Glendale were on their travel’s once again for a top of the table clash with Old Aberdonian’s at Balgownie on what was a big weekend for the club with the Old Crock’s game to come on the Sunday as well.
Dale flew out the traps and created numerous opportunity’s in the first quarter with Callum Stewart and Graeme Oag looking in the mood. Oag was unlucky to see his effort drift just wide on 8 minutes while a Michael Thomson drive from 25 yards had Geoff Clark scrambling across his line. Stewart may well have won his team a penalty as he was pushed in the back as he chased after a ball in the box but the Ref was having none of it. Thomson was pulling the strings in mid field for Glendale but in Abo’s first attack of note in 18 minutes they scored. Walker pulled the Dale defence across the park,Held off Neil Innes then crossed for the unmarked MOLLISON to volley past the helpless Alex Henderson. The goal rocked Glendale and from dominating they began to be dominated as Old Aberdonians grew in confidence.
Dale replaced the injured Ryan McRae with Danny Lechner and Craig Reid replaced Connor Pirie and Reid almost pulled his side level with a shot from 18 yards that took the paint off the post as it sped past and it was that man Reid again minutes later who burst through and looked set to score only to be denied with a last ditch challenge by Hughes. However the presence of Reid had unsettled the Abo’s defence and on 62 minutes Reid’s effort was blocked by a combination of players with the rolling across goal, BUCHAN back helping his defence could only look on in horror as he knocked the ball into his own net.
Old Aberdonians seemed to throw caution to the wind at this point however and threw more players forward as they regained their composure. Dale were reduced to hitting on the break which should have suited them but too often the final pass was poor. The game looked set to be heading for a draw until with 2 minutes left on the clock MARTIN was given time to get his head up 18 yards from goal and his chipped effort dipped just under the bar to give Old Aberdonian’s all 3 points.
R McRae McMahon Innes Reith
Pirie Brown Thomson C McRae
Oag [m.o.m] Stewart
|Neil Innes||Yellow Card|
|Craig McRae||Yellow Card|