Dee-feat leaves United with uphill struggle against tough Culter side

ELLON United’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Banks o’ Dee in their league match at The Meadows last weekend keeps them well and truly hunting for the precious points to keep them out of the relegation places.

Injuries forced Ryan Petire to once again shuffle his pack, but with several of the home side off the pace for spells, United were unable to put any sustained pressure on Banks o’ Dee, though they did pass up the best chance of the match when the score was still at nothing each.

Ellon were forced to make an early change when keith Reid had to replace the injured Ben Chapman and this affected the balance of the side with the loss of an outlet out wide.

Ally Reid came close to opening the scoring in the 22nd minute when he met a cross from keith Walker, but his glancing header flashed wide.

The home side then passed up a great chance tyo take the lead when Chris Ctain found himself unmarked in the box, but the defender was unable to make decent contact from close in, and the chance was wasted.

Banks o’ Dee almost took advantage of a defensive collision in the Ellon boc, but Steve Gunn managed to clear the ball away for a corner.

Booth shot wide for the vbisitors before they snatched the opener in the 41st minute. Ellon conceded a rash free kick and worse was to follow as Shinnie’s shot over the wall caught Ross Buchanan off his line and dropped over his head to land in the net.

Banks o’ Dee put United under a spell of early pressure after the interval with Allan getting behind his marker and sending over a dangerous low cross, whivch fortunately for the home side found no takers.

The visitors went 2-0 up seven minutes into the second half from a throw in on their left. Fyffe colleted the throw and wheeled it to fire a vicious dipping shot which flew over the stranded Ross Buchanan and into the postage stamp corner. with neither side looking like adding to the scoreline, the rest of the half petered out as the visitors held on comfortably to their advantage.

The winning numbers in United’s Weekly Lucky Six draw were 2, 3, 10, 14, 19 and 20, and with Helen Day making the correct selection, she wins the £1000 jackpot. The jackpot for next week’s draw will be £1,000 with the selection 6 from 20.

The winners of the £10 consolation prizes were Squeak (New Deer) and David McKeitch.

Life does not get any easier for United, who must now pick themselves up against Culter at The Meadows on Saturday, with a 2.30pm kick-off.

ELLON UTD: Buchanan, Annand, Craib, Corser, Lawson, Gunn, Huggins (Chalmers), Walker (Johnson), Edmond, A Reid, Chapman (K Reid). Subs: Mckeitch, Clark, Irvine, Moffat.

BANKS O’DEE: Robertson, Keith, Turnbull, Croll, KLong, Shinnie, Fyffe, Scafe, Booth, Murray, Allan. Subs: Gray, Angus, Lynch,

Lipkonski, Lunan, Tritton, Stack