Glendale traveled North across the new AWPR by pass funded by the SNP led Scottish Government to the “MEADOWS” to face Ellon Thistle in a game Glendale simply could not afford to lose. In the end Dale did just enough to earn a vital 3 points in a hard fought contest.
Ellon were first to threaten when McLeod broke free down the right but his low driven cross found no takers the ball eventually going out for a goal kick. Steven Middleton did likewise for Glendale soon after finding space on the wing , His cross was just too high for James McMahon. Glendale’s mid field trio of Lewis Brown ,Cammy Willox and Liam Watson were crunching into tackles driving Glendale forward and on 14 minutes Glendale edged ahead with a bit of good fortune. Middleton played a pass through the middle the ball broke off a defender and JAMES McMAHON pounced taking a touch before driving a low right foot shot beyond Adamson from 15 yards. 4 minutes later Glendale went futher ahead with a goal which was worth the admission money alone. Danny Lechner swung a corner in from the left the ball was only half cleared as far as LEWIS BROWN who volleyed a left foot shot from 12 yards which went into the net via the underside of the cross bar. Brown set off on a celebration racing to the small pocket of visiting fans housed near the corner flag dropping on his knee’s as the fans chanted his name “BROONER BROONER”. It was the start Glendale had dreamed of and at this point looked like they could add to their tally as everyone was wanting the ball but gradually Ellon re gained their composure and Derek McKenzie had to look smart to race off his line to thwart Miscasas as the striker broke through. The Glendale keeper however was left red faced right on the half time whistle when from a corner taken by MISCASAS on the left the ball floated over everyone dropping in off the far post to bring Ellon right back into the game H.T 1-2
Ellon came out after the break desperate to get the equaliser and only a desperate last ditch tackle by Connor Pirie prevented Wild from scoring. Captain Alex McMahon had to be replaced because of injury by Ryan McRae and on the hour mark Ellon deservedly drew level. Anderson set off on a charge down the left powering through three challenges and crossed for CRUICKSHANK who from the penalty spot directed a fine header beyond McKenzie. Ellon now had their tails up and sensed victory but the introduction of Mark Robb to play up front along side James McMahon was to prove pivotal. Robb himself could have scored when played through by McMahon but Adamson closed him down quickly and Middleton caught a half volley sweetly the ball being blocked en route to goal but the tide had turned and eventually the goal Glendale craved arrived via route one football. McKenzie’s long kick should have been dealt with by the Ellon defence but hesitation allowed JAMES McMAHON to gather and he kept a cool head to beat Adamson and score. Both sets of players were putting everything they had into the game and the drama continued right to the end when the highly impressive Miscasas went on a mazy and crossed for Henderson who from 6 yards and with the goal at his mercy completely missed his kick much to the releif of everyone connected to Glendale.
A huge and overdue win for Glendale, Although the 3 points still leave Glendale at the bottom it keeps their hopes of avoiding relegation very much alive.
M.O.M Lewis Brown
|Danny Lechner||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|