United leave it late to win

Ellon's Morgan Cook makes a good save against Montrose
Ellon's Morgan Cook makes a good save against Montrose

Ellon United returned from Montrose with all three points last weekend, but only just , with a last gasp penalty strike giving United them a 2 – 1 win over Roselea.

United had only 13 fit players

available to travel to Montrose and Steven Main chose to field himself which proved a sensible decision.

The windy conditions at the wide open spaces of Broomfield Park did not suit United and with wind advantage in the first half the home side managed to put Ellon under pressure.

Despite all their territorial advantage Roselea could not make it tell and United’s only scare came in the 13th minute when the visitors conceded a silly free kick in a dangerous position.

The ball fell kindly for the home side but was blasted over and offside had been awarded in any case with United standing firm to keep the scoreline blank at the interval.

Montrose scored out of the blue only four minutes into the second half.

Beedie met a square pass and although he appeared to miscue his effort the ball spun beautifully up and over the arms of the helpless Morgan Cook into the top corner.

A Ross Gibbon header flew wide six minutes later and then James Bain broke through the middle only to lose control of the ball.

The home side found themselves a man short on the hour mark when defender Reoch felled Kevin Anderson as he burst down the left and received his second caution.

Two minutes later Morgan Cook prevented the home side grabbing a two-goal cushion with a point blank block following a corner.

The save proved even more crucial when United moved forward and Callum Tremaine split the Montrose defence to release James Bain who ran on to clinically fire the ball low past keeper McLeod.

With the game moving to stoppage time a very rash challenge resulted in the United’s late penalty award which was drilled beyond McLeod by skipper Chris Craib and the visitors were then able to comfortably see out the time added on.