Ellon United reserved their poorest team performance of the season for their 2-1 defeat by East End at the Meadows on Saturday.
The Aberdeen side ran out worthy winners, despite having to play the last 25 minutes with 10 men.
United never managed to get into their stride, particularly in midfield where they were too pedestrian and a yard off the pace, allowing their opponents to win all the main battles.
Ellon did take a first half lead but instead of building on this, they were deservedly pegged back by the interval.
East End then took the lead and United’s miserable day was complete when they squandered a late penalty.
Even early in the game the visitors were being allowed too much room and in the 10th minute Fraser moved on to a through ball but was stopped by a good recovery from Steven Reid.
United went ahead midway through the first half. They found the net only for play to pulled back for a free kick, but Ryan Rozaski rose above the defence to head home Chris Craib’s cross.
However, the home side were unable to take advantage of their lead and were served a warning when Rose could not find the target with a free header, then was guilty of shooting wide from a good position.
Ellon were punished in the 37th minute when Todd took advantage of another free header to square matters. Ryan Stewart met a cross from Grant Thomson only to send his header well wide.
Five minutes into the second half East End won a corner with the visitors again getting in a header which came back off the bar.
A fine block denied Callum Tremaine two minutes later then Craib was presented with an opening through a neat backheel from Scott Whelan, but dragged his shot wide.
Woeful play from United allowed Reid to waltz through to give East End the lead in the 61st minute.
Five minutes later the visitors were reduced to 10 men when goalscorer Todd received a second caution.
United were give a great chance to equalise in the 87th minute but Jordan Morrice, who has been clinical from the spot this season, was too casual and McGraw guessed correctly, saving down low to his right.
Ellon United: Buckley, Thomson (Kwiatkowski), Johnston, Whelan, Reid, Millsom, Rozanski, Craib (Tait), Stewart, Tremains, Morrice.
East End: McCraw, Ryadh Nacef, Sutherland, McTavish, Eright, Wilson, Todd, Helson, Rose, Fraser, Reid, Elliott, Redhawth Nacef, Yeats, Rojo.
After Saturday’s performance, United face a daunting trip to Culter on Saturday and they will have to show the form they displayed at Dyce to get back on the rails.
Kick-off at Crombie Park is 2pm.