Ellon played host to Glendale XI knowing that a victory would guarantee their League 1 status for another season. Glendale XI had nothing to play for having been relegated some time ago, but nothing can be taken for granted in amateur football.
Ellon started brightly with Dempster to the fore as he had an early shot which led to a corner then he played a slide rule pass to Lynch but his shot went wide. The home side passed up several good chances when both Dempster and Murray failed with point blank headers when it looked easier to score.
And score Ellon did, after 10 minutes when a Murray flick on landed at the feet of the prolific Lynch who finished neatly.
Glendale XI were still in the game and McLeod had a great chance to level as he was given a free header by a lax home defence, but headed weakly past.
It did not take the away side to level things when the tricky Banks crossed for Murray to slot home with 28 minutes of the half gone.
Ellon passed up even more chances as crosses came in from McShea and Lynch, but Dempster and Murray were again the offenders when it came to poor finishing.
A change had to be made when an old injury flared up and Morrison had to be replaced by Thornton who was himself carrying a knee knock. But the home side did take the lead just before half time when a Thomson corner was touched on by Dempster to Lynch, who bagged his second of the game with a neat header. Score at half time - 2-1.
With just a minute of the half gone Thomson set of a run into the opposition box before squaring to Thornton whose well placed shot crept in at the far post.
Lynch was really proving a thorn in the side of Glendale XI with his ability to run with the ball and always having an eye for goals, and he nearly netted his third but the post denied him.
It was not long before Ellon put the game beyond question and calmed the nerves of the team and supporters alike. A cross-cum-shot by Murray left everybody stunned as it found its way into the bottom of the corner while he was standing at the corner flag. Murray, who had put in a good shift, was then replaced by Hamilton, and it did not take “Hammy” long before he went on a mazy run and setup Lynch for his third of the game with 18 of the half gone.
Lynch scored his fourth when a Dempster cross caused some confusion in the away defence and Lynch forced home through a ruck of players.
Smith came on for Taylor with 20 to go, and this change seemed to unsettle Ellon as they conceded two quick goals to Banks and then Stewart.
Craig Smith had a couple of great chances to roll back the years, but could finish neither and it was left to youngster Thomson to round off a slick home move to make it seven.
Final Score - Ellon 7, Glendale 3
Ellon really set about their opponents once they got their shooting boots on in the second half, with Scott Lynch firing himself to the top of the Ellon scoring charts with 4 for the day and 15 for the season.
A great result for manager Stuart Moir as he led the team to safety. This result can only bode well for next season.
This leaves Ellon with 2 fixtures left – at home to Stoneywood and away to Cove Thistle. But they have no game next Saturday.
Man of the Match: Ellon - Lee Thornton, Glendale XI - Darren Banks
Teams: Ellon - Cumming, Wilson, Anderson, Taylor, Morris, Morrison, Lynch, Dempster, Murray, McShea, Thomson
Subs :Thornton, Smith, Skinner, Hamilton, Knox.