Glendale were once again on cup duty as they faced Premier Div hot shots Woodside in the 3rd round of the prestigious North of Scotland cup at a very frosty St Machar Academy. The pitch only passed a last minute pitch inspection and it was Woodside,looking for their 15th consecutive victory who made all the early running.Their slick passing and 3rd man running forced Glendale into retreat and it took all the experience of Neil Innes and Alex McMahon to keep them at bay.
On 12 minutes the Glendale goal had a miraculous escape when D Donald rounded Alex Henderson and cut the ball back across the 6 yard box but terrific defending by Innes,McMahon and Aiden Stewart who blocked 3 attempts on the line by throwing their body’s to scramble the ball away. A swift break by Graeme Oag brought some relief but it remained largely one way traffic.One player who stood out during this period was Cammy Willox who on his full debut battled gamely in mid field to help stem the tide.
However on 24 minutes out of the blue Glendale sneaked ahead in the simplest’s of fashion. There looked little danger as Craig McRae played a ball upfield but the Woodside defenders left the ball for each other and GRAEME OAG celebrated his call up to the Amateur select in style by racing through the gap and thumping his shot beyond Noble . Dale’s joy was short lived however as virtually straight from the restart in almost a carbon copy of the Dale goal a through ball evaded everyone and DONALDSON found himself through on goal and he drove his effort past Henderson. The recalled Mark Robb was making a nuisance of himself up front but both he and danger man Callum Stewart were starved of good service and it was Woodside who grabbed a deserved 2nd just before the break when SHAND outjumped everyone at a corner kick to score with a well placed header. H.T 2-1.
The 2nd half brought much improvement from the Dale as they began to display more belief and should have drew level when Innes brought a save from Noble but no one was on hand to snap up the rebound then Callum Stewart found himself clean through but took too long to get his shot away and was clattered for his troubles.It was much more of an even game now although most of Glendale’s good work and passing was just beyond their own penalty box and was hardly going to trouble Woodside from there but at least they showed a confidence in themselves to pass the ball. However with 7 minutes remaining Woodside wrapped up the tie when G DONALD was afforded time on the ball just outside the penalty box and he lifted his shot over Henderson. A decent game played in tricky underfoot conditions and considering the number of young players Glendale had on show can walk away with their heads held high.
A Stewart Innes A McMahon C McRae
Pirie Willox Oag Robertson
Robb C Stewart