The last time Glendale played a game in the Dickie Trophy was in the Final against a very good Hilton side way back in 2009 losing 4-0 and hopes were high before the game that Glendale could once again grace such an occasion alas it was not to be as a 96th minute penalty saw the Dale fall at the first hurdle to University Colts.
Colt’s were playing their first game of the season but looked organised early on although it was Glendale who dominated from the start. Some slick passing from the back through to mid field was good to watch but that final decisive pass was lacking. Indeed the first real chance for Glendale came in 11 minutes when University’s goalkeeper was slack with a kick out which went straight to Danny Lechner whose effort from distance just cleared the bar. A well worked free kick by Steven Middleton and Craig McRae almost brought the opener but McRae’s cross found no takers. On 22 minute’s Colt’s came mighty close to scoring when Aiden Walker raced through the middle his effort beat Alex Henderson only to bounce off the top of the cross bar. Cammy Willox beat two men as he cut in from the flank but his shot curled past the upright. A terrible call from Henderson resulted in a mix up between the keeper and Ross Yule the ball broke free to Christopher Hyde and again they were left to curse the woodwork as his effort smacked off the bar. Steven Middleton shot just wide as the game flowed but on 32 minute’s University edged ahead when a free kick by Bell caused confusion inside the Glendale penalty box and REDHA NACEF reacted quickest to score. Glendale continued to dominate till the break and the stats showed they had 5 corners, 6 shots at goal, none on target, 63% possession and had completed 147 passes but the only stat that mattered was the one on the giant scoreboard behind the goals University 1 Glendale 0.
The second half was only minute’s old when Glendale were given a golden opportunity to equalise when Mark Robb found himself free 9 yards from goal, his effort was on target but Gallacher dived low to his right to save but the ball should really have been in the back of the net. Dale huffed and puffed as their frustration grew and the free flowing football began to disappear but out of nothing they drew level when RYAN McRAE was allowed to advance forward and his shot stayed low as it beat Gallacher. Glendale continued to press as University were reduced to playing on the break and from one such break, deep inside stoppage time they forced a corner. When the corner was played in, The Referee blew for an infringement that left even the University players bemused and to the dismay of the Glendale players pointed to the penalty spot and with virtually the last kick of the game STUART HAMILTON stepped up to blast home the spot kick and send his team through.
Another tough one to take for Glendale who at times continue to flatter to deceive!
|1. Alex Henderson|