It was top versus bottom as Glendale traveled to face Echt in the 3rd of the Association Cup at a very windy Echt on Saturday in what turned out to be another classic encounter between these two old foes.
Glendale won the toss and elected to face the wind first half a decision which they were to rue as Echt made a “whirlwind ” start which almost “blew” Glendale away. Only 30 seconds had elapsed on the clock when Echt went ahead as Watt found space on the left and crossed for FORSYTH who from 6 yards slammed the ball past McKenzie. Echt smelled blood and were all over Glendale in the opening 10 minutes and Watt missed a glorious chance to score when clean through on McKenzie and MaCaulay searching for his 33rd goal of the season fired wide after creating a chance for himself. However on 10 minutes a ball over the top of the Echt defence saw James McMahon skin Jamieson only for Findlater to palm the shot round the post for a corner to give Glendale some hope. Echt were still creating chances as the Glendale defence were forced into some desperate defending and on the half hour mark Echt were awarded a penalty as Alex McMahon clipped MaCaulay as he broke into the box but McKenzie dived to his left to brilliantly save Watt’s spot kick. Glendale’s joy at this lasted on minutes as from a free kick by Henderson WATT got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball into the net. Glendale could easily have thrown in the towel at this stage but on 35 minutes a ball over the top by Steve Middleton saw JAMES McMAHON nick the ball off Dunn and drive a angled shot beyond Findlater. And right on the half time whistle Lewis Brown showed some neat footwork and cross for JAMES McMAHON who twisted away from his marker and score with a left foot shot. Having been under the cosh for most of the opening half it was a terrific effort from Glendale to come off at half time on level terms. H.T 2-2
As is often the case, the wind now in Glendale’s favour dropped a little and Echt once again started strongly and only some terrific last minute blocks by Alex McMahon and Ross Yule in particular kept Glendale in the game which was now there for the taking. Callum Sutherland struck a powerful shot from twenty yards which Findlater had to gather at the second attempt and Danny Lechner saw his shot curl just over the bar as the game swung from end to end. On 70 minutes a poor control by Sutherland on the edge of his own box gifted Echt possession and Connor Pirie dived into tackle MaCaulay which resulted in Echt being awarded a 2nd penalty and this time the experienced DOUGLAS made no mistake sending McKenzie the wrong way to put his side ahead again. Glendale refused to give up and with Michael Bruce on for Pirie and Mark Robb and Ewen McRae also on as subs a superb piece of skill from Danny Lechner who pulled a long ball down out of the sky and force a corner was to lead to a dramatic equaliser with only 2 minutes left on the clock. DANNY LECHNER took the corner himself and his inswinging cross caused panic in the Echt box and the ball ended up in the net to spark wild celebrations from the away support.
With both sets of supporters preparing for extra time and as the game moved into stoppage time Glendale conceded a free kick right on the edge of their penalty box and up stepped WILSON to strike a superb left foot shot up and over the wall and into McKenzie’s top right hand corner of the net. A cruel end to game Glendale had contributed so much to but a goal worthy of winning any match.
|Callum Sutherland||Yellow Card|
|Connor Pirie||Yellow Card|
|Steven Middleton||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|