Merpro find it’s tough at the top with two defeats

Merpro 0,


MERPRO welcomed NCR for a midweek Premier League fixture to Montrose on Wednesday.

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.

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 visiting ‘keeper saved comfortably.

Merpro were enjoying some dominance and came close when Sellar rose well to head over the bar from eight yards from an Allan corner kick on the half-hour mark.

Sellar himself did well a few minutes later, picking up a pass and, quickly turning, firing in a spectacular first-time 25 yard shot which was brilliantly fingertip saved by the fully stretched ‘keeper on to 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 five minutes from the interval.

NCR went ahead after being awarded a disputed free kick on the edge of the box. From the resultant cross an attacker was given some space to head into the net. Both sides had enjoyed spells of dominance and this was a blow for the home side.

Half-time: Merpro 0, NCR 1.

The visitors opened strongly and Greig did well to clear off the line following a header from a corner kick in 50 minutes.

Merpro replied quickly and Sellar came close with a shot deflected wide.

But 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.

The visitors were now rampant and pressurising Merpro.

They went further ahead a quarter of an hour later when a short passback was cleared by ‘keeper Findlay and the ball rebounded off the attacker’s outstretched arm allowing him to control to score, despite the home side’s protests.

NCR continued to press and came close with 10 minutes to go, with a shot hitting the bar and Donaldson doing well to calmly head safely back into Findlay’s arms to clear up.

The Dundee side completed the scoring in the final minutes to seal a deserved win after a dominant second-half performance.

Merpro: Findlay, Pert, N. Duff (Donaldson), C .Allan, Whitworth, G. Allan, Bruce (E. Duff), Graham, Sellar (Duncan). Substitutes: Lownie and Murdoch.

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Merpro 1,

Menzieshill 6.

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 good football and keeping their opponents pegged back.

Craig Allan came close with a edge of the box free kick with the visiting ‘keeper tipping his shot over the bar on the quarter-hour mark.

Sellar was next to come close, soon after, with a glancing header just going wide.

Merpro’s opening dominance almost came to fruition in 25 minutes when, from an Allan corner kick, Whitworth’s eight-yard header was brilliantly tipped away by visiting ‘keeper Palladini as a goal seemed inevitable.

Merpro had to defend when Bruce cleared off the line following a near post flick from a Menzieshill corner kick.

The homesters continued to enjoy most of the possession and finally managed to make the opening breakthrough a minute before the break. 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 and tapped in to make sure.

Merpro looked the likelier side at this time to go on and dominate the match.

Half-time: Merpro 1, Menzieshill 0.

However, following the break Merpro allowed their opponents back into the match with some slack defending.

Only three minutes into the second half Menzieshill equalised after a corner kick was conceded and only partially cleared allowing a snap shot.

The visitors quickly capitalised when an edge-of-the-box free kick was crossed to the back post. Hesitant defending allowed an attacker to creep in between two players to tap in and score for take an unlikely lead after 50 minutes.

Menzieshill were now fired up and Gall did well to tip away a long range shot.

The home side’s frustration boiled over when the Dundee men went further ahead with a long ball going over the defence and offside looking obvious, but the player was allowed to go through to score.

Shortly after, a similar situation developed and again, with offside being denied, Menzieshill took advantage to go further ahead.

Merpro attempted to regroup and Brown and Whitworth tried to force home from close range following a corner kick.

With a quarter of an hour to go Sellar ran in on goal and fired in a low shot which came back off the post.

Milne was next come close a couple of minutes later with the ‘keeper doing well to save his close range header.

Merpro’s frustration continued when Euan Duff ran in on goal but his low shot just went wide.

The visitors 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 saved comfortably.

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.

It was 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 and Sellar, Substitute: Doyle.