Ellon United were confirmed as First Division East champions on Tuesday night after Sunnybank were unable to match United’s weekend victory over Glentanar.
Sunnybank could only draw 1-1 at home to East End in mid-week, leaving Ellon five points clear of their title rivals with just one game left to play after they beat Glentanar 3-1 on Saturday.
United were behind in the ninth minute when a Glentanar corner hung up in the wind with central defender Hunter heading home at the far post.
United stuck to their task and equalised in the 25th minute through a sweeping move up their right, ending with Dean McDonald`s cross picking out Callum Tremaine who slipped it into the path of Kevin Anderson to draw the sides level.
Ellon almost snatched the lead in the 33rd minute but keeper Duncan managed to turn Kevin Anderson`s fierce shot behind off the crossbar.
United went in front when an unfortunate Glentanar defender headed the ball back across his own goal under pressure and James Bain`s predatory instincts saw him on hand to head home.
With United holding onto their lead in the treacherous conditions Morgan Cook was twice called on to deny the home side with fine stops but any chance of a Glentanar recovery disappeared in the 88th minute.
Glentanar were awarded a corner on their right but the cross failed to clear the first defender and was clear to be picked up by Lenny Johnson well inside his own half.
With keeper Duncan having committed himself forward for the corner Lenny Johnson ran on some 50 yards with defenders in pursuit before rolling the ball into the unguarded net despite home defenders` best efforts to get back – game over.
Although not at their best in a game affected very much by the overhead conditions and despite their early setback, United showed their qualities in fighting through.
United will be looking for a fine end to their league campaign on Saturday when Fraserburgh United come calling to The Meadows with Ellon’s fate as champions already sealed.
Kick-off is 2:00pm.