break.

Whitworth had a 30 yard free kick saved by the GK in 68 minutes.

 Merpro went further ahead a few minutes later when a pin point Craig Allan corner kick was met by Sean Whitworth to rise and powerfully head into the net from 10 yards to make it 5-0 in 72 minutes.

Douglas kept swarming forward and Henderson had to make a good diving save from a low shot when an attacker latched onto a cross at the back post in 78 minutes.

Merpro continued to remain defensively resilient holding out to record a clean sheet and finishing the match when Whitworth attempted to lob the GK with a long range free kick.

This was an emphatic victory over respected opponents in a cracking high tempo match.

 Both sides played well and in the first half, especially, Merpro played some of their best football of the season with hard working pressurising play, skillful passing and some fine clinical finishing.

Team: Henderson, Gourlay, Donaldson, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Cruickshank (Findlay), Greig, E.Duff (Doyle), Graham (P.Duncan), Emerson.

Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son.  

  



LOWSON UNITED 2 V 1 MERPRO ( after extra time)

NORTH OF TAY CUP 2nd round

SATURDAY 30/10/10

 

Merpro were masters of their own downfall in exiting the North of Tay Cup at the weekend.

Despite not being at their best they still dominated most of the match but were surprisingly unable to find the clinical finishing to clinch victory.

Lowson rarely seriously threatened but managed to prove to be determined and sticky opponents and a goalkeeping error and a late lucky cross goal gave them the victory spoils.

The match started at a slow pace but Merpro created the first opportunity when Euan Duff and Graham combined well setting up Milne to run through on goal but he curled his effort from 18 yards over the bar in 7 minutes.

Duff and Milne then both had shots blocked forcing a corner kick in 18 minutes.

From the resultant corner the ball fell for Milne who fired in a low driven shot from 18 yards which was parried by GK Kinmond falling for Greig but the keeper recovered well to smother his 3 yard effort in 19 minutes.

Euan Duff then did well to collect a pass and hold off his marker before setting up Greig who ran in on on goal but was unable to beat the onrushing GK in 20 minutes.

Lowson had their first real threat when Whitworth knocked out for a corner kick.

Wilson managed to palm clear and good defending then cleared before Lowson could get a shot on target in 25 minutes.

Euan Duff had the ball in the back of the net but was given offside following a free kick from brother Nicol in 30 minutes.

Whitworth had a left foot  shoot on the turn go wide after the ball fell for him in the box from another Nicol Duff free kick in 36 minutes.

Lowson who had provided some defensive resistance but rarely  looking dangerous in attack went ahead when veteran GK Wilson mishit a passback to the feet of Mann who promptly and accurately fired into the net from 20 yards to make it 1-0 in 42 minutes.

Merpro immediately responded at the start of the second half when Graeme Allan lofted in a pass for Euan Duff to nip in between the GK and defenders to slip the ball into the net from 6 yards to make it 1-1 in 46 minutes.

Merpro stepped up their game and Milne came close from an initial Whitworth free kick.He bravely challenged the GK who managed to clear to Gourlay on the edge of the box who promptly crossed back into the goalmouth for Milne again to head narrowly past in 54 minutes.

Euan Duff was next to  threaten when he ran past three players into the box but the GK saved well from his subsequent shot in 60 minutes.

Merpro threatened again when Duff headed wide from short range following a Craig Allan inswinging corner kick after 70 minutes.

Euan Duff who was having a rampaging game again came close when he latched onto a Gourlay free kick firing in at goal from 5 yards but frustratingly was cleared frantically off the line in 80 minutes.

Merpro continued to push with Gourlay firing past in the final minutes of normal time.

The match moved into extra time and Wilson had to make his first difficult save in the match from a low driven 20 yard shot in 92 minutes.

Merpro threatened again when Donaldson had an inswinging corner kick cleared off the line in 98 minutes.

Neither  side was able to create any further clear chances and with a stalemate and penalty kicks looking likely Lowson snatched the winning goal. Lowson hit on the break and a driven cross from the right somehow swerved high into the net for a dramatic goal in 115 minutes.

Merpro pushed forward but determined  defending continued to keep them at bay with Lowson surviving to progress to the next round.

Team: Wilson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig(Bruce), Milne, E.Duff, Graham(Gibbon), Houston(Donaldson). Subs: Cruickshank,Duncan.

 

MICHELIN ATHLETIC 1 V 5 MERPRO

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 23/10/10

 

Merpro moved back to the top of Division 1 after overcoming a spirited Michelin side with a strong second half performan

ce and eventually ran out comfortable winners.

 The Michelin grounds has the towering wind turbines  as a backdrop and Merpro were assisted with an early breakthrough when an Emerson corner kick was flicked into the net by Euan Duff in the first minute to make it quick fire 1-0.

However Michelin were not dispirited and began to domiinate the early stages of the match.

Henderson had to make a good save from a 20 yard free kick in 7 minutes and shortly after had to make a similar save from a 22 yard drive in 10 minutes.

Merpro had the ball in the back of the net following a good move but Duff was deemed to be offside in 12 minutes.

Craig Allan then came close with a swerving low shot from 18 yards after Milne made a good run and pass in 14 minutes.

Graeme Allan then played a long pass for Graham to lay off for Duff but his shot went past the post in 20 minutes.

Michelin continued to play well and got their reward with an equaliser after 23 minutes.

Henderson had initially made an excellent stretching save from a 12 yard snap shot but from the resulting follow up an attacker managed to curl a well hit curled shot into the top of the net from 16 yards to make it 1-1.

Merpro replied immediately when Gourlay headed wide from 6 yards from a Whitworth free kick in 25 minutes.

Merpro were finding it difficult to get any cohesion into their play but Graham did well to chase down a long ball shrugging off the GK’s challenge then setting up Greig .However he fired his left foot effort from 12 yards over the bar in 36 minutes.

Good interlinking midfield play set up Emerson who fired in a dangerous cross across the face of goal in 40 minutes.

Graham then did well to cushion a long ball down on his chest then cut inside his marker but was unable to control his curled shot firing over the bar from 16 yards in 43 minutes.

With the game evenly balanced at half time Merpro needed to step up their play and immediately began to create some early chances.

Graham sent in a curling cross and Duff did well to fend off a defender then under pressure managed to slip in a low shot from 6 yards which came back off the post and cleared to safety in 47 minutes.

Michelin not to be out done hit on the break with a chip cross going across the face of goal coming back off the post before Gourlay cleared in 50 minutes.

 Merpro then began to take control of the match creating several good chances.

Graham ran through on the GK from an Allan pass but fired straight at the keeper with Duff then being denied from the rebound in 52 minutes.

Graham then created another chance for himself dribbling past a defender inside the box but again was denied by the GK after 55 minutes.

Greig then did well to cross for Craig Allan on the edge of the box but his left foot shot was directed straight at the GK who saved comfortably in 56 minutes.

Merpro eventually made the breakthrough when Milne made a break into the box laying off for Emerson to drive in a low goal bound shot which was blocked on the line falling for Scott Graham to instinctively drill into the net from 8 yards to make in 2-1 in 58 minutes.

Michelin were hit with a quickfire double when Milne again burst into life making a defence splitting run from midfield picking up a Gourlay pass before passing back into the box for Craig Allan to drill in a low shot from 12 yards to make it 3-1 in 60 minutes.

Merpro were now well on top and went further ahead when Sean Whitworth headed home from 12 yards from a Craig Allan corner kick in 64 minutes.

Henderson then had to make a good low down save from a Michelin 20 yard free kick.

Merpro looked to increase their lead and Duff had a surreal three rebound opportunities in a row blocked in 72 minutes preventing him from scoring.

Graham then had another dribbling run with the GK again denying his effort in 75 minutes.

Gourlay then went on a personal crusade attempting to score when initially he went on a run with his resultant shot just going past the post in 77 minutes.

A few minutes later he attempted a Chris Maguire type effort shooting from just inside his own half with his effort just narrowly going over the bar.

 Duncan was next with a chance when he was sent through but he deliberated too long and the chance was blocked in 82 minutes.

Merpro finally completed the scoring when Scott Graham collected a long throw in on his chest, turned his marker and then drilled in a well hit shot into the back of the net in 86 minutes to make it 5-1.

Merpro managed to gradually overcome their opponents in the second half and as the game progressed Michelin’s resistance and discipline faded resulting in the latter stages with a comfortable victory.

Team: Henderson, Gourlay, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig, Milne(Bruce), E.Duff(P.Duncan), Graham, Emerson(Gibbon). Subs: N.Duff, Findlay.

Next match : Lowson United(a) North of Tay Cup 2nd round 2pm ko.

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MERPRO 3 V 4 COLDSIDE UNITED

SCOTTISH CUP 2ND ROUND

SATURDAY 16/10/10

 

Merpro exited from the Scottish Amateur Cup on Saturday after an entertaining but ultimately frustrating match. Merpro had opportunities to comfortably gain victory but failed to finish off their opponents largely due to a series of missed chances, lapses in concentration and adding to the mix some  controversial decision making from the referee.

This result allows Coldside to maintain their unbeaten run this season.

Coldside got off to a perfect start opening the scoring after 2 minutes when Martin was given time in the box to fire in a shot from 15 yards to make it 1-0.

Merpro responded and had a penalty claim when Craig Allan appeared to be upended in the box after 4 minutes.

Emerson then had a half chance when the GK was caught out of his box but he was unable to get enough power on his 30 yard effort in 8 minutes.

Graham then had a good opportunity when he ran in on goal but the GK did well to pressure and turn his shot wide for a corner kick. From the resultant Emerson corner Graeme Allan came close with a hooked shot going just over the bar after 12 minutes.

Euan Duff then did well to pressurise the defence leading to Graham picking up a loose pass before setting up Duff to shoot at goal but his 16 yard effort lacked enough power to trouble the GK in 15 minutes.

Coldside came back into the match forcing a series of corner kicks with GK Findlay on one occasion making an excellent instinctive one handed save from a close range header in 20 minutes to prevent a certain goal.

Merpro equalised when Dean Emerson made a good wing run before firing in a high cross shot which deceived the GK and sailed into the top of the net at the back post to make it 1-1 in 24 minutes.

Merpro hit a quick fire second goal with an excellently worked move with combination interpassing in midfield involving Emerson, Euan Duff and Craig Allan before he then slipped a pass in behind the defence for Euan Duff to run onto and shrug off a marker before cooly driving a low shot into the corner of the net from 14 yards to make it 2-1 in 27 minutes.

Merpro were now on top but shortly after gifted a loose goal when a quick free kick was allowed to be taken and Neilson was unmarked to slip a low shot past Findlay to make it 2-2.

Coldside now pushed Merpro back but it was Merpro who continued to create chances  on the break.

Graham made an strong run from the halfway line holding off a couple of defenders before drawing out the GK and slipped a low shot past him but just as a goal looked certain a defender managed to get back and clear off the line in 32 minutes.

Milne then set up Graham with a defence splitting diagonal pass but he fired his 16 yard chance over the bar in 35 minutes.

Merpro came close again when Gourlay somehow headed wide from 5 yards following an Allan corner kick in 38 minutes.

A couple of minutes later Gourlay was again unlucky when his backward flicked 6 yard header was cleared off the line from an Emerson corner kick.

Coldside then had the last opportunity of the half when Merpro lost possession and Martin ran through but his 18 yard curled effort came back off the post and was cleared to safety.

The second half started slowly with neither side creating any openings after the hectic first period.

Merpro finally had an opening when Graham caused some pressure in the box with a headed clearance falling for Euan Duff but he could only fire his chance over the bar in 58 minutes.

Graeme Allan  then made a run from defence passing to Graham with his return pass being deflected into the air with Allan closing in the ball was cleared to safety in 60 minutes.

Coldside were being pegged back and not offering any significant threat but managed to hit Merpro on a break away . An attacker collected the ball dribbling past a marker then as Gourlay made to tackle him on the byeline he anticipated a tackle and then executed an embellished  dive ( Tom Daley would have been proud of..!).

With most people anticipating a booking for the dive controversially the official decided to award a penalty. Adding to the theatre the penalty was then duly converted by Coldside’s GK Craigie in 68 minutes.

Further controversy raged a few minutes later when a Coldside defender appeared to clear a cross ball with his arm in the air but Merpro penalty claims were ignored.

Merpro began to regroup after the match became disrupted with Donaldson firing a 30 yard free kick over the bar after he noticed the GK off his line.

 Merpro continued to apply pressure and Gourlay was again extremely unlucky when his 8 yard header from a Donaldson free kick smashed off the bar and cleared to safety in 78 minutes.

Coldside came back and Milne had to make a good blocking tackle preventing a shot at goal in 80 minutes.

Coldside then went further ahead when they combined well on the edge of the box with an attacker then sliding a shot past Findlay from 16 yards to make it 4-2 after 84 minutes.

Merpro continued to push forward with Graham and Craig Allan having efforts at goal.

Barry Gourlay finally got his efforts rewarded when he headed home from 6 yards following an Allan corner kick to make it 4-3 in 88 minutes.

Merpro then attempted to stage a grandstand finish to snatch a replay and the opportunity arrived in stoppage time. Graham pressurised a defender allowing the ball to fall for Gibbon in the box but in attempting to guide his 10 yard effort into the top of the net he only agonisingly succeeded in placing the ball over the bar.

This was an open and entertaining match and full of controversial incidents but ultimately on this occasion Merpro engineered their own downfall .

Team : Findlay, Gourlay, Houston, C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Bruce(Greig), Milne, E.Duff(Gibbon), Graham, Emerson(Donaldson).

Match Sponsor : ‘Craigievar ‘ 

 

MERPRO 2 V 5 DOUGLAS SPORTS CLUB

TAY VALLEY SHIELD FINAL

SATURDAY  9/10/10

 

The  Midlands AFA brought a major Amateur Cup Final to Montrose for the first time with Broomfield Park hosting the Tay Valley Shield Final on Saturday.

With a large crowd of approx 200 people in attendance anticipation was high that the Montrose side could continue on their good run and add a second Midlands trophy to their honours list.

Both sides have been in good form recently with Douglas having lost only one match this season and Merpro entering the match on the back of a 15 game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Early action was frantic as Douglas started at a high tempo  but Merpro had the first effort at goal with a Craig Allan chip shot saved after 3 minutes.

Douglas went ahead when Merpro conceded a free kick on the edge of the box.

Crerar stepped up to expertly curl a 20 yard shot into the near post with GK Henderson caught out expecting a cross into the box in 9 minutes.

Merpro began to fight back and were rewarded with an equaliser after Whitworth swung in a curling free kick from just inside the Douglas half. The defence failed to clear with the ball falling for Scott Graham to control a bouncing ball and drill in a left foot shot from 15 yards into the top of the net in 15 minutes.

Merpro’s confidence grew and the midfield began to gain some control and started to create some chances.

Milne made a bursting run from midfield picking up a Graham pass but was unable to get enough power on his left foot effort to trouble the GK in 17 minutes.

Graham then made a good run down the left flank before bearing in on goal laying off a pass for Houston to drill a 16 yard shot over the bar after 19 minutes.

Merpro almost went ahead  when Greig did well to shrug off a challenge in the box and managing to slip in a shot at goal from 10 yards but with the GK beaten a defender cleared off the line. The ball then came back to Gibbon who fired back at goal but was again frantically cleared off the line this time falling for Graham but he fired his returning effort over the bar in 22 minutes.

Douglas managed to settle again and some good wing play forced a couple of corner kicks. Henderson was able to deal with these making some good handling saves.

The game hit a period of stalemate until Graham managed to charge down Ballantine’s attempted clearance in 30 minutes. He drove past the defender then passed inside to Gibbon who then laid off a pass for Milne to run at goal but good defending forced him inside and his subsequent left foot toe shot was saved by the GK.

Merpro continued to press forward with Graeme Allan making a storming run from defence drawing out the defence before passing for Greig to run in on goal from the right flank. Looking up he saw the GK anticipating a cross and attempted to slip in a shot at the near post but was unable to get enough power on his effort and the GK collected comfortably in 36 minutes.

Douglas who had been playing well in midfield without creating any significant chances went ahead when a free kick was played into the box with Centre Half Stewart managing to get a looping header from  16 yards over Henderson into the top of the net after 40 minutes.

Douglas had their tails up and then came close again on the stroke of half time with a flashing cross across the face of the Merpro goal.

Merpro were looking to start the second half well and Graeme Allan broke on another run from defence slipping a pass through for Milne to run in on goal. He drew the GK towards him and passed inside for Graham who as he was about to slot home from 8 yards appeared to be brought down with a sliding tackle amidst penalty claims in the 47th minute.

The game changed significantly afterwards when Douglas went further ahead when an attacker, looking offside, rounded the outrushing  Henderson and knocked home from 12 yards to make it 3-1 in 50 minutes.

