ELLON United picked up a point in their 2-2 draw with Stonehaven on Saturday but it should have been more.
United opened the scoring from a set piece in the 13th minute. Mark Lawson rose above the Stonehaven defence only to see his header come back off the bar and post with the keeper beaten, but Lenny Johnson was quickest to react in the following scramble to turn the ball home.
Stonehaven gradually began to look more threatening but were gited an equaliser in the 30th minute when a misdirected defensive header at a throw-in saw the ball fall to Duncan with the goal at his mercy.
United were awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute which resulted in the keeper’s dismissal. Striker Horne took over in goal and dived to parry Ryan Stewart’s spot kick to highlight Ellon’s lack of success in their penalty conversions.
United regained the lead in the 65th minute. Horne managed to block a Stewart shot but Darren Bailey followed up to bundle the ball home.
Ellon made their first change in the 60th minute with Callum Dunbar replacing Johnson up front.
In the 79th minute the visitors failed to defend properly and Watt was given time and space to steady himself before finding the bottom corner.
With Stonehaven sitting in and playing on the break, their 10 men looked just as likely as United to grab a possible late winner.
Ellon played well enough in phases but lacked drive in midfield when needed probably due to a lengthy injury list. Next up are Hall Russell United at the Meadows on Saturday. Kick-off 2pm.
Teams - Ellon United: Steer, Millsom, Johnston, Bremner, Lawson, Reid, Stewart, Lamberty (Tait), Johnson (Dunbar), Bailey, Morrice.
Stonehaven: Smith, Low, Taylor, Croll, L Shand, Sinclair, Alexander, Duncan, Horne, M Shand, Watt, Pyper, Workman, Stewart.