Ellon United made an early exit from The Scottish Junior Cup going down 4-1 at home to Carluke Rovers in their 1st round tie at The Meadows last weekend.
United were unable to make enough of an impression in a first half in which too many lacked self belief and as a whole the side were far too guilty of giving away easy possession and showed a lack of composure.
United were served an early warning when Murphy was given lots of time and space in midfield to find the unmarked Watt with a diagonal ball and the striker’s volley went wide of the far post. It was United who should have gone ahead after twelve minutes when Andy Anderson did well to rob Stewart and make his way to the byline before crossing only for Callum Tremaine to send his close range header straight at the keeper with the rest of the goal wide open. To make matters worse, Carluke broke straight up the field with Watt grabbing the opener. With twenty-four minutes gone a neat chip from Watt into space allowed Carluke to get behind the United defence with Cavanagh on hand to fire home the final cut back. After the half-hour mark a shot from Andy Anderson went wide but United were unable to test keeper Grier in the first half.
United changed their formation at the interval with Paul Leahy and Dev Kennedy-Colbert replacing Aiden Greig and Callum Tremaine but for the second week running Ellon conceded a goal before they got the second half going. Carluke were once again given the time and space to send a measured cross from their right and this time Dean Kindlan drifted in to score with a free header near the far post to put the visitors three up. United were awarded a free kick with Chris Allsop moving forward only for the ball to be just too high for the central defender and shave the top of his head as it went harmlessly behind.
United were at least now showing more of a threat but they still lacked composure in the final third. Lenny Johnson met a corner but looped his header over the bar. Carluke added their 4th after 71 minutes. Jonathon Millsom appeared to be blatantly held back as he went to clear the ball but play went on with Cavanagh able to get the advantage to score his second.
United finally broke their duck in the 85th minute when Leahy headed a free kick from Grant Thomson back into the danger area for Dev Kennedy-Colbert to bundle the ball home. Anderson forced a save from Grier but by then it was unfortunately too little too late as Carluke eased into the 2nd round.
Ellon United: Steer, Scully, Craib, Thomson, Allsop, Millsom, Johnson, Robertson, Andy Anderson, Tremaine (Kennedy-Colbert), Greig (Leahy), Erskine, Sim, Grant Anderson.
Carluke Rovers: Grier, Lithgow, Stewart, Barr, Murray, Murphy, Wilson, Dean Kindlan, Watt, Cavanagh, Weir, Dickson, Daniel Kindlan, Napier, Stark, Smillie.
United have a change of fixture this weekend when Stonehaven will be their visitors to The Meadows for a league match. The kick off time returns to 2pm.