Glendale were unable to reproduce the performance of the previous week as they lost their Scottish cup replay against a hungry Dirrans Athletic in Killwinning on Saturday.The day got off to a bad start with the bus failing to stop at The Horn on the way down depriving the players of their pre match bacon roll.With a couple of important players unable to travel Dale were forced to play Ryan McRae at centre half with Connor Pirie drafted into right back and Ally Black given a baptism of fire with his debut in mid field. The game almost had a sensational start as from the Dale kick off they coughed up possession straight away and Bennett raced through and his low drive just went past Stewart Muirhead’s left hand post. It was a sign of things to come as Dirrans dominated the early part with Dale’s make shift defence working overtime to keep them out. In a rare foray up field James McMahon broke free but Stewart raced from his box to clear. Dale were struggling to cope with Dirrans pressing game while their long throws into the box also were causing panic however on 23 minutes Glendale’s only real threat going forward the tenacious Callum Stewart forced a corner and when he swung in the kick himself Ally Black found himself free at the back post but his header appeared to come off his lug and bounced back across goal struck the post and was scrambled to safety. It proved a costly miss as 2 minutes later Dirrans went in front when Hynard launched another long throw into the box and MUIR played a captains part by rising highest in a packed penalty 6 yard box to head home. It was no more than the home side deserved and they pressed for a 2nd but good defending and brave goalkeeping from Muirhead kept Dale in the tie until the 43rd minute when with Dale on the attack a long clearance from defence saw STEVENSON race clear from the half way line and dink a delightful chip over Muirhead to put his team two up .H.T 2-0.
There was little change to the pattern in the 2nd half. All Glendale’s possession was deep inside their own half as Dirrans continued to press and it took 15 minutes into the 2nd half for Dale to register a shot at goal which went harmlessly past. On 65 minutes Dirrans all but wrapped up the tie when from yet another long throw the ball dropped kindly for STEVENSON who “swiveled on a sixpence” and drove the ball into the net. Dale replaced Black with Mark Robb at the restart and this seemed to coincide with Glendale’s best period of the game and on 80 minutes scored a deserved consolation when McMahon drove a free kick at goal which Stewart could only parry away, Danny Lechner did well to react and cross for GREAME OAG to bundle over the line from a foot although he did his best to miss it! A brief comeback did look on the cards but with 2 minutes left a mistake in the Dale penalty box saw BENNETT pounce to intercept a pass and drive an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
No complaints about the result as the better team won,Dirrans look very strong through the spine of their team from Goalkeeper,Centre half to striker and should progress much futher in the competition.A well run,Well organized club.For Glendale the disappointment was not only losing but not playing to the standard they are capable of.
Pirie R McRae Innes C McRae
Oag Buchan Black Lechner
Stewart J McMahon