Ellon denied by late goal

Ellons Fraser Gill puts the home side 2-1 in front
Ellons Fraser Gill puts the home side 2-1 in front

Ellon United wasted the chance to go top of the league last weekend when they drew 2 – 2 with Banchory St Ternan at The Meadows.

United failed to consistantly show the qualities which has served them so well of late and they paid the price with their passing in particular letting them down which gifted the visitors far too much easy possession.

United started well only to gift Banchory the opening goal out of nothing thanks to a disastrous short pass back right in front of the goal which allowed the visitors to take full advantage.

The goal gave Banchory a lift helped by the lack of composure shown by Ellon who never really looked like getting back on terms in the first half although they did pass up a guilt edged chance.

United dragged themselves level after the interval when the Banchory defence failed to deal with a low corner and James Seivwright was on hand at the back post to get the final touch and force the ball home.

Ellon suffered a severe blow when Stuart Massie was shown a red card for a sliding challenge out on the touchline.

The decision looked very harsh, but not the first controversal decision that United suffered over the afternoon.

The setback appeared to galvanize the home side and they looked to have snatched a late victory though the only decent goal of the game when Dean McDonald weaved his way forward and fedFraser Gill who burst through and rounded the keeper before coolly rolling the ball home from a tight angle.

Banchory were not to be denied, however, although there was a touch of good fortune.

With the game in stoppage time a shot from the visitors which was going well wide was deflected behind for a corner.

This time it was United’s turn to be punished for not managing to deal with a corner and although the home side can hardly begrudge the visitors their share of the points on the day however disappointed they mus be at their own overall performance and goals they conceded.