Glendale were still in shock as they took to the field against Dyce ITC Hydraulics with the news Manager Neil McCubbin had quit his post 48 hrs earlier but emerged at the end of a pulsating 90 minutes with a first win of the season thanks to a goal from substitute Ally Black.
With a new Management team of Simon Darwin and Michael Johnstone appointed prior to kick off Glendale started in determined fashion and created a number of clear chances against their stunned opponents and really should have been 2 or 3 goals ahead in the first 15 minutes. Mark Robb just failed to reach a cross from Neil Robb with the goal at his mercy and James McMahon should have done better from another cross but delayed far too long allowing Dyce to clear. M Robb was then sent clean through but lofted his effort over the bar as Dale were rampant in the early stages. On 15 minutes Dyce threatened for the 1st time when Simpson crossed and Grigor stabbed the ball wide from 6 yards. Simpson then bent a free kick round the wall bringing Derek McKenzie into action for the first time but the “ageless”keeper was alive to the danger and held onto the shot at the 2nd attempt. The game was now end to end and played at a cracking pace but Glendale’s defensive injury jinx struck again as captain Alex McMahon, in his 1st start of the season returning from a hamstring injury pulled up again and had to be replaced by Liam Watson. On 44 minutes Glendale were denied as Craig McRae rose highest to power a header into the top corner only for Davies to throw himself into the air and produce a stunning save to finger tip the ball over. A save which rightly drew applause from both touchlines. It was now an engrossing contest and even the experienced match official was caught up in the action as played 52 minutes although few were complaining. H.T 0-0.
The second half saw Dyce start the brighter and Grigor again missed a snip from 6 yards as he couldn’t stretch out a leg far enough to make proper contact but it was again that man Davies who pulled off a great save when from 12 yards Ross McKenzie let rip with the visiting keeper showing great reflex’s to dive down low and gather. C McRae then scooped one over the bar when really he should have scored and with so many chances at both ends it was only a matter of time before someone had to score and on 70 minutes with substitutes Danny Lechner and Ally Black on the field the two combined to score what was to prove the winner.
A pass out of defence from Dyce was slack. Lechner picked up then cut it back, to the waiting ALLY BLACK, who gave it a great whack, the ball ended up in the onion sack to prove he had not lost the knack! ALLY BLACK ALLY BLACK ALLY BLACK BLACK BLACK the fans chanted and no wonder as a long overdue victory was in sight. There was still one more moment of panic to endure however as a high bouncing ball through the Dale defence saw D McKenzie almost freeze on his line as Grigor bore down but the ever reliable McKenzie showed great courage to tip the ball over for a corner.
Dyce contributed so much to a fine match and had they took some of their chances could easily went home with at least a point but over the piece Glendale shaded the match and were deserved winners with everyone contributing with Jonny Reith and Mark Robb showing a welcome return to form in a day there was no failures.
Team D McKenzie
K Watson Reith A McMahon Thomson C McRae
R McKenzie Sutherland N Robb [m.o.m]
M Robb J McMahon
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