Ellon United’s encouraging opening to the season has faltered with two successive away defeats.
United lost 2-0 to Sunnybank in the Grill League Cup last Tuesday and then went down by the same scoreline in their first league game at Banchory St Ternan on Saturday.
Ellon’s task was not made any easier by all the changes they were forced to make as once again injuries and other commitments took their toll.
They were fortunate to obtain the services of Dave Poupard to take over in goal and Declan McGunnigle, who came on in the second half. United also introduced young Devin Kennedy-Colberp up front to partner Callum Tremaine. Unfortunately, the Meadows side were again unable to lay the ghost of Milton Park.
With Ellon forced into defensive and midfield changes it was no great surprise when the home side were able to cash in on an early mix-up with Mackie making Ellon pay with a neat lob over the stranded keeper.
Neither keeper was called into any real action for the rest of the half, although United might have been punished thanks to a slack pass in their own box, but the ball was forced away for a corner.
A fine save from United’s stand-in keeper kept Banchory at bay seven minutes after the break. At the other end, United were unable to get the ball on target, although time and again they had efforts which struck defenders and rebounded to safety.
Ellon had a chance to equalise but Paul Leahy’s effort went over the bar, then keeper Bain was eventually forced into a save when he turned a deflected shot from Scott McLeod behind for a corner.
Ellon were caught out in the 70th minute when a stray pass deep in the Banchory half gave away possession and the home side broke straight up the field with Mackie brushing aside a weak challenge to run on and drill home the second.
United made a double change in the 77th minute with Michael Cramp replacing Lenny Johnson and McGunnigle coming on for Kennedy Colberp, but they were unable to swing the game in their favour.
Ellon United: Poupard, Annand, Robertson, McLeod, Millsom, Leahy, Johnson (Cramp), Thomson, Kennedy-Colberp (McGunnigle), Tremaine, Grieg.
Banchory St Ternan: Bain, Reid, Smith, Mitchell, Robertson, Whelan, Rogie, Casey, Mackie, Henderson, McGregor, Watson, Sadler, Clayton, Manson.
Although this was a disappointing result for United, at least the spirit and commitment lacking in the Sunnybank match was apparent.
United return to Grill League Cup action on Saturday when Lossiemouth United visit the Meadows. Kick-off is 2pm.