A DECIMATED squad and a bench full of walking wounded meant that Ellon United were certainly not in the best of shape to face a side of the physical strength and experience of Culter when they met at the Meadows last weeken.
And so it proved with the visitors running out 5-0 winners.
United’s lack of experience was exploited by the Crombie Park outfit, who were able to score their goals far too comfortably.
The visitors coped better with the hard ground conditions and managed to bully United too often, particularly in closing down their opponents and in getting to the second ball.
With five minutes gone, a neat ball from David McKeitch opened up the Culter defence to release Lenny Johnson but his shot was held comfortably by Farquhar.
The visitors forced a corner from the keeper’s long clearance but fortunately for Ellon, the in-swinging cross was missed by everyone and flew harmlessly across goal before going out for a goal kick.
There was no such luck for the home side two minutes later after Culter were awarded a throw-in deep in the United half. When the throw was headed on at the near post Stott moved in unchallenged to open the scoring with a simple free header at the back post.
Keith Walker worked an opening midway through the first half but his shot failed to trouble Farquhar. The Culter number one was fortunate in the 38th minute, however, when a shot from Matty Edmond came back off the post with the keeper well beaten. Play switched quickly to the other end with McKimmie off target with another free header.
Culter snatched their second goal four minutes before the interval. An Ellon clearance was blocked by Wyness who hit the ball on the bounce and his dipping half-volley flew home off the underside of Ross Buchanan’s bar.
United started the second half more positively but were caught out in the 58th minute when Stott picked up a long ball and shrugged aside two weak challenges, before running on to drill home number three and putting the game beyond the home side.
A two-goal burst midway through the half put the visitors further in control. With matters looking bleak for United, the home side rallied and were more competitive for the closing twenty-two minutes, although they were unable to put Farquhar’s goal under any real pressure.
Following United’s visit to Sunnybank on Thursday, they face Maud at The Meadows on Tuesday, May 3, at 7pm.
The winning numbers in Ellon United’s weekly Lucky Six Draw were 1, 5, 8, 12, 16 and 20. With no-one picking the full set, the jackpot for next week’s draw will be £1,000 with the selection from 6 to 20. The winners of the £10 consolation prize were I. Stirton and C. Clark.