SoccerWorld League A teams will once again be making the trip to Peterhead this season after Peterhead Boys Club secured their place in the top league with a thrilling 5-4 win over Ellon Meadows. Peterhead, who finished second bottom of the A league last season, faced Ellon Meadows, who finished fourth in the B league, in a play-off to determine who would join Glentanar in replacing Dyce and Westdyke in the first division after both teams folded over the summer. Peterhead raced into what appeared to be an unassailable 5-0 lead within 45 minutes, but Ellon showed their desire and spirit to pull it back to 5-4 and give their opponents one almighty scare.
Peterhead started the game in the ascendancy and sustained pressure was eventually rewarded after 18 minutes. Ellon conceded a free-kick on the very edge of the penalty area and set-piece specialist Ayden McGill smashed the ball into the bottom corner and past the helpless goalkeeper who had no chance.
Despite Peterhead being on top, the game remained tight and it took another set-piece for Peterhead to double their lead. A McGill corner was nodded into the net from six yards by centre-back Jordan Durie.
It looked like Ellon would go into the interval just two goals down and still well in the game but Peterhead struck twice late in the half to make it 4-0 at the break.
Firstly, on 38 minutes, a wicked McGill cross from the right wing beat striker, defender and goalkeeper before nestling in the far corner of the goal.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, a great run by McGill which saw him beat three or four opponents resulted in goalkeeper Cameron Gray tipping the ball on to the post but substitute striker Kieran Lewis was on hand to tap in the rebound from a couple of yards.