Home defeat sees Ellon knocked out of cup

Next up for United is a trip to face Longside on league duties
Next up for United is a trip to face Longside on league duties

Two goals from each of the two Bartletts saw Dyce romp through 4 – 1 to the 2nd round of the G A Engineering Inter Regional Cup.

Although the home team did not get any of the breaks going they had no real answer to a Dyce side who were in full flow on the day.

Dyce pushed forward from the start and went in front in the 8th minute when Mark Bartlett used all his experience to drift in unchallenged to head home McNamee`s cross.

The visitors were able to keep up their pressure and were rewarded after twenty five minutes when Mark Bartlett found the net with another header, this time from a corner.

United looked to have snatched a goal back in the 39th minute when Lenny Johnson worked his way into the box and his shot on the turn hit the inside of the post and along the line only to somehow stay out.

The home team won a penalty when James Bain was taken down in the box.

Play resumed after the striker had received attention with Lenny Johnson slotting home the spot kick.

The culprit escaped any further punishment .

Ellon were unable to build any momentum from getting the goal back as Dyce broke upfield with Steve Bartlett`s low shot cum cross striking the far post and and this time finding the net.

United were caught out shortly after when they lost possession and the ball was fed to Steve Bartlett who beat Michael McKinnon with a neat chip for his second to cap off a fine afternoon for Dyce Juniors.

Ellon were reduced to ten men for the stoppage time after Neill Irvine was harshly red carded for his retaliatory gesture as the midfielder now faces a three game ban.

Steve Main, Ellon United Coach, said: “I was very frustrated with our performance in the first half when we allowed them too much space and time on the ball.

“We improved after the break and started to win more tackles, and keep possession for spells, creating a few chances, but in the end Dyce deserved to win.”

United return to league business next Saturday with a trip to Longside.