Merpro continued to push forward and Gibbon had a deflected shot tipped over the bar by the GK in 55 minutes.

Merpro thought they had clawed a goal back when Greig had a looping 12 yard header just go over the bar in 60 minutes.

Merpro were now gradually pushing Douglas back in search of getting back into the match.

The  Merpro reply finally arrived following a cross into the box falling for Gibbon to fire in a low shot from 10 yards which looked to be goal bound but a good block only deflected the ball into the path of Nicol Duff following up to knock into the net from 3 yards to make it 3-2 in 68 minutes.

The Merpro fight back was soon extinquished when Douglas scored an excellent fourth goal after a series of quick passes left Crerar in the clear to round Henderson and fire in a low shot from an acute angle to effectively seal the match in 75 minutes.

Emerson came close with a rising shot from 18 yards going over the bar in 80 minutes as Merpro pushed players forward continuing to search for a reply.

However as the game ran out Douglas again hit on the break finally completing the scoring with another clinical finish in 85 minutes.

This was a disappointing outcome as Merpro were never quite able to reach their recent performance levels and found it difficult to get on top due to a combination of conceding some soft goals, good pressing play and clinical finishing from worthy opponents.

Team : Henderson,Gourlay,N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth,G.Allan,Greig(Emerson), Milne, Gibbon(E.Duff), Graham, Houston.  Subs: Bruce, Cruickshank,P.Duncan

  

(Merpro AFC would like to express their gratitude and thanks to all the home support who attended the match)




MERPRO  6 v 2 FC POLONIA

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 2/10/10

 

Merpro recorded a convincing victory to move top of Division 1 after a solid performance against the Midlands Polish national’s side.

Merpro took control of the game early and never allowed their opponents to gain any ascendency in the match and ran out worthy winners.

Merpro first opportunity came after 5 minutes when Graham slipped a pass in behind the defence for Gibbon to run onto but his 10 yard effort was weak and easily saved by the GK.

Ciepacz in goal was being kept busy and did well to flick away a cross with Houston waiting to pounce after 10 minutes.

Merpro opened the scoring when Sean Whitworth headed home from 10 yards following an in swinging Graham corner kick in 12 minutes.

Bruce then set up Gibbon with a chance but the Polish GK did well to save his low 16 yard drive in 16 minutes.

Merpro were completely on top and went further ahead when Milne broke from midfield setting up Jharone Gibbon to execute a powerful low drive under the GK from 15 yards to make it 2-0 in 24 minutes.

Polonia made a good break and came close with an edge of the box snap shot in 27 minutes.

Milne then set up another clever defence splitting pass for Gibbon to run onto but as he attempted to shoot a defender managed to get in a good blocking tackle.

From the resulting corner kick Graham’s curling cross almost went directly into the top of the net after 36 minutes.

Craig Allan was next to come close when his low curling corner kick was cleared off the line at the near post in 40 minutes.

Graham then had a good chance when Gibbon flicked a pass over the defence but he was unable to control his snap shot from 16 yards as he ran in on goal in 42 minutes.

Merpro first half dominance was further rewarded when Scott Graham collected a loose clearance and ran in on goal firing in a clinical low drive from 16 yards to make it 3-0 in 44 minutes.

Polonia started the second half well and created a good chance ending with a shot narrowly missing the target in 50 minutes.

Polonia pulled a goal back with a well planned free kick resulting in a ferocious low driven strike into the bottom of the net  from 22 yards to make it 3-1 in 58 minutes.

Merpro immediately went back on the offensive with Gourlay floating in a cross for Graham who was then knocked over in the box by an reckless GK challenge resulting in a penalty award.

After some attempted gamesmanship Craig Allan finally calmly stepped up to slot home to make it 4-1 after 60 minutes.

Merpro were now back in control and Bruce had a near post cross shot well saved in 62 minutes.

Merpro increased their lead when Craig Allan laid off a long Whitworth free kick into the path of Jharone Gibbon to impressively drill in a low left foot first time drive into the net from 20 yards making in 5-1 in 65 minutes.

Smith then had to make a finger tip save over the bar from a long ball free kick into the box in 67 minutes.

Polonia pulled another goal back when a cross from the wing came across the face of the Merpo goal with an attacker tapping home from 6 yards to make it 5-2 in 70 minutes.

Merpro replied with an excellently worked move starting from the defence resulting in Milne combining with Bruce and then running through on goal but after sending the GK the wrong way he fired his effort wide of the post after 75 minutes.

Smith then had to make a good low diving save from a 22 yard Polonia shot.

Merpro completed the scoring with another excellently worked goal starting with Graeme Allan and Gourlay combining with a series of passes before passing to Milne who moved forward setting  up Dean Emerson to collect and turn before clinically firing in a powerful low driven left foot shot from 18 yards to make it 6-2 after 87 minutes.

This was an impressive Merpro performance with some fine passing moves, possesion  and clinical finishing.

Team : Smith,Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Bruce (P.Duncan), Milne, Gibbon (E.Duff), Graham (Emerson), Houston. Subs: Findlay, Greig.

Match Sponsor: R.Coull and Son

Next match: TAY VALLEY SHIELD FINAL v Douglas Sports Club  Broomfield Park  9/10/10 2pm ko  



MERPRO 1 V 1 ARBROATH CSC

SATURDAY 25/9/10

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

Merpro welcomed their neighbours  Arbroath Community Sporting Club (previously Amateurs) to Montrose.A windy blustery day helped produce the proverbial game of two halves.

Arbroath had the wind at their backs in the first half and largely enjoyed most of the possession with Merpro trying to hit on the break.

Both sides started slowly without any significant chances being created.

Merpro’s first opportunity came after 12 minutes when Whitworth had a snap shot saved following an Emerson corner kick.

Findlay deputising in goal had to make a good low diving save from a Murray 25 yard shot in 16 minutes.

Arbroath then went ahead when a long ball evaded the central defence and as Gourlay covered he headed back to goal. As GK Findlay collected the ball he collided with centre forward Courtney and the ball fell for him to slot home from 15 yards to open the scoring in 18 minutes.

Merpro immediately hit back when Emerson made a good wing run crossing for Houston to head goalwards but the GK managed to save.

Merpro again threatened when Graham had a backward glancing header from 8 yards cleared off the line by a covering defender in 24 minutes.

The game was becoming more intense and Whitworth made an excellent covering tackle after 30 minutes.

Watson then had a chance for Arbroath but headed over the bar from 12 yards following a corner kick.

Greig then made a good run from midfield following making a strong challenge setting up Houston who then evaded a defender before firing in a low driven shot well saved by the GK after 42 minutes.

Merpro had done well restricting Arbroath to few first half chances and immediately went on the attack at the start of the second half.

Graham collected a pass and chipped a 25 yard effort just past the post in 46 minutes.

 A couple of minutes later Graham made a good cross into the box for the onrushing Graeme Allan to glance a header at goal from 8 yards but the GK again did well to save.

Merpro were now well on top and Gourlay came close with a cross shot which the GK did well to tip over the bar in 52 minutes.

Craig Allan did well to set up a chip pass over the top of the defence for Houston who had taken up a good position in the box but as he controlled the ball the Arbroath defence managed to cover the danger in 55 minutes.

Emerson was next with an effort but the GK again managed to make the save in 57 minutes.

 Merpro finally managed to get the equaliser their second half pressure merited. Graham made a trademark touchline run drifting past two defenders before setting up a pass for Euan Duff. His effort was charged down but fell for Dean Emerson to rifle in a low drive from 15 yards into the corner of the net after 60 minutes to make it 1-1.

Duff combined shortly after to set up Emerson but his effort went over the bar in 64 minutes.

Merpro looked to have taken the lead in 66 minutes when Graham collected a cross ball from Gourlay and expertly finished from 20 yards but somehow the referee saw an offside decision and controversially disallowed the goal without any claims from the Arbroath side.

It was all Merpro and Nicol Duff was next to come close with a glancing header from an Emerson corner kick in 68 minutes.

The chances were appearing with regularity and Greig made a good tackle and pass setting up Gibbon with a good opening but the GK did well to save his low driven 18 yard shot in 72 minutes.

Craig Allan then had a curling corner kick evade the GK but was cleared off the line by the covering defender in 75 minutes.

Another chance was created by Graham making a good run down the right side before passing into the box for Euan Duff but as he attempted to cut back inside to shoot a covering defender managed to rob him of the ball after 77 minutes.

Merpro tried to keep up the pressure but the last chance fell for Arbroath who hit on the break but Nicol Duff did well to clear a dangerous chance in the final minutes.

This was a frustrating match for Merpro  as a win would have taken them back to the top of the league but ultimately on this occasion were not clinical enough to finish off the match and take full points.

Merpro continue to remain unbeaten in all competitions and are currently lying in second place behind FC Claypotts .

Team: Findlay, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Houston (Bruce), Greig, E.Duff (P.Duncan), Graham, Emerson (Gibbon).

Match Sponsor : RK Tool Hire

Next Match: FC Polonia (h) 2/10/10 Division 1  2pm
 

HARRIS FPs 1 v 4 MERPRO

MIDLANDS DIVISION I

SATURDAY 18/9/10

 

Merpro paid their first visit this season to the notorious home ‘slope’ ground of Harris which always provides a stern test for opponents.

Merpro maintained  their unbeaten run this season after a strong and disciplined performance in the face of some ill disciplined and intimidating behaviour from Harris.

Merpro lost the toss and opened playing down the hill and quickly tried to gain the initiative.

Greig made a good right wing run crossing for Houston to head wide after 3 minutes.

Graham then had a couple of efforts firing past the post and then had a goalbound shot intercepted by a defender .

Graham continued to be the attacking centre of attention when he made a good run and fired in a shot unfortunately straight at the GK who had an easy save after 15 minutes.

Euan Duff then had a half chance but fired over the bar following a Gourlay cross in 20 minutes.

Greig managed a snap shot on the turn a few minutes later when a deflected Gourlay cross fell for him in the box but was unable to get enough power on the shot .

Merpro had another opportunity when Whitworth floated in a 25 yard free kick for Craig Allan to ghost in at the back post but his cushioned header back across goal narrowly looped over the bar in 26 minutes.

Merpro finally broke the deadlock when Graham was fouled outside the box.

Sean Whitworth stepped up and caressed a curling shot over the defensive wall from 25 yards into the top of the net to make it 1-0 in 32 minutes.

Merpro had another good chance when Greig broke the offside trap and ran through on his own and lobbed the advancing GK but his effort from 25 yards just went over the bar in 38 minutes.

Harris attempted to get back into the match but good defensive work and sound handling from Henderson provided them with few opportunities.

Merpro started the second half well when Milne fired in a 22 yard shot going wide in 50 minutes.

Euan Duff then made an opportunity for himself shrugging off a tackle and then made a rugged run at goal but his shot lacked full power and was saved by the GK in 54 minutes.

Despite Harris having the slope advantage it was Merpro doing most of the attacking. Nicol Duff floated in a cross evading all defenders but no attackers anticipated the opening in 56 minutes.

However the lesson was learned when Gourlay floated in a free kick which evaded the defence falling for Scott Graham to calmly control and flick past the GK from 10 yards to make it a deserved 2-0 in 58 minutes.

Merpro remained in control without creating any further chances but out of the blue Harris managed to get a goal back when Buchanan collected a pass easily and made a run past 3 players before coolly slotting under Henderson from 12 yards to make it 2-1 in 70 minutes.

Merpro however quickly upped their game again and soon went further ahead when Jharone Gibbon showed great perseverance under pressure to score . He had collected the ball in the box appeared to have been fouled amidst penalty claims but kept control of the ball and turned and slid the ball under the GK from 12 yards to make it 3-1 in 75 minutes.

Harris were deflated and Emerson was next with an opportunity after good combination play with Milne but as he ran in on goal his touch was heavy and the GK managed to collect the ball in 78 minutes.

Gibbon then showed a neat touch bamboozling his opponent with a flick on the turn and as he raced in on goal the defender kicked out at him conceding a penalty. Amazingly the defender failed to be sent off for his crude challenge however Craig Allan stepped up to the spot and sent the GK the wrong way to net and make it 4-1 in 82 minutes.

Gibbon soon had another chance breaking through but on this occasion the GK saved well in 84 minutes.

Merpro had a final chance when Graham collected a Craig Allan pass but fired his left foot shot past the post.

This was a fully deserved three points for Merpro who had to face up to some difficult physical confrontations throughout the match but kept their discipline to record another victory on the road.

Team: Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig(Bruce),Milne, E.Duff(Gibbon), Graham, Houston(Emerson). Subs: Duncan, Doyle

Next match Sat 25/9/10 v Arbroath CSC  Division 1 (h) 2pm ko  

 

MERPRO 2 V 1 LOWSON UNITED

TAY VALLEY SHIELD SEMI FINAL

SATURDAY 11/09/10

 

Merpro reached their first Midlands Tay Valley League Cup Final after coming from behind to overcome Lowson on Saturday. Merpro largely dominated the match in possession but were unable to assert their authority due to  several missed chances giving  their opponents a lifelinefor most of the match.

Merpro started the match well and created an early  gilt edged chance  when Milne made a storming run down the left flank crossing for Graham only to flick his 6 yard effort wide after 5 minutes.

Merpro were controlling early play but Lowson took the lead when the ever dangerous Pattullo fired in a left wing 25 yard cross which soared over Smith into the top of the net to open the scoring in 16 minutes.

Merpro quickly replied with a series of efforts coming close.

Whitworth headed over the bar from 8 yards from a Craig Allan corner kick in 20 minutes.

Whitworth shortly after floated in a free kick which evaded the defence for Nicol Duff to latch onto but his brave header came back of the post in 22 minutes.

Euan Duff then chased down a long clearance from Smith but the Gk was alert and collected safely.

Houston then fired in a dangerous low curling cross but Graham was unable to direct his effort on target after 26 minutes.

Graeme Allan then made a break with a run and cross setting up Euan Duff but he was unable to get a quick shot away and the opportunity was cleared in 30 minutes.

Craig Allan was next to fire in a low 20 yard shot which was well saved by GK Kinmond.

Lowson then had a rare break and Smith had to tip another Patullo cross shot over the bar in 34 minutes.

Merpro went quickly back on the attack with Graham doing well on the left before  crossing for Euan Duff to agonizingly somehow  head over the bar from 5 yards after 36 minutes.

A few minutes later another gilt edged chance was scorned when Craig Allan floated in a free kick which found Nicol Duff in the box but he got caught in two minds and kneed his effort over the bar from 7 yards in the 40th minute.

Merpro started the second half well with Graham combining with Greig but his cross was saved by the GK after 46 minutes.

Houston was next to fire in a low 20 yard shot which the GK again did well to save in 48 minutes.

Merpro finally got their reward when Greig did well to lay off a pass on the edge of the box for Chris Milne to run onto and collect to then blast in a left foot  shot from 16 yards into the back of the net to make it 1-1 after 50 minutes.

Merpro continued to push forward and Graham had a 12 yard shot deflected wide in 57 minutes.

The match then hit a period of stalemate as neither side were able to gain any dominance.

Merpro however began to build up some pressure and Milne had another left foot shot from 20 yards well saved by Kinmond in 76 minutes.

From the resulting corner kick melee a strong Merpro penalty claim for handball was denied by the unsighted referee in 77 minutes.

Merpro were now back on top again and Euan Duff made a determined run and his resultant shot  looked to be goalbound but from somewhere full back Todd managed to clear off the line in 79 minutes.

Merpro deservedly went ahead after Euan Duff was fouled on the edge of the box.

Craig Allan stepped up to curl in a 20 yard free kick over the top of the wall and into the net despite a despairing hand by GK Kinmond to make it 2-1 in the 81st minute.

The game opened up as Lowson attempted to get back into the match but it was Merpro who created a further chance when Gibbon crossed for Graham but his 12 yard header went wide in 84 minutes.

Graham then had another chance when he missed a header following a Whitworth free kick in 86

 minutes.

Gibbon then made good space for himself in the box but his 16 yard shot was saved by the GK.

Lowson then managed to hit Merpro on the break when an interception was missed and a dangerous cross was headed over the bar by an an attacker from 6 yards in the 90th minute.

In injury time Merpro created yet another opportunity when a good move involving Bruce and Gibbon left Craig Allan to fire in a shot which was well saved again by the busy Lowson GK .

Merpro ran out worthy winners and only a succession of scorned chances and some good goal keeping prevented further scoring.

Merpro’s unbeaten  good start to the season continues and they can now look ahead to a further Cup Final in the near future.

Team : Smith, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig(Bruce), Milne, E.Duff(Gibbon), Graham, Houston(Donaldson).

Subs: Cruickshank, Findlay

Match Sponsor : The Smiths

Next match :Harris FPs (a) Division 1, 2 pm ko

  

MORGAN FPs  2  v  4 MERPRO

SATURDAY 4/9/10    DIVISION 1

Merpro recorded their second successive away league victory on a hot sunny day in Dundee.

