Groundhog Day for Merpro yet again

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Merpro had another of their recent Groundhog Day performances after visiting old rivals Logie Harp on Saturday in Dundee.

In yet another match dominated by the Montrose side their recent clinical failing continues to haunt them and place their promotion prospects in some jeopardy.

Merpro again had relentless possession stats, but the continued pressure again instilled yet another packed defensive performance from their opponents.

Merpro had the first opening when a Houghton lofted long pass over the defence found Duff but recovering defenders managed to force him wide.

Logie opened the scoring with a stunning goal from Albayati who found some space to fire in a superb 30-yard screamer into the top corner.

Eadie did well a few minutes later, saving from a close range snap shot on the turn. He almost gifted a second goal with a loose sliced clearance falling into the path of an attacker but he pulled off an excellent recovery save to redeem himself.

Allan set up a cross to the back post for Duff to out jump a defender but his close range header went wide.

‘Keeper Bell made a parried save falling for Houghton but under pressure he sliced his 10-yard shot wide.

Allan almost created the opening with a deft pass into the box for Bruce to run onto, but an alert save by Bell pushed his effort wide.

Logie went further ahead from a low well placed edge of the box free kick.

Whyte made a good run on the left flank to fore in a well hit low drive, but again fine keeping kept him at bay.

Merpro continued to push but were becoming frustrated. Houghton strongly managed to hold off a challenge in the closing minutes to turn and fire in a shot ,but just went wide.

Merpro made some changes at half time to change formation and attempt to find some space.

They were almost immediately rewarded when Bruce made a good wing run crossing into the box for Duff, but his left foot effort from 10 yards went just wide.

Duff dribbled past a couple of players and in the process of shooting was clipped and brought down for a penalty.

Craig Allan stepped up, but his well-hit shot agonisingly went rising over the bar and landed somewhere in Kirkton.

Greig managed to find some space to fire in a rasping shot parried by the keeper but frustratingly no Merpro players were close to prod into the net.

Duff crossed into the box for Graham but leaning back hit his effort high over the bar. Another good passing move on the right wing resulted in Bruce finding Robertson in the box but his well-struck shot was brilliantly blocked by the fine ‘keeper.

Robertson crossed to the back post for Lownie to rise but a slight nudge prevented him from getting in a close range header.

Merpro finally made the breakthrough when Greig broke into the box to drill a fierce shot into the net from 15 yards but the referee, who had a fine match, pulled back play to award Merpro a foul instead of allowing advantage.

Graham’s curled effort just went wide and a few minutes later Robertson fired into the wall.

Merpro continued to pile on the pressure and Duff had another penalty claim when he was pulled back in the box and shortly after Graeme Allan went on a run to create himself a good close range chance, but the ‘keeper thwarted his effort in the closing minutes.

A numbed Merpro were left feeling frustrated as yet again, despite all their fine outfield prompting play, they were unable to find the clinical finishing as another side’s packed defensive play kept them at bay.

MERPRO: Eadie, Ferries (Lownie), Whyte, C.Allan, N.Duff, G.Allan, Rausch (Robertson), Houghton (Graham), E.Duff, Greig, Bruce. Subs: Pert, Stephen.