Glendale and Banchory had a dress rehearsal for their forthcoming cup final, which is to be played at Crombie Park Culter early May, when they clashed at Maryculter in a crucial league game for the Dale at Maryculter on Saturday.
Glendale were looking for a minimum of 7 points from their last 3 games going into this one but got off to the worst possible start when they conceded a goal in only 6 minutes. A cross from the left found it’s way through to FINDLAY who kept his composure to drill a low shot across Derek McKenzie into the far corner. Glendale hit back and a long searching pass from Ross McKenzie picked out Connor Pirie who tried an ambitious volley which slid wide but the pass from McKenzie had to be admired. Glendale deservedly drew level on 12 minutes when Pirie did well to beat Davidson on the wing and crossed for MARK ROBB who got ahead of his marker to steer the ball beyond Brown. An open game saw both teams have spells on top but disaster for Dale on the half hour mark saw Banchory pull away. First Ryan McRae took a throw in on the level with his 18 yard box and sent it across his 18 yard box intended for R McKenzie only for Findlay to steal the ball feed GRIFFITHS who tied Ross Yule in knots before slamming a low left foot shot beyond D McKenzie. Worse was to follow as straight from the kick off Glendale gave away possession and Findlay crossed to the back post where RYAN McRAE under pressure headed beyond his own keeper for an own goal. A rampant Banchory added a fourth soon after when GRIFFITHS pulled away from a corner onto the edge of the box and drilled a low left foot shot through a ruck of players into the opposite corner of the net for a very clever goal. Within minutes Glendale pulled a goal back when Ryan McRae set offf on a charge up the park beating 3 men his shot was blocked but JAMES McMAHON followed up to score. Then a moment of controversy when Simpson hauled down Robb as he broke clear the Referee deemed it a last man offence which seemed harsh and Simpson was left with the walk of shame as Banchory were reduced to 10 men. H.T 2-4.
Glendale were desperate to make the extra man advantage tell and almost pulled a goal back 5 minutes into the 2nd half when Robb raced through, surrounded by 3 players Robb did well to get his shot away only for Brown to dive low to his right and turn the shot round the post for a brilliant save. Robb was clean out of luck again when Brown dropped a cross and Robb with his back to goal tried an over head kick towards the empty net only for the ball to roll inches wide. Glendale were knocking hard on the door to get the next goal and the crowd were on their feet again shouting “gooaal” when substitute Dr MacPhee struck a volley from 15 yards again the ball rolled the wrong side of the post. Glendale were then reduced to 10 men when Substitute Ewan McRae clattered into Brown in mid air and again the Referee saw fit to brandish red. 10 v 10 Banchory, who up till then had been happy to sit in now ventured forward more and Robertson must have thought he had scored as he rounded D McKenzie but Yule got back with an amazing recovery to clear off the line then Rogie unleashed a piledriver only for Derek McKenzie to pull off another outstanding save to add to his CV this season.
Over the piece the better side just edged it but if there were to be a league table for the team that has shot it’s self in the foot the most times this season Glendale would be “Champions”. That crazy 60 seconds where Glendale gave away cheap possession from a throw in and a re start proved to be pivotal in the end and is the reason more than most as to why Glendale are where they are this season.
M.O.M Derek McKenzie.
|Connor Pirie||Yellow Card|
|Steven Middleton||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|
|Ewan McRae||Red Card|