Glendale gave their supporters the ideal Christmas present by clinching a place in the final of the White Cup with a deserved victory over JS X1 at Maryculter on Saturday.
With Manager Simon Darwin again absent co manager Michael Johnson took charge and changed to a long overdue 4-4-2 formation and it took Glendale only 4 minute’s to take the lead. Danny Lechner picked the ball up inside his own half then flighted the perfect pass behind the JS defence and CONNOR PIRIE was on it in a flash ,took a touch then fired across Milne into the far corner. Pirie was still hyper when he next had the ball as he tried an ambitious shot from distance which had the Salmon in the Dee ducking for cover! Glendale with Liam Watson and Ross McKenzie controlling the mid field were in total command and James McMahon should have added a second when clean through but scuffed his shot straight at Milne. However on 27 minute’s Dale did add to their tally thanks in part to the workrate of Ross McKenzie. A pass back to Milne was chased down by McKenzie and Milne fluffed his clearance the ball eventually going behind for a corner. Lechner’s corner saw Ross Yule head goalwards only for it to be cleared off the line and in the melee that followed CRAIG McRAE back heeled the ball over the line. A shot from distance by Legge which sailed harmlessly over was the best that JS could muster in a first half dominated by Glendale who possibly should have had the tie wrapped up by half time. H.T 2-0.
The second half saw JS start in a more determined fashion and came close to pulling a goal back when Yeats flashed a free kick across the 6 yard line but found no takers The game had now developed into a stop start affair with numerous petty free kicks awarded. It took Glendale to the 70th minute to finally put the tie beyond JS when Pirie back defending cleared the ball upfield from the right back area, Then got up to support J McMahon and from his lay off Pirie crossed first time to STEVEN MIDDLETON who showed great bravery to dive ahead of Yeats and head beyond the despairing Milne. JS fought hard till the end but Glendale with Ross Yule outstanding in the heart of the defence stood firm to record a rare clean sheet and more importantly a place in the final.
|Alex McMahon||Yellow Card|
|Craig McRae||GoalYellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|
|Cameron Willox||Yellow Card|