Glendale were back on league duty as they welcomed Nicoll’s Amateurs to Maryculter on Saturday.Games between these two are normally tight and this was to prove no exception as Glendale emerged victors in a hard fought affair.
After a slow start Glendale created the first chance on 6 minutes when Calum Robertson fired a cross over from the left and James McMahon was just a whisker away from diverting the ball home. Russel MacPhee, giving a rare start in mid field was at the “root” of all Dales moves early on and almost “crowned” his return with a shot from distance which took the “enamel” off the post. Nicoll’s response came when the dale defence got themselves in trouble and Martin seized his chance to shoot from distance but Alex Henderson was alive to the danger and tipped the ball over the bar. In 20 minutes Dale broke the deadlock when Robertson and Graeme Oag combined in mid field . Oag’s long pass found Callum Stewart racing down the right and his cutback found JAMES McMAHON who flicked the ball home effortlessly at the near post from 6 yards. Everytime Glendale’s mid fielders Oag and Connor Pirie were on the ball they created danger with their strong running with Oag in particular proving you don’t need fancy coloured boots to stand out on a football pitch but the half ended with Dale just about deserving their narrow lead. HT 1-0.
The 2nd half almost started with a bang as Oag danced his way through from the kick off, he was tripped just as he entered the box but stayed on his feet and got his shot away which drifted just wide on another day a penalty could easily have been given in his favour then Stewart missed a glorious chance when Pirie set him up but he shot tamely against the keeper and from that moment Nicoll’s began to dominate in mid field. With Oag and Pirie off injured Nicoll’s seized the initiative and drew level on the hour mark when GRIEG MARTIN picked up the ball on the half way line,ran at the defence and from just inside the penalty box fired a low drive into the far corner. Dale were now looking less assured but a double change brought the desired effect when substitutes Mark Robb and Danny Lechner combined. Robb dipped his shoulder and swivelled his hips in a way Judge Rinder would be proud and crossed for DANNY LECHNER who took a touch inside his marker then fired the ball into the far corner. A great finish from a talented player. Thereafter it was backs to the wall as Nicoll’s pummelled the Dale goal.Henderson twice produced acrobatic saves while from 6 yards a Nicoll’s forward fired over when it seemed easier to score but Dale clung on for three precious points.
R McRae A McMahon Wright C McRae
Pirie [m.o.m] MacPhee Oag Robertson
Stewart J McMahon