Ellon United were knocked out of the Scottish Junior Cup in t he opening round as Glasgow Perthsire progressed after a 1-0 win.
The home side created enough chances to have won the match but were unable to get that vital goal and were caught out by a sucker punch in the second half.
Although bigger, stronger and showing the far more physical approach to the game the visitors were unable to match United’s movement, particularly in the first half.
The home side were able to deal with all the high balls thrown into the danger area and to keep a grip of the visitors some of whom had a huge height advantage, particularly the towering Kirkwood.
The best home chance came in the 25th minute but despite several efforts they were unable to force the ball home in the Perthshire goal area and the danger was finally cleared with Ellon’s loud claims for a penalty waived aside.
Perthshire`s giant keeper Calder pulled off an excellent save to turn a shot from James Bain behind for a corner before it was the visitors who went ahead out of nothing in the 74th minute when hesitancy cost the home side dear with the experienced Malcolm running clear on to a huge kick out from Calder to nip in and shoot home.
United were still unable to make a breakthrough and as they pushed forward it was Perthshire who came close to adding a second when they rattledMcKinnon’s crossbar.
Steven Main replaced James Bain for the final fifteen minutes for United before Kyle Harker came on for David Coutts to add more firepower at the expense of some of their defensive strength but the visitors held firm.
Speakin after the match, United coach Steve Main said: “There were lots of positives, as we put in a good performance and it’s something we can build on. Once we get the ball down and play, it is very pleasing to watch.
Their goalkeeper kept them in the game in the first half. They also got a bit of luck with their winning goal, but that’s football.”