Mcallister double finishes off disappointing Ellon

Lenny Johnston had the best chance for Ellon United in their 2-0 defeat at Dyce.
Lenny Johnston had the best chance for Ellon United in their 2-0 defeat at Dyce.

Ellon United lost 2–0 away to Dyce in their league game on Saturday.

The home side went in front just over the halfway mark in the first period and the scoreline looked like remaining at 1–0 as the game went into the 90th minute when an Ellon mistake gifted Dyce a simple second.

The match had to be halted for a twenty-minute spell in the first half when United committee member Miller Mathieson collapsed on the sideline. First aid assistance was immediately on hand with United’s Alan Tewnion, who is a trained first responder, and Dyce’s Dave Cadenhead taking over until an ambulance arrived.

Thankfully after Miller had undergone a thorough series of tests by the para­medics, he managed to return to see the remainder of the game and is now none the worse for his ordeal.

Ellon had a scare after only three minutes when a Dyce player got a toe to the ball out of nothing but it came back off Michael McKinnon`s left hand post.

The visitors had a double chance to take advantage two minutes later when Craig Marshall fed David Clark whose shot was blocked. The ball broke out to James Wilson but his effort was also blocked.

Dyce took the lead in 25th minute. The home side looked to have jumped the gun when they broke early up their right but play went on despite United’s claims for offside and when the ball was fired across, Dyce’s ace predator Jamie Mcallister moved in to power home a header.

Ellon responded immediately to force a corner which was headed wide by Martin Crisp. Two minutes after the restart following the enforced stoppage it took a good save from Ricky Horne at his near post to turn Craig Marshall’s shot behind for a corner.

United made their initial change six minutes into the second half with Lenny Johnson replacing Greg Wood. Dyce had the edge in pressure at this stage without really threatening the target with Ellon getting bogged down or losing their footing at vital moments.

Lenny Johnson came closest for United in the 65th minute when he cut inside his marker out wide on the left and curled his shot just beyond the postage stamp corner.

Ellon made another change a minute later with Cameron Clark coming on for David Clark before David Coutts replaced the injured Chris Craib.

Coutts was soon called into action to head clear a shot which looked to be goalbound. The game looked to be petering out at 1-0 when a casual header in the midfield area allowed Dyce to break forward and when the ball was lobbed into the path of Mcallister, there was only going to be one outcome.


Ellon United: McKinnon, Tremaine, Benzie, Craib (Coutts), Tewnion, Crisp, Wilson, Wood (Johnson), David Clark (Cameron Clark), McLeod, Marshall, Rose, Law.

Dyce: Horne, Dugonski, Barclay, Shand, Clayton, Hutchinson, Yeats, Morrison, S Bartlett, Mcallister, Morrice, Moorhouse, M Bartlett, Napier.

United have the first of three consecutive home games on Saturday when their visitors on league duty are Stonehaven. The kick- off at The Meadows is 2pm.

Meanwhile, the winning numbers in United`s Lucky Six Draw were 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11. With no one picking the full set the jackpot for next week`s draw will be £1050 with selection 6 from 19.

The consolation prize winner was J Main.