Ellon United saved their poorest display of the season so far for the visit of Dufftown to The Meadows last weekend.
Dufftown won most of the individual battles all over the pitch and left with a 3-0 win.
They created more attempts on goal and their shoot on sight policy compared with United’s shot-shy approach helped to keep them on the front foot.
It took some good early saves by Morgan Cook to keep the game all square at 0-0 at the interval and ironically when the game was evenly balanced in the second period two horrible United errors presented the gift of goals to give Dufftown a further lift.
Two fine saves from Morgan Cook and a last ditch tackle by Jason Thornton midway through the opening period saw the sides go in goalless at the interval despite Dufftown’s overall superiority as United were unable to keep any form of meaningful possession or to pose any goal threat.
United showed much more determination after the break but still lacked penetration and a willingness to test keeper McIntosh.
The home team made their first change on the hour mark with James Bain replacing Callum Tremaine.
With the game now evenly poised United committed suicide five minutes later when Stuart Massie uncharacteristically squared the ball straight into the path of Dufftown’s Rodrigues giving the former Lossiemouth player a clear run in on goal.
The United midfielder almost made amends when he cut the back from the byeline to James Bain but the striker’s first time effort went wide. United made a second change with Fraser Gill coming on for Kevin Anderson.
With all still to play for United gifted the visitors their second goal.
This time the experienced Chris Craib was the unlikely culprit presenting Rodrigues with his second on a plate.
The home side could make no breakthrough and when they were unable to clear their lines in the 90th minute substitute Taylor was there to take advantage.