LUTHERMUIR would present another stiff challenge for the young Ellon side. This was an important fixture, with Ellon trying to consolidate their position in Division 1 of the AAFA leagues. Anything short of three points would see them edge nearer the relegation struggle, where any team from 7 could go down. It was important that the whole side were focused right from the start and this proved to be the case.
Luthermuir started well and had most of the pressure for the first ten minutes, with Ellon being forced back into their own half but no real chances being produced. Ellon’s best outlet appeared to be the pace of youngsters Lynch and Thomson, a great find since stepping up from juvenile football mid-season, out wide. Anderson for Ellon had a good chance when he broke clear, but sent his shot wide. Thomson beat two Luthermuir defenders and fired in an effort on target which was turned behind for a corner. Luthermuir then had a great chance to take the lead when Reid was left on his own in the box, but his header went over.
Ellon took the lead on 18 minutes when a good cross by Lynch found Kevin Anderson inside the box and his clever turn and shot opened the scoring.
Six minutes later, Ellon forged two ahead when a great delivery from Thomson found More in a handy position to slot home for Ellon’s second. Adam Wilson then set off on a great run and his cross was met by Anderson but his shot was saved.
At half time, the score was 2-0 Ellon
Ellon pressed for a third which would tie the game up and More had another strike on goal well saved by keeper Hall. Kevin Anderson then played in a low cross which Lynch just failed to turn in at the back post. But Luthermuir were still dangerous and all they needed was one goal to get right back into the game. Greig had a great strike on the Ellon goal which struck keeper Cumming. Then Taylor had a free header which he put wide when it looked easier to score. But after 20 minutes of the half, Thomson wrapped things up for the home side when he met a great low cross by Lynch and his sweet strike nestled in the back of the away net.
Luthermuir had a great chance cleared off the line by Taylor as keeper Cumming dropped the ball at the near post. With 15 minutes to go, Ellon took off Murray and brought on Goodwin with Slesser reverting to his more accustomed central defensive role. The change almost paid dividends right away with Goodwin just missing another great Lynch cross at the back post.
Ellon brought on McShea and McGill on with 10 left to replace Wilson and Anderson, who had both put in a great shift. Dempster kept a clean sheet for the home side with a great last ditch challenge on Greig as he broke clear.
A great result for Ellon who have now won 4 out of their last 5 to break away from the relegation battle. But with nothing guaranteed yet, manager Stuart Moir will be looking to inspire another performance such as this when they make the trip to Maryculter to play Glendale on Saturday.
Man of the Match
Ellon: Scott Lynch
Luthermuir: Stephen Greig
Cumming, Wilson, Skinner, Taylor, Murray, More, Lynch, Dempster, Slesser, Anderson, Thomson. Subs : McGill, Smith, McLaren, Goodwin, McShea.