Menzieshill Rovers 1
Merpro welcomed current Division One leaders Menzieshill Rovers to the delights of an exposed Broomfield, blowing a gale excessive even by local standards.
Rovers are leading their league by 10 points and have been on very good form recently.
However, an impressive home side literally blew their visitors away, with a fine performance to master the conditions.
Menzieshill got off to a good start, taking the lead after only four minutes, when Robertson ghosted in at the back post to make it 1-0.
Early exchanges were tight but Merpro gradually gained the upper hand in midfield.
Rausch was proving to be a mercurial danger, with close-range efforts going over the bar and shortly after bringing out a good save from the ‘keeper, after Greig had sent him in on goal.
Merpro looked likely to make the breakthrough, following fine play by Whyte and Graham to set up Rausch but he fired his close-range effort off the post in 20 minutes.
Merpro were now getting into full flow and Allan set up Graham to run in on goal, but his blistering 15-yard effort was excellently tipped over the bar by the ‘keeper in 22 minutes.
From the resultant corner, Rausch ghosted in at the back post but again the ‘keeper made a fine save to deny him.
The chances kept coming, with a fine Rausch run and cross into the box somehow evading Allan and Paton in 28 minutes.
The visitors were being pinned back and the home side continued to create. The profligate Rausch was gifted another great opening but his outside of the foot 14-yard effort frustratingly went just wide in front of goal in 32 minutes.
Merpro were running rampant, with Bruce driving forward being brought down with a series of desperate fouls.
The home side created themselves another great opportunity when the influential Greig released Graham into the box. The Boulder did everything right, drawing out the ‘keeper to lift the ball over him but somehow his clipped effort just went wide in 38 minutes.
Somehow the visitors had managed to hold out and led at half-time.
Half-time: Merpro O, Menzieshill 1.
Merpro immediately resumed control and the deserved equalising goal soon arrived. Greig slid a perfect pass into the path of Craig Allan, to break into the box and fire high into the net from 15 yards, to make it 1-1 after 50 minutes.
Merpro soon went further ahead when, after a series of passes, Ferries finally set up Craig Allan, to drift in behind the defence to calmly slot a low shot into the corner making it 2-1 after 60 minutes.
Merpro went further ahead when Paton harried a defender, allowing him to pass forward for Jordan Rausch to run in on goal and finally drill a low shot into the corner of the net for 3-1 in 62 minutes.
The rampant Motown side were now clinically finishing off the match with Scott Graham creating himself some space to calmly curl in a low 14-yard shot beyond the reach of the ‘keeper, to make it 4-1 in 65 minutes.
A treble blitz of goals in 5 minutes.
The visitors tried to get some consolation but the home side were now cruising and in no mood to lose control.
Aaron Stephen created a breakaway for himself but some mysterious voodoo appeared to plague his mobility, as he ran in on goal, and he was unable to maintain his balance.
The youngster shortly afterwards made amends, latching onto a poor clearance to fire under the advancing ‘keeper to extend the lead to 5-1 in 82 minutes.
Stephen’s energy then created another opportunity, latching onto a through-ball to round the ‘keeper and then unselfishly pass across goal for the supporting Stuart Turriff to arrive, to pass into the net from 6 yards to complete the scoring in 85 minutes.
Full-time: Merpro 6, Menzieshill 1.
A very good performance and reaction from the Montrose side, against a form side and difficult conditions, to move into the quarter-finals.
Team : Lownie, Murdoch(Ferries), Whyte, Greig, N.Duff, Milne, Rausch(Turriff), Bruce(Riach), Graham(Stephen), C.Allan, Paton(E.Duff)
Match Sponsor: Mrs H Riach remembrance of Charles Riach - keen supporter.
CAPTION: Craig Allan’s two goals set Merpro on the road to victory.