Ellon fall to Stoneywood

Ellon wins this aeriel tussle against Stoneywood.
Ellon wins this aeriel tussle against Stoneywood.
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Ellon AFC hosted Stoneywood in only one of three games in the Aberdeenshire AFA to escape the clutches of the North East weather.

United fielded what looked a strong starting eleven with both regular midfield general Dempster and top scorer Bain not finding a place in the squad.

Right from the start Stoneywood looked a strong physical side with centre forward Wilson leading the line and being extremely mobile.

They carved out an early chance when Wilson broke into the Ellon box and Dickinson had to be quick and brave to dive at the attacker’s feet.

ut Stoneywood were looking the better team and in 28 minutes deservedly broke the deadlock and it was no surprise that it was Wilson who bagged the goal as he slid in at the far post to meet a cross from Christie.

Menzies committed yet another foul some 30 yards out but Slesser’s effort went high over the bar.

Laird was injured after a heavy challenge by May but carried on bravely.

With 40 minutes gone Stoneywood doubled their advantage when a through ball by Masson found Jackson on his own inside the Ellon box and unchallenged he knocked the ball past Dickinson.

Ellon looked like they may score just before the half as a stramash ensued inside the Stoneywood box after a good delivery by Scott Morrison but the ball ran out to safety.

nEllon were read the riot act by co-manager Anderson at half time and all accepted that the first half performance was way short of what was expected. Urquahfrt replaced the injured Laird.

They got right back into the game after 11 minutes of the half as Slesser challenged for a ball in the air 20 yards out and as the ball dropped he met the ball on the half volley and rifled his effort past Henderson.

The home side began to turn the screw in the search for the elusive equaliser and it was the tall Slesser who was proving the most likely to find the goal.

A great ball by Anderson released Thomson on the left and from his cross Slesser tried and audacious flick but missed the ball.

Then when Reid in the Stoneywood defence misjudged a through ball Slesser latched on to the ball only to hit his effort off the post with only the keeper to beat. A great chance for Ellon to get right back into the game.

Ellon looked to make a change with the Hamilton replacing Scott Morrison after 70 minutes to see if his energy and aerial prowess could help swing things their way.

But it was Stoneywood who nearly sealed the game when an uncharacteristic error by Thomson allowed Christie to cross for Hay but the midfield man sidefooted past.

There was only enough time for one more effort from the impressive Thomson but his shot went just over.