Glendale faced their stiffest examination of the season so far as they faced University in the 3rd round of the North of Scotland cup at Balgownie. In the end they did just enough to pass the test and claim their place in the next round after defeating the Students on penalties.
Dale were forced into a number of last minute changes which perhaps accounted for a disjointed first half performance which saw University on top but fail to make the break through. The only real note of forward play by Glendale came in the 10th minute when Callum Stewart raced down the right and cut the ball back for Danny Lechner but his shot from 8 yards lacked conviction and the keeper was able to gather. University created numerous chances but their shooting was woeful and dale keeper Stuart Muirhead was seldom troubled.
A change at half time saw Stuart Hay replace Scott Farmer with Ally Watson moving to full back to police the troublesome Varsity winger although the pattern of the game remained the same as University controlled the mid field. The best chance of the game came on the hour when Stewart raced through but his effort brought out a good save from the home keeper. This however allowed Glendale to grow in confidence and Michael Thomson in particular began to drive his team forward from the middle of the park and when Substitute Hay forced his way down the right his cross allowed Chris Smith his first look at goal all afternoon,His first effort was blocked by the keeper but SMITH reacted quickest to the loose ball to ram home from 3 yards.
Stung by this the Students fought back but with the ageless Richard Fearn leading by example Dale defended stoutly to keep them at bay.
With 10 minutes of normal time to go Stewart was clean through on goal only to be sythed down just outside the box leaving the Referee no option but to brandish the red card. With the clock ticking University scored right at the death when their mid fielder chased what looked like a lost cause,kept the ball in play and crossed for a team mate to drive home. Their was only time to restart the game before the Ref to blew for full time.
Extra time saw University still come forward in numbers but with the game much more open their was chances at both ends but no further scoring however the 2nd period of extra time finally saw Glendale gain the upper hand but fail to cash in and the game moved onto penalty kicks.
The standard of penalties from both side was exceptional with John Cameron,Michael Thomson,Kriss Geddes and Simon Darwin all converting for Dale but when the University centre half blazed wildly over it was left to Stewart Hay to send the keeper the wrong way and seal Dale’s place in the next round.