Merpro had to dig deep after falling two goals behind after a lacklustre and sluggish first half but a superb disciplined second half performance eventually overwhelmed their opponents.

Merpro started badly and fell behind from a poorly defended free kick which allowed a free header for a Morgan attacker to score from 8 yards after only 3 minutes.

Morgan were encouraged and kept Merpro pinned back with some forcing play and only good defending from an over worked defence kept them at bay in the early stages.

Morgan however went further ahead when a clearance fell for Dickson in midfield to instinctively rifle a stunning 30 yard snap shot back at goal over Henderson into the top of the net after 20 minutes.

Merpro continued to hang on finding it difficult to get any rhythm into their passing.

However they gradually managed to gain a foothold in the closing stages of the half.

Euan Duff had a half chance but good quick challenge prevented him from getting a shot at goal in 38 minutes.

Houston had an edge of the box shot saved by the Gk in 40 minutes.

Merpro snatched a lifeline when a good advantage ruling from the referee allowed Craig Allan, after he had been fouled initially, to set up Chris Milne in the box and he niftily slipped a low scuffed shot past the GK from 10 yards to make it 2-1 after 42 minutes.

Merpro were revitalised and started the second half well with vigour.

Craig Allan curled in a low driven shot which the GK Petrie did well to save and parry away to safety just evading Greig who had anticipated to follow up in 46 minutes.

 A couple of minutes later after good build up play  Graham had a 4 yard goal bound header well saved by the GK.

Merpro were now on the ascendency and the midfield  were beginning to dominate creating further chances.

Craig Allan fired a dangerous low cross across the face of goal after 52 minutes.

Graham then had a snap shot at goal well saved by the GK in 54 minutes.

Merpro equaliser soon arrived when Craig Allan floated in a free kick for Sean Whitworth to rise and flick a header goalwards past the advancing GK from 10 yards to make it 2-2 in56 minutes.

Graham almost snatched another goal as he drifted in behind the defence but he was just unable to fully chest down a difficult cross and the GK managed to save in 58 minutes.

Houston was next to come close with a header just going past the post as he ran off his marker from AN Allan free kick in 60 minutes.

Merpro soon went ahead as their second half play deserved when a short corner move allowed Milne to cross for Whitworth to head back across goal for Rhys Greig to knock home for his first competitive goal for Merpro from 5 yards to make it 3-2 in 66 minutes.

Morgan began to fight back and Henderson had to make a series of saves to keep the Merpro lead intact.

Merpro maintained their discipline and hit back again when Euan Duff showed good composure to hold onto the ball on the half way line. He then set up Craig Allan to break the offside trap to run through on his own and calmly round the advancing GK to slot home from an acute angle with a low left foot shot from 16 yards to make it 4-2 after 75 minutes.

Merpro saw out the remainder if the match uneventfully to complete a superb second half comeback to keep them top of the league.

Team: Henderson, Gourlay, N.Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig(Bruce), Milne, E.Duff, Graham(Findlay), Houston(Cruickshank). Sub: Duncan.

Next Match ; Tay Valley Shield Semi Final v Lowson Utd (H) 2 pm KO



LOWSON UNITED 2 V 4 MERPRO

SATURDAY 28/8/10

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

 

Merpro travelled through to Forfar completing a satisfying week recording another victory maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

 Lowson were good opponents but Merpro enjoyed the best of the first half and weathered some second half pressure to gain full points.

Merpro started the match well with most of the possession but were unable to create any significant early chances.

Graeme Allan made a break and exchanged passes with Graham but his opportunity was well defended in 15 minutes. Houston then had a shot just go narrowly wide in 17 minutes.

Findlay had to make a couple of saves from Reeves from edge of the box shots as the match began to open up.

Graham had an opening but fired his effort over the bar after 22 minutes.

Merpro broke the deadlock after Houston won a strong challenge in midfield setting up Euan Duff in the box. He weaved inside his marker but was brought down and a penalty awarded. Craig Allan stepped up and duly converted the kick to make it 1-0 after 25 minutes.

Findlay then became centre of attention when he let grasp a corner kick but then redeemed himself with an excellent finger tip save to prevent a goal in 27 minutes.

Lowson came close when Hendry curled a 25 yard shot off the top of the bar in 32 minutes.

Graham then had a good opportunity after Duff flicked a pass into his path to run through on the GK but he took his 20 yard shot early and his effort was easily saved in 35 minutes.

Graham then came close with a 22 yard effort but the GK managed to scramble the shot round the post in 38 minutes.

Graham then almost charged down a pass back but the GK was alert in clearing.

Merpro were now on top and Duff came close with a shot just evading the post in 42 minutes.

Merpro opened the second half well and should have gone further ahead when Emerson made a good wing run setting up Craig Allan but his effort was blocked falling for Graham to fire wide from 6 yards in 46 minutes.

Lowson came back into the match when a low mishit corner kick failed to be cleared resulting in Milne inadvertently knocking into his own net as he attemptred to clear after 56 minutes.

Lowson were now encouraged and a few minutes later had a snap shot in the box scrape off the top of the bar.

Lowson then had a series of edge of the box free kicks as they applied some concerted pressure.

Findlay had to make a good blocking save after a defensive mistake to prevent a certain goal in thew 58th minute.

Merpro weathered the storm and began to hit back and went ahead again when Duff had his effort cleared only for Scott Graham to skillfully curl a left foot lobbed shot into the top of the goal from 18 yards to make it 2-1 in 62 minutes.

Merpro then had a another penalty claim when Duff was brought down in the box but the ref waived away the appeals in 64 minutes.

Merpro did however go further ahead shortly after when Milne made a great run from midfield before squaring a pass across goal for Scott Graham to score from 5 yards to make it 3-1 in 70 minutes.

Lowson refused to lie down and came back again with a spell of pressure with Findlay having to make an excellent save from a well hit driven shot from 12 yards in 76 minutes.

Just as it looked as if Merpro had again kept Lowson at bay a moment of slackness following a free kick allowed an attacker to drift in and score unopposed with a free header from 6 yards in 80 minutes.

Merpro finally in the closing minutes sealed the victory when Jharone Gibbon ran through and calmly slipped the ball under the advancing GK from 18 yards to make it 4-2 for his first competitive goal for Merpro.

This victory completes a satisfying week having qualified in midweek for the Tay Valley semi final and this win now takes them to the top of the league.

Team: Findlay, Gourlay, N.Duff,C.Allan,Whitworth, G.Allan, Houston(Duncan), Milne, E.Duff, Graham(Gibbon), Donaldson(Emerson) Sub: Bruce


MERPRO 3 V 1 NEWPORT

TAY VALLEY LEAGUE SHIELD

WEDNESDAY 25/8/10

 

Merpro produced an impressive performance against a strong Newport side to reach the semi final of the Tay Valley League Shield. In a winner takes all match Merpro came out on top to progress to meet Lowson United in the next round.

Merpro started the match and Euan Duff carved out an opening when his persistence allowed him to rob the GK on the edge of the box but his curled effort narrowly went past the post in 8 minutes.

Newport hit on the break and Smith had to make a good save from a Romilly shot in 14 minuutes.

Merpro were still the dominant side and finally went ahead when Milne won a midfield tackle and set up Scott Graham to run through and he slipped the ball past the GK to make it 1-0 after 26 minutes.

Euan Duff then again came close latching onto a long ball and firing a left foot shot just over the bar in 32 minutes.

Merpro were not to be denied and went further ahead  when Euan Duff made a run from half way setting up Scott Graham to drill a low 18 yard shot past the GK to make it 2-0 in 36 minutes.

Merpro continued to press and Craig Allan had an edge of the box shot saved by the GK in 39 minutes.

Graham then came close with a hooked snap shot in the box after 42 minutes.

Smith then made a good save parrying a shot with Graeme Allan tidying up to clear in 43 minutes.

Merpro deservedly went into the interval with a lead after some dominant first half midfield play.

Newport came out stronger in the second half upping their tempo and kept Merpro pinned back with occasuional dangerous breaks.

Emerson made a good run down the wing before setting up Craig Allan but he fired his effort over the bar in 55 minutes.

Newport hit the bar with a 25 yard drive in 60 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead shortly after when Greig made a good driving run before crossing into the box for Euan Duff to head home from 5 yards to make it 3-0 in 62 minutes.

Emerson then came close with a low shot narrowly going wide in 65 minutes.

Whitworth then had an audacious half way line free kick just clipping the back of the bar in 67 minutes.

Newport came back and grabbed a lifeline with a goal in 68 minutes.

Newport were now fired up and some good defensive blocks from Graeme Allan and Milne prevented goal bound attempts.

Merpro continued to press and Edginton set up Euan Duuf but his effort went over the bar in 78 minutes.

Craig Allan then set up a chance for Edginton but the GK did well in palming his lobbed effort over the bar in 82 minutes.

Newport made a last gasp effort and put late pressure on Merpro.

Smith palmed a long range shot onto the bar in 86 minutes.

Smith then made an excellent shot stopping reflex save round the post from a 10 yard drive in 88 minutes.

Merpro then saw out the match comfortably recording an impressive victory to move into th e semi finals for the first time in this competition.

Team: Smith ,Gourlay, N.Duff(Houston), C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Greig, Milne, E.Duff, Graham(Wilson), Emerson(Edginton).

Subs: Bruce, Findlay   

  


MERPRO 7 V 1 CAIRD PARK

DIVISION 1 TAY VALLEY SHIELD

MIDLANDS AMATEUR FOOTBALL SATURDAY 21 /8 /10

Merpro welcomed Caird Park to Montrose for the first time. Caird Park were promoted as Division 2 Champions last season and were expected to provide a stern test.

Caird Park started the match well playing some good football and went ahead after possession was lost in midfield and a quick through ball caught the Merpro defence flat footed and the attacker flicked the ball past Smith after only 8 minutes.

Merpro then were involved in a penalty claim after Craig Allan was pushed in the box after the ball had been cleared but despite the Caird Park player being booked no penalty was awarded.

However it only took a few more minutes for Merpro to equalise when Euan Duff made a good run down the right before firing in a low cross for Steven Donaldson to score a right foot effort from 6 yards in 14 minutes.

Merpro began to take control of the match and Caird Park were showing signs of frustration which eventually  boiled over when their right back was sent off for a late challenge on Craig Allan after 24 minutes.

Merpro went ahead after 30 minutes when Dean Emerson latched onto a long clearance from Smith and shrugged of a marker before curling a 18 yard shot round the advanced GK into the top of the net to make it 2-1.

Merpro went further ahead when Donaldson made a good wing run before crossing for Craig Allan to shoot but his effort was blocked falling for Dean Emerson to knock the ball into the net from 6 yards to make it 3-1 after 35 minutes.

Merpro were now well on top and went further ahead prior to half time when Emerson completed a first half hat trick when he harassed a defender robbing him of the ball and then firing past the GK from 15 yards to make it 4-1.

Merpro continued to press forward and increased their lead when Euan Duff got a deserved goal for his hard work when he evaded the defence rounded the GK and slotted home from 12 yards after 55 minutes .

Greig then set up  a defence splitting pass for Donaldson to run onto and he then crossed into the box y for Dean Emerson to drill a low shot into the net from 10 yards to make it 6-1.

It was largely all Merpro and they had the chance to go further ahead when Euan Duff made a marauding run and after a couple of challenges he was finally brought down and a penalty awarded. Craig Allan stepped up to send the GK the wrong way but his effort hit the outside of the post and went behind in 70 minutes.

Merpro continued to press forward as goal difference may become a factor in qualifying and soon increased the scoring. Craig Allan floated in a free kick which was cleared to the edge of the box only for Dean Emerson to promptly control a rare right foot volley and guide it into the top of the net to take his personal tally to five goals in the game and make it 7-1 after 78 minutes.

Merpro continued to dominate with Greig having a succession of shots from the edge of the box as the game ran out without increasing their lead any further.

A solid performance after starting slowly as Merpro maintained their discipline resulting in a convincing victory in the end.

Team: Smith, N.Duff, Houston, C.Allan,Whitworth, G.Allan, Bruce(Wilson), Milne(Greig),E.Duff, Emerson, Donaldson(Gibbon), Subs: Findlay, Gourlay

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FC POLONIA 3 V 3 MERPRO

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1 TAY VALLEY SHIELD

WEDNESDAY 18/8/10

Merpro travelled through to Dundee for an evening match against their  Polish opponents for their opening League Cup match. Matches with Polonia are usually open and robust  and this match mirrored last seasons encounters.

Merpro largely played well and only some profligate finishing denied them the full three points.

Merpro started well and Euan Duff headed narrowly wide from a Donaldson corner kick in 5 minutes.

Greig then fired a snap shot across the face of goal in 12 minutes.

After a good passing move involving Houston and Donaldson Emerson latched onto a pass but the alert GK saved well for a corner kick in 15 minutes. Graeme Allan then came close with a floated 12 yard header from brother Craig’s free kick but the GK saved well in18 minutes.

Merpro had a good chance when Houston floated in a cross only for Euan Duff to head wide after 20 minutes.

Polonia finally threatened when Henderson punched clear from a corner kick but the ball was crossed back into the box and after some scrambled efforts Graeme Allan did well in blocking an effort and clearing the danger in 25 minutes.

Merpro then went ahead when Euan Duff latched onto a defenders mistake and ran through before calmly slotting past the advancing Gk to score from 16 yards to make it 1-0 after 27 minutes.

Polonia soon replied when a cross failed to be cleared properly in the box and a 10 yard shot was deflected past Henderson in 29 minutes.

Merpro replied with a Euan Duff header narrowly going over the bar from aDonaldson cross in 35 minutes.

Donaldson and Emerson combined with the latters low driven shot well saved at the post by the GK in 40 minutes.

Just on the stroke of half time Donaldson had a snap chance when the ball fell for him in the box but he elected to pass rather than shoot and the opportunity was cleared.

Merpro started as they had finished and quickly created another opening when Craig Allan set up Emerson but his floated lob from 18 yards just went over the bar in47 minutes.

Graeme Allan broke forward and his effort was fumbled by the GK falling for Euan Duff but the GK recoverd to save  his 10 yard shot on the turn after 52 minutes.

However Merpro’s attacking play was rewarded when Donaldson sent in a curling cross for Gordon Houston to claim his first ever Merpro goal by stretching with a defender to touch the ball into the net from 6 yards with a subsequent joyous celebration after 54 minutes to make it 2-1.

Merpro were now well on top and creating several edge of the box shooting opportunities.

The next clear opening arrived from a Gourlay cross falling for Donaldson at the back post but his 5 yard shot was well blocked to prevent a goal in 60 minutes.

 At this stage Polonia were not threatening but this soon changed initially with a shot going narrowly over the bar following a corner kick in 70 minutes.

Merpro were then caught with a long ball with the attacker winning his tussle and running through to slot past Henderson in 75 minutes to make it 2-2.

A few minutes later a rare loose pass on the night allowed an attacker to break through at pace rounding the GK and shooting home to allow Polonia to take an unlikely lead in the 78th minute.

Merpro refused to lie down and Graeme Allan had another header saved by the  GK following a Donaldson free kick in 80 minutes.

Edginton then came close with a low driven shot from 15 yards which just shaved the post in 82 minutes.

Merpro finally deservedly equalised when the hard working Euan Duff chased down a defender pressurising him into knocking the ball into his own net from 8 yards to make it 3-3 in the 84th minute.

Merpro kept pressing forward and looked to have set up the winner when a good run and curling cross ball from Duncan fell for Euan Duff at the back post but somehow  from 4 yards knocked the ball wide.

This was a good overall performance by Merpro  who largely dominated the match especially in the second half .

Team:Henderson,Gourlay,Houston,C.Allan,N.Duff,G.Allan,Duncan,Greig,E.Duff,Emerson(Edginton)

Donaldson(Findlay)  Subs: Bruce,Cruickshank,Smith

 

MERPRO 0 V 0 ARBROATH HSFPs   

MIDLANDS AMATEUR FOOTBALL 

DIVISION ONE   SATURDAY  14/8/10

 

Merpro opened the new Midlands  2010-11 season with a league encounter with their closest local rivals from Arbroath.

Merpro have enjoyed a successful pre season winning all their matches and were looking forward to the new campaign.

Both sides were much changed from last season partly due to suspensions from the previous season and also the introduction of new signings.

Merpro introduced competitive debuts to five new players after some encouraging pre season form.

The match started off at a cracking pace on a hot sunny day and Merpro created the first opening with Euan Duff firing in a 22 yard shot going just past the post after 4 minutes.

Merpro had another half chance when GK Brown misplaced a clearance kick which fell for Craig Allan who promptly fired an effort from 35 yards back at goal but the keeper managed to recover  his position and collect safely after 8 minutes.

