Glendale’s quest for silverware ended in disappointment as they were beaten 4-1 by Banchory in the final of the White Cup played at Culter on Wednesday night.
A heavy downpour just prior to kick off made seemed to have an effect on the crowd but it did not affect the surface for sure as the pitch looked in immaculate condition and it was Banchory who made the early breakthrough with a goal on 7 minutes. SCOTT GARRETT peeled off the defence and from the angle of the box smashed a shot across Derek McKenzie giving the keeper no chance the ball entering the net via the underside of the bar. Although behind Glendale had settled well into the game and Steven Middleton broke through but elected to go round the keeper and was driven wide. Danny Lechner escaped from the clutches of the impressive Davidson for once to fire in a cross which both Ross McKenzie and Middleton just failed to connect with a the back post. James McMahon was next to break through when he cut in from the right touchline his low right foot shot crashed back off the base of the post with the keeper beaten. It had developed into a very open game as both teams went for it but at the half time whistle Glendale could consider themselves to be unfortunate to be behind.
The second half opened following the same pattern as the game flowed from end to end but a moment of real quality saw Banchory double their adavantage. ZAK GRIFFITHS picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, strode forward and struck a beautiful left foot shot low into the corner of the net. Undeterred Glendale battled on and again were left to curse the woodwork as a shot from Cammy Willox struck the bar but their was better luck for Glendale on 68 minutes when skipper ROSS McKENZIE collected a throw in from Ryan McRae and hooked a left foot shot over the keeper to bring his side right back into the game. Disaster for Glendale however on 80 minutes as from their own throw in on the halfway line Dale conceded cheap possession and substitute Findlay broke away and crossed for GRIFFITHS who had the simple task of scoring from close range to give Banchory one hand on the cup. Findlay almost scored again as he wriggled his way into the box beating 3 players but Derek McKenzie, despite carrying an injury which would have kept most men out of the game, managed to dive low to his left to save. With time running out and Glendale throwing caution to the wind Banchory broke at pace again and man of the match Simpson crossed for substitute EVAN ROBERTSON to head home from 6 yards.
Disappointment for Glendale but no disgrace with the final scoreline harsh. From penalty box to penalty box not much to chose between the two sides but Banchory were more clinical when the chances came their way. A huge game awaits for Glendale again this weekend with a must win game against Tolbooth and hope that results elsewhere go their way if relegation is to be avoided !
|1. Derek McKenzie|
|Cameron Roe Imrie|