United fall to defeat at home to Montrose

Ellon United's James Bain has a go at the Montrose Roselea defence
Ellon United's James Bain has a go at the Montrose Roselea defence

Ellon United were well beaten 3 -1 by Montrose Roselea at The Meadows last weekend, with the Angus side gaining full revenge for their defeat at Montrose.

The visitors were faster to the ball and physically dominant on the day with United unable to offer any real threat until after the damage had been done.

Despite dominating the possession Montrose lacked a goal threat of their own until a disastrous opening to the second half by United saw the visitors race into a three-goal lead in the first eight minutes after the interval.

In the only goalmouth action of note in the first half, Morgan Cook made a point-blank save to tip over a close-range header from a dangerous free kick.

The second period could not have started better for Montrose.

Only three minutes into the second half Aitken got in front of his marker to head home a fine cross from their right then the visitors doubled their advantage three minutes later with a repeat of the opener, Greig nipping in to head home another cross.

Even worse was to follow within a further two minutes when Mitchell was given space and time to pick his spot.

United had to make changes and Callum Tremaine and Lenny Johnson replaced James Bain and Scott Firth.

The home side reduced the deficit six minutes later when neat footwork by Callum Tremaine took him to the byeline where he cut the ball inside to Lenny Johnson, whose lay-off was smashed home by Stuart Massie.

United were forced into a late change with David Coutts coming on for the injured Ross Gibbon but the home side were unable to make any further headway.

United’s last home game of the season sees Stonehaven visit The Meadows on Saturday. The match kicks off at 2pm.