Glendale gave a performance as dismal as the weather as they were thrashed 6-0 by Westdyke in the first round of the North of Scotland at Lawsondale on Saturday. Westdyke, struggling at the bottom of the Premier League must wish they played Glendale every week as they defeated Dale 7-0 in a pre season friendly and fell one short of that target in this game thanks in part to an outstanding performance once again by Derek McKenzie who saved his team from futher embarrassment.
Glendale gave John Polson and Russel MacPhee first starts of the season and started well enough but were undone on 7 minutes when a cross into the box should have been dealt with easily enough but as the defence hesitated BUCHAN nipped in to nick the ball over D McKenzie. Glendale battled back and Connor Pirie danced his way through a couple of challenges and his left foot shot saw Innes stick out a leg to divert the ball wide. James McMahon was given a glimpse of goal after good play in mid field by Steve Middleton but again Innes was quick off his line to smother. Twice in quick succession Russel MacPhee fired off shots from the edge of the penalty box his first effort drifted wide, his 2nd was better but right down the throat of Innes. Pirie was Glendale’s main threat down the left always willing to get forward but it left huge gaps at the back as his team mates failed to read the situation and provide cover and when Ross McKenzie’s pass out of defence failed to reach it’s target the ball was switched in behind by Westdyke and TAIT raced clear to thunder a powerful strike well away from D McKenzie. Glendale were now 2 behind with half an hour gone and although they had been well in the game up to that point from then on it was all one way as Westdyke went through the gears. H.T 2-0
The second half was only minutes old as McKenzie pulled off the first of many outstanding saves diving to his left to save a point blank effort and again produced a stunning save turning a shot round the post but on the hour mark Liam Watson was caught wrong side of his man barging him from behind and SHAND sent McKenzie the wrong way to make it 3. Westdyke’s pass and movement was too much for Glendale who simply could not get over the halfway and Westdyke added another two goals through MORRISON and TAIT and put thie icing on the cake when substitute STEVENSON scored at the back post to make it 6.
A hugely disappointing afternoon from Glendale, Giving a performance which was far too reminiscent of the start of the season. Without doubt they are missing key players such as Ryan and Craig McRae, Alex McMahon in defence and the experience of Mark Robb upfront unfortunately it could be sometime before these players return. The sooner the better for all concerned!
|Cameron Roe Imrie|
|1. Derek McKenzie|