A HAT-TRICK by skipper Callum Tremaine helped Ellon Academy seniors to a glorious 5-1 North of Scotland Cup win over the Nicolson Institute. The victory at a rainswept Victoria Park in Dingwall on Tuesday of last week was the Ellon side’s third consecutive success in the competition.
After the match, coach Kevin Bartlet said “I am absolutely delighted with the pupils, they all performed magnificently tonight and have again done themselves and the school proud.
“Winning this trophy for the third year in succession is a massive achievement for the school and something I’m personally very proud of.
“The competition has been running since 1937 and no other school has managed to achieve this, credit must go to all the pupils who have represented the school senior team in the past three years.”
The seniors took to the field to a rousing rendition of “We are the Champions” blaring from the speakers. Just before the starting whistle, the skies opened.
However, the rain did nothing to subdue the spirits of the Ellon Academy players who had undergone a three-hour bus journey en route for the 7pm kick-off.
Within the first two minutes, captain Callum Tremaine had smashed the ball right into the back of the Nicolson net assisted by left back Euan Stewart.
This early lead caused huge celebrations among the watching junior team. The early goal was followed with an attack by Nicolson which was easily saved by goalkeeper Ewen MacDonald.
In the seventh minute Nicolson scored the equaliser with what would prove to be their only goal of the match. Five minutes later, Ellon restored their lead through Ryan “Smarty” Smart assisted by Euan Stewart, once more, greeted by another supportive celebration from the juniors.
Ellon began to gain ground on goal again, but this only lead to a goal kick and Nicolson regaining possession, although a free kick soon had Ellon back in control.
The play in the wake of the free kick resulted in another two near misses by Ellon and an unsuccessful drive by the opposition. Numerous Nicolson efforts to follow were all spectacularly defended by Ellon Academy, and the one shot that was on target resulted in a majestic save by Ewen. Another attack by Ellon ended when the referee ruled offside and Nicolson once more regained possession.
Half time Ellon 2 – 1 Nicolson Institute
As the second half resumed, the rain stopped and Ross County’s floodlights illuminated the remainder of the performance.
The stage was set for what was to come when, after being given a free kick, a Nicolson player blasted the ball off Ryan Smart in a fit of rage.
Ellon seized the opportunity handed to them and Callum Tremaine scored his side’s third in the 53rd minute. The Nicolson player looked suitably furious with himself and spent a few minutes squatting on the ground with his head in his hands. The Ellon juniors chose to go for a Mexican wave in honour of the goal.
Ellon continued to pressure their opponents and a number of strikes on goal resulted in a corner. It was taken by Jack Goodwin, flicked on by Frazer Burrows and put into the net by the outstanding Callum Tremaine, who completed his hat trick.
Following this, a further corner and two near misses had Ellon Academy firmly in control
Shortly afterwards, Ellon were awarded a promising free kick after a foul on Callum Tremaine in the 80th minute. The free kick was beautifully taken by Kieran Forbes curling the ball round the Nicolson defence into the bottom corner bringing the score to 5-1.
The final act of the game was another shot on goal by Ellon as the whistle blew.
The seniors made their way to the trophy followed by a trail of third years who were almost as happy as they were.
The team proudly received their medals and as Callum Tremaine reached the stand and was presented with the cup the team erupted in celebration.
The rain started to come down again but there was to be no dampening of the spirits of this victorious Ellon team.
Full time - Ellon 5 – 1 Nicolson Institute
Ellon: Macdonald; Wright, Burrows, Sherwood, Stewart, Goodwin, Forbes, Gardiner, Taylor, Smart, Tremaine.
Substitutes: Keith, Stephen, Lendrum, Hill, Innes
Man of the match – Callum Tremaine