A brilliant first half hat trick from James McMahon paved the way to a convincing victory for Glendale against Halliburton in the 1st rd of the Association cup at Maryculter on Saturday.
With a number of players unavailable from the previous week Cammy Wright came into the centre of defence for his first start of the season and there was also a long over due first start for Michael Bruce in mid field as Glendale carried on from where they left off the previous week against Alford by overwhelming their opponents from the off. It took Glendale only 6 minutes to open the scoring and what a goal it was. Ross McKenzie picked up the ball deep in his own half and pinged a 40 yard pass over the Halliburton back four for Mark Robb to chase and he did brilliantly not only to keep the ball in play but cross for JAMES McMAHON who caught it flush off his trusty black boot and the ball flew past Marlow giving the keeper no chance. Dale were rampant and twice Connor Pirie went close to extending their lead forcing Marlow first into an unorthodox save with his feet minutes later the keeper dived to his left to turn Pirie’s left foot shot past. Dale were 2-0 ahead on 22 minutes when Bruce and Steve Middleton combined to set up JAMES McMahon 15 yards from goal and he buried a shot into the far corner. At this stage it looked like it could be a rout but out of the blue Halliburton scored thanks to some individual brilliance from Farrimond who set off on a run across the park, held off R McKenzie and delivered the perfect cross for MARPLES who out jumped Wright in the six yard box to head past Derek McKenzie.
Amazingly Halliburton could have been level 2 minutes later when an uncharacteristic mistake from Derek McKenzie as he pushed a low shot straight to Quinn who struck his effort well enough only for McKenzie spring like a cat to scoop the ball off the line. That was about as good as it got for the visitors as two goals right before the break killed the game as a contest. On 43 minutes Middleton, getting stronger every week, set off on a run down the left and his deep cross to the back post saw the in rushing CONNOR PIRIE show great bravery to attack the ball and score with a very very rare header! But the last word of the half belonged to JAMES McMAHON who completed his hat trick with a typical cool finish to put his side 4-1 up at half time a scoreline that did not flatter his team at all.
The second half never reached the same height but on 53 minutes a bitter blow for Glendale when James McMahon had to leave the field with an injury which is likely to keep the star striker out for a number of weeks. Cameron Roe Imrie came on as his replacement and the 17 year old was presented with a great chance when Robb rolled the ball across the box but from under the cross bar youngster got his “Banana Beets” all mixed up and scooped the ball over. From then on Dale were content to see out play knowing it was job done and a team that Glendale have always found difficult to beat in the past had been brushed aside.
Team D McKenzie
L Watson R McKenzie Wright
Pirie Bruce Middleton Sutherland C McRae
J McMahon M Robb
|1. Derek McKenzie|
|Cameron Roe Imrie|