“Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink” may be the quotation which would be apt to describe Glendale’s trip up the river Dee to the picturesque Deeside village of Aboyne as they began their quest for Scottish Cup glory. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since these two last met on 8/11/1997 when Dale emerged victorious 4-2 thanks to goals from Taylor,Ferrier,Monro and Scott Aberdein.
A heavy downpour pre match put this game in serious doubt and the kick off was delayed 10 minutes to allow the pitch to be cleared of the standing water and once the game kicked off Dale took the game to their host’s who had no option but to “soak” up the Dale pressure. Lewis Brown clearly was enjoying the space he was afforded and created havoc down the left hand side linking well with Craig McRae. From Brown’s cross Callum Stewart must have thought he had scored as his header looked net bound but Richard Samuel threw himself across goal to produce an outstanding save. Dale were not to be denied however and on 13 minutes took the lead when Neil Innes did well to retrieve the ball from a corner and crossed for CRAIG McRAE to score from close range. Glendale were playing some good stuff but were wasteful in front of goal and had to wait till the 40th minute to get the all important 2nd when JAMES McMAHON scored, again after good work by Brown. Aboyne were seldom seen as an attacking force but Henderson had to be alive to gather a well struck shot from Mathieson. H.T 0-2
The second period followed the same pattern as Glendale played on the front foot but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Samuel kept the scoreline respectable till eventually Glendale put the game to bed when Stewart got to the by-line and crossed for DARREN BUCHAN to score. Substitute Russel MacPhee rattled a great shot from 25 yards off the crossbar while Stewart and Connor Pirie both wasted good chances. Andy Noble replaced McMahon for the last 10 and was duly caught offside although to be fair Noble had 2 good efforts at goal both of which were well saved by the outstanding Samuel.
So job done for Glendale who have now been set the challenge of being the last Aberdeen team to exit the competition this season.
R McRae Innes Wright C McRae
Pirie Thomson Buchan Brown
Stewart J McMahon