Arbroath began to settle playing some good football and kept Merpro pinned back with a series of corners and crosses into the box.

However it was Merpro who almost broke the early deadlock when Craig Allan fired in a 25 yard free kick which the GK fumbled but none of the attackers were alert and the ball was cleared to safety after 18 minutes.

Merpro then had a gilt edged chance when a long ball from defence fell for Euan Duff to run through unopposed but as he drew the GK out to the edge of the box he was unable to get enough power on his effort and his shot was easily saved in 22 minutes.

The game was falling into a pattern of Arbroath possession with Merpro counter breaks.

Merpro had another half chance when a Gourlay cross fell for Gibbon in the box but his snap shot went wide of the goals after 28 minutes.

The match then became more end to end without either side enjoying any significant dominance as the first half ended.

Merpro started the second half with a higher tempo and good interlinking play between Houston and Gibbon created an opening for the latter to fire in a 15 yard effort over the bar after 47 minutes.

Graham then created an opening but his curled 20 yard shot went over the bar in 50 minutes.

Merpro pushed on and came close when Graeme Allan made a storming run from defence playing some interlinking  passes before finding himself crowded out in the box but he was still able to clip in a 12 yard shot on the turn but was unfortunate to see it come back off the bar after 56 minutes .

Merpro were beginning to dominate and the best chance of the match arrived following a good passing move and run by Bruce who crossed  into the box for Greig to shoot from 12 yards but he could only directed his effort  straight at the GK after 60 minutes.

Smith then had to make a good save when FPs Farquharson sneaked in at the back post following a headed flick on by Fenwick from a long throw in 64 minutes.

Graham then had a good run on the right amd fired in a dangerous cross across the face off the goal but there  were no one waiting to take the chance in 69 minutes.

The match was end to end but Merpro continued to create the openings with  Bruce having a penalty claim turned down in 75 minutes.

Smith had to make some good handling saves from edge of the box saves and Nicol Duff made some good interception challenges to prevent FPs having any openings.

Merpro looked to have opened the scoring following a good run from Euan Duff crossing into the box for Scott Graham to fire into the net ut he was given offside in the 72nd minute.

Merpro created another good opening with another break from defence by Graeme Allan setting up Emerson who outpaced his marker before firing in a low 16 yard goalbound drive which the GK did well to fingertip round the post in 74 minutes.

In the closing stages Bruce had an opportunity but his 15 yard shot was well saved by the GK to ensure the match ended goalless.

Merpro had a sluggish first half but improved their performance in the second half and only some good goalkeeping and a failure to take their chances allowed FPs to happily take a point back home to Arbroath.

Team: Smith, Gourlay(Wilson), Houston(Donaldson), C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Bruce, Greig, Graham, E.Duff, Gibbon(Emerson). Sub: Duncan

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SEASON 2009-10 REPORTS


MERPRO FINISH OFF SEASON IN STYLE

NEWPORT 2 V 5 MERPRO                  MIDLANDS DIVISION 1                                        MONDAY 31st MAY 2010

Merpro travelled over the Tay Bridge to Fife to meet Newport to finish off their memorable 2009-10 League season.

What a difference a few days rest makes as a revitalised Merpro completing their fifth game in 10 days laid a bogey to rest achieving their first win at Newport since joining the Midlands league.

Newport are always difficult to beat and this win was achieved by a quick fire start and some creditable fitness levels at the end to clinically clinch the match with a late flurry of goals.

Merpro started well with Doyle flicking a pass forward for Christie to run through but the GK made a good finger tip save to force the shot wide in 2 minutes.

Merpro came close again following a long Findlay throw fell for Doyle in the box but his 10 yard shot was blocked wide in 4 minutes.

Newport then went ahead with their first attack when a long throw was headed in off the underside of the bar and deemed to have just crossed over the line in 6 minutes.

It was rapidly becoming a game of long throw with Findlay firing in another effort for Graham to chest down and shoot narrowly over the bar in 8 minutes.

Merpro soon equalised when Scott Graham picked up a through ball from Houston and shrugged off a defender to run through and fire in an 18 yard shot past the advancing GK in 10 minutes.

Christie then sent in a free kick which almost created an own goal before being cleared to Whitworth but his shot was blocked after 12 minutes.

The hectic opening continued with Merpro taking the lead after a further Findlay long throw falling for Craig Christie to sneak in with a header from 8 yards to make it 2-1 after only 14 minutes.

Merpro created another chance as the tall Newport defence were finding it surprisingly difficult to cope with another Findlay long throw which fell for Brown at the back post but he was unable to get enough power on his headed effort from 6 yards to trouble the GK in 22 minutes.

The early flourish began to settle and Newport regained som e composure and began to put Merpro under some constant pressure.

Findlay did well to clear a shot off the line in 38 minutes.

Newport eventually got their reward when a long cross into the box evaded the Merpro defenders and an attacker managed to head into the net from 12 yards to make it 2-2 after 42 minutes.

Newport started the second half fired up and Henderson did extremely well to clear a goalbound shot off his line with his feet in 50 minutes .

Merpro began to gain a hold of the match again and created some further chances.

Christie came close with a shot just narrowly going past the post in60 minutes.

Houston then set up Graham with a quickly taken throw in but he was unable to beat the GK after 65 minutes.

Milne then split the defence with a through ball for Christie to run onto but as he drew the GK out he hit his effort straight at the keeper who blocked the effort in 70 minutes.

Christie then turned provider setting up Graham with a similar chance but his effort was also cleared to safety in 74 minutes.

Merpro were breaking the Newport defence with good midfield play and eventually went ahead when GraemeAllan made a good run setting up Craig Christie to score in the 80th minute to make it 3-2.

Merpro were now well on top dominating in midfield with some lively play and went further ahead when Milne burst through shrugging off some tackles before being brought down in the box .

He managed to recover and put the ball in the back of the net but the excellent referee had already made her decision to award a pen.

Craig Allan stepped up and duly converted to put Merpro further ahead after 84 minutes.

Henderson then had to make an agile double save from some threatening  Newport play to prevent them from scoring in 86 minutes.

Merpro then finished of the match when Christie set up Chris Milne to score his deserved goal in the 88th minute to make it 5-2 for the visitors.

This was an excellent Merpro performance to finish  off what has undoubtedly been their best ever season since joining the Midlands Association.

Team : Henderson, Findlay, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Christie, Milne, Graham(Riach), Doyle(Pert),Brown, Subs: Duncan, M.Smith 





MENZIESHILL 2 V 0 MERPRO            MIDLANDS DIVISION 1                                     SATURDAY 29TH MAY 2010

Merpro  travelled to Dundee to meet  Menzieshill AFC  who only needed a point to confirm promotion into the Premier League.

Merpro were playing their fourth game in eight days and found it difficult to raise their game and were carrying some niggling injuries looked tired throughout the match.

 Menzieshill ran out worthy winners although both their goals especially the second  were extremely contentious.

Both sides were content to play themselves into the match in the early stages with Merpro creating their  first chance after 10 minutes with Brown slicing his shot wide.

Menzieshill almost opened the scoring when a low shot came back off the post but Merpro immediately broke upfield with a good Christie run and cross setting up Houston who drilled an 18 yard shot narrowly over the bar in 15 minutes.

Christie then did well to chase down a long ball with the GK who let the ball slip out of his grasp but Graham was unable to convert the pass from him in 22 minutes.

Neither side had the upper hand at this stage but this was soon to change with the first of the contentious officials decisions.

Menzieshill went ahead when Duff was deemed to have pulled at his opponent although it looked harsh and both sides were surprised at the decision to award a penalty which was duly converted to make it  1-0 after 35 minutes.

Merpro were looking to try to get back into the match in the second half but were undone by a poor decision. Menzieshill were awarded a corner kick and from the resultant cross an attacker challenged GK Henderson for a corner kick and in the process managed to punch the ball into the net from 6 yards. Somehow the referee  managed to miss the infringement and the goal was allowed to stand after 50 minutes.

Menzieshill were duly encouraged and pressed forward looking for more goals but good defending kept them at bay.

Henderson had to make an excellent save in the final minutes as Menzieshill broke on a Merpro attack and attempted to finish with a late flourish.

Team : Henderson, Findlay, Duff, C.Allan,Whitworth, Milne, Brown, G.Allan, Graham(Doyle),Christie, Houston. Sub: M.Smith  

      




MERPRO 2 V 3 LOWSON UNITED         DIVISION 1                                                              WEDNESDAY 26/5/10

Merpro’s recent excellent run of results came to an end after a resolute Lowson snatched a late winner in the dying minutes to leapfrog Merpro in the league on Wednesday evening.

This was Merpro’s third match in six days and after a slightly sluggish first half creditably came back strongly in the second half and had looked the more likely side to take the full points.

Lowson started well on a greasy surface due to the drizzling rain enjoying the bulk of possession and it took Merpro 15 minutes to create their first chance. Graham made a good run down the right wing before  crossing for Christie to narrowly head over from 8 yards.

An excellent Merpro midfield move then set up Christie to run through but he pulled his 15 yard effort wide in 18 minutes.

Merpro then went ahead with a well executed goal set up by another Graham run and cross for Craig Christie to direct a glancing header into the net of the underside of the bar from 12 yards in 22 minutes.

Merpro almost went further ahead when Christie latched onto a Pert through ball and lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper but a superb defensive hooked clearance on the line kept the ball out of the net.

Lowson came back into the match with a well struck low curling left foot 25 yard freekick from Pattullo that crept in at the post in 32 minutes.

Lowson then began to dominate with long spells of pressure pinning Merpro back in defensive mode.

However Merpro created  a further gilt edged chance following  a good run by Christie on the left wing before he sent in a curled pass in behind the defence across the goal but Graham just failed to connect properly and the Lowson defence managed to scramble the ball to safety in 40 minutes.

Merpro started the second half well but Lowson broke the deadlock when another Pattullo 25 yard free kick crept under goalkeeper Matt Smith who appeared to expect the ball to take a bounce but kept low  in the greasy surface after 55 minutes.

Merpro refused to be daunted and created a series of chances.

Graham did brilliantly controlling a cross in the box before completely turning his marker inside out and then firing in a shot at goal from 10 yards but somehow a defender managed to get back onto the line to make another superb goal line clearance in 60 minutes.

Graham was then further denied following a 22 yard shot which completely deceived the goal keeper but in diving came back off his head to safety in 64 minutes.

However Merpro’s pressure was rewarded when Christie made a nother good wing run and placed a perfect cross for Scott Graham finally get his well deserved goal by knocking into the net from 8 yards in 68 minutes to make it 2-2.

Christie then created a similar dribbling run down the wing before cutting inside and firing in a low shot at goal which rebounded back to him at pace at head height. His instinctive 5 yard header then crashed back off the post leaving Lowson relieved in 75 minutes.

Merpro were now on top and looking the stronger side pushing Lowsion back into their own half but unable to capitalize further.

Lowson came back in the closing stages and Mann slotted home after a combination move on the edge of the box with Crighton left him free to shoot into the net from 14 yards in the 88th minute for the winner.

A disappointing outcome as Merpro’s second half performance at least deserved a draw but credit to Lowson for some superb defensive cover clearances and taking their opportunity at the end.

Team : M.Smith, Findlay, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Pert(Brown), Milne(Stephen), Graham, Christie, Wilson(Edginton) Subs; Duff, Henderson

  




MERPRO 1 V 0 ARBROATH AMATEURS        MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE                             MONDAY 24th MAY

Merpro had little time to bask in their Ferraris Shield Final success returning to League action 3 days later entertaining near neighbours Arbroath Amateurs to Montrose.

Merpro eventually ran out winners but left it late after scorning a series of chances and finally relying on an own goal as time ran out.

 Merpro created the first clear cut chance when a good run by Wilson set up Christie who turned inside his marker but his effort was held by the GK in 6 minutes.

Christie then broke on a through ball from Milne before crashing a shot off the post in 8 minutes.

Arbroath then began to dominate possession and a good inside run by Murray ended with Matt Smith making a low save in 15 minutes.

 Merpro looked likely to open the scoring when Graham broke through a tackle setting up Christie to run through on his own but GK Anderson saved his direct effort in 20 minutes.

Houston then made a good run down the flank eventually winning a corner. From Craig Allan kick Christie outjumped his marker only to head narrowly over the bar from 4 yards in 30 minutes.

Merpro were now beginning to have most possession and from a Whitworth free kick Findlay head flicked over from 6 yards in 35 minutes.

 Whitworth then sent in another curled free kick which Christie did well to latch onto but could only direct wide from 12 yards in 40 minutes.

Merpro looked to be overpowering their opponents and this turned out to be the case as they went on to largely dominate the second half.

Graham had the ball in the net early after 47 minutes but was given offside.

Wilson then had a 20 yard shot go narrowly wide in 50 minutes.

Anderson then made a good low save from  a Christie low 15 yard left foot shot creeping in at the far post after 52 minutes.

Merpro were now well on top and from Christie inswinging corner the GK flicked on before it was cleared of the line by a defender in 54 minutes.

Graham then looked likely to score with a powerful driven shot from 16 yards but was well saved by GK Anderson in 56 minutes.

Christie then had the ball in the back of the net from a Wilson cross but was correctly adjudged to be offside in 60 minutes.

Graham then made a great run down the right flank before crossing for Brown to somehow head wide from 6 yards in 64 minutes.

Arbroath were posing little attacking threat but as so often  happens  Dewars latched onto some slack play in the Merpro defence and was brought down by Duff in the box attempting to cover and a penalty was correctly awarded.

However for his second game running Matt Smith proved his worth by again making a penalty save in the 70th minute.

Merpro attempted to make the most of this and Brown sent a long ball forward for Graham to shrug off a marker before firing in a low driven  cross which was just evaded the onrushing Christie to connect in 75 minutes.

Arbroath then had Murray sent off in 77 minutes.

From the resultant Brown long cross field free kick Christie drifted in at the back post to knock home but was somehow deemed to be offside to cancel out the goal.

It was all Merpro attacking and Craig Allan was next to fire over the bar following a Christie corner in 82 minutes.

Christie was having some personal duels and picked up a Graham through ball before rounding the GK and firing in a low shot from 8 yards but some excellent cover from Traill cleared off thegoal line much to his delight in 86 minutes.

Just as it was looking to be an unlikely non scoring draw Merpro forced another corner in 88 minutes. Craig Allan then swung in an inswinging corner which was knocked into his own net by a despairing defender to put Merpro deservedly in front making it 1-0.

Team: M.Smith, Findlay, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth (Edginton),Duff, Brown, Milne, Graham, Christie, Wilson. Sub; Gray

Match  Sponsor : RK Services Tool Hire.





ELMWOOD 0 V 2 MERPRO          FERRARI’S SHIELD  FINAL                                              FRIDAY 21ST MAY 2010

Merpro travelled to East Craigie Park Dundee to face Premier League side Elmwood in the Ferrari’s Shield Final on Friday evening. On a hot balmy evening Merpro recorded one of their finest ever victories and came back to Montrose with their first trophy success since joining the Midlands Association.

Merpro’s recent form has been impressive and having amongst others defeated two further Premier League sides en route to the final were looking forward to the match.

 Merpro had a large travelling support appearing to outnumber  the opposition further helping  to provide additional motivation and create a lively atmosphere.

Both sides started tentatively ensuring no early advantages were gained before a long clearance from Henderson almost fell for Graham but the GK came off his line quickly to collect in 4 minutes.

Donaldson made a good run down the left wing but his cross was intercepted in 6 minutes.

Duff then had a dangerous cross well saved by the GK in 8 minutes.

Elmwood began to settle and created a couple of chances with low crosses across the face of the Merpro goal in 10 and 12 minutes.

Donaldson was injured and had to be replaced by Wilson in 18 minutes.

Merpro then almost opened the scoring following a good move involving Milne setting up Christie who ran past his marker on the right wing before sliding in a low precise cross for Graham but the GK managed to make a low diving finger tip save to intercept after 20 minutes.

Merpro created another opening when a long Whitworth free kick found Christie but his glancing curled header went over the bar in 24 minutes.

Whitworth then came close with a header following a Craig Allan corner kick in26 minutes.

Merpro were in control at this stage and another opening came along when he picked up a pass running past the out rushing GK but was pushed wide and could only direct his angled effort wide in 28 minutes.

Buchanan then made a dangerous run causing some anxiety but was eventually smothered by good Merpro cover by Duff in 32 minutes.

Elmwood began to get back into the match and Henderson had to make a good clutching save from a Buchanan effort in 36 minutes.

Merpro came back strong and Graham was unlucky with a powerful 14 yard shot deflected wide for a corner kick in 38 minutes.

From the resultant Christie corner the ball fell for Craig Allan in the box but his snap left foot shot from 8 yards was cleared in the 39th minute.

