United denied win by late equaliser

Ellon United's Lenny Johnston put his side 2-1 up near the end but they couldn't hold their lead.
Ellon United's Lenny Johnston put his side 2-1 up near the end but they couldn't hold their lead.

Ellon United gained a point in their final Grill League Cup match with a 2–2 draw at East End on Saturday.

With Martin Crisp unavailable United lined up with a youthful back four.

So it was two young and inexperienced line ups that took to the field with many of the home side having stepped up from a successful Lewis United under 17’s squad from last season, which won the Scottish Cup for their age group.

United kicked off down the greasy New Advocates slope and got off to a flier with a goal in the opening two minutes. They should have been further ahead at the interval on the chances they created although the home side did fail to cash in on a couple of breaks.

Ellon had chances to increase their advantage after the interval before a defensive slip allowed East End to draw level.

The visitors looked to have settled the result when they regained the lead in the 88th minute only to slip up in the 90th to give East End the draw.

United took less than two minutes to get their noses in front when East End conceded a free kick and David Coutts’ header from Chris Craib’s set piece looped into to top corner. They almost doubled their lead when Lenny Johnson created space in the corner and swung over a cross which was met by Callum Tremaine but his marker did well to deflect the ball for a corner.

East End passed up the chance to draw level in the 39th minute when they caught United pushing forward and broke clear only to shoot wide as Warren Robertson came out to narrow the angle.

The United keeper was called into action again in the 43rd minute to block from Mackie.

A shot from Callum Tremaine was cleared off the line before Ellon made their first change with Cameron Clark replacing Ally Blair to end an impressive competitive Ellon debut for the young defender.

Further United changes saw James Wilson replace Aiden Greig and Kris Benzie come on for Craig Marshall.

The home side squared matters out of nothing in the 77th minute when a misjudgement meant that United failed to clear the ball and allowed Nbarki a clear run on goal.

Neither side was able to make further inroads until the 88th minute when Tito Silva picked up the ball out wide and weaved his way along the byeline before squaring for Lenny Johnson to finish off.

Ellon failed to shut up shop and were caught out in the 90th minute with East End again breaking down the slope to set up a last- gasp equaliser.

Ellon United: Robertson, Blair (Clark), Rose, Craib, Coutts, Tewnion, Greig (Wilson), Marshall (Benzie), Silva, Tremaine, Johnson, McDonald, Wood.

East End: Duncan, McKay, Strachan, Rennie, Wright, Jopp, Youngson, Fraser, Mackie, Petrie, Leslie, Macdonald, Binnie, Nbarki, Melvin, Baldwin.

United have to face Hermes at the Meadows again on Saturday, this time on league business and the champions will be smarting after their defeat by Culter last weekend. The match kicks off at 2pm.

The winning numbers in United`s Lucky Six Draw were 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 14 and with no one picking the full set the jackpot for next week`s draw will be £1000 with selection 6 from 20.

The consolation prize winner was A Morris.