Glendale secured a much needed victory when they travelled the short distance into Aberdeen to face Kaimhill in Div 1 East league match on Saturday.
Glendale took the game to their opponents right from the off and had Kamhill pinned back and was no surprise when they took the lead after only 2 minutes. Rebun Blanksby showed good skill to take the ball out of the air and played a cute through ball over the defence for CHRISTIAN LECHNER who timed his run to perfection and raced clear to clip the ball beyond Derek McKenzie. Dale were buzzing but were stunned when Kaimhill equalised with virtually their first attack of note on 8 minutes. Marc Morrison swung a free kick into the box and ANDREW DOIG rose unchallenged to plant a looping header over Alex Henderson who seemed rooted to the spot. The mid field battle between Dales Michael Thomson and Craig McRae against Kaimhill’s dynamic duo of Steven Brammer and Sean Dempsey was going to be crucial and it was the Dale pairing who were coming out on top allowing Glendale to dominate and when McRae showed great chest control then an overhead cross Blanksby was inches away with his header which drifted just over .Christian Lechner was clearly in the mood and he burst through again to smack a shot off the foot of McKenzie’s left hand post. On a rare foray forward Mitchell Deans almost brought his side level but Henderson managed to get a strong left hand on his shot to keep the ball out. But there was a zip and confidence about Glendale’s play typified in Glendale’s next move which saw them go ahead. Christian Lechner picked up the ball just inside the Kaimhill half and set off on a driving run which took him away from 3 challenges and from 18 yards tried to bend the ball around McKenzie who did well to get a hand to it but could only palm the ball into the air and DANNY LECHNER followed up to nod the ball into the empty net. Full back Callum Buchan was next to test McKenzie with a thunderous effort which McKenzie got his finger tips on to tip it onto the bar but minutes later McKenzie was beaten again when DANNY LECHNER with his back to goal 22 yards out twisted one way then the other and spun to fire a low left foot shot which flew past the keeper before he could move. Great goal from a talented individual. Dale were hungry for more and Danny Lechner again showed great skill to pick out Steven Middleton who could only sclaff his effort wide.
They say 2 halfs are never the same and this was true in this case. Kaimhill outplayed in the first half and down to the bear bones with no subs to call on came out fighting and began to put the Dale defence under pressure. Deans found himself clear on the right but dragged his shot wide then Henderson had to look smart to narrow the angle when the same player burst through. Danny Lechner relieved the pressure when he skipped away from his marker but with “hat trick” lighting up in his eyes excitement got the better of him as he blazed over. Kamhill were right back in the game with what loked like a soft penalty award when Ewan Gibson was adjudged to have been blocked inside the box and MITCHELL DEANS easily beat Henderson sending the keeper the wrong way. Kaimhill were pushing for the equaliser and were unlucky when Gregor McAllan saw his shot crash back off the cross bar. From a corner Henderson was grateful to see the ball drop into his arms after a bit of ping pong in front of him and as the game ended in monsoon conditions Glendale broke upfield and substitute’s Craig Thomson and MARK ROBB combined with the latter getting the better of McKenzie squeezing the ball through the keepers legs to clinch huge victory.
Much better from Glendale with the first half in particular an indication of what they are capable while credit to Kaimhill for never giving up and although out played in the first half on another day might well have snatched at least a draw.
M.o.M Craig McRae
|Craig McRae||Yellow Card|
|Steven Middleton||Yellow Card|
|Ruben Blanksby||Yellow Card|
|1. Alex Henderson|
|1. Ciaran Fox-Gibb|