It was standing room only in the Hospitality lounge before the game as former players of Glendale and West End gathered to chat about old times over a cup of warm water and a cream bun on what was termed “Legends Day”. Steven Ferrier had the honour of leading the parade which appropriately began at “Ten to Two”!
Two teams desperate for points for different reasons it was West End who settled first as Glendale struggled to get a hold of mid-field with James McMahon looking isolated up front. It took 10 minutes for Glendale to register their 1st effort of note when Neil Innes let fly from 25 yards, his effort looked to be going high and wide but dipped at the last moment just clearing Corbett’s cross bar. A miss kick by Stewart Muirhead put his team in all sorts of trouble but Cammy Wright got back in the nick of time to tidy up and spare his keepers blushes. A dour affair burst into life in the 38th minute when Glendale took the lead in spectacular fashion. Danny Lechner started the move spraying the ball wide to the overlapping Innes who swung in a deep left foot cross for JAMES McMAHON who arrived unmarked at the back post,did well to adjust his body and rise up to bullet home a great header. Coincidentally it was 4 years to the day since the watching Steven Abercrombie scored his 200th goal for the Dale and it was the sort of goal “Ted” himself would have scored “back in the day”. The lead was only to last 3 minutes however as West End pulled themselves level when a free kick by Conline into the Glendale penalty saw the impressive GIBSON time his run to perfection and his glancing header gave Muirhead no chance.
The second half brought a slight improvement from Glendale and they edged ahead on the hour mark when Craig McRae swung in a free kick and DARREN BUCHAN got a toe to the ball to divert it past a startled Corbett. Glendale needed a third but J McMahon wasted a chance after tying his marker up in knots but blazed wide and substitute Calum Robertson was just as wasteful as he tried to burst the net when through instead of showing more composure in front of goal. West End battled to the end and looked like they had claimed what might have been a deserved equaliser when again calamitous defending by Glendale saw the ball roll towards the empty net with Jonny Reith just getting back on time to hack the ball off the line. Not a classic by any means but an important 3 points for Glendale and just like the pre match cup’s of tea hopefully will be stronger for the rest of the season.
A McMahon Reith Wright C McRae
Black Thomson Buchan [m.o.m] Lechner
Innes J McMahon