Glendale left it late before they booked their place in the Semi Final of the Stephen Shield as they battled back from 2-0 down to eventually win 3-2 courtesy of a last minute goal from James McMahon.
Glendale once again deployed a system which had round pegs in square holes and it took Dyce only 3 minutes to find a gap in the Dale defence when Pirie outjumped Alex McMahon to head on a long ball into the box and GREIGOR ran in behind to shoot past Derek McKenzie. Greigor almost added a second when he held off two players inside the penalty box and got his shot away only for Ross McKenzie to get a cruical foot on the ball which diverted up over Derek McKenzie but struck the bar on it’s way over for a corner. Dyce went 2-0 ahead on ten minutes when Clark crossed from the left, 3 Glendale players left it for each other and GREIGOR was left all alone at the back post to steer the ball home. Dale were all over the place defensively, Hutton struck the post with a shot then Simpson brought out a fine save from Derek McKenzie low at his left hand post. The only thing Glendale had offered in response was a weak effort from Callum Sutherland which Davies gathered and and a shot from distance from Connor Pirie which caused panic at the near by Air Traffic Tower with suggestions that it may have been a UFO as it flew up into the night sky! However on 28 minutes out of nothing Glendale pulled a goal back when Ewan McRae sent over a high dipping cross from the right which seemed to hang in the air for an age, Davies could only palm it out from under his crossbar and DANNY LECHNER was on hand to head home from 6 yards. The goal helped settle Glendale and Steve Middleton burst through and rounded Davies but was driven wide and the chance was gone but somehow Glendale managed to get to Half Time still in the game as Dyce should really have been out of sight. H.T 2-1.
Whatever was said at half time did the trick as Glendale re emerged a different side. Gone was the hesitant defence who were now prepared to play more advanced up the park while Cammy Willox and Steve Middleton began to dominate mid field as a result Glendale’s forwards were now partaking in the game and with an hour gone and with substitute Cameron Roe Imirie on the pitch in place of Ewan McRae Glendale drew level. Alex McMahon strode forward from the back and fed Middleton who in turn swept the ball wide to Roe Imrie and his cross from the left picked out JAMES McMAHON at the back post who did the needful. Just as it looked like Glendale would push on Ross McKenzie jumped into the back of Greigor and the Ref pointed to the spot only for Clark to drag his left foot spot kick well wide of the target. It was the last that was seen of Dyce in attack as Glendale pushed forward and J McMahon struck a low shot from 12 yards which Davies brilliantly turned round the post and with the very welcome sight of Ryan McRae on for the last 10 minutes as he makes his way back from a long term injury Dale went on to win the match in the dying seconds. Cammy Willox set off on a lung bursting run from deep only to be abruptly halted on the edge of the box. Up stepped JAMES McMAHON to curl a shot which deflected off the wall into the far corner.
A much needed confidence booster for Glendale but Dyce must be kicking themselves for those missed chances in the first half.
|1. Derek McKenzie|
|Cameron Roe Imrie|