ELLON United scored a late winner to take all three points in a narrow 3-2 win at Fraserburgh United on Saturday.
The strong wind blowing directly up and down the pitch played a significant part in the game. Ellon had the wind at their backs in the first half and took advantage of the conditions to go two goals up within the opening fifteen minutes.
However, they were unable to extend their lead and it remained 2-0 at the interval. The second half was an entirely different story with Fraserburgh snatching an early goal back and drawing level sixteen minutes into the half. But Ellon held firm and grabbed the winner five minutes from time.
Ellon forced the early pace and their pressure paid off in the sixth minute when they won a free kick which was curled home into the keeper’s top right hand corner by Jordan Morrice.
They doubled their lead eight minutes later when keeper Coyle was unable to hold a high, hanging cross under pressure and Morrice was in position to force the loose ball home.
The visitors kept up the attack and forced another corner within two minutes. With the home defence unable to get the ball clear, Callum Dunbar’s shot on the turn went just wide of the post. Fraserburgh broke up the field from the kick-out but S Lawrence’s shot was wayward.
Another sustained spell of Ellon pressure saw Fraser Tait meet a corner from Callum Annand but his header flew high. The Broch were unable to get the ball out of their half with Ellon forcing a free kick, which they worked to Scott Whelan but his low shot cleared the far post.
Two minutes later another Ellon free kick had the home side in trouble but the visitors were eventually pulled up for offside to relieve the pressure.
Fraserburgh won a free kick in a dangerous position right on the stroke of half-time, but wasted their chance with a poor shot.
The home side got off to a flier and opened their account within two minutes of the restart. A long ball down their left saw the Broch break clear with Bissett volleying home the cross.
The Broch were now throwing the ball forward at every opportunity with the wind at their backs, missing out the midfiekd and their tactics paid off in the 61st minute when the Ellon defence were unable to deal with a long ball and Watt latched on to it to fire home the equaliser.
The visitors might have gone behind eight minutes later but Chris Allsop was on hand to clear the danger.
Fraserburgh continued to send the ball forward but the Ellon defence marshalled by their completely new central defensive pairing of Paul Leahy and Allsop kept them at bay.
The visitors grabbed the all-important winner five minutes from the end. Blair Johnston found Morrice whose neat turn saw him slip his initial marker before skipping past a defender’s rash challenge to take him clear on the left and squaring to Ryan Stewart, whose low shot beat Coyle.
Ellon United: Steer, Bremner, Johnston, Tait, Allsop, Leahy, Annand, Whelan, Johnson (Stewart), Dunbar, Morrice, Lamberty, Mathers, Bailey, Millsom.
Fraserbugh United: Coyle, Reid, Cowie, Taylor, Innes, Ross, Forbes, Rollo, Bissett, Watt, S Lawrence, Ritchie, L Lawrence, Davidson, Gibb , Noble.
United now have three home games starting with Saturday’s league match against FC Stoneywood. Kick-off 2pm.