Ellon A.F.C were on league duty again with a journey to take on bottom of the league Kemnay Youth. Expectations of victory were high with a strong squad. Those selected were left in no doubt by the management duo of Booth and Anderson that anything less than victory would surely see the end of any lingering hopes of promotion
Kemnay were first to threaten as the impressive Ingram broke clear of the Ellon defence but his deflected effort was well held by Dickinson in the Ellon goal.
With only five minutes of the game gone Ellon had a great chance to take the lead. A Lee Morrison throw found the head of Robertson-Murray who flicked on to Dempster. The midfielder’s effort was half blocked and the ball fell to Robertson five yards out but he skied the ball over the bar.
Ellon had yet another great opportunity when Robertson-Murray made a nuisance of himself in the box and the ball fell kindly to Hamilton but yet again the finish was woeful in the extreme.
A great run from left back Anderson left three defenders in his wake and he was eventually pulled down 30 yards out. Barrett claimed the ball but his well struck effort went over.
Barrett was again dangerous as good hold up play by Dempster allowed the striker to float in a cross which skimmed off the top of the bar.
Although not in the game much Kemnay still looked a danger as Temple went though on goal from a suspiciously offside position but he was foiled by Dickinson who blocked the winger’s effort.
With half time looming Ellon had three great chances to take the lead at an important time in the game. Scott Morrison and Wilson both missed back post headers then Scott Morrison was sent through on goal by a great pass from the industrious Hamilton but his effort went well past with keeper Lorimer helpless.
How Ellon found themselves all square at the break can only be put down to bad finishing against a Kemnay side who did not offer much going forward.
Half time 0-0
The Ellon players were left in no doubt of what was required from them in the second half but it was Kemnay who threatened first when Ingram failed to meet a great cross from Temple.
Ellon then passed up more chances as first Robertson and then Robertson-Murray could not find the net when it looked easier to score.
But Robertson-Murray was to make up for his miss after 12 minutes of the half as a long ball from Robertson found Barrett out wide and his well directed cross was met by the big striker who eventually bundled home.
This was to be his last effort in the game as he was replaced by the speedy Watson three minutes later as Ellon looked to press home their advantage.
Ellon were extremely fortunate to keep eleven on the park as Dickinson kicked out after a bad challenge by Simpson. If the referee had seen the whole incident then surely the Ellon keeper would have seen red for his rash indiscretion.
This certainly incensed the home fans and players alike and Allan was booked for a bad challenge on Watson as the homesters sought retribution.
But this did not deter Watson as he picked himself up and latched on to a flick from Hamilton to round the keeper and double the away advantage after 20 minutes of the second half.
Ellon were really beginning to turn the screw and created chance after chance but again all were spurned with Watson and Scott Morrison being the culprits.
With just a couple of minutes left a searing break by Watson allowed him to square the ball across goal for Anderson to calmly sidefoot home to make it three.
Final Score 3-0 Ellon
Ellon: Dickinson, Lee Morrison, Anderson, Dempster, Laird, Wilson, Scott Morrison, Hamilton, Robertson-Murray, Barrett, Robertson
Subs : Finnie, McShea, Watson, Taylor, Longmuir.
Man of match - Ellon – Chris Hamilton
Kemnay Youth – Mark Ingram
A valuable three points in the battle to stay in touch with teams chasing promotion. Johnny Watson really made a difference when he was introduced for Robertson-Murray.
His pace really tested a tiring backline for Kemnay. On another day the game could have ended with many more goals for Ellon but they were extremely profligate in front of goal, especially in the second period.
Finishing may well feature high on the list of training exercises in the coming week.