MERPRO hosted Carnoustie YM on Guy Fawkes Day in Premier League action. Alas, the only sparkling Bonfire Day display on show was from the visitors.
YM had an early opening when a diagonal cross evaded the Merpro defence but the resultant shot went wide.
Merpro went behind in 10 minutes, following a loose pass being intercepted allowing Carnoustie to sweep forward and score.
The home side immediately hit back with a well-taken goal from GRAHAM who collected a high A. Duff free kick on his chest and then calmly rounded the ‘keeper.
But they went behind again three minutes later following another loose gifted pass setting up a midfielder to run on to and crack an unstoppable shot into the net in 14 minutes.
Merpro created another good opening when Graham broke through on his own but was unable to finish clinically.
The homesters were matching their opponents but a moment of quick thinking and fine skill in 25 minutes set them further behind. Carnoustie played in a low quick free kick to the edge of the box for a forward to deftly leave his marker in his wake before slipping in a low cross for a co-striker to tap in from five yards.
Merpro 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.
A further loose pass allowed YM to make a quick fire break in 38 minutes, but this time the finishing shot went wide.
Merpro clawed a goal back with five first-half minutes left, when Graeme ALLAN made a good right wing run into the box, composing himself before drilling a low shot home.
However, again they gifted another goal almost on the whistle with a further loose pass on the edge of the box, allowing a forward to run in on goal.
Half-time: Merpro 2, YM 4.
E. Duff made a good run in on goal but his shot was blocked. The ball went to Whitworth but his eight-yard try went over the bar.
Carnoustie soon extended their lead with a cleverly worked goal in 52 minutes following a short corner kick move with claims for offside waved aside.
And YM went further ahead with a slick passing move down the right wing and cross into the box from close range.
Only some stout defending from the Merpro rearguard prevented further scoring and the visitors ran out comfortable winners.
Merpro largely contributed to their own downfall with some uncharacteristic loose passes in the first half to gift at least three goals.
Team: Findlay, Murdoch (Greig), N. Duff, Bruce (Duncan), A. Duff, Lownie (E. Duff), G. Allan, C. Allan, Graham, Whitworth, Houston. Substitutes: Pert, Sellar.
Match Sponsor: R. Coull & Son.