Glendale traveled north to in form Turriff Thistle on league duty and returned with 3 excellent hard earned points. Turriff is an area famed for it’s agricultural history and that may have played a part in the managements thinking as they asked James McMahon to “plough a lone furrow” up front from the start. Turriff made a confident start and made good use of the wide area’s with most of the play around the Glendale penalty box. Apart from a couple of breaks from J McMahon which saw the youngster pulled up for marginal offside’s Glendale struggled to get into the game while Turriff’s Stephen missed 2 snips in front of goal while another let off for Dale saw Chapman strike for goal his effort bouncing on top of the crossbar on it’s way over however against the run of play in 42 minutes Glendale were awarded a soft penalty when Connor Pirie tumbled after a challenge and DARREN BUCHAN stepped up, swept his fringe to one side then stroked the ball the opposite way to put his side ahead. H.T 0-1.
The game was crying out for someone to take “The bull by the horns” and