United too strong for Maud

United are at home on league duty again next Saturday when Banchory St Ternan visit the Meadows
United are at home on league duty again next Saturday when Banchory St Ternan visit the Meadows

Ellon United faced Maud in a tight and tense league encounter at The Meadows last weekend with United picking up all three points thanks to their 2 – 0 win.

With Morgan Cook unavailable United were faced with a goalkeeping crisis and were able to take Andy Reid on an emergency loan from Formartine United.

An even opening half saw little goalmouth action of note with the play too scrappy to allow any creative moves to develop.

United did not allow Maud’s physical approach to intimidate them but on the other hand the physicality of their former United central defenders Martin Crisp and Mark Lawson did keep the Ellon front men quieter than normal .

Callum Tremaine met a free kick from Stuart Massie midway through the half only to head over and Maud player manager Alan Hale was fed on the left in the 39th minute but could only find the side netting in a half distinctly lacking in chances.

Calum Irvine kept his young charges at the back in hand with Neil Irvine, Stuart Massie and Kevin Anderson making sure that the Maud midfield was unable to control things.

Nine minutes into the second half United threatened through James Bain finding Kevin Anderson with keeper Stephen making a fine save.

Ellon were caught for once when Maud were awarded a free kick for offsides which they took quickly with the final cross headed well over.

United had to be ever alert but were now beginning to make more headway out wide and this eventually lead to Ellon opening the scoring in the 81st minute with defender Jack Goodwin breaking forward and cutting the ball back to Chris Craib who found the bottom corner albeit perhaps assisted by a slight deflection.

The game remained relatively finely balanced until two minutes into stoppage time when the Maud defence’s despairing efforts failed to stop Lenny Johnson’s run and he picked out Kevin Anderson whose pace and accurate finish did the rest.