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Ellon Meadows beat Middlefield Wasps by four goals to two in this B League clash at Aberdeen’s Aulton Outdoor Pitches. In a somewhat scrappy game, it was the Ellon side that took all three points with clinical finishing.
It was Middlefield who had the first effort of the match as Sam Barbour’s shot from outside the box was saved by Ellon’s Ross Smith in goal.
It was the visitors who took the lead as Dean Bowie’s shot was saved by Tom Smith in the Middlefield goal only for Thammalak Buchan to score with the rebound.
A minute later Ellon doubled their advantage as Kieran Cranna headed home after a good corner was delivered from the right hand side.
Despite being two down Middlefield looked to get back into the match and Michal Wosinski had an effort from outside the box saved by Smith.
Ellon nearly made it three before the interval as Bowie’s effort from a narrow angle inside the right hand side of the box went narrowly wide.
Middlefield were playing the match with ten men as one of their players went off injured and they had no substitutes available.
The game was one of the eight matches out of Sunday’s 43 fixtures to beat the freeze. The venue for the third round match changed from Uniconn Park to the 3G pitch at the Garioch Leisure Centre in Inverurie to ensure it went ahead.
Home side Lewis United started in the ascendancy with striker Mitchell Foy looking particularly lively. Foy’s neat footwork and shot from 20 yards brought the first save of the game after three minutes from ALC goalkeeper Euan Rose.
That was a sign of things to come for Lewis who were reduced to long range efforts for the majority of the first half. They created their first clear cut chance after 24 minutes when midfielder Alan Oldroyd capitalised on a loose touch to go through on goal but his low shot was parried out for a corner by Rose.
The hosts continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with little in the way of chances to show for it. Brian Mair’s high cross was headed over by Liam Norris and striker Gregory Barclay failed to react quickly enough to a free kick that dropped for him in the middle of the 18-yard box.
It looked like the first half would end goalless until ALC set off on a rare counter attack which resulted in striker Scott Kerr finding time and space in the penalty area to slot the ball past the previously inactive Calum MacDonald in goal for Lewis.