Arbroath CSC 4
Merpro resumed Midlands First Division duty on Saturday by making the short journey to Arbroath, visiting local rivals CSC.
The match started well for Merpro with some good pressing play. They creating the first scoring opportunity after only five minutes. Graham made a good run, dribbling past a couple players in the right flank and setting up Greig, but his 16-yard effort went just over.
CSC dented the visitors with a fast flowing move to open the scoring in 18 minutes with LONGMUIR expertly connecting with a Pearson cross to blast into the net from eight yards.
CSC gained in confidence and began to settle although Merpro aided their play with a series of misplaced passes gifting possession.
Merpro were having to work hard to create opportunities. Graham did well to collect and hold off his marker in 30 minutes, but the alert ‘keeper saved his effort.
The home side went further ahead almost at once when experienced front man PEARSON used his strength to roll past his marker in the box and slide home a low moss-gathering shot at the near post from 16 yards.
E. Duff made some good runs at goal but his efforts didn’t have enough power to trouble the home ‘keeper.
Half-time: Arbroath CSC 2, Merpro 0.
The second half started with Merpro attempting to improve possession, but good forcing pressure from the home side continued to make it difficult to get any cohesion. CSC kept Merpro pinned back largely in their own half in the early stages.
Ten minutes into the half Graham made a good run but fired wide.
On the hour mark CSC added another after a quick throw-in and some rapid passing from flank to flank resulted in a cross to the back post where SWAN dived low to head home from five yards.
Efforts from Merpro’s Graham and Duff were both blocked.
CSC went further ahead when McDOWELL broke forward to round the ‘keeper. Despite a last gasp tackle from defender N. Duff, he managed to slip the ball into the net from close range in 75 minutes.
The visitors had more of the play in the latter stages with McDougall making an excellent forcing run into the box beating three players, but his effort was blocked for a corner.
Merpro had some hard working performers but the experienced and powerful CSC proved too strong.
Merpro: Gall, Pert, S. Robertson, Allan, Lownie (J. Robertson), N. Duff, Bruce, Greig (McDougall), E. Duff (Petrie), Graham (Hector) and Houston. Substitute: Murdoch.