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Albion 3 to the good over Ellon

Banks O'Dee Albion 3

McPherson 32, Wood 69, Mitchell 88

Ellon Meadows 0

  • Saturday, 20 January 2018
  • Spain Park
  • Under 19´s
  • ADJFA A League

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Low temperatures were recorded over night at Spain Park however the artificial surface was to Banks O’Dee Albion’s benefit as they managed to get the game on & welcome 6th place Ellon Meadows. Ahead of kick off, Albion were situated in 3rd ahead of the game.

Albion had a couple of opportunities to get the opening goal in the first quarter of the game; they had an effort blocked off the line followed by a Calum Beattie free kick which just went over the bar. Both sides have had a lack of activity recently due to the wintry weather & it showed with either side looking a little rusty.

Ellon had a chance on 13 minutes. Scott Fraser played in Alex Ryan however his effort just went inches wide of the right hand post. Unlike other teams who come to Spain Park, Ellon didn’t go to shut up shop. They tried to get forward whenever they could which was made the game more expansive & entertaining. Ryan then had a free kick on 21 minutes at Vitali Sahhalevtis.

Banks O’Dee was getting into dangerous areas in attack however were caught offside on a number of occasions. Jason Ritchie almost opened the scoring on 25 minutes after a Calum Beattie corner however his effort was denied by a stretched leg save from Elliot Ainslie.

Beattie was then brought down in the penalty box which was to help the hosts open the scoring in the 32nd minute. Mitchell McPherson then stepped up to take the spot kick & he slotted the ball home into the bottom right hand corner giving Ainslie no chance who dived the other way.

Ellon tried to level things up before the interval after a great ball from Keiran Cranna found Scott Fraser however the effort just went wide. Going into half time, Banks O’Dee Albion were the more threatening side going forward however Ellon made Albion well aware that they were in a game.

  • Half Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 1-0
  • Ellon Meadows

It was already a cold afternoon & it seemed to be getting a little bit more chillier as the 2nd half got underway. Ben Ross was to have the first chance of the half for the hosts which went straight to Elliot Ainslie.

Ellon attacked at the other end & a ball from Alex Ryan found Scott Fraser whose effort had to be pushed over the bar by Vitali Sahhalevtis in the Banks O’Dee Albion goal. Ryan then had an effort from the edge of the box off the crossbar for Ellon before Fraser fell in the penalty area however the referee pointed for a goal kick.

Albion doubled their advantage in the 69th minute after an initial effort from Calum McKenzie was blocked & the ball fell to Connor Wood who knocked the ball home. Albion kept the pressure on & 10 minutes from time, a Greg Pirie ball spread across goal however missed the required connection from Cameron Mitchell.

Mitchell did get on the score sheet however after Greg Pirie fed him in & Mitchell tucked home a fine finish to complete a good day at the office for Banks O’Dee Albion. It was a routine win for Albion & they now jump into 2nd after that win.They have strengthened their team since the start of the season & are now starting to reap the benefits of that. They are still in the hunt for the domestic treble, they can still play better however it's a work in progress.

For most of the Ellon players, it’s their first season in the A league & they have gave a good account of themselves not just in this respective league game with Albion however over the course of the season as well. They have only registered one league win all season however keep up the performances & hard work & they will see more wins than losses.

  • Full Time:
  • Banks O'Dee Albion
  • 3-0
  • Ellon Meadows


Banks O'Dee Albion
Ellon Meadows
1. Vitali Sahhalevtis
2. Finlay Johnston
3. Ronan Masson
4. Jamie Hay
5. Jason Ritchie
6. Jack Odlin
7. Calum McKenzie
8. Ben Ross
9. Mitchell McPherson
10. Greg Pirie
11. Calum Beattie
12. Connor Wood
14. Cameron Mitchell
15. Joe Talbot
16. Andy Wood
17. Cameron Ross
1. Elliot Ainslie
2. Finn Pettigrew
3. Scott Fraser
4. Jack Mcintosh Bell
5. Keiran Cranna
6. Tiernan Humphrey
7. Blair Mackay
8. Dean Bowie
9. Aaron Mackenzie
10. Alex Ryan
11. Ross Alexander Connon
12. Richard Harry Connon
14. Cameron Sinclair Grant
16. Mark Davies
Star Player
Banks O'Dee Albion
Ellon Meadows
It was a professional team performance from the Spain Park outfit, though he didn't score, I am going to choose Calum Beattie as my star player. Got into dangerous areas & won his side a penalty for the 1st goal.
Elliot Ainslie - Kept his side in the game with some good saves. The forward line deserve credit as well for having a go at Albion.
Magic Moment
Banks O'Dee Albion
Ellon Meadows
The 3rd goal. A good ball from Greg Pirie & a good finish from Cameron Mitchell.
The crossbar effort from Alex Ryan. What a goal that would have been.
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