Ellon United 0
Banks o’ Dee 5
The wind played a huge part in Ellon United’s match against current league leaders Banks o’ Dee at the Meadows on Saturday.
United were unable to come to terms with the conditions, particularly in the second half when they faced the elements and this had a massive bearing on a really frustrating afternoon.
The sides went in at 0-0 but it was a completely different story after the interval with a determined Banks o’ Dee side making certain that they were not going to slip up for the second week running. The visitors won all the personal battles to keep up the pressure on the home side and after they opened the scoring in the 53rd minute there was only going to be one outcome.
Ellon’s second half misery started eight minutes into the half when they were rather harshly punished for a handball and when the long swirling free kick was launched forward it was met by Sam Muirhead whose glancing header saw the ball fly into the net.
United were finding it really difficult to clear their lines and get any forward momentum, looking particularly vulnerable at corners and set pieces and they were punished when an attempted through ball was intercepted and knocked forward for Muirhead to add his second.
A fine save from Robin Dunbar prevented Max Alexander from adding a third from the penalty spot but the third was only delayed with Michael Taylor heading home.
United were then caught out on the break with Michael Philipson set up for a tap in at the back post. Philipson completed the scoring in the 85th minute before the referee finally put an end to United’s second half misery.
Ellon United: Dunbar, Tewnion, K Benzie, Craib, Millsom, Crisp, Wilson, S Benzie (Silva), Coyle (Marshall), Tremaine, Johnson (Greig), Coutts, Blair.
Banks o’ Dee: Shearer, McCall, Duguid, J Winton, Faeroe, Stewart, Alexander, Philipson, Taylor, Muirhead, Buchanan, Hamilton, Will, Steven, Hall, Smith.
With their defence marshaled by central defender Faeroe and former Formartine keeper Shearer, and a more competitive midfield plus the threat they carried up front, Banks o’ Dee were just too strong overall.
Meanwhile, the Lucky Six Draw numbers were 8, 10, 14, 16, 19 and 20. The jackpot for next week’s draw will be £1000 with the selection 6 from 20.
The consolation prize winner was G Stephen.