Glendale finally fell through the relegation trap door on Saturday as they lost 3-4 to promotion chasing Tolbooth at Maryculter.
What can only be described as a” shambolic” first half performance that saw Glendale go in at the interval 0-4 behind proved too much although a brave second half comeback did nothing but salvage some pride. In a game Glendale simply had to win they were dealt a blow when Goalkeeper Derek McKenzie, who had played in the cup final 4 days previous even though he had 2 cracked ribs was ruled out and Ross McKenzie bravely stood in between the sticks and was beaten in 2 minutes as MEARNS was given ample time to line up a shot from 16 yards which he drilled low into the net. Dale were reeling 5 minutes later as from a Glendale corner Tolbooth broke at pace and Mearns played in KEITH who gave McKenzie no chance. KEITH grabbed his second with the Glendale defence in total disarray and although Steven Middleton brought out a fine acrobatic save from Petrie it was Tolbooth who all but finished the game as a contest as SHAND was given acres of room to pick his spot and make it 0-4.
A truly shell shocked Glendale re emerged with most observer’s expecting more of the same from Tolbooth and when CAMMY WILLOX broke through from mid field to score it looked no more than a consolation until from Kevin Watson’s corner ROSS YULE powered home a header suddenly there was a bit of belief about the home side and when Petrie fumbled a shot from JAMES McMAHON to make the scoreline 3-4 for a moment the unthinkable looked on.However the full time whistle confirmed Glendale’s fate which ironically see’s them drop into the Division which they won almost exactly to the day 10 years ago and a celebration of which takes place in Aberdeen next Saturday with the squad of 2009 having a get together.
A season to forget in many respects for Glendale it started badly and never really got going, The league table does not lie as they say however it’s important to stress Glendale FC are still a strong club with fantastic facilities, a strong management and committee and clearly some talented players and although the club maybe down at the moment it has a strong enough foundation to bounce back.
M,O,M Russel MacPhee