 Merpro had the ball in the back of the net following a Whitworth free kick head flicked on by Milne but Christie had strayed into an offside position before finishing well in 42 minutes.

Elmwood almost made the most of this after some confusion in the Merpro rearguard from a long ball almost allowed then an opportunity before Graeme Allan and Henderson managed to deal with the chance in 43 minutes.

Merpro then took the lead at the perfect time when Graham dropped short picking up a pass before turning and chipping a crossball behind  the Elmwood defence allowing Craig Christie to drift in and float a looping header over the advancing GK into the back of the net in 44 minutes to make it 1-0.

 Merpro first half play had created more chances and their lead was deserved.

Merpro started the second half forcing an early cirner kick and then Graham made a good run setting up Craig Allan but his effort was saved in 47 minutes.

Henderson had to make a good save after Elmwood’s left winger Martin created some danger in 55 minutes.

Houston then made a midfield break before shooting wide from 22 yards in 58 minutes.

Henderson then had to make another good save from a long range effort in 60 minutes.

Merpro then created another breakaway chance when Graham set up Christie who drifted inside his marker before firing in an 18 yard shot which went over the bar in 70 minutes.

Christie then repaid Graham but his shot was also saved by the GK in 75 minutes.

Elmwood then began to dominate and press forward and were keeping Merpro pinned back .

Henderson had to make a series of good handling saves from crosses but some determined defending on the edge of the box kept Elmwood from creating any significant chances.

Merpro then began to hit Elmwood on the breakaway with Christie prominent and on one occasion was pulled back by a defender as he raced in on goal in the 80th minute.

Merpro finally sealed the match with their second goal when Scott Wilson picked up a Christie cross in the box steadied himself before shooting a low drive from 12 yards past the GK in 85 minutes to make it 2-0.

Merpro’s  tension was relieved and looked to have gone further ahead when Chris Milne drove past a defender before slotting home but amidst his jubilant celebrations somehow his goal was disallowed for an unknown reason in 88 minutes.

Findlay replaced Graham in 90 minutes.

The match was now into lengthy injury time and another Merpro  gilt edged chance was created by Christie who slid a pass across the face of the goal only for Findlay, to wide acclaim!, somehow scoop the ball over the bar from 3 yards for what must surely be the miss of the season in 95 minutes.

 Merpro saw the match out uneventfully to record the culmination of a 5 year period of rebuilding with a deserved historic victory for Montrose Amateur football  and make their mark as a winning side in the  Midlands Association.

Team : Henderson, Duff, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Brown, Milne, Graham(Findlay), Christie, Donaldson(Wilson)Subs: Doyle, M.Smith, S.Smith

 

Merpro AFC would like to thank all of the travelling support who made it through to Dundee to make it such a memorable evening.


Douglas Sports Club 3 v 6 Merpro  Saturday 8th May 2010  Midlands Division 1
Merpro travelled through to Dundee on Saturday to take on Douglas Sports Club. Having won both their two previous encounters with their Dundee counterparts this season, Merpro were hoping to keep their outside chance of promotion alive by picking up all three points and make up for the disappointing result 7 days earlier.
Merpro showed their intention straight from the kick off, and with less than a minute on the clock Brown had a shot from distance saved by the home goalkeeper.The visitors continued to press, but the next clear opportunity for either team came when a Douglas free kick was sent high and wide on 10 minutes. The resultant goal kick from Smith was knocked on by Graham, and an attempted clearance by the Douglas defence was met by Craig Allan who shot just wide from 25 yards.
Allan was unlucky not to break the deadlock 3 minutes later when he met a long ball from Whitworth only to see his effort on the volley go wide again.
Merpro took a deserved lead on 16 minutes when Whitworth sent a free kick from deep in his own half into the opposition penalty box. Craig Christie was quickest to react and scored with a terrific header from 10 yards.
The visitors were dominating proceedings and weren’t allowing Douglas any time or space to get into their groove. Their efforts were rewarded on 20 minutes when they forced a corner on the right hand side. Craig Allan delivered a cross which proved too difficult for the Douglas keeper to hold and Sean Whitworth was on hand to bullet home the ball from 8 yards.
Douglas were struggling to get any foothold on the game, or contain the fast flowing movement from the visitors, and found themselves three down five minutes later when a good run and cross form Chris Milne provided Steven Donaldson with an easy tap.
Douglas were next to break on 26 minutes when their striker headed just wide after Smith just failed to reach a cross.
The home side were trying hard to get back into the match and were awarded a penalty on 43 minutes when Whitworth pulled an attacker down just inside the 18 yard box.
Matthew Smith in the Merpro goal was to be the hero though, firstly saving the penalty and then launching a huge kick up field which Craig Christie did well to chase down and force a desperate clearance from the Douglas defence. Chris Milne, having run 50 yards to support the play, did brilliantly to meet the clearance, shape himself and pass the ball into the corner of the net from 12 yards to make the score 4-0 at half time.
Douglas came straight out of the block at the start of the second half and were unfortunate not to get a goal back on 47 minutes when a good cross was headed just wide. They continued to press though and another opportunity was spurned a minute later. Merpro were not taking the warnings and conceded a sloppy goal on 50 minutes when a long throw in wasn’t cleared, leaving an easy tap in for the Douglas attack.
Their poor start to the second half had clearly affected the visitors who were now looking very nervous, and two minutes later they conceded a second goal when another set piece was not cleared effectively leaving another easy finish for Douglas who were now beginning to believe they could salvage something from the match.
3 minutes later the home side almost cut the deficit to one goal when a terrific free kick grazed the Merpro cross bar.
This proved to be Douglas best chance of getting back into the game though, and as Merpro began to settle they quickly found themselves taking control again, and scored on 60 minutes when a Brown throw in was only headed clear as far as Christie who gladly accepted the chance to blast the ball home on the volley from 12 yards to make the score 5 – 2.
The goal settled Merpro and they now began to force the play again, once more closing Douglas down at every opportunity and grabbing their chances to break as and when they came, with Christie trying to get his own hat trick on 65 minutes, but finding his shot from distance easily saved by the Douglas keeper.
The visitors went further ahead on 73 minutes when another good break found Christie on the half way line. He carried the ball at pace to the by-line before crossing into the path of Nicol Duff whose brilliant supporting run was rewarded with the easiest of tap-ins at the back post.
The game and the points seemed safe now, but one final twist in the score-line took place on 80 minutes when Mark Findlay tried to clear a dangerous Douglas cross with his head, only to see his ‘clearance’ from 8 yards beat Smith high at his own back post.
This was to be Douglas SCs’ only chance in the later stages though and it was much more likely that Merpro would extend their lead with the home keeper having to save efforts from Aiden Pert and Scott Graham in the closing minutes of the match.
In the end it was a well deserved win for the Montrose side, and means their outside chance of promotion stays alive going into their last 4 league matches.
With the Ferraris Shield also up for grabs when they take on Elmwood AFC in the Final of the Competition at Craigie Park on the 21st May, their season looks to be reaching a very exciting climax.
Team: M.Smith, Duff, Houston(Findlay), C. Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Brown, Milne, Graham, Christie, Donaldson (Pert), Subs: S.Smith, Wilson. 



MERPRO 1 V 3 FC CLAYPOTTS      DIVISION 1         SATURDAY 1/5/10

 

Merpro welcomed  FC Claypotts to Montrose for their return league fixture. Both sides met earlier in the season recording a 2-2 draw in Dundee. Merpro were fresh from recording two important victories during the past week reaching a Cup Final and gaining three midweek league points bringing themselves to having an outside chance of sneaking into the promotion race.

Merpro have produced some excellent performances of late but on this occasion were disappointingly unable to raise their game at the required moments and turned in one of their poorest matches of the season.

Claypotts started brightly and some quick forward play kept Merpro in their own half in the early stages.

Merpro created their first opening when Graham set up Craig Allan but his slip shot on the turn went  narrowly across the face of goal just missing the back post in 8 minutes.

Henderson then made a good handling save from a low driven cross in 10 minutes.

Claypotts snatched the opener when a Henderson punch fell to  the edge of the box and was immediately driven back into the goalmouth for an attacker to shoot home from 6 yards despite a despairing attempt to clear off the line by Findlay in 12 minutes.

Merpro created a chance when Houston set up Christie but his curled shot from 15 yards just went wide after 14 minutes.

Another golden opportunity was created when Whitworth curled a pass behind the defence for Christie to run through.He steadied himself and curled in a cross for Brown who had made a good breaking run from midfield but he was unable to direct his 6 yard effort on goal firing past the post in 16 minutes.

Claypotts then began to dominate the match without creating any significant openings.

Merpro eventually  managed to get some control of the match and were rewarded with the equaliser when Craig Allan crossed for Craig Christie to curl a header into the top of the net from 12 yards after 30 minutes to make it 1-1.

Christie then had another opportunity when a long defensive clearance from Pert fell for him but the GK was alert and able to make a good save in 42 minutes.

 As the first half was drawing to a close Claypotts went back in front when some Merpro lapses in concentration allowed both an easy cross to be floated to the back post and then turned across goal for an easy tap in from 5 yards  to make it 2-1 at the break.

Merpro started the second half well and Graham had a good run in the box but his 10 yard shot was well saved by the GK after 48 minutes.

Merpro began to have the main possession in the second period and were keeping  Claypotts in their own half.However Merpro were finding it difficult get any cohesive passing going to get in behind the defence and crossballs were failing to find any attackers.

As the match progressed  Claypotts began to hit Merpro on the break and eventually went further ahead when an attacker was allowed to drift inside before firing in a low swerving drive from 18 yards after 75 minutes.

Merpro tried to rally but were unable to create any significant chances and Claypotts ran out worthy winners to draw level with Merpro on league points.

Merpro currently lie in seventh place but only six points behind second placed FC Polonia with a game in hand such is the tight nature of the current league placings.

Team: Henderson, Findlay(Stephen), Houston, C.Allan, Pert, G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Graham, Christie, Donaldson(Wilson) Subs; Doyle, M.Smith

Next match Douglas Sports Club (a) Division One  8/5/10 2pm ko.





ARBROATH HSFP 3 V 4 MERPRO   DIVISION ONE       WED  28/4/10                                                     
                                                                                     
 

Merpro travelled to Arbroath on Wednesday evening recording a double derby victory this season over their close rivals in Division One.  Merpro looked to be comfortable and well in control of the match with some excellent first half clinical finishing and forward play but a late rally and aerial bombardment from the indomitable FP’S made it a hectic and tense finish.

Merpro started slowly and fell behind following a Matt Gall header coming back off the bar and hitting the unfortunate Graeme Allan on the back and going into the net for an og after 4 minutes.

Merpro hit back when a Findlay long throw fell for Scott Graham to knock home from 6 yards to make it 1-1 after 7 minutes.

Merpro then went ahead following a quick break from defence with a Donaldson cross ball finding Graham  evading the FP’s defence and as he drew the GK out he unselfishly squared for Craig Christie to drill home from 12 yards to make it 2-1 after only 10 minutes.

FP’s hit back and Duff did well to deflect a shot wide in 12 minutes.

Merpro should have went further ahead when Craig Allan and Graham combined well to leave Brown with a great opportunity but he fired his 10 yard effort over the bar in 18 minutes.

However Brown soon made up for this miss by pressurising his opponent and winning a midfield tackle before slipping a defence splitting pass through for Graham who again ran through drawing out the GK and again unselfishly squaring for Craig Christie to slip the ball into the net to make it 3-1 after 22 minutes.

 FP’s came close when a blocked tackle from Duff spun to the back post but Lees could only head over the bar due to pressure from Findlay and Milne in 25 minutes.

Merpro then went further ahead with a superb Beckhamesque style free kick. Graham was fouled on the edge of the box by Fenwick .Craig Christie stepped up to perfectly curl a 20 yard floating kick into the top corner of the net for his hat trick to make it 4-1 after 30 minutes.

Merpro were now swarming over a stunned FP’s and Donaldson broke through from a Graham flick on but the GK saved his effort in 32 minutes.

Findlay then had a half way line clearance effort saved by the GK in 34 minutes.

Another great opportunity went a begging when following good midfield pressure Craig Allan then set up a pass across goal only for Whitworth to blast over the bar from 10 yards in 36 minutes.

FP’s were reeling at this stage but came back with a Fenwick header from a corner kick headed off the line by Donaldson on his defensive post duty in 40 minutes.

Merpro then had another great chance when Craig Allan created space for Brown in the box but he failed to hit the target shooting narrowly wide from 10 yards in 43 minutes.

Amazingly a further opportunity was created on the stroke of half time when Graham made a good run evading defenders before crossing for Craig Allan in the box but he also failed to find the target.

Half time provided some relief for FP’s from the Merpro attack who were able to cut them open at will with some fine interlinking play between Christie and Graham and should have been completely out of sight with the chances created in the first half.

FP’s are a strong and determined side and came back out fired up with Henderson immediately having to make two quick saves from McKenzie and Gall.

Graham made a good run and managed to fire in a shot at goal but the GK saved easily after 50 minutes.

FP’s then began to dominate the match as Merpro sat back and absorbed their pressure.

Merpro gradually weathered the storm and Graham then had an effort cleared off the line in 65 minutes.Merpro were now back in control and Graham and Pert ,making his competitive debut, both had efforts saved by the GK. Merpro almost snatched another goal when a Findlay long throw was almost headed into his own net by an FP’s defender.

 FP’s began to rally again and snatched a disputed goal when the incessant long throws for the giant centre forward  Gall paid dividends and  fell for Fenwick in the box. He first effort was cleared off the line but rebounded back appearing to strike his arm before being bundled into the net from 3 yards to make it 4-2 in 76 minutes.

The Arbroath side were now galvanished and quickly came right back into the match when Matt Gall latched onto a through ball outpacing the defence and firing in a low shot at the near post from 16 yards to make it 4-3 after 78 minutes.

Merpro were now attempting to grimly hang on and Graeme Allan managed to clear off the line from another  long throw in 82 minutes.

Merpro managed to get out of their own half when a Whitworth free kick fell for Christie but he was unable to coordinate his header at goal in 85 minutes.

Christie then had the ball in the FP’s net but was given offside in 86 minutes.

FP’s then began their final push with an aerial bombardment but the resolute Merpro defence were to see out the match and hang on in a frantic finish to secure the full points.

Team: Henderson, Findlay, Duff, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Brown, Milne, Graham, Christie, Donaldson(Pert). Sub; M.Smith, Stephen

 




 'MERPRO SPEED TO FERRARI'S FINAL '

MERPRO 2 V 1 CARNOUSTIE YM      FERRARI’S SHIELD SEMI-FINAL                              SATURDAY 24/4/10

Merpro reached the Ferrari’s Shield Cup Final on Saturday after defeating Premier League side Carnoustie YM . Merpro have been knocking on the Cup Final door for past two seasons reaching semi-finals but unable to get to the next step.

However on this occasion a superb first half performance gave Merpro the platform to move into their first Midlands Cup Final. Carnoustie fought back in the second half but a determined  Merpro ran out worthy winners graciously  acknowledged by their  opponents post match.

The match started with both sides enjoying spells of possession without creating any clear cut openings.

Brown took a quick throw for Christie to hit a shot on the turn but it lacked power and the GK saved after 10 minutes.

Brown then almost created an opening for himself chasing a through ball tackling the GK but a defender managed to clear as the ball ran free in 15 minutes.

Matt Smith then made the first of many good saves tipping a header over the bar in 18 minutes.

Merpro hit back with a quick fire breakaway move starting with a crunching Duff tackle on the half way line. He then passed  to Brown who moved forward crossing for Graham to send a 12 yard header back across goal. The GK made a low backward stretching save to prevent a goal but could only parry the ball into the feet of the onrushing Nicol Duff who had continued his run to knock home from 5 yards to score his first Merpro goal to make it 1-0 after 20 minutes..

Merpro created another chance when a Whitworth free kick was head glanced across goal but Milne was just unable to get a touch at the back post in 24 minutes.

Merpro had another golden opportunity when Graham broke the offside trap and ran through but his low 18 yard effort was saved by the GK and Christie‘s follow up curled shot was then pushed wide in 32 minutes.

Another excellent opportunity arrived when Christie challenged the GK for a cross ball and as the ball fell for Donaldson he fired in a shot which came back off a defender only for Craig Allan to agonisingly knock the ball wide from 6 yards in 40 minutes.

Just as it was looking as if Merpro’s  first half efforts would not be fully rewarded a second goal duly arrived . Craig Christie latched onto a Duff through pass and evaded the outrushing  GK and just as he looked to finish he  twisting back onto his other foot leaving a defender trailing and drilled a low shot into the net from 14 yards to make it a deserved 2-0 in 42 minutes.

Christie then came close again running onto a long ball and without any support managed to beat a defender and fire in a 10 yard shot from the byeline which came back off the post in 44 minutes.

