Glendale finally got 2017 up and running as they welcomed Formartine United to Maryculter in the Semi Final of the Bowie Cup. Never before have Glendale been such heavy favourites to progress to a final and with Great Western United waiting a repeat of the 1996-97 final which Dale won was on the cards.
It took Glendale only 90 seconds to open the scoring when a slide rule pass from Darren Buchan was gathered by DANNY LECHNER and he drilled a low shot beyond Digby into the far corner. 4 minutes on the clock and it was 2-0 when a defenders mistake was seized upon by James McMahon and he fed DANNY LECHER who lofted his shot over Digby with ease. The Dale supporters sat back waiting for an avalanche of goals to follow but Formartine served notice that they were not there to make up the numbers when a ball over the top saw Gardiner race clear but Alex Henderson brilliantly blocked his effort. From moving the ball quickly and looking like a team Dale began to run with ball and quickly became bogged down and on 29 minutes Formartine pulled a goal back when GARDINER proved too strong for the Dale central defenders brushing them aside before shooting well out of the reach of Henderson. H.T 2-1
The second half was one way traffic but not as expected towards the Formartine goal,the complete opposite as Formartine enjoyed total domination. They should have equalised when McKinnon somehow spooned his effort over the bar from 3 yards but were on level terms on 55 minutes when the impressive McRobbie shot at goal which Henderson did well to parry but AHMED followed up to score.
Worse was to follow as clever play by McRobbie saw him out fox the Dale defence and once through on the keeper was never any doubt that he would score to put his side deservedly into the lead. Goal number 4 followed, McKENZIE’S free kick somehow found it’s way into the net and to rub salt in to the wounds AHMED completed the rout by scoring number 5.
A poor poor 2nd half display by Glendale although credit to Formartine who could easily have folded given their terrible start to the game and fully deserved their place in the final. But to be fair to the Glendale players this was most unlike them this season.They let themselves and more importantly their management team down and hopefully will be determined to bounce back this coming Saturday.
R McRae A McMahon Wright C McRae
Pirie Buchan Thomson Black
J McMahon Lechner