Glendale made the short trip to Kingswells to face a Postal side managed by former Glendale Favourite Colin Paterson and claimed all three points in a hard fought affair. Paterson looked a little bit emotional as he made his past the away support who gave him a standing ovation on his way to the home dugout but the good will ended there as Glendale kicked off in determined fashion.
Lewis Brown and Callum Sutherland, making a surprise but welcome first start’s of the season dominated the middle of the park from the off and Brown tested Laing with a fierce drive from a free kick which the keeper was happy to push round the post. Brown then sent Mark Robb through and he evaded the keeper but his cut back was poor and the chance was gone.However in 7 minutes Glendale found themselves in front. Postal were punished for a poor challenge on the half way line and RYAN McRAE’s free kick should have been easily gathered by Laing but he took his eye off the ball and could only watch in horror as it sailed over his head into the net. If there was a touch of good fortune about that goal there was no disputing the second which came with 15 minutes on the clock. CAMMY WILLOX and James McMahon exchanged passes down the right and Willox’s shot from the corner of the 18 yard box gave Laing no chance as it flew past the keeper. A strike from MacAnespie which stung the palms of Alex Henderson was the best that Postal had to offer as they were in danger of being swept away by Glendale and Mark Robb almost added a third when he got ahead of his marker, his hooked effort just clearing the bar. Barry Paterson brought a moment of quality to the game just before the break when under pressure in the middle of the park from Robb and McMahon he simply dipped the shoulder , swivelled and was heard to mutter the words “see ya” then majestically strode forward with the ball appearing to be tied to his boot laces. The half ended with Glendale deservedly ahead and good value for their lead. H.T 0-2.
The second half was more of an even affair and it took Glendale until the 67 minute to get what should have been the goal that finished the contest when Steven Middleton swung in a corner from the right and CARTER got his points of the compass all mixed up as he headed the ball spectacularly past his own keeper. Credit to Postal however they never gave up and were rewarded when from a cross from the left REECE LAW was on hand to side foot home from close range. Middleton should have put the game to bed after good work from substitute Ewan McRae but his weak effort was cleared off the line and as Postal pushed again they were denied a stonewall penalty for hand ball inside the box but from the clearance Dale broke straight to the other end and a shot was blocked it fell to Michael Bruce and again the shot was blocked on the line but this time STEVEN MIDDLETON made no mistake as he rammed home the rebound. There was just time for contender for goal of the season when SCOTT STUART picked up the ball just inside his own half, drove through two challenges then weaved past another couple before firing a low right foot shot from all of twenty yards which beat Henderson all the way for a goal which brought applause from both sets of supporters.
Job done for Glendale and sets them up for what could be a crucial month with the added bonus of getting some big players back on the park as for Postal they played in the manner of their Manager in his hey day full of passion and commitment.
M.O.M RYAN McRAE
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