Merpro were looking to keep the momentum going but Carnoustie started the second half well and Smith made an excellent low diving save turning a 16 yard shot round the post in 47 minutes.

Carnoustie were now on top and keeping Merpro pinned back who were finding it difficult to find their front men.

Merpro finally created another excellent opportunity when Graham made a great run but was unable to find the finish with the GK saving for a corner kick in 52 minutes.

From the corner kick Carnoustie broke quickly and Smith had to make a great save on the edge of the box to prevent a certain goal in 53 minutes.

Carnoustie were encouraged and causing problems and managed to come back into the match. A free kick fell for Cowan to fire a shot at goal landing at Harry Neave’s feet who  knocked home from 3 yards looking offside in the process after 60 minutes.

Carnoustie created another opening and another good save from Smith kept them at bay in 65 minutes.

Christie then had a good run and chance but he fired his effort wide in 72 minutes.

Merpro had weathered the storm and were now looking more composed and getting some possession again.

 Whitworth then had the ball in the net from a Donaldson cross but was given disappointingly offside after 78 minutes.

Merpro created another good chance when a powerful run from Milne set up Christie but he shot wildly over the bar in 85 minutes.

Carnoustie attempted to push forward in the dying minutes but Merpro hung on for a well deserved win with the referee playing a remarkable  9 minutes of injury time to take them into the Final .

This was Merpro’s  second victory over Premier League opposition and now face another Premier side Elmwood in the final who defeated the fancied Bank Street Athletic  after a penalty kick shoot out.

Team  : M.Smith, Duff, Houston, C.Allan, Whitworth, G.Allan, Brown, Milne, Graham(Findlay), Christie, Donaldson.  Subs ; Doyle, Pert, Wilson

Match Sponsor: R Coull and Son.

Next matches  : Arbroath HSFP’s (a) Division 1 Wed 28/4/10

                             FC Claypotts (h) Division 1 Sat 1/5/10 2pm ko            

Merpro v FC Polonia 17/04/10
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Both sides observe minutes silence prior to match in memorium to the Polish aircraft tragedy.


'Pro polaxe Poles'
  

MERPRO 6 V 3 FCPOLONIA       DIVISION1                             SATURDAY 17/4/10

Merpro welcomed FC Polonia to Montrose for their first encounter in Montrose. Polonia are a side composed of Polish nationals now resident in Tayside and they are currently sitting second in Division 1.

A minutes silence was observed prior to the match in memorium to the recent Polish aircraft tragedy.

Merpro started the match well and created a good chance after 8 minutes when Milne set up Graham but he fired his 12 yard shot over the bar.

Polonia went ahead  when an initial shot was blocked by Scott Smith but spun back towards goal  in the air. Donaldson attempted to hook the ball clear but only succeeded in aiding it into the net from 3 yards after 14 minutes.

Polonia were encouraged and had a spell of pressure without creating any further chances.

Merpro managed to get back into the match when a long ball from Graeme Allan ran through to the GK on the edge of the box but he mistimed his kick allowing Scott Graham to chase and hold off a defender to slide the ball into the net from 10 yards for the equaliser in 25 minutes.

Milne then made a storming run from midfield shrugging off two challenges before firing in a shot well saved by the GK in 35 minutes.

Merpro were now enjoying the bulk of the possession but Polonia created the last chance of the first half on a breakaway but the attacker pulled his effort wide in 42 minutes.

Merpro were looking to take command in the second half but it was Polonia who had the first chance . Matt Smith making his competitive debut for Merpo made a good save from a shot on the edge of the box in 47 minutes.

Graham then had a couple of opportunities initially with a hasty 30 yard shot going wide and then latterly from a curling Christie cross ball which he nudged wide in 49 minutes.

However Merpro soon went ahead with a well taken goal when Craig Christie picked up a pass from Craig Allan and directly ran in front of his marker before crashing in a rising 15 yard shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 in 50 minutes.

Matt Smith then had to make another good low save from a Polonia breakaway move to keep Merpro ahead in 52 minutes.

Polonia created another chance but the attacker knocked the ball wide as Smith dived at his feet making a blatant dive at the same time attempting to claim a penalty in 56 minutes.

Merpro weathered the Polish storm and almost went further ahead when Stephen broke through on the right firing in a shot at the near post which was well saved by the GK in 60 minutes.

Merpro began to get back on top and soon went further ahead.

Graham dribbled past his marker and was promptly taken down for a penalty.

Craig Allan stepped up and calmly slotted home after a delay to make it 3-1 after 65 minutes.

Polonia are a determined side and came back into the match when a midfield run failed to be stopped and the player slotted the ball under Smith to make it 3-2 in 70 minutes.

Whitworth then came close when a header from a corner kick was blocked on the line as was Craig Allan’s follow up shot in 72 minutes.

Merpro extended their lead after some good initial work from Donaldson set up Craig Christie to run through and drill a low shot into the net from an acute angle to make it 4-2 in 72 minutes.

Christie was denied his hat trick when his header from a Graham cross was flicked wide in 74 minutes.

Houston then made a good tackle to prevent a breakaway chance in 75 minutes.

Smith then made another good handling save under pressure at a corner kick in 77 minutes.

It was end to end action and Graham had an opportunity when a rebound came back to him but he was unable to get enough power on his header to lift it over the GK in 79 minutes.

Merpro however went further ahead when Sean Whitworth rose to head powerfully into the net from 8 yards from a Graham corner kick making it 5-2 in 82 minutes.

Polonia came back scoring when a long ball was fed through with the attacker who was  blatantly a couple of yards offside running on to slot into the net despite Merpro protests in 84 minutes.

Merpro were not content to sit back and came close again when three separate efforts were blocked in the box in a goalmouth stramash.

Christie then had another chance but he shot over the bar in 88 minutes.

Merpro finally had the last word when they were awarded another  penalty kick after the Polonia GK became involved in an off the ball incident with Milne. The GK was sent off and Craig Allan slotted home his second penalty kick to make it 6-3 at full time.

This was an excellent victory for the Montrose side taking them back up to joint 4th position in the League.

Team: M.Smith, Wilson(Gray),Houston, C.Allan, S.Smith(Stephen), G.Allan, Christie, Whitworth, Graham, Milne, Donaldson .

Next Match: Carnoustie YM (h) Ferrari’s Shield Semi-Final 2pm ko  







Slack goals too much to recover  despite repeat double goal act from the 2Craigs...  

MERPRO 3 V 4 MENZIESHILL                  SATURDAY 10/4/10                   GRAY TROPHY 1st Round

Merpro exited the Gray Trophy after a close encounter on Saturday but will look back on this match as a missed opportunity. A mixture of disappointingly  lost goals and missed chances allowed Menzieshill to remain in the game and Merpro literally paid the penalty late in the game.

Menzieshill opened with a slight wind at their backs and quickly opened their account when their left back picked up a loose ball and fired a speculative swerving 25 yard shot into the net after 4 minutes.

Merpro hit back with an excellently worked goal after a fine passing move starting from defence involving Duff, Whitworth and Graham setting up Craig Christie to round the GK and slot home from 10 yards to make it 1-1 after 10 minutes.

Whitworth then make a trademark storming run beating a couple of players before sending in a low cross which was blocked after 15 minutes.

Menzieshill  went ahead  following a 25 yard free kick curled into the net with the rearguard caught out expecting a cross after 16 minutes.

Merpro almost equalised after a goalmouth melee and had claims for a penalty when the GK initially fumbled a Milne shot then Graham’s follow up shot was well blocked .

The ball then fell for Milne to fire in another  effort which was again blocked and then the defender did a cartwheel with the ball stuck between his feet and finally cleared  despite claims for a foul after 25 minutes.

Henderson then had to be alert from a 20 yard looping shot which he did well to finger tip over the bar in 37 minutes.

Merpro created a couple of back to back chances when Brown sent in a cross for Christie to head on for Whitworth but the GK did well to block.

Whitworth then managed to follow this up but fired his effort into the side netting after 38 minutes.

Merpro finally equalised when Christie floated in a cross which fell for Craig Allan to deftly chip over the fast advancing defenders and GK from 16 yards to make it 2-2 in 42 minutes.

The increasingly agitated GK was extremely fortunate to remain on the park after an outburst and only booked for his actions.

Henderson had to look lively making a good early save into the second half.

Merpro almost went ahead when Whitworth flicked on a swerved pass for Christie to run past the last line of defence but as he slipped the ball past the GK from 18 yards his effort came back off the post in 52 minutes.

Christie then turned provider laying off a pass for Milne but his effort went wide in 54 minutes.

Duff then had a cross come shot well tipped over by the GK in 58 minutes.

Merpro were beginning to gain the upper hand and were unlucky when Christie set up Whitworth to run through unopposed but was deemed to be offside in 66 minutes.

Milne was next to break through from midfield but the GK was able to save his effort after 68 minutes.

The game entered a stalemate phase until this was broken by a loose Merpro back pass but luckily the attacker fired his shot wide as Henderson advanced out to meet him in 74 minutes.

Menzieshill broke the deadlock when a free kick fell in the box for the unmarked forward to control well and have time to fire into the net from 10 yards to make it 3-2 after 75 minutes.

Merpro came right back and Christie had a good chance but put his effort wide in 78 minutes.

Henderson then had to make a good save from a Menzieshill breakaway.

Merpro again came back for the third time equalising when Craig Christie managed to flick a low Craig Allan cross into the net from 14 yards to make it 3-3 after 82 minutes.

However just as it looked likely for Merpro to take the initiative Menzieshill came back and were awarded a penalty after a Graeme Allan tacklein the box. The penalty was duly converted to make it 4-3 after 85 minutes.

Merpro were not finished and upped their game again with Whitworth shooting wide.

Christie then had a 20 yard free kick tipped wide for a corner kick as Merpro attempted to set up a grandstand finish.

Whitworth then also had a 22 yard free kick but his shot was blocked.

A final gilt edged chance was created In the final minute when a Brown cross fell for Graham in the box but he pulled his effort wide as the final whistle blew.

 Team: Henderson, Duff(Findlay), Houston(Donaldson), C.Allan, Smith, G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Graham, Milne, Christie.

Next Match v FC Polonia (h) Division 1 2pm ko.    

 




"Double 'Craigs' earn Easter semi-final with some unseasonal peaches..." 

ST MICHAELS 1 V 3 MERPRO             SATURDAY 3/4/10                  FERRARI’S SHIELD QUARTER FINAL

Merpro travelled to Dundee on Saturday eventually overcoming resolute opponents to reach the Ferrari’s Shield semi-final. This was a hard fought encounter with St Michaels particularly strong in midfield but Merpro were able to match them and after a slow start gradually gained the upper hand.

St Michaels took an early lead after a long ball created some hesitancy and Conroy was able to run through slipping the ball under Henderson after 5 minutes.

Merpro took some time to settle but eventually created an opportunity when Brown managed to fire in a shot which came back of the post and with Whitworth about to pounce on the rebound the GK managed to flick the ball away to safety in 15 minutes.

Merpro came back into the match with a well created and executed equaliser when Craig Allan burst forward from midfield to set up Craig Christie who drew out the GK and flicked the ball into the corner of the net from 15 yards to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Merpro almost hit their opponents with a quick fire double when Whitworth head flicked on for Christie to run through but he flicked his effort over the onrushing GK and the bar from 16 yards in 22 minutes.

Another opportunity was created after an excellent one touch passing move starting in defence almost set up Milne but he was well tackled in the box after 26 minutes.

Merpro were now dominating and should have gone ahead following a Donaldson free kick falling for Craig Allan in the box but his blasted 10 yard shot was directed straight at the GK who instinctively did well to hang onto the ball in 35 minutes.

Merpro did however take the lead when Craig Allan was fouled on the edge of the box.

Craig Christie stepped up and curled an excellent Beckhamesque free kick into the top corner of the net leaving the GK rooted to the spot to make it 2-1 after 43 minutes.

St Michaels created some early second half pressure and Henderson was called upon to make a good save from Conroy who had sneaked in on a diagonal pass in behind the Merpro defence in 48 minutes.

Christie then made a good run from midfield shrugging off some tackles before firing over the bar in the 54th minute.

Merpro weathered some further pressure before Craig Allan managed to fire off a couple of shots saved by the GK and secondly just wide of the post after he followed up a Whitworth blocked pass in 60 minutes.

Whitworth then had a chance when a Donaldson free kick fell for him in the box but his first touch was heavy allowing a defender to scramble clear in 62 minutes.

Smith sent in a long free kick which evaded the defenders for Christie to head goal wards but was comfortably saved by the GK in 65 minutes.

Christie then created a chance for Craig Allan to hit a turning shot at goal after a quickly taken long throw but the GK did well to save in 68 minutes.

The game was becoming more intense with some crunching tackles taking place in midfield as both sides attempted to gain supremacy.

Merpro finally sealed the win with a peach of a goal from Craig Allan who fired in a low drive from 22 yards following a Christie lay off in 84 minutes.

Merpro had the ball in the back of the net again when Graham crossed into the box with a defender sliding the ball into the net for an own goal but Christie was given offside as he was the intended receiver of the cross ball in 86 minutes.

 Craig Allan should then have further capped a fine display with another goal but was unable to connect cleanly with a header from 6 yards from a Duff cross in the final minutes.

This was a fiercely contested cup tie at times with Merpro’s  developing physicality and discipline seeing them through to take their well deserved semi final place v Kelso/Carnoustie YM.

Team :  Henderson, Wilson(Houston), Duff, C.Allan, Smith, G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth(Graham), Christie(Doyle), Milne, Donaldson. Subs: Findlay, Pert.




"Arsehavin seals it for the 'Pro in extra time"

MERPRO 2 V 1 MORGAN FP’S (AET)

SATURDAY 27/3/10    

FERRARI’S SHIELD 2ND ROUND

Merpro were involved in consecutive Ferraris Cup action welcoming Premier League side Morgan FPs to Montrose. Merpro created some Monday newspaper headlines with the result of the day knocking out their esteemed opponents.

Both sides had to contend with difficult conditions due to a blustery cross field wind.

Morgan had the best of the conditions in the first half and their first chance came when  the wind caught hold of a loose pass allowing an attacker to run through but his effort came back of the bar in 6 minutes.

Both sides were trying to get control but neither side was able to gain any upper hand or create any significant chances in the early stages of the match. 

Merpro managed to set up a chance when Whitworth split the defence for Graham to run through but the alert GK managed to get to the ball first in 30 minutes.

Morgan then took the lead just as it looked likely to remain deadlocked at half time. A long overplayed ball was pushed  forward but the Merpro defensive clearance was mistimed and the attacker was able to make the most of his opportunity to fire under the advancing Henderson to make it 1-0 in 41 minutes.

Merpro started the second half well and built up some pressure.

Craig Allan had a shot at goal saved by the GK in 48 minutes .

Graham then had a good chance to equalise when Allan sent him through but the GK made a good save to deny him in 52 minutes.

Graham came close when he drifted behind a defender to get a header at goal but his effort was well saved by good positional GK awareness in 59 minutes.

Merpro were now controlling the match.

Graeme Allan sent a dangerous diagonal long ball through for Brown but alert defending prevented a scoring chance in 61 minutes.

From the resulting Brown long throw Whitworth came close with a backward flicked header.

Merpro changed shape and were rewarded with an immediate result.

Duff set up Christie who made a quick pacy break down the right wing sending in a low dangerous cross for Sean Whitworth to gather and crash home a shot from 10 yards for the deserved equalizer in 68 minutes.

Morgan rallied and Henderson had to make a low diving save in 82 minutes.

Both sides searched for the winner without creating any further clear cut chances taking the match into extra time.

Merpro opened strong and went ahead with a brilliant opportunistic goal from Scott Graham who dribbled past three defenders Arshavin style before slipping a poked shot under the advancing GK from 16 yards to make it 2-1after 94 minutes.

Morgan fought back and with Merpro claiming a foul as Donaldson lay injured Henderson was forced into making a good save with Duff subsequently clearing off the line.

Christie was then set up to go through on his own with  the GK but frustratingly the Referee blew for the half time break.

Merpro continued to push forward with Whitworth laying off for Wilson to power in an 18 yard low drive into the corner which was excellently saved by the Morgan GK to deny a certain goal in the108th minute.

Christie then had a great chance to secure the match but as he ran through on his own drawing out the GK he lofted his effort over the bar in the 110th minute.

Morgan pushed forward in the dying minutes but the Merpro rearguard maintained their composure and  held firm to seal a significant victory taking them  into the Quarter Finals.

Team: Henderson, Duff, Houston(Christie), C.Allan, Smith, G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Graham(Findlay), Milne, Donaldson(Wilson) Subs: Doyle, Pert.

Match Sponsor : IanSmith

Next Match : St Michaels(a) Ferrari’s Shield Quarter Final 2pm ko. 

