Menzieshill 0 Merpro 8
Merpro hit top form to return from Dundee with three Premier League points on Saturday.
They went ahead early with a quickfire double brace. N. Duff forced a defender into a foul and Craig Allan floated the resultant free kick into the box for A. DUFF to head home from eight yards.
Then GRAHAM latched onto a hurried clearance and skilfully drilled home a low 18-yard drive.
Bruce was fouled after combining well with Riach as he ran in on goal from the right flank in 15 minutes. C. Allan’s resultant free kick was flapped away by the ‘keeper.
A. 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 a low 12 yard drive which just shaved the posts.
The visitors 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.
Merpro went further ahead in 40 minutes when the troublesome Riach was fouled yet again just outside the box. From the free kick A. DUFF outmuscled his marker to head home into the top of the net.
Half-time: Menzieshill 0, Merpro 3.
Merpro increased their lead when Riach head-flicked on a Whitworth long pass for GRAHAM to run in and drill under the ‘keeper.
Allan set up Greig with a deft pass but the ’keeper made a great save to deny a near-certain goal.
Menzieshill frustration showed when McGuiness was sent off for lashing out at Greig in 62 minutes.
The Montrose men scored again eight minutes later when determined wing play by Gillon set up RIACH to get the goal his play deserved, drilling a shot into the net from 10 yards in 70 minutes.
The visitors went further ahead when Pert pressured in midfield to set up Riach to pass into the path of GRAHAM, who clinically finished to complete his striker’s hat trick.
GREIG capped a fine performance, firing in a low drive to score in 76 minutes.
Duff was brought down in the box with a penalty awarded. RIACH’s effort was saved but he reacted quickly and followed up to fire the rebound into the net.
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 in one of their best all-round performances of the season.
Merpro: Findlay, A. Duff, N. Duff, Lownie (Pert), Whitworth, G. Allan, Bruce (Gillon), C. Allan (Houston), Graham, Riach and Greig.