Ellon’s wait for first victory of season worthwhile

Ellon flanker Kieran O'Brien claimed one of his side's five tries in their win over Kinloss Eagles.
Ellon flanker Kieran O'Brien claimed one of his side's five tries in their win over Kinloss Eagles.

Ellon put aside their miserable run of recent results to register a convincing five-try home win against a poor Kinloss Eagles on Saturday, writes Jack Nixon.

The visitors made them wait for their overdue first win, turning up more than 30 minutes late due to traffic problems in Elgin.

For the small, but appreciative home crowd the delay was worth the wait, as Ellon made a spirited start to the game, racing into a 10-point lead thanks to tries from full back Matt Pearce and flanker Kieran O’Brien.

But over-eagerness and indiscipline on the part of the homesters resulted in the limited visitors easing back into the game on the back of three penalties from stand off Rob Cooper, only for Pearce to score his second try of the afternoon right on the stroke of half-time to make it 15-9.

The second half belonged almost exclusively to Ellon who ran in two more tries, and with Ali Addy taking over the kicking duties in tandem with his Aberdeen Grammar team-mate Andrew Ovenstone always looked the more likely to succeed.

Ellon added two tries in the second period one of which fell to hat-trick hero Pearce who was a stand-out for the winners, but it was the thoughtful probing of replacement Ovenstone which paved the way for the second half domination.

Addy kicked an early second half penalty, and Ovenstone nipped over for the final try. Addy also added two conversions.

Totally against the run of play Cooper scored a try to give him a personal tally of 14, but spoiled his day with a petulant kick at an opponent, earning him a yellow card.

“This was a most encouraging performance. They were heroes right through from number one to 18. I am very proud of them,” said a relived, but happy Peter McMartin, the Ellon head coach.

Despite the 32-14 win, Ellon remain bottom of Caley 2 North, but on this form can expect to make steady progress in the division.