Glendale made the long trek North to play St Marnan’s at Aberchirder in the 2nd rd of the AFC Trophy and were to return empty handed as the home side ran out comfortable winners to provide a cup shock.
Before the game Glendale received new tracksuits from ALBA POWER and new Tee shirts from CARS RECOVERY to at least look the part and with Ryan McRae taking his place at centre half for the first time this season in a 4,4,2 formation Glendale started positively and scored in 3 minutes when Ally Black nicked the ball off Smith in the “Foggie” goal only for the Ref to bring play back for what looked a very soft foul on the keeper. However on 7 minutes Glendale’s bright start was rewarded when Callum Sutherland won a challenge in mid field and the ball broke forward for JAMES McMAHON who nipped in behind the defence to clip the ball over Smith to put his team deservedly ahead. The only thing of note St Marnan’s had created to date was a long range effort from Ferguson which Derek McKenzie had to look smart to save at his right hand post. With Glendale looking as though they would add to their opener it was St Marnan’s who found a way back into the game with a well worked goal. Inglis free kick found Ferguson who played in PATERSON and the winger danced his way into the box before curling a left foot shot beyond McKenzie. This gave the home team renewed belief and were given a massive boost on 32 minutes when Ryan McRae stood on the ball allowing FERGUSON to rob him and he raced clear to blast a low shot into the net from 15 yards. Cammy Willox had a great chance to equalize when he broke through on the right but with only Smith to beat elected to pass inside to McMahon instead only for Inglis to put in a great block to prevent a certain goal. Another defensive howler right on the half time whistle set the home team up when the normally reliable Alex McMahon was favourite to clear the ball from deep in his own half by the corner flag, Anywhere would have done, row z preferably but allowed FERGUSON to rob him and he cut along the bye line and shot across McKenzie into the far corner to make it 3-1.
After a verbal bashing from the manager at half time Glendale responded with a much more aggressive approach and played on the front foot for the majority of the second half but “Foggie” stood firm restricting Glendale to very few chances . Cammy Willox did have a clear view of goal from a J McMahon cut back but shot straight at Smith and with 70 minutes gone St Marnan’s wrapped up the tie when the impressive McCALLUM exchanged passes with Paterson to slice through the Glendale defence and he finished the move in style by striking a left foot shot past McKenzie. Glendale used all 5 subs in an effort to get back into the game but St Marnan’s comfortably held on for a deserved victory.
|1. Derek McKenzie|