It was a proud moment in the history of Glendale as they took their place in the upper tier of Scottish football, the 1st team to make it to the top flight via the Pyramid system with Livingston the visitors to a packed Corbie Park.
If ever there was an advert for Summer football this was it as the shirt sleeved crowd gave their favourite’s a rousing reception as they emerged from the tunnel, Skipper Michael Thomson won the toss and elected to shoot towards the River Dee Stand which housed the 1500 away fans and it was Dale threatend first when Danny Lechner brilliantly crossed for Mark Robb who was inches away with a diving header. Lechner again this time with a left foot shot brought out a good save from McCrorie. But Glendale were not to be denied and opened the scoring on 7 minutes when Steven Middleton’s shot was parried and MARK ROBB pounced to slide the ball into the net. 15 minutes and it was 2 with Dale scoring with a classic counter attack. Alex Henderson gathered a high cross to the back post and his quick accurate throw set Cammy Willox on his bike down the wing, his cross found Robb who held off Ambrose and layed the ball back into the path of JAMES McMAHON who drilled a low shot beyond McRorie. Incredibly on 35 minutes Dale scored a third from the unlikely source of JONNY REITH who met a corner from Middleton and bulleted a header into the top of the net. Livi began to enjoy a bit more of the ball before the break and Henderson had to dive full length to save from Dykes but right on the half time whistle Livi were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and CRAIG SIBBALD bent a left foot shot round the wall into the roof of the net. H.T.3-1
Livingstone re emerged a totally different side and began to dominate possession with Henderson now much more the busier Keeper, Dykes escaped the clutches of Ross Yule to break free but Michael Thomson produced a perfectly timed tackle to avert the danger. On 60 minutes however Livinstone did manage to pull another goal back when LYNDON DYKES outjumped everyone at a corner to score with a powerful header. Glendale brought on the experienced duo of Russel MacPhee and John Cameron to steady the ship and Willox almost wrapped up the points with a low drive which required McRorie to dive full length to touch round the post but at the very end it took a fantastic reflex save from Henderson to prevent Dykes from scoring what might have been a deserved equaliser but Glendale held on for what could prove to be even at this stage a massive 3 points.
M.O.M Russel MacPhee.
Next match Glasgow Rangers [away]
|Danny Lechner||Yellow Card|
|1. Alex Henderson|
|Cameron Roe Imrie|