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Peterhead BC 5

McGill, 18, 38. Durie, 31. Lewis, 40. Hutton, 45.

Ellon Meadows 4

MacFarlane, 47, 53. McKenzie, 49, 78.
  • Sunday, 24 August 2014
  • Hazlehead
  • Under 15´s
  • League Play-Off

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Peterhead BC
  • 4-0
  • Ellon Meadows
Ellon would have been aiming to get the first goal of the second-half to try and put pressure on Peterhead, but their opponents beat them to it, making it 5-0 five minutes into the second period. Cameron Hutton ran through on goal and his weak left foot shot was enough to beat stand-in goalkeeper Gray at the near post.
 
At this point, it would have been very easy for Ellon to crumble, and many teams would have. But not this Ellon team. 
 
They grabbed their all important first goal just two minutes after Peterhead’s fifth. Striker Aaron MacFarlane latched on to a loose ball and poked it past the goalkeeper and into the net from eight yards.
 
Ellon’s second then followed just two minutes after that. A corner wasn’t cleared properly and Aaron MacKenzie swept the ball home from the right of the penalty area. His muted celebration showed Ellon weren’t getting carried away but they were at least back in the contest.
 
The game petered out to a degree after that goal, but that all changed when Ellon made it 5-3 with a near carbon copy of their first goal. Again, MacFarlane was first to the ball in the penalty box and he prodded past the goalkeeper to give Ellon real hope.
 
As the game grew on, naturally, Peterhead sat deeper and deeper. 10 minutes from time they were given a scare when MacKenzie cut in from the left and curled the ball off the far post and out.
 
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again and that is exactly what MacKenzie did. Two minutes from time he again cut in from the left but this time he curled the ball into the far top corner to make it 5-4. 
 
For all their huffing and puffing, Ellon could not create that one last chance and Peterhead held on and saw out the remaining four minutes of stoppage time to secure their place in the SoccerWorld League A.
 
Peterhead finished nine points adrift from safety in last season’s A League so they will have to improve if they want to stay there. And for Ellon, in the now famous words of Steven Gerrard, they will have to ‘go again’. If they show the same spirit and hunger as they did in the second half of this play-off, they should have what it takes to go one better and achieve promotion this season.
  • Full Time:
  • Peterhead BC
  • 5-4
  • Ellon Meadows

Lineups

Peterhead BC
Ellon Meadows

1. Liam Pirie
2. Jordan Durie
18. Cameron Fraser 
19. Kieran Lewis
20. Euan Colquhoun
21. Innes Cruickshank
22. Ross Mann
24. Ross Whyte
25. Cameron Hutton
27. Robert McDougal
30. Ayden McGill
33. Callum Fraser
35. Ryan Hogarth
36. Luke Lovell

1. Cameron Gray
2. Arron Davison
3. Joshua Malcolmson
4. Cameron Grant
5. Shaun Balgowan
6. Cameron Munro
7. Ross Cartney
8. Richard Connon
9. Aaron MacFarlane
11. Ross Connon
12. Jamie Smith
15. Aaron MacKeznie
17. Cameron Fraser
18. Dylan Allan

Star Player
Peterhead BC
Ellon Meadows
I’m inclined to give it to winger Ayden McGill who oozed quality and substance throughout the match. But central defender Jordan Durie was a rock at the back when Peterhead most needed it. When his team were on the ropes at 5-4, he stood up; tackling, heading and kicking everything away.
Striker Aaron MacFarlane scored two and never gave up on the game. He was a constant nuisance for the opposition and a constant positive voice for his teammates.
Magic Moment
Peterhead BC
Ellon Meadows
Peterhead’s magic moment must have been the referee’s final whistle. After cruising to victory in the first half, they were given an almighty scare in the second half which I am sure they didn't see coming. The final whistle would have been a mix of relief and joy.
Ellon’s first goal by MacFarlane was their magic moment as it was the catalyst for what was so nearly an amazing comeback.
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