Promising young Ellon player makes international debut

Ellon's Matthew Emmison - selected for the Scottish Districts Under 18s.
Ellon's Matthew Emmison - selected for the Scottish Districts Under 18s.

An Ellon under 18 player has made his debut for his country, enjoying a 57-7 win against Leeds Academy at Peebles.

Matthew Emmison, a second row player, was among the players singled out by coach Eddie Pollock.

The Scotland Under 18 coach said: “The quality of forward ball was very good. They were key to the nine tries we scored.

“We now have a lot of competition for places for the squad for the FIRA European tournament in March.”

Matthew will be in the Ellon Under 18 team who get the season under way at the Meadows on Saturday (August 31) with a game against Glasgow Hawks.

The Ellon senior team will kick off its season with a home game against Dunfermline in the Caledonia Shield on the same day when new head coach Duaine Lindsay will get his first glimpse of his new charges.

Irishman Lindsay will take up his duties with the Caledonian Division 1 side with the clear target of taking the Meadows men back to the national leagues within two seasons.

Lindsay, 42, has played for Irish club Dromore, and has been head coach of the Jordan national team where he has been in charge since 2007.

Ellon president Richard Porteous hailed the appointment as a hugely important one for the club.