For the second week running Ellon United had to contend with a very physical side who threw the ball forward at every opportunity with a last minute goal seeing Hermes grab full points in their league match with a 3 – 2 win at The Meadows last weekend.
United went ahead from the spot after only three minutes.
The Referee was well placed and immediately awarded the penalty despite all Hermes’ protestations which might have even lead to stricter disciplinary action.
After everything had settled down United skipper Chris Craib stepped up to coolly send keeper Sweeney the wrong way. The visitors took only eight minutes to draw level with Stevenson loosing his marker to head home Dawson`s driven cross.
United could perhaps have done better in the 26th minute when Dean McDonald opted to square the ball rather than shoot with Hermes` Cairns doing well to put enough pressure on Callum Tremaine who slid in at the back post only to send the ball wide.
Although the visitors’ approach put United under severe pressure at times the home side managed to cope and were able threaten on the counter.
Chris Craib shot just wide before Ellon regained the lead just before half time when Chris Craib found Jack Tait who ran on to beat Sweeney with a neat chip.
Callum Tremaine was unable to give United a two goal cushion in the 56thminute when his shot went wide and it was Hermes who drew level for the second time in the 65th minute.
The ball was driven low into the United goal area and unfortunately this time the home side were not able to force the ball clear as it bounced off several bodies before coming off a home defender and landing in the net.
Some fine saves by Morgan Cook and brave defensive work kept Hermes out until their late strike and again it was a wicked ball driven low into the goal area that did the damage.
United’s second change saw David Coutts come on in a forward roll to replace defender James Seivwright but the home side were unable to square things.
United are at home again next Saturday when they welcome Colony Park for the first competitive fixture between the sides.