Glendale defeated visitors Ellon Thistle to hoist themselves futher up the table at Maryculter on Saturday.
With 5 changes from the previous week their was a rare start for Ewan McRae in mid field while Connor Pirie was once again “press ganged” into playing but the changes had little detrimental effect as Glendale stormed into the lead with only 2 minutes on the clock. Danny Lechner’s corner from the left saw CRAIG THOMSON lose his marker to glance a near post header low into the Onion bag. The goal settled any early nerve’s and Dale increased their lead on 10 minutes when Lechner and Blanksby carved out an opening and as the ball popped up in the air CALLUM SUTHERLAND followed up to head over Daniel Adamson. Sutherland was like a magnet to the ball first half as his probing runs down the left gave Blanksby and Lechner plenty opportunity to get on the ball but with 27 minutes on the clock out of nothing Ellon pulled a goal back.There looked a clear foul on Steven Middleton on the half way line but the referee waived away Dale’s appeals and as Ellon broke forward the ball was squared across goal from Craig Simpson allowing JACK BROWN to tap home at the far post. The goal shook Glendale into a response and it was that man Callum Sutherland who again became provider as he delayed a pass through the defence long enough for CRAIG McRAE to time his run and he easily side stepped Adamson to stroke the ball into the net to stretch his side’s lead..
Ellon came out with more purpose at the start of the second half and were rewarded on the hour mark when after s swift break down the right the ball was cut back for STEPHEN CRUICKSHANKS who executed the perfect chip shot from 18 yards out to dink the ball beyond Alex Henderson and bring his team right back into the game. Dale wobbled for a period but with Mark Robb on as substitute Dale began to carve out chances. Robb found himself through 3 times in quick succession only to be thwarted each time by Adamson. Blanksby was next to break free only to take a heavy touch allowing Adamson to gather as Dale’s frustration grew but a touch of class from Michael Walls showed his forwards how it’s done. Winning a challenge on the half way line, the classy defender strode forward, drew Adamson off his line then calmly passed the ball inside for MARK ROBB and even he couldn’t miss this time as he slid the ball home from 6 yards. With 8 minutes left Robb again found himself through on goal again Adamson blocked his shot but ALEX [red] ADAIR followed up to knock the loose ball into the net for his 1st goal for the club. That should have ended the scoring but slackness in defence by Glendale saw JACK BROWN notch his 2nd of the afternoon .
Given the players that were missing Dale will be delighted to gather another 3 points which see’s them continue to climb the table. Best for Dale were Sutherland, C McRae and the unflappable Walls while Connor Pirie again demonstrated his value to the team with a typical energetic performance.
M.o.M Craig McRae.
|Michael Thomson||Yellow Card|
|Craig McRae||GoalYellow Card|
|1. Alex Henderson|
|1. Ciaran Fox-Gibb|