Glendale traveled down the coast to face Stonehaven Athletic on league duty on Saturday but the Dale defence were all at sea in the 1st half as “The Hive” were buzzing from the start and swarmed all over the Dale. The tone was set in the 1st minute when a fresh air swipe by Jonny Reith let in Hunter but Alex Henderson raced from his line to clear the danger. Henderson had to look sharp on a number of occasions to keep Stoney at bay but had to admit defeat on 12 minutes as he palmed away an effort from Hunter but IRVINE reacted the quickest to put his side one up. Gunn saw his effort rebound back down off the cross bar as the home sides cut through the Dale defence like a knife through butter. But for the heroic’s of Henderson and some slack finishing from the host’s this game would have been done and dusted by half time. H.T 1-0.
Angus Cochrane replaced Danny Lechner after the break but it made little difference to the flow of the game until on the hour mark GRAEME OAG picked up a loose ball on the half way line and raced away to clip the ball past Middleton. The introduction of Connor Pirie gave the Dale mid field a more balanced look and Glendale forged ahead for the first time when Callum Stewart broke free on the right and his floated cross saw that man again OAG head back across goal beyond Middleton. The lead lasted only 3 minutes however as a speculative drive from ELLIOT sailed over the outstretched arms of Henderson to restore parity.Back came Dale again and a wonderful cross field pass from Pirie found Stewart free on the left,his effort looked to be going wide until ANDY WILL arrived at the back post to score from an acute angle.2-3. There was uproar in the 90th minute however when Ryan McRae controlled the ball with his thigh only for the referee to indicate an arm had been used and after the furore died down HUNTER stepped up to score from the spot. In time added on Dale conceded another free kick 18 yards from goal and when the ball came in SINCLAIR wanted it the most and his hooked shot sneaked in under the cross bar to win it for the home side.
Two things to emerge from this game for Glendale to ponder on. The first is no matter how good this squad have been/ar/or will be they just can’t expect to turn up and win games as they were lucky not to get a doing in the first half in this game and the second is the foundations of this club have been built on good discipline and should be remembered by everyone both on and OFF the park!
R McRae A McMahon Reith C McRae
Stewart Thomson[m.o.m] Oag Lechner
Robb J McMahon
|Michael Thomson||Yellow Card|
|Craig McRae||Yellow Card|
|Mark Robb||Yellow Card|