Ellon United looking sharp ahead of new season

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Ellon United’s second week of preseason games saw them make visits to Banff and Macduff last week .

They met Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park on Tuesday night followed by a trip to the new Macduff Sports Centre last Saturday to face Deveronside on the new synthetic surface.

Princess Royal Park was in mint condition for Tuesday night’s game.

There was very little to chose between the sides in the first half with United possibly having a slight edge over the Vale side marshalled in mid field by former Deveronvale and Fraserburgh striker Grant Noble who had a very productive loan spell with United, but the half ended goalless.

The Highland League side upped the ante at the start of the second half and it paid off when they were able to take advantage of an unfortunate slip to go ahead.

United came back strongly at the end but could not snatch an equaliser with the game ending 1 – 0 in Deveronvale’s favour.

Saturday’s match was completely different with United struggling at times on the artificial surface in the windy conditions.

There was no sign of any real problem as United with took an early lead with the wind at their backs but later in the first half they were caught out twice by the bounce of the ball holding up in the wind with Deveronside turning the tables to go in 2 – 1 up at the interval.

With the home team having the wind behind them after the changeover United found themselves 3 – 1 behind when Deveronside cashed in on a speculative long ball.

United refused to lie down, however, and were able to play their way level before earning a fourth to turn the game back in their favour at 4 – 3.

Ellon would then record another impressive win with a 2-0 victory over Longside on Tuesday night with Bain scoring both goals.