Glendale slumped to their third consecutive defeat to confirm one of their worst starts to a season when Ellon Thistle won 2-1 at Maryculter on Saturday.
Dale suffered a blow before kick off when Connor Pirie failed a late fitness test but were thankful that the experienced John Cameron answered a late SOS to form new defensive partnership with Ross McKenzie in the heart of the defence.
Thistle created the first chance in 6 minutes when Wild found space in behind the Dale defence but his low driven cross found no takers. The opening goal came soon after as on 11 minutes McLEOD intercepted a pass inside the Dale half,drove forward and played a smart one-two with Wild and smacked a fierce drive from 16 yards well beyond Derek McKenzie in goal. It was almost two minutes later as Argo let rip from the edge of the box and the ball crashed back off the bar. Glendale were playing pretty football across the back but it was never going to hurt Ellon who were quite content to sit in and wait for the mistake then hit quickly on the break. The only effort of note from Glendale in the first half was a header from Cammy Willox from 7 yards which went straight into the arms of Adamson and as the half time whistle blew the visitors were well worth their lead. H.T 0-1.
Hopes of an improvement in the 2nd half were soon dashed as Ellon doubled their lead on 50 minutes. Again Glendale coughed up possession on the half way line far too easily allowing MOFFAT to race clear and confidently score past McKenzie. Glendale sent on young trialist Adam Reid and it was only then that Dale began to improve. Reid’s first touch took him away from his marker and his low cross fizzed across goal and at last the home fans had something to get excited about. When Ellon conceded a foul on the edge of the box on 70 minutes Substitute James McMahon saw his effort fumbled by Adamson and REID was on it in a flash to score from close range. Dale pushed for an equaliser but an Ellon side that look much improved on last season never really looked like they would concede again and went home worthy winners.
Another disappointing performance from Glendale and the old saying of having too many players being worse sometimes than not having enough would seem to ring true here as they strive to find the best combination not helped by a number of players who are clearly not at their best.
Team D McKenzie
Thomson Cameron R McKenzie C McRae
N Robb Brown Willox Sutherland
M Robb Lechner
M.O.M D McKenzie
|Callum Sutherland||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|