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.