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New hospitality area officially opened by Ellon United

By Kyle Ritchie

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Ellon United have officially opened a new hospitality suite in their ground at The Meadows.

It took place before United's home game against Longside in the qualifying section of The Grill League Cup on Saturday, which saw the visitors win 3-1.

James Bain proved to be the thorn in United's side as he scored two goals, with one coming from the penalty spot.

The cabin project was made possible due to a sponsorship arrangement with the supply, installation and fitting out of the unit and the arrangements for the opening managed by committee member Sean Murray and his team.

It has been named after and was officially opened by club president Miller Mathieson before a sizeable crowd, despite the best efforts of a torrential downpour.

Those in attendance were treated to half-time refreshments and invited to a post match buffet and refreshments along with the players and officials of the two clubs.

Ellon United president Miller Mathieson officially opens the club's new hospitality suite which has been named after him. Picture: Phil Harman
Ellon United president Miller Mathieson officially opens the club's new hospitality suite which has been named after him. Picture: Phil Harman

Longside held the initiative for much of the first half with United guilty of conceding possession too often.

A great save from United's Archie Mackay prevented the visitors from taking the lead but in the 35th minute the young keeper was penalised for his effort to smother an attack, with Bain firing home from the spot.

Longside survived a scare two minutes later. Cameron Fraser pulled off a fine save to keep out Jordan Morrice's shot at the expense of a corner.

The visitors were unable to deal with the set-piece but with the ball bouncing about in the goal area the defence finally managed to force the ball clear.

With the game well into the first half's stoppage time the ball bounced kindly for Bain and although there did not appear to be any immediate danger with the distance from goal, the striker hit a wicked dipping shot from way out which flew over Mackay who had no chance to save it.

United pulled a goal back when Mike Cormack finished off a free kick from Steven Alexander but were unable to find an equaliser.

Longside regained their two-goal lead midway through the half when Scott Murison cut inside his marker to send a shot into the top corner.

United are at home again this Saturday when Aberdeen East End will be the visitors in the Superleague. The match has a 2pm kick off.

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