The new “Social Media Glendale” welcomed newly promoted JS X1 to Maryculter as they kicked off the 2018/19 season on an almost lush Corbie Park but were left disappointed as it was the visitors who went home with all 3 points.
The “group chat ” pre match was all very “bullish” but some of the user’s will be feeling rather “sheepish” today following a sore defeat. An incredible 28 [twenty eight] players had been signed prior to kick off but only 2 new signings made the starting line up, Liam Watson at sweeper and Neil Robb on the wing and it was he who set up his name sake Mark Robb with the first chance who shot tamely into Cheyne’s arms. An acrobatic over head kick from Craig McRae inadvertenly set up Callum Sutherland who headed high over the bar. JS X1’s only real flurry into the Dale’s box in the early stages brought faint appeals for a penalty as Wong went down after a coming together with Connor Pirie but the Ref correctly was having none of it and pointed for the goal kick. A slip by McDonald who allowed the ball slide under his foot gave Mark Robb a clear run at goal but Cheyne saved his teammates blushes by saving Robb’s weak effort. On 18 minute’s the visitor’s scored with a classic breakaway. A cheeky short corner from Danny Lechner was cleared up the park as far as Reid who in turn picked out RUSSELL with a defence splitting pass and the number 9 raced clear to strike a low shot beyond Derek McKenzie. From then till the break JS should have put the game to bed a they squandered a host of chances. From an almost carbon copy break Russell struck the base of the post then McKenzie saved well again from the same player. A cross cum shot from Thain had McKenzie beaten only for the ball to land on top of the crossbar and only a great tackle on the 6 yard line by Watson on Reid saved a certain goal as the half time whistle brought some relief with the Visitors asking all the question’s and the home team scratching their heads for the answer’s. H.T 0-1.
The 2nd half saw Glendale start with much more purpose and were clean out of luck when from a Lechner corner Cammy Wright timed his run to perfection and his powerful downward header beat the keeper only to smack back off the base of the post and eventually cleared then Cammy Willox saw his header go straight into the arms of Cheyne who was now seeing more of the action. Dale were pushing hard and pinning their opponents back and with the introduction of the subs from the bench it looked only a matter of time that the breakthrough would come although the dangerous Russell once again came close forcing the save of the game from McKenzie when he cut along the bye line and fired one into the top corner only for McKenzie to dive full length and tip the ball round the post. Substitute James McMahon looked set to score as he cut inside the box but was crowded out just as he got his shot away and right at the death youngster Cameron Roe-Imrie almost had a dream debut but he shot wide from a tight angle.
Fair play to JS X1 who will be delighted to have kept a clean sheet and more importantly gathered 3 valuable points, For Glendale not a lot of positive’s although one thing that is surely learnt from this game is the tactic of playing one upfront has no place at this level of Amateur football.
M.O.M Connor Pirie.
|1. Derek McKenzie|