Glendale knew they were in for a ” tough” 90 minutes as Granite City came calling to Maryculter for a league match and both teams produced a cracking game with the points shared at the end. The last time these two met [20/5/15] Granite City ran out comfortable winners 4-1 in what was then a relegation battle, Russel MacPhee grabbed Dale’s consolation that night but on the evidence of this match neither side will have such worries this time.
Dale were first to threaten when Graeme Oag rose majestically to power a header from Craig McRae’s cross goalward but Sammy Stewart gathered under his cross bar. Daniel McMullin had scored an incredible 6 goals the previous week for City against Turriff and gave early notice that he was again in the mood as he raced clear and first timed an effort which Stewart Muirhead had to move smartly to save. The warning went unheeded however as Granite City took the lead in 13 minutes when McMULLIN escaped from the clutches of McRae and this time he gave Muirhead no chance blasting the ball home from just inside the box. Dale responded straight away when Ryan McRae sent Callum Stewart scampering away down the wing and his cut back found JAMES McMAHON who side footed home from 6 yards to equalise. Both teams were prepared to play from the back and pass the ball around which lead to an entertaining game for the fans and just before the break City went ahead again McMULLIN ran across the box,turned inside Aiden Stewart and calmly curled the ball beyond Muirhead. H.T 1-2
McMullin twice went close to adding to his tally just after the break with Muirhead having to race from his line to thwart the speedy attacker as Dale continued to play with a square back four but on the hour Glendale drew level again when Connor Pirie,resplendent in his new black boots, sent Callum Stewart clear and his cut back was turned into his own net by WEBSTER. On 77 minutes City went ahead again for the 3rd time when that man McMULLIN timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap,rounded Muirhead and rolled the ball home for his 20th goal this season! Glendale kept going and when Oag smacked a shot off the post their was a feeling it might not be their day but with 2 minutes left on the clock following scramble from yet another corner NEIL INNES found just enough space to drill home a deserved equaliser .
A Stewart Innes Wright C McRae [m.om]
Pirie R McRae Thomson Oag
C Stewart JMcMahon