Poor defence costs United dear

Jordan Morrice celebrates a goal but Ellon went down 4-3.
Jordan Morrice celebrates a goal but Ellon went down 4-3.

ELLON United saved their worst defensive display of the season for Saturday’s visit of Banchory St Ternan.

The United defence had been so reliable this season but that went out of the window as the visitors were virtually gifted their 4-3 win.

With Blair Johnston and Ryan Stewart added to the the lengthening list of home casualties, and Fraser Tait offshore, Ellon were fortunate that Ellon AFC had a free date and Sam Barrett was available to help them out.

United went ahead in the sixth minute when a long throw from Callum Dunbar was headed on at the near post and Jordan Morrice nipped in to give his side the lead.

United almost added a second from another long throw when Lenny Johnson pounced on the loose ball only to see his effort go wide.

A disastrous defensive spell from United saw Banchory turn the game around. The home side were carved open in the 32nd setting up Leith with a simple finish for the equaliser. United were opened up again within a minute and this time McGregor made them pay to put Banchory in front.

The visitors’ lead was shortlived with United putting their defence under pressure with a couple of corners which eventually saw the unfortunate Moorhouse find his own net under pressure from Darren Bailey for Ellon’s leveller.

United almost regained the lead two minutes into the second half but Dunbar’s volley flew over the bar. Ellon’s miss proved costly when they conceded a free kick and when the ball was headed back across goal an attempted United clearance cannoned off Robertson and into the net. Slack Ellon defending saw Robertson add his second to increase Banchory’s advantage.

Ellon pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when Johnson’s diagonal ball picked out Dunbar who drilled the ball into the far corner. They looked to have grabbed an equaliser late on through a second Dunbar strike, but the goal was controversially chalked off for offside.

Teams:

Ellon United: Steer, Bremner, Allsop, Bailey, Reid, Lawson, Annand, Lamberty (Barrett), Johnson, Dunbar, Morrice, Millsom.

Banchory St Ternan: Buchan, Moorhouse, Simpson, Reid, Robertson, Leith, Gray, Aden, Biskup, Pyper, McGregor, Ross, Smith, Close, Pressley, Irvine.

United will have to pick themselves up from this disappointment and face their last home game of the season on Saturday when Dyce visit the Meadows. Kick-off is at 2pm.