Glendale’s hopes of starting 2019 with a much needed victory were dashed as 2nd top Tolbooth came from behind to claim victory in a league match at Hazelhead on Saturday.
Glendale were dealt a blow before kick off when Connor Pirie tweaked his hamstring in the warm up and had to be replaced by Kevin Watson and with goalkeeper Derek McKenzie also suffering from illness it was hardly the ideal preparation for what was a crucial game for both teams. Tolbooth needing a win to keep the pressure on Echt at the top of the table and Glendale desperate to get off the bottom and it was Glendale who settled first putting the Tolbooth defence under the cosh from the start and James McMahon saw a drive flash across goal. Danny Lechner was next to try his luck after working his way infield only to be crowded out before he got his shot away. The mid field trio of Cammy Willox, Liam Watson and Ross McKenzie had firm grip of the game in the early stages as a result Dale’s front three were seeing plenty of the ball although it was clear that the Tolbooth forwards were dangerous on the break and D McKenzie was glad to see a shot from Shand divert past his post. Tolbooth’s number 7 missed a glorious chance to open the scoring when he mis kicked in front of an open goal and as Glendale broke to the other end Neil Robb and Cammy Willox combined to set up JAMES McMAHON who volleyed home at the back post to deservedly put his team ahead. Glendale continued to press desperate for the 2nd goal their play merited and J McMahon was a whisker away from his 2nd when his fierce drive just slid post the post then Ross Yule saw his header from a corner scrambled off the line. The half ended with Glendale deservedly ahead in what was an encouraging performace. HT 0-1
Tolbooth came out in the second half looking like a much more determined outfit and began to create some clear chances but were wasteful in front of goal but on 54 minutes the equaliser duly arrived when from a swift break SHAND raced clear to score past D McKenzie. Tolbooth continued to carve out some good chances but it was ironic that for all their good football that they scored from route one football thanks to some woeful defending from Glendale. The Tolbooth goalkeeper kicked long from hand and with the Glendale back four all stepped up to far the ball flew over their heads and STEEL ran through from the half way line to squeeze the ball past D McKenzie. Glendale responded straight away and Neil Robb cut in from the right and tried his luck with a left foot shot which crashed back down off the bar then Lechner showed great foot work to engineer a shooting chance for himself which the goalkeeper palmed away. With 10 minutes to go Glendale once again shot themselves in the foot with some more schoolboy defending. This time a goal kick off the ground by the Tolbooth keeper sailed over a square Glendale back four and SHAND could hardly believe his good fortune as he once again was allowed to race clear and put the match beyond Glendale with his 2nd of the afternoon. Glendale pressed till the end and substitute Derek Craigie volleyed over the bar from close range but it was not to be as they suffered another harsh defeat.
Glendale have now gathered zero points from their last three games and even their harshest critic would say it could have been a minimum of 5 points for the way they have played and you get the feeling that big win is just around the corner if they can keep this level of performance up.
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|Danny Lechner||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|