Ellon cruise to victory

Alex MacDonald breaks through the Highland defence for a try in Saturday's emphatic win.
Alex MacDonald breaks through the Highland defence for a try in Saturday's emphatic win.

ELLON dismantled a lacklustre Highland at the Meadows, forcing themselves into the top three of Caley Division 1, scoring nine tries in the process.

The home hero was centre Ewan Eley who crossed the Inverness line four times, while fullback Greg Willetts and flanker and captain Liam Slaven notched braces in the 55-5 win.

Slagven said: “This was a great win for us and a perfect example of the way we can perform if we play from the starting whistle.

“The expansiveness of the game suited us, enabling us to get players like Stuart Hackett running onto the ball and getting into space.

He added: “We had Steve Bucknall and Ed Adie back in the side, adding experience and stability.

“I’m happy with the effort everyone put, especially in the first 60 minutes.”

Highland made a gallant effort to stem the home side’s flowing rugby, but were badly hampered by only travelling with a squad of 16 players. The Canal Park finished the last quarter with only 14 men, as a consequence of picking up a couple of injuries.

Ellon led 31-0 at half-time, ending the game as contest, but were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal as the second half unfolded, allowing the visitors to claim a late try.

The two sides meet again on November 10 when a place in the third round of the RBS Caledonian Regional Shield is up for grabs.

Slaven admitted his side had relaxed in the last 20 minutes and warned his team that such an attitude would be likely to be punished when the two clash in Inverness.

“I’m sure Highland will come back strongly in November. Meanwhile we have our league campaign to concentrate on,” said the otherwise happy skipper.

A big challenge faces the Meadows on Saturday when they travel to Thurso to play Caithness.

They provided the shock of the day at St Andrews, beating the high-flying students, enabling Aberdeenshire to go top of what is becoming a very competitive league.