Ellon United somehow managed to return from Polo Park with three points when a stoppage time winner from Callum Tremaine gave the visitors a dramatic 5-4 win over FC Stoneywood on Saturday.
The scoreline reflected the poor overall defending by both sides but to their credit United twice came from two-goal deficits to seal the points at the death.
An encouraging plus for United was the debut performance of Scott McLeod, their new signing from Buchanhaven Hearts.
United got off to a horrible start and with less than three minutes played the home side were allowed to come out of defence far too easily up their right with the final deep cross met by full back Still to score with a free header near the back post. Keeper Goodbrand escaped punishment in the seventh minute when he watched a cross from Jordan Morrice go behind off his post.
Ellon leveled the scores five minutes later when Morrice’s corner was only half cleared and broke out to Paul Leahy who promptly drove the ball home.
Stoneywood restored their lead in the 25th minute. This time United failed to deal with a free kick with the ball finally cut back to Campbell all on his own with the time and space to send a fine shot into the far corner.
Ellon found themselves two goals adrift only five minutes later when they carelessly conceded possession goingforward and were completely caught on the break with Stoneywood moving forward unchallenged and this time Stevenson was left to finish off at the back post.
United were gifted a goal back just before the interval when the home defence got themselves in a mess trying to clear a corner from Morrice and only succeeded in turning the ball into their own net off the near post.
United’s start to the second period was just as bad as the first half as once again it took the home side only three minutes to score and regain a two goal cushion.
A weak United header was picked up by the Stoneywood midfield with the ball switched out wide and Skinner was well placed to fire home the cut back. United made a change in the 51st minute with Grant Thomson replacing Morrice to bolster up the Ellon midfield.
The visitors snatched their third goal in the 64th minute when Tremaine was rewarded for his persistence and charged down an attempted clearance to run on and round the keeper before slotting home.
Ellon squared matters for the second time in the 73rd minute with Leahy showing all his qualities to get the better of the home defence and make the angle to grab his second.
United were forced into a second change in the 84th minute with Neil Erskine replacing the injured Steven Reid, Leahy stepping back to take over at the centre of the defence.
With the game over a minute into stoppage time United broke down their left and Chris Craib’s accurate low cross was finished off by Tremaine.
Ellon United: Buckley, Annand, Johnston, Whelan, Millsom, Reid (Erskine), McLeod, Craib, Tremaine, Morrice (Thomson), Kwiatkowski, Stewart.
FC Stoneywood: S.Goodbrand, Brown, Still, Strachen, Bain, Cromar, Taylor, R.Goodbrand, Skinner, Stevenson, Campbell, Simpson, Anderson, Moir, Smith, Stainer.
United face another difficult away fixture on Saturday with a visit to Banks o’Dee. The kick off at Spain Park is at 1.30pm.