   

MERPRO 4 V 2 PORTCULLIS

SATURDAY 20/3/10 FERRARI’S SHIELD 1st ROUND

 

Merpro welcomed Arbroath neighbours Portcullis in Ferrari’s Cup action to Montrose on a surprisingly sunny Spring day. Merpro eventually ran out comfortable enough winners but for spells in the match, especially in the first half, were more lacklustre than in recent performances.  

Portcullis kicked off with a moderate wind behind them and made the most of the opening action enjoying the early possession without looking threatening.

Merpro first chance came after 10 minutes following a Smith free kick Donaldson won a challenge with the GK but his header went over the bar.

A gilt edged chance was created by Christie setting up Milne to break the Portcullis rearguard and run through on the GK but his low shot was well saved by the custodians feet to safety in 12 minutes.

Findlay,making his second deputising appearance in goal this season, then made a good save from a Portcullis free kick in 15 minutes.

Craig Allan made a good break from midfield and only a good tackle by Falkner prevented a goal scoring opportunity.

From the resultant corner kick  Merpro opened their account.Craig Allan’s  cross was partly headed clear only to find Steven Donaldson waiting in the box who instinctively sent back a drilled placed header into the net from 15 yards after 26 minutes.

Portcullis then came back right back into the match with a couple of quick fire goals largely as a result of Merpro concentration lapses.

A long ball free kick fell for Twaddle to head home from 10 yards after he was allowed to run off his marker to make it 1-1 after 30 minutes. A few minutes later an innocuous  long cross came into the box only for a mix up resulting in Findlay fumbling his catch leaving  Twaddle with an easy opportunity to knock into the net after 33 minutes to make it 2-1 for the visitors.

However Merpro maintained their focus and an equaliser was soon conjured with an excellent goal. Whitworth produced a sublime long diagonal pass over the defence for Craig Christie to run through on goal and fire in a low first time shot past the GK from 18 yards after 36 minutes.

Whitworth then repeated a similar pass this time for Milne to run through but as he drew the GK out he hit his effort past the post in 40 minutes.

 Portcullis had the last chance o f the half when Twaddle again came close but his effort went just wide of the post after 43 minutes.

Merpro opened the second half brighter with Houston,Donaldson and Christie creating some opening chances with good play down the left hand side.

Merpro had a couple of free kicks on the edge of the box but neither  Christie or Whitworth were able to find the target.

Merpro were now dominating possession and Whitworth came close running onto a pass and managing to just get to the ball before the GK but his left foot flick shot was saved in 60 minutes.

Whitworth then came close with a swerving 18 yard shot following a Milne lay off in 65 minutes.

Merpro finally went ahead as their second half possession deserved when a good move involving Milne and low curling cross from Donaldson left Sean Whitworth to score on his second attempt  from 8 yards in front of goal after his first effort was saved by the GK in 68 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead when Graham came short and flicked a pass behind the defence for Steven Donaldson to run through amd drill in a low shot into the corner of the net from 15 yards to make it 4-2 after 78 minutes.

Merpro created another opportunity when Archbold won a header to set up Milne but his effort went over the bar in 82 minutes.

Houston and Donaldson who had combined well throughout the game then set up a final chance for Archbold but his snap shot was well blocked in the dying minutes.

Although not a vintage Merpro performance this was  another win under their belts to take them safely into the next round .

Team : Findlay, Wilson(Duff), Houston, C Allan, Smith, G Allan, Brown, Whitworth(Archbold), Christie(Graham), Milne, Donaldson, Subs: Doyle, Stephen.

Match Sponsor : Nuffield Tractor Rep

Next Match : Morgan FPS (H) Ferrari’s Shield 2nd Round 2pm KO

LOGIE HARP 4 V 4 MERPRO

Sat 13/3/10 Midlands Division 1

 

Merpro continued in League action on Saturday returning home with a draw yet ultimately frustrated at having let the full points slip from their grasp.

A Merpro victory would have moved them into joint 3rd place but credit also to Logie who fought right to the end and snatched a late wonder goal to equalise.

Merpro made the perfect opening scoring when a Craig Allan corner kick fell for Sean Whitworth to knock into the net from 5 yards after 3 minutes.

Findlay then did well chasing down the GK robbing him of the ball as he tried to escort it over the goal line but defenders managed to get back to prevent a scoring opportunity in 10 minutes.

Logie came back into the match when a cross was cut back for Johnson to score from 12 yards to make it 1-1 after 12 minutes.

Merpro went back into the lead when a Steven Donaldson in swinging corner kick curled directly into the top of the net to make it 2-1 in 15 minutes.

Graham then came close with a deflected 15 yard shot well saved by the GK in 18 minutes.

Craig Allan made an excellent run, shrugged off a strong tackle and set up a cross for Findlay to narrowly send a header over the bar in 22 minutes.

Allan then set up Graham to go through on his own but his first touch was heavy and the GK managed to collect the ball in 30 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead when Smith sent forward a long free kick which was expertly guided into the net by Scott Graham with an airborne leaped tap in from 16 yards leaving the GK with no chance to save in 35 minutes.

Graeme Allan then made a storming run before being brought down on the edge of the box but Whitworth’s resultant free kick hit the defensive wall after 39 minutes.

Logie who had been playing good football but contained well managed to grasp a lifeline when Conway made a momentum run from midfield and was brought down just inside the box by Houston attempting to make a tackle.

Logie subsequently dispatched the penalty after 43 minutes to change the change the match atmosphere at half time.

Into the second half and Houston immediately made a charging run from full back evading three tackles but was eventually crowded out on the edge of the box in 47 minutes.

Henderson was called into action making a good save from a 20 yard shot in 50 minutes.

Logie were finding it hard to break down the Merpro defence but were given their opportunity with a needless foul on the edge of the box. An excellent 20 yard curled free kick was perfectly placed into the top corner of the goal for the equaliser to make it 3-3 after 62 minutes.

Merpro made some positional changes which paid dividends with Brown making a good run from midfield setting up Craig Allan who was then brought down in the box by the GK conceding a penalty and then was sent off.

 After a period of time settling the ball on a clear penalty spot Whitworth stepped up but his effort was palmed over the bar by the substitute GK in 70 minutes.

However Merpro were not to be denied and from play following the corner kick Duff sent in a low cross, and after his first attempt was saved by the GK, Sean Whitworth redeemed himself scoring his second goal knocking the ball into the net from 4 yards to make it 4-3 in 72 minutes .

Merpro were now back in charge and Brown had an effort saved by the GK in 78 minutes.

Craig Allan then had a shot saved by the GK in 80 minutes.

Merpro had the chance to finish the match off when Graham and Whitworth created an opening for each other but were unable to make the most of the opportunities in 84 minutes.

 

Logie who were hanging on managed to make a break after possession was lost in a Merpro attackand a long ball fell for an attacker to swivel and fire in an unstoppable drive from 25 yards to stun Merpro who looked to be comfortably controlling the game in 86 minutes.

Logie were now fired up and made a storming end to the match but Merpro held out to prevent any further chances and left ruefully feeling two points had been dropped.

Team:Henderson,Wilson, Houston, C Allan, Smith, G Allan, Brown, Whitworth (Stephen), Findlay (Duff),

Graham, Donaldson, Sub: Doyle.

 


MERPRO 4 V 1 ARBROATH HSFP’s

MIDLANDS DIVISION ONE    SAT 6/3/10

 

Merpro returned to League action  against their closest ‘derby’ rivals from Arbroath recording an impressive win to leapfrog FP’s to go back into 4th position in the table.

 Merpro managed to edge ahead in the second half after a close first half and fully deserved their win graciously acknowledged at the end by the FP’s management.

Merpro created the first chance when Graham robbed Lawson in defence and ran through on the GK but as a goal looked likely he drifted his effort wide of the post in 11 minutes.

Craig Allan fired in an 18 yard shot at goal which was well saved following a good passing move in 20 minutes.

Merpro looked to have created the opener when Donaldson floated in a cross to the back post for Wilson to direct his 10 yard header down low but an excellent save from Saunderson tipped the ball round the post in 30 minutes.

 From the resultant corner kick Graham fired a shot across the face of goal without any takers.

Whitworth was next to come close with an 18 yard lob which came off the top of the bar to safety after a good pass from Craig Allan in 33 minutes.  Merpro were exerting some concerted pressure with Smith making a run from defence only to be thwarted by a tackle on the edge of the box from the GK in 36 minutes.

Merpro broke the deadlock with a stunning contender for goal of the season. Sean Whitworth drilled a 28 yard free kick into the top corner of the net to make it 1-0 after 38 minutes.

 FP’s cameback with a spell of pressure and came close with their best chance of the half when Matt Gall evaded a tackle setting up Ferrier but his effort just went wide in 42 minutes.

 Merpro looked to have scored again on the stroke of half time when the FP’s GK fumbled a Whitworth effort but  Brown following up could only direct his 8 yard header over the bar.

Into the second half and the FP’s started well managing to pin Merpro back into  their own half .

Henderson had to make a good scrambled double save after 57 minutes.

FP’s created a good chance with a low cross glanced wide by Michael Gall from 12 yards in the 60th minute.

Merpro began to regain some midfield possession and went further ahead with a quick fire double.

Whitworth slipped a pass through for Scott Graham to evade the defence,then round the GK and after some anxiety as he slipped finally managed to prod the ball into the net from an acute angle to make it 2-0 in 65 minutes.

Three minutes later Smith floated in a free kick challenged for by Whitworth which fell for Scott Graham to instinctively drill a driven 14 yard shot into the back of the net to make it 3-0 in the 68th minute.

FP’s were reeling and Merpro went further ahead when Craig Allan sent in a cross for Chris Milne to leap like a salmon to head into the top of the net to make it 4-0 in 74 minutes.

FP’s managed to gain a consolation goal after a low cross from the right was knocked into the goal from 10 yards in 80 minutes.

Whitworth then had the last chance when he almost repeated his stunning first half free kick with a curled 25 yard effort which Saunderson did well to make a stretched save round the post in the closing minutes.

This was a solid all round performance from  a Merpro team with all players maintaining a consistent  standard throughout the match capped by some well taken goals.

Team : Henderson, Wilson, Houston, C.Allan, Smith(Findlay), G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Graham, Milne(Doyle), Donaldson .

Next Match:  Logie Harp (a)Division One 2pm ko.

 

NEWPORT 3 V 2 MERPRO

SAT 13/2/10 BREMNER CUP 2nd Round

 

Merpro were involved in a 2nd round Bremner Cup tie making the short journey over the Tay into Fife.

Merpro have had the better of the two previous encounters with Newport this season but on this occasion the Fifers were able to gain the win.

The Referee allowed the match to go ahead despite the pitch being in a poor cut up muddy condition.

Merpro created their first opportunity when Wilson,Milne and Graham combined well before the latters effort was blocked in 10 minutes.

Merpro began to look lively and came close when a Whitworth header just went past the post following a long throw from Findlay in 15 minutes.

Wilson set up Milne a few minutes later but his effort was saved by the GK in 18 minutes.

Newport came back into the match with a spell of pressure and opened the scoring when a low cross from the right evaded all the defenders and went across the face of goal for an easy tap in at the back post  in 24 minutes.

Newport were encouraged and only some determined defending from Henderson and excellent covering play from Houston prevented a further goal a few minutes later.

Merpro came back with a gilt edged chance when Milne slipped a pass for Graham to run through evading the last line of defence but just as he looked certain to score the ball bobbled on the surface and his effort went over the bar in 34 minutes.

Merpro came back into the match when Craig Allan picked up a psss from Milne and hit a curling 20 yard shot into the net to make it 1-1 after 42 minutes.

Merpro started the second half well with a Smith free kick falling for Graham but he fired his effort over the bar in 47 minutes.

Smith was showing the way and he looked likely to score in 48 minutes when the ball fell for him in the box but a defender made an excellent block to deflect his goal bound effort wide for a corner kick.

From the corner Milne had a snap chance following Graham’s initial effort being  blocked .

Merpro were forcing the pace and a good dribbling wing run and cut back from Graham fell for

Donaldson in the box. With a goal looking likely his first left foot effort from 10 yards was blocked and his rebound right foot shot was also well defended to safety in 55 minutes.

Frustratingly Newport went ahead shortly after when a corner kick was partly cleared but the rebound shot was drilled low into the Merpro net after 60 minutes.

Merpro looked to have replied quickly when a perfectly weighted Donaldson cross evaded all jumping defenders for Milne to drift in at the back post but his effort just shaved the cross bar and went over in 64 minutes.

The match was beginning to open up as players found the heavy conditions tiring.

Henderson made a good point blank save on a Newport breakaway attack in 70 minutes.

However Newport went further ahead when a low cross from the left wing fell for an attacker as Allan and Henderson collided in the mud whilst attempting to clear leaving a relatively easy tap in to make it 3-1 after 75 minutes.

Milne and Donaldson combined with the latter crossing for Brown flicked header saved by the GK in 78 minutes.Donaldson was next with a header saved by the GK  after  Brown flick on from a long throw in 82 minutes.

Merpro were rewarded in the final stages when following a goalmouth melee Smith volleyed a shot goal wards from 10 yards which following a scramble was forced into the net from 2 yards by Chris Milne to make it 3-2.

Merpro had chances to take this match but Newport eventually just edged this encounter as they were able to make the most of their opportunities .

Team: Henderson, Findlay, Houston, C.Allan, Smith, G.Allan, Wilson(Brown),.Whitworth, Graham(Doyle), Milne, Donaldson.

Next Match: FC Polonia (H) Midlands Division 1 Kick Off 2pm

             

MERPRO 4 V 4 KELSO

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1   SAT 6/210

 

Merpro welcomed Kelso to Montrose for the return league match having recorded a 1-1 draw earlier in the season. In the end it took yet another of Merpro’s recent spirited second half  performances to gain a share of the spoils after a difficult first half. The fightback point was  finally sealed with a wonderful  goal of the season contender in the closing minutes.

Merpro started well knocking the ball around confidently but were rocked after a flighted cross was fumbled into the net by the triaist GK in 3 minutes.

Merpro immediately went on the attack  with Milne running through but was unable to beat the last man in 5 minutes.

Merpro created another quick chance after a storming Houston wing run and cross came to Milne but his sliding shot just went past the post from 5 yards in 7 minutes.

Merpro were again  shocked when Kelso went further ahead after a long throw was knocked home at the near post with a rising snap shot coming off the underside of the bar in 9 minutes.

Somehow without looking in anyway threatening Kelso were 2-0 ahead.

Merpro tried to get back into the match with Graham having a couple of opportunities .

The match was becoming increasingly towsy mainly as a result of Merpro  frustrations boiling over as a result of the scoreline and fuelled by some difficult officiating decisions.

Donaldson looked to have scored a valid goal with a skillful 20 yard shot from a Houston cross but was given offside in 35 minutes.

Merpro managed to close the gap after an excellent dribbling wing run and cut back was knocked into the net by Scott Wilson from 10 yards in 40 minutes.

Kelso came back with a rare attack gaining a free kick and from the resultant cross an attacker managed to sneak a drifting header into the net in 43 minutes.

Some half time positional changes were made and Merpro came back into the match when  a Donaldson cross evaded the last defender and Scott Graham superbly controlled the ball on his chest before running through slipping the ball under the advancing GK from 15 yards to make it 3-2 in 52 minutes.

Graeme Allan then made a forcing run and cross setting up his brother Craig Allan but his shot came back off the post in 55 minutes.

Merpro were now on the ascendancy and the GK made a good saveflicking a Donaldson shot round the post in 60 minutes.

 From Donaldson’s resultant corner kick Milne header went narrowly past the post.

Merpro continued to press and came close again after a Brown run and cross was hit by Donaldson and deflected goalwards by Milne only for the GK to again save in 68 minutes.

Completely  against the run of play Kelso made a break with a left wing cross evading Findlay in goal and the unmarked winger knocked the ball  into the net from 4 yards at the back post in 74 minutes.

Merpro refused to buckle and Graeme Allan again made a forcing run down the right wing where  his back post cross was met by a header from Smith only to be clawed off the line by the GK in 78 minutes.

Merpro  finally got the goal their second half play deserved when Scott Graham broke through one on one with  the GK. Graham’s first effort was saved but he reacted quickly to knock the rebound home in 80 minutes.

Merpro continued to push with Archbold firing in a ferocious low cross across the face of goal in 81 minutes.

Milne met a Graham cross with a low diving header but was well saved by the GK in 83 minutes.

Milne then a few minutes later outjumped the defence from an Allan corner but his 6 yard header went narrowly past.

Frantic pressure finally paid off with an absolute peach of a goal in the 88th minute. Craig Archbold collected a bouncing clearance ,swivelled and fired a controlled looping left foot volley from 25 yards into the top corner of the Kelso net then set off on a memorable touchline run of joyous high 5 celebrations.

Merpro can look back on this match with mixed feelings but managed to overcome a challenging first half to put in a stirring second half fight back performance to deservedly gain a point keeping them in 4th place in the League table.

Team: Trialist(Brown), Findlay, Houston, C.Allan, Smith, G.Allan, Wilson, Whitworth, Graham, Milne, Donaldson(Archbold). Sub: Doyle

   

SSPP 4 V 0 MERPRO

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

SAT 23/1/10

 

Merpro returned to Midlands action with a trip to Dundee to face League leaders St Peter & Paul.

SSPP are seen as favourites for the title and turned in a competent performance which met the current expectations.

Merpro played well but SSPP’s fluent midfield along with the experienced clinical front pairing of Coogan and Heenan made the difference.

Merpro started well and created a good chance when Christie fired in a cross  for Donaldson  to hook his shot back across goal but the SSPP GK made a point blank save knocking the ball onto the bar in 2 minutes.

Milne then had an effort at goal saved by the GK  in 8 minutes.

As the game appeared to be settling  SSPP took the lead with a long ball forward flicked on by Coogan for Heenan to run through to slip the ball past Henderson from 12 yards to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Christie had a good effort well saved following a Donaldson cross ball in 27 minutes.

SSPP however went further ahead with Merpro claiming an initial foul had taken place after Brown was injured but play carried on and some edge of the box inter passing left Rae free to knock home from 6 yards to make it 2-0after 30 minutes.

 Merpro needed to dig in as SSPP began to dominate and stout defending and a  couple of good saves by  Henderson both from Coogan efforts kept them at bay.

Merpro weathered  the storm and managed to get back into the match with a series of attacks.

 Christie was fouled on the edge of the box and his resultant curling 20 yard short hit the post in 37 minutes.

Merpro then forced a series of corner kicks from alternate sides with dangerous in swinging crosses from Christie and Donaldson on each occasion excellently punched clear on the goal line by the GK.

 Merpro looked to have clawed a goal back from another cleared corner kick when Donaldson blasted in a goal bound shot from 10 yards only for the GK again to make another excellent close range save in 40 minutes.

A frustrating first half came to a close as although SSPP claimed most possession Merpro had created some good efforts but were foiled by a good GK and the woodwork.

Merpro started the second half well when Whitworth set up Christie who shrugged off his marker and rounded the GK but his 12 yard shot was cleared off the line in 47 minutes.

This proved to be a turning point as SSPP made a breakaway and after some slick passing Heenan ran through to make it 3-0 after 49 minutes to make it 3-0.

Merpro came back and Christie did well to set up Whitworth but the GK managed to flick his effort off the line in 54 minutes

 SSPP went further ahead when further good passing opened up the Merpro defence leaving Rae with a tap in from 6 yards to make it 4-0 in 58 minutes.

Merpro had a goalden opportunity when Christie held off his marker to lay offa pss for Whitworth but he blasted his 15 yard effort over the bar in 65 minutes.

Craig Allan was next to fire in a shot at goal but again the GK made an excellent diving save to turn the effort round the post in 68 minutes.

Henderson was the next keeper too make an excellent save as the game ebbed and flowed .

Merpro created another  good opening after some good quick interlinking passing between Milne and Christie left Whitworth stretching to turn the cut back into the net from 8 yards in 75 minutes.

Archbold was next to come close after winning a tackle on the edge of the box but his subsequent effort was again well saved from close range by the GK in 80 minutes.

There  was one last chance for Merpro to open their account but Whitworths effort from a Smith headed knockdown came back off the post as a final postscript to a frustrating  outcome.

Merpro can take some credit from their performance and only some excellent goal keeping prevented them from scoring but overall SSPP were deserving winners.

Team: Henderson, Findlay, Houston,C Allan, Smith, G Allan, Brown(Archbold),Whitworth, Christie(Stephen), Milne,Donaldson(Wilson) Subs; Doyle, Graham.

Next Match- Kelso (Home) Division 1  1.30ko

   

  





HARRIS FP’s  1 v 2 MERPRO

Midlands Division 1

Saturday 12/12/09

 

Donny  double delivery grabs the points in dogged performance

 

Merpro  travelled through to Dundee on Saturday and recorded a double league victory over Harris this season. Harris are notoriously hard to beat on their own sloping pitch and a fluctuating freezing fog allied with a muddy surface made match conditions even more difficult.

Merpro created the first opening from a Findlay throw flicked on by Wilson but Harris managed to clear in 5 minutes.

Harrris then created a good chance before firing a shot past the post in 8 minutes.

Harris then applied a spell of pressure but were not able to breach the Merpro rearguard.

Merpro created an opportunity when a Donaldson fired a cross to the back post but Brown was unable to take advantage of the chance in 10 minutes.

Merpro soon however took the lead when a Findlay throw in was headed back across goal by Whitworth falling for Steven Donaldson to hook the ball back across the goal and into the corner of the net from 10 yards to make it 1-0 after 14 minutes.

Merpro were beginning to dominate and Christie made a good run created a couple of opportunities for himself before he lost his footing on the slippery surface in the box just as he looked likely to hit the target in 20 minutes.

Merpro went further ahead when Milne fired in a diagonal cross evading  all the defenders which fell for Steven Donaldson running through to emphatically drill a low shot into the net from 15 yards to make it 2-0 after 22 minutes.

Harris came right back and created a good chance on a speedy break but the Merpro defence managed to clear in 25 minutes.

Harris then had a spell of dominance but were not able to create any clear cut chances.

 Merpro came back into the match as the first half began to close.

Milne set up a defence splitting diagonal pass for  Brown but his 12 yard goalbound effort was blocked and cleared in 40 minutes.

Merpro then had another opportunity when Wilson was fouled on the edge of the box.

Christie subsequent 18 yard drilled free kick beat the defensive wall but  was excellently saved on the line by the GK for the last kick of the first half.

Merpro started the second half well enjoying some good possession but were shocked after 52 minutes.

Harris made a good break from midfield leaving an attacker free to fire a shot past the advancing Henderson . Houston did well to get back to cover the goalbound shot but could only knock the ball into the net in his attempt to clear from 1 yard.

Harris were now galvanished and Merpro did well to withstand a spell of intense pressure.

Milne then made a good break to relieve the pressure setting up a chance for Christie but his effort went across the face of goal to safety in 65 minutes.

Whitworth then made a great run up the hill beating his marker several times before being fouled in frustration on the edge of the box. However his resultant free kick went  well wide in 70 minutes.

Merpro then had a good spell of their own with Wilson combining for Christie to have a good opening but the GK managed to save after 72 minutes.

Christie then had another opening when the ball fell for him on the edge of the box following a throw in but his left foot effort went over the bar in 75 minutes. Christie then had another half chance when his shot on the turn was fired past the goal from 15 yards in 76 minutes.

Harris were always dangerous and after a goalmouth melee a 16 yard shot was fired through the ruck of players only for Henderson to see the ball late and stick out a foot to divert the ball away preventing a certain equaliser in 78 minutes.

Merpro managed to create further late chances firstly when a Donaldson free kick was chested down by Whitworth but his shot on the turn was well blocked for a corner in 82 minutes.

Donaldson resultant curling corner kick was headed inadvertently goalwards by a defender from 3 yards but rebounded off the marker on the post preventing an own goal.

Merpro managed to withstand some constant late pressure to remain resolute and grab the full points.

Merpro moved up to 4thposition after this hard fought victory.

Team: Henderson, Findlay, Houston, Milne, Smith, G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Christie, Wilson(Doyle), Donaldson.

Next Match: SSPP(a) League 1.30 ko

 






MERPRO 1 v 0 NEWPORT

Midlands Division 1

Saturday 5/12/09

 “Fin foils Fifers with clean sheet as Donny drives home the winner “ 
 
( Sean finds his soul mate as he tackles Willie’s dog….! )
 

Merpro entertained Newport on League duty to a damp and blustery Broomfield on Saturday.

Both sides met earlier in the season on League Cup duty recording a 1-1 draw.

This was another close match but Merpro  managed to collect all 3 points due to a solid defensive platform and an overall determined performance.

Merpro were minus several regulars and had Mark Findlay making his first ever starting appearance in goal .He was soon called into action making a good low save from Romilly after 7 minutes.

Merpro almost came close with a  Milne free kick evading everyone before going past the back post in 9 minutes.

Craig Allan then made a good run from midfield before being crowded out on the edge of the box in 20 minutes.

Graham had a shot deflected wide and from the resultant corner kick Newport were able to clear after a goalmouth melee in 25 minutes.

Newport began to take control of the match keeping Merpro pressed back against the strong wind but solid defending ensured Findlay in goal was rarely called into action.

Graham had the best opening of the first half to open the scoring shrugging off a defender and running through but he shot early from 25 yards with his effort going past the post on the stroke of half time.

Merpro started the second half well with Graham collecting a throw in turning inside but the GK managed to save his effort at goal in 47 minutes.

Graeme Allan then made an assertive clearance following a free kick in 50 minutes.

Newport almost snatched the lead from an innocuous long range shot which came back of the post after Findlay had let it go anticipating it going past the post in 55 minutes.

Merpro  had begun to dominate the match and took advantage after 60 minutes.

Brown’s  corner kick fell firstly for Smith but his goal bound shot was blocked only to fall for Steven Donaldson to slam home from 12 yards to open his account for the season to make it 1-0.

Newport fought back with a  looping shot coming off the bar and good defending by Houston prevented the follow up effort at goal.

From the resultant corner kick Findlay made a good punched clearance and then had to look lively to clear the follow up shot with his feet off the line.

Merpro steadied themselves and came close to going further ahead following a Christie 25 yard free kick just tipped over the bar by the GK in 70 minutes.

Whitworth then had a good opening but he was unable to direct his left foot shot on target in 72 minutes.

Newport began to applt some late pressure and Findlay had to make agood save from a 20 yard save in 80 minutes.

Merpro had a golden chance to finish the match when Craig Alllan made a break from midfield but attempted to round the GK who managed to save at his feet in 85 minutes.

Merpro managed to withstand some late pressure and some good defending from the excellent  back line kept Newport at bay to gain the full points.

Team: Findlay, Milne, Houston, C.Allan, Smith , G.Allan, Brown, Whitworth, Graham(Wilson), Christie, Donaldson



FC POLONIA 5 V 4 MERPRO

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

SAT 28/11/09

 
“ Polonia poleaxe Merpro..! ”

Merpro renewed acquaintance with the Midlands Polish nationals side FC Polonia having recorded a victory over them earlier in the season in the League Cup.Polonia however managed to snatch the full league points on this occasion in a dramatic finish to a thrilling but ultimately heartaching match.

Polonia started well but the first opening fell for Merpro in 3 minutes. A long through ball from Graeme Allan fell for Graham to run past the defence and hit  a low 22 yard past the GK but came back off the inside of the post running along the line before being cleared.

Christie then came close from a Stephen cross to the back post in 4 minutes. Merpro then had a penalty claim turned down when a Milne shot appeared to hit the arm of the blocking defender in 10 minutes.

Polonia took the lead when Henderson punched a cross to the edge of the box  only for his clearance to be promptly blasted  first time back through the ruck of defenders into the net from 20 yards to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Christie immediately replied picking up a pass to score but was deemed to be offside in 14 minutes.

Christie then had further frustration when he broke past a couple of defenders firing in a low16 yard  drive which scraped the outside of the post in16 minutes.

Polonia then shocked Merpro further on the  break when Henderson did well to save a low drive but the follow up effort was trundled back into the net from 12 yards to make it 2-0 in 18 minutes.

Merpro then had another penalty claim turned down when Donaldson was taken out late after he had fired a shot over the bar from 17 yards in 22 minutes.

Further frustration for Merpro came from a Craig Allan corner kick met with a glancing header from Whitworth only to be cleared off the line in 25 minutes.

Amazingly Polonia then increased their lead when a suspiciously foul throw was quickly taken and from the resultant cross an attacker scored with a looping header from 16 yards to make it an incredible 3-0 after 27 minutes.

Merpro were stunned and took some time to recover but Christie had a good effort saved by the GK in 32 minutes.

Brown then set Christie up again but from a good positin he blasted his shot over the bar in 38 minutes.

Merpro started the second half well with Graeme Allan leading the way with a mazy run and 10 yard shot well saved in 46 minutes.

Christie did well slipping a through pass for Donaldson to run onto but the alert GK dived at his feet deflecting wide for a corner in 48 minutes.

Donaldson then fed a pass for Brown who had made a well timed breaking run from midfield but just as a goal seemed likely helost his composure and  blasted his left foot shot over the bar in 50 minutes.

Merpro were well on top and got back into the match when a Christie shot at goal was head flicked into the net by Connor Brown from 10 yards to make it 3-1 in 52 minutes.

Craig Allan was next to have his edge of the box shot saved by the GK in 54 minutes.

Polonia then came back at Merpro when possession was lost in midfield and two quick passes later a  long curling pass was met instantly and excellently slammed low first timeinto the back of the net to make it 4-1 in 60 minutes.

Merpro refused to buckle and came back again when a Christie curling free kick was met by a vaulting Chris Milne bulleted header from 6 yards into the back of the net to make it 4-2 in 64 minutes.

Merpro continued to push forward and Henderson had to make a good low save on a breakaway attack.

Merpro quickly  came right back with Christie again the provider firing in a first time cross from the left flank evading the defence for Scott Graham to clip home on the back post to make it 4-3 in 74 minutes.

Merpro had Polonia on the ropes now and Christie had a free kick saved by the GK in 80 minutes.

Merpro looked to have undone all their good second half work when Smith brought down an attacker and a correct penalty kick was awarded in 82 minutes. However the resultant effort was hit past the post .

 Merpro were reprieved and took advantage when Craig Christie received his reward for a fine display when the GK could only tip his 20 yard curling free kick to the back post into the net after 84 minutes to make it 4-4 to cap a tremendous second half Merpro fight back.

Merpro should then have been awarded a penalty when the GK had a swiped kick at Milne but infuriatingly the referee failed to make the award in 86 minutes.

Polonia then finally had a player sent off for persistent fouling in 87 minutes.

Merpro were now looking for the winner but Polonia fought back and snatched a hearbreaking  goal after floating in a cross which was met by Henderson but his punched effort sliced backwards and was headed into the net from 3 yards at the back post to make it 5-4 in 89 minutes.

Amazingly  Merpro again fought back and had another chance when Donaldson received a pss and fired past the post in the last minute.

Polonia ultimately triumphed with their robust and shoot on sight play but the tremendous spirit in the Merpro side was highlighted by their second half slick performance which almost overturned the half time deficit only to be cruelly denied at least a deserved share of the spoils.

Henderson, Stephen, Houston(Smith), C.Allan,Whitworth, G.Allan, Brown,Milne, Graham(Doyle), Christie, Donaldson. Sub: Findlay.    

 

MERPRO 2 v 1 DOUGLAS SPORTS CLUB

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 14/11/09

 

Merpro renewed League rivalries with Douglas Sports Club at a blustery Broomfield on Saturday.Merpro inflicted a record heavy defeat on Douglas earlier in the season in the League Cup .This match however was a much closer affair partly due to self inflicted wounds and improved opponents .

Merpro started with the wind on their backs and should have opened their account in the first minute.

Milne played in a low corner flicked on by Wilson deceiving everyone reaching Whitworth at the back post but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Douglas then created a good opening a few minutes later firing past the post.

C.Allan received a cross before firing in a dipping left foot shot from 18 yards which just evaded the goals in 8 minutes.

Brown was next with a cross cum shot which almost sneaked into the top of the goal in the 10th minute.

Merpro soon took the lead their early play deserved after a Douglas defender handled the ball on the edge of the box.The initial offence looked to have been inside the box but Craig Christie made this irrelevant . He received permission from the referee to take a quick free kick and curled a low shot into the net to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Wilson then combined well with Christie who then fired in low shot parried by the GK but cleared off the line before any Merpro attackers could reach the ball in 18 minutes.

Milne was next with a rising shot going over the bar from 16 yards following a Graham lay off in 22 minutes.

Merpro were well on top at this stage and looking to capitalize further but an act of folly reduced their advantage. Craig Christie ,who had been causing Douglas problems, kicked out in retaliation after being tackled as lay on the ground whilst attempting to control the ball and was duly sent off in the 25th minute.

Douglas then took heart and began to pressurise Merpro without causing any major chances for the remainder of the first half. Merpro  reached  half time with their lead intact but facing into the wind at the changeover.

Douglas immediately attempted to  assert  themselves  and for the next 20 minutes kept the home team on the back foot.

Henderson was soon called into action in goal making a couple of low saves when Douglas breached the Merpro defensive lines. Henderson was then forced to make an excellent finger tip save over the bar from a 25 yard shot in 62 minu