United overcome Banchory in cup

Banchory St ternan 1 - Ellon United 2

ELLON United made progress in the McBookies.Com McLeman Cup with a 2-1 away win over Banchory St Ternan last weekend, but at a price, with Steve Gunn stretchered off. United will now meet Sunnybank in the next round following their surprise win against Dyce.

United’s early domination saw them take the lead in the fourth minute. Craig Morrison met a cross from Chris Craib only to see his header crash back off the woodwork but Greg Simpson pounced to put the visitors ahead. Ellon almost doubled their lead within two minutes when Lewis Forbes picked up a loose clearance but his effort hit the post.

It took until midway through the first half before Banchory threatened. They broke quickly out wide and fired in a low ball which flew across the face of the goal. The ball was lobbed back into the danger area but was headed well over.

However, it was United who were caught on the stroke of half time when a headed clearance fell to Gray and when Ellon failed to close the striker down, he was able to fire the ball low in at Ross Buchanan’s right hand pos.

Banchory were far more positive at the start of the second half with Ross Buchanan forced into an early block. An incisive 51st minute break by United saw Ross Forsyth feed Greg Simpson who made ground before cutting the ball inside to Michael Ralton whose first time shot flew wide.

The woodwork came to Banchory’s rescue four minutes later when Greg Simpson slipped the ball out to Michael Ralton on the overlap and his cross was met by Chris Craib only to see his header hit the far post.

Ellon regained the lead in the 66th minute when Greg Simpson released Lewis Frobes on the right and his deep cross was collected by Chris Craib who steadied himself before shooting home.

The game should have been put beyond Banchory’s reach in the 71st minute when a run by Ross Forsyth took him clear but his attempted lob failed to trouble the keeper. Two minutes later Craig Morrison and Lewis Frobes linked up to find Chris Craib whose cross was met by Greg Simpson, but his volley just cleared the bar.

United were served notice of their slender advantage when Carroll shot over.

Ellon were awarded a free kick in the 79th minute with Niall Corser meeting Greg Simpson’s cross only to have his header blocked by keeper Sim at the expense of a corner.