Glendale and Dirrans Athletic will have to do it all again after the two teams fought out a compelling Scottish cup tie at Maryculter on Saturday.
With the grass cut short and the heavy overnight rain the first question was what footwear to chose. Neil Innes for instance went with a good old fashioned black boot with studs and never put a foot wrong all afternoon while others chose a boot more akin to a dancing shoe with a blade and at times looked like they were auditioning for “Bambi on Ice”.
Dirrans, currently 2nd in the premier league in Ayrshire made a confident start but the first chance came when a short pass back gave James McMahon a chance but his lack of pace was exposed and Wood got back to make a saving sliding tackle. Dirrans gave notice of their own with a long range effort from Stevenson that slid past and a header from Ingils which flew over the bar. There appeared little to seperate the teams but it was Dirrans who sneaked in front on 28 minutes when Smith escaped the clutches of Craig McRae and cut the ball back for BENNETT who struck a first time volley beyond Alex Henderson. Glendale were desperately unlucky not to equalise on 40 minutes.First Ryan McRae outjumped everyone at a corner only to see his downward header hacked off the line.From the resulting throw in Neil Innes forced Stewart to scramble the ball round the post then from that corner Darren Buchan saw his header flash just past the post. However right on the half time whistle Dale eventually drew level when Innes played a clever free kick down the line for Callum Stewart and his cross fell perfectly for JAMES McMAHON who celebrated his 18th birthday in style by side footing home. H.T 1-1
The 2nd half followed the same pattern as both teams jostled for supremacy and it was Glendale who edged ahead on 50 minutes when a corner from Stewart was met at the near post by JAMES McMAHON who added to his growing reputation by guiding the ball home. Dirrans were not behind for long as a passback to Henderson saw the keeper fluff his clearance and in the melee that followed the ball ended up in the back of the net with STEVENSON claiming the credit. Henderson however atoned for his error by pulling off a cracking save to deny the same player minutes later. Dirrans finished the stronger but overall the draw was a fair result. So Glendale now face the lengthy journey to Kilwinning next Saturday,The favourite’s tag still lies with Dirrans but Glendale have nothing to fear and with the right approach can still pull of a shock.
R McRae Innes Wright C McRae
Oag Thomson Buchan Robertson
C Stewart J McMahon
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