Glendale got their season off to a disappointing start going down by a single goal to Kaimhill at sun kissed Maryculter on Saturday. Although disappointing to lose 3 points more frustrating was the fact a number of players called off on the day of the match leaving manager McCubbin struggling to field a fit starting x1 for the first game of the season.
Andy Noble answered a late s.o.s and was press ganged into action from the start while debut’s were handed to Callum Sutherland and Ryan McCrae in mid-field and Conner Pirie at right back while a clearly still not match fit Graeme Oag also started.
Both teams started at pace in an open game but Kaimhill always looked the more dangerous with Dale thankful that Stewart Muirhead was looking sharp as he was called into action to tip away a long range piledriver from Watt. However the same player was not to be denied as on 32 minutes when Dale lost possession in mid-field it was STEVEN WATT who broke free to unleash an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from 25 yards.
Dale tried to respond through the tireless Calum Robertson and the impressive Craig McCrae but the half ended with the visitors just about deserving their lead.
The second half followed much the same pattern with both teams enjoying short spells on top but again Muirhead exceled as he tipped a close range effort from Bramm round the post then got down brilliantly to save from Watt again while a free kick from Watt crashed back off the cross bar but Dale were not giving up and were always just as likely to snatch an equalliser and Noble should have done so when sent through by Robertson but delayed just too long and the chance went a begging.
With the heat taking it’s toll Dale just ran out of steam as Kaimhill held on for a deserved 3 points and special mention to Andy Noble who won the Man of the Match award which seemed harsh on keeper Muirhead and also youngster Conner Pirie at right back who though clearly in some distress at the end carried on. IF only some of the other players in the 24 man squad had that level of commitment!
Pirie McMahon Reith C. McCrae
Robertson Sutherland R. McCrae Oag