Glendale had plenty motivation en route as they headed to the south of Edinburgh for this 2nd rd Scottish Cup Tie, passing over the new Forth Road Bridge, built and delivered by a SNP Scottish Government, which was awash with cars and bus’s heading for the Indy Ref 2 rally in the middle of the Capital. Unfortunately a “Conservative” team talk coupled with a “Labour” ed defensive performance and “Liberal” Mid field marking not to mention a “Green” attacking teenage duo up front saw the Dale succumb to a very experienced Newcraighall Leith Victoria.
Glendale were delighted to see 2 former players, Andy Brechin and Graeme Oag, now living in the Edinburgh area on the sidelines watching and speculation was rife pre kick off that Oag was about to join the Host’s over the coming days. Glendale kicked off and looked in the mood but suffered an early set back which saw Neil Innes pull up with a hamstring injury in only 2 minutes to be replaced by Kevin Otto. Leith Victoria seized on the opportunity as Glendale re organised and Rankin forced Derek McKenzie into a save at the far post. It took Leith Victoria only 12 minutes to open the scoring ironically just as Glendale looked to counter a slack pass in mid field was picked up by HUNTER and he was allowed to advance unchallenged from the half way line and from 20 yards struck a low shot which skidded past McKenzie into the net. Straight from the restart Glendale passed the ball back and got themselves all muddled up allowing HUNTER again to run at the defence and from 18 yards this time shot beyond McKenzie to put his side 2-0 ahead with 2 goals in a minute! James McMahon gave Dale hope with a shot on the turn which Tahibangu did well to scoop round the post but he was helpless on 20 minutes as JAMES McMAHON turned his marker on the edge of the box and this time his curled shot found the far corner to bring Dale right back into the tie. This was James’s 31st goal in only 48 appearances an impressive stat for someone who is still only 19 years of age. Glendale were playing with more belief now as Leith Victoria wobbled for the 1st time but the home team soon settled again and a shot crashed back down off the Dale crossbar with Hunter heading the re bound goalward only for McKenzie to show great reflex’s to tip his effort over the bar. Ht Glendale had done well to recover and were still in with a fighting chance of going through.
There was no let up for Glendale in the 2nd half as Leith Victoria continually opened the game up with long raking passes and intelligent switches of play allowing Kidd and Osborne to use their pace and with an hour gone Leith Victoria went futher ahead with a classy goal. Kidd made ground down the left, played in HUNTER who cut inside Jonny Reith, side stepped D McKenzie leaving him on the deck cut back inside again and rolled the ball into the net leaving 2 Dale players sprawled out on the goal line. A quality way to complete a hat trick. A header from Kevin Otto which Tahibangu managed to claw out from under the cross bar was the closest Glendale managed to come to pulling a goal back but when you consider Leith Victoria struck the woodwork twice, D McKenzie made some fine saves as you would expect, Jonny Reith twice cleared off the line and there was an outstanding defensive performance from Alex McMahon there was little doubt which team deserved to go through and with 2 minutes left on the clock substitute MERCER added a bit of gloss to the final scoreline when he finished off another sweeping move.
No disgrace from a young Glendale side who probably could have done better at times with the ball and as manager Simon Darwin pointed out afterwards needed to close down quicker defensively but it will be interesting to see how far Leith Victoria go in the competition with the front players they have they look capable of progressing far.
|Alex McMahon||Yellow Card|
|Cameron Roe Imrie|
|1. Derek McKenzie|