Glendale’s fight to avoid relegation hangs by the thinest thread after they twice fought back after going behind to salvage a draw against fellow struggler’s Torphins at sun kissed Kincardine O Neil on Saturday.
Glendale kicked off and had the first chance when from a free kick Steven Middleton and Craig McRae combined allowing McRae to get round the wall but his cut back was weak and Torphins scrambled the ball away. Torphins took the lead in 5 minutes when the ball was flicked on at the near post from a corner and BRUCE was lurking at the back post to hammer home from 6 yards. Torphins went 2-0 ahead on 12 minutes when Bruce found space down the left and although his cross was cut out by Ross Yule CALDER was following up to shoot beyond Derek McKenzie. Glendale fought back into the game and Mark Robb raced clear only for Battle to spread himself well to divert the ball round the post. From the corner James McMahon shot for goal only for Robb, standing two yards off the line to knock the ball away and out for a goal kick. However on 24 minutes Robb atoned for his miss by pulling a goal back. Danny Lechner set off on a run from inside his own half and beat 3 men the ball broke loose and MARK ROBB pounced to fire goalwards which Battle seemed lose sight off as he helped into the net. Dale were now pushing for the equaliser and on 30 minutes were rewarded when Middleton set JAMES McMahon away and he kept a cool head to score past Battle. Robb then missed an absolute sitter when McMahon crossed from the left somehow Robb elected to try and score with his foot when all he had to do was stick his head on it and with the goal at his mercy missed from 2 yards. Half time saw the teams all square but few in the shirt sleeved crowd were willing to bet on that being the end of the scoring. H.T 2-2.
Torphins almost went ahead right at the start of the 2nd half when a free kick was awarded 22 yards from goal, Bruce bent his effort round the wall the ball just clearing the junction of bar and post much to the relief of D McKenzie. Glendale introduced Cammy Willox into the fray and his first involvement saw him shoot for goal only for the ball to strike the bottom of Battle’s right hand post then McMahon from a free kick brought out a stunning save from Battle as he somehow got down low to his left to turn the ball round the post. Disaster for Dale on 69 minutes when a punt downfield caught out Ross McKenzie and substitute SMITH cleverly chipped over D McKenzie to put his side ahead again. Credit to the Glendale players who knew defeat would send their side down as they kept at it and with 5 minutes remaining Connor Pirie swung in an inviting cross for JAMES McMAHON to glance a header into the far corner. Both teams pushed for a winner and at the full time whistle players from both teams were out on their feet having given their all. One more win for Torphins will see them safe while Glendale must win their final game against Tolbooth and hope results elsewhere go their way.
M.O.M Steven Middleton.
Saturday also marked the end for Captain Alex McMahon as he leaves the club in pursuit of a career in the Army,
Alex is one of the youngest players to have played for Glendale since they joined the Amateurs having joined in 2012 as a 17 year old after his club Bridge of Don Juveniles folded. Initially only afforded training facilities with the promise of a chance at the end of the season Alex made his debut at right back in the final game of the 2011-2012 season in a 2-1 victory over Insch. Signed for the following season Alex made the right back spot his own winning the young player of the year trophy in his first season and again the following year and in fact is one of a very small handful of players to have won both Young Player and Players Player of the year trophy’s. Alex eventually moved into the centre of defence and became Captain in 2016. “Mr Consistent” never let the club down and will be hard to replace. Even the last few weeks when injury has kept him out his voice above all others could be heard on the touchline encouraging, praising and demanding more from his teamates. All the best from everyone at Glendale Alex in your quest to become an officer in the Royal Engineers or Royal Artillery.
“Keep yer heid doon Rambo”
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