Banchory St.Ternan 1 v 2 Ellon United
Before the kick off, Banchory awarded two players with salvers for achieving significant milestone appearances. Darren Reid (200 appearances) and Josh Robertson (300 appearances).
Ellon were paying their second visit to Milton Park in the space of three weeks to play this Grill League Cup Quarter Final and it turned out to be another close affair following on from the 1-1 League draw at the end of August.
Ellon started the game with the wind at their backs and were straight on the attack winning a corner in the second minute that was headed well over the bar at the back post. It took Banchory until the 6th minute to get sight of goal, with Mikey Bruce hitting a first time shot over the Ellon bar.
Ellon were looking dangerous at corners and from one of these after 16 minutes, Ross Salmon palmed the ball away leaving left back, Liam Cheyne to head away for another corner kick.
There was a lull in the game for a short period before a penalty was awarded to Banchory on 25 minutes when Mark Reid was brought down just inside the box.
Ryan Whelan stepped up but hit his spot kick was at a good height for the keeper to make a good save diving full length to his right.
Undeterred, Saints pressed forward and five minutes later a Whelan low free kick into the box was volleyed home from 14 yards by Steve Young. Banchory were on top now although Ellon always looked dangerous on the break and from one of these moves Liam Cheyne did well to clear for a corner.
With three minutes of the half remaining, Connor Kelly was brought down inside the box with the referee having no hesitation in pointing at the penalty spot.
Whelan stepped up again to try and make amends for his earlier miss, but once again the keeper made an identical save to keep his team in the game.
Right on half time Greg Smith suffered an injury, dislocating and fracturing his toe, to be replaced by Jack Dalgarno.
Into the second half, and it was Ellon who looked the hungrier, and on 58 minutes the scores were level. A quick free kick into the box caught the Saints defence out with a low shot evading keeper Ross Salmon.
Five minutes later Mark Reid made a good run down the right, crossed to the back post where Mikey Bruce fired in a low shot that was blocked then the Ellon keeper clawed the ball off the line. A similar move minutes later from Reid was cleared.
On 67 minutes a poor ball out of defence gave the Ellon winger all the time to run in on goal and pick his spot with a low shot past Salmon to give Ellon the lead. The visitors continued to press for another goal and won another corner which was easily cleared setting up Darren Reid down the right but his low ball across the 6 yard box was blocked.
On 78 minutes a vicious Ellon free kick was headed away by Josh Robertson for a corner. Five minutes later Whelan made way for Jordan Clark and this seemed to change things for Banchory. Mike Bruce saw his on target shot blocked and there were loud claims for hand ball, but the referee was not interested.
On 90 minutes Dean Henderson replaced Josh Robertson and a minute later Liam Cheyne headed straight at the keeper from close range. And in the third minute of added time the Ellon keeper made a fantastic one handed save from a Bruce header with two corners following. Despite the added five minutes, Banchory were unable to find a goal to force a penalty shoot-out.
Ellon now progress to the Semi-Final where they will play Banks O’Dee at home.
Saints’ Boss Robb was frustrated after the game.
It’s a tough one to take. The first half is as good as i’ve seen us and the game should’ve been over at half time but we’ve ultimately got what we deserved. Granted, their keeper has had an unbelievable game but we’ve missed enough chances to win 3 games and there’s absolutely no excuse for the defending, especially at their first goal. Some things we can improve on for sure but a lot of positives to take and we’ll be ready for when Saturday comes again.
Team: Ross Salmon, Darren Reid, Liam Cheyne, Josh Robertson (Dean Henderson), Steve Young, Mark Reid, Steve Travers, Ryan Whelan (Jordan Clark), Connor Kelly, Mike Bruce, Greig Smith (Jack Dalgarno). Subs: Riley Cooper, Craig Peters
Man of the Match – Mark Reid
Next Saturday 21st September, Banchory are back on McBookie.com Superleague duty with a home game against East End, kick off 2pm.