Glendale’s championship hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 2-1 to BSFC at Maryculter on Saturday.
The two sides had met only 7 days earlier in a cup competition which Glendale emerged as deserved winners but elected to go with a change of formation for this game as BSFC kicked off and soon had the Dale under pressure.The visitors were dominating the early exchanges and almost opened the scoring on 8 minutes when a corner by Leadbetter saw Whiffin rise above everyone to send a powerful header just over the bar. Glendale’s raids were few and far between but Danny Lechner, a Civil Engineer by day, tried his “level” best to create a chance but Murray raced back to make a crucial challenge. The game had developed into a dour mid field battle and was crying out for someone to stamp their authority on proceedings but out of nothing on 24 minute’s Glendale took the lead when JAMES McMAHON latched onto a ball over the top ,cleverly pulled the ball out of the air and side stepped Murdoch before rolling the ball into the net. Glendale had the ball in the net 5 minute’s later when Lechner burst through he probably should have scored himself but the ball broke to McMahon who again scored but after a slight delay and to the dismay of the home crowd the Referee decided McMahon was offside and disallowed the goal. BSFC were back on level terms on 35 minute’s when Steven Middleton knocked the ball out for a corner and this time Leadbetter’s corner saw KIERAN WHIFFIN produce an acrobatic overhead kick which gave Alex Henderson no chance. Whiffin who wore the No 10 on his front and his back deserved 10 out of 10 for his spectacular effort! Steven Middleton came closest to putting Dale back in front with a strike from 25 yards which swerved in mid air and Murdoch was grateful to push over the bar but the half time whistle sounded with the game evenly balanced H.T 1-1
The second saw a slight improvement in Glendale’s play and McMahon cut in from the left only for Masson to slide in and block his shot for a corner. Glendale were knocking on the door but the final pass to unlock a tight BSFC pass was missing while at the other end the visitor’s always looked a threat on the break but in truth neither keeper was overworked with defences on top but with ten minute’s to go disaster for Dale when from a free kick on the edge of the box MURRAY RATTRAY stepped up to strike a low left foot shot through the wall and past a startled Henderson. Glendale piled forward in search of an equaliser and the closest they came was when substitute Michael Bruce played in McMahon on the right but he fired into the side netting and BSFC held on for victory.
A disappointing performance from Glendale who never really got out of 2nd gear and will now require snookers to claim the title and with a free date next week will have plenty time to ponder where it all went wrong!
M.O.M LEWIS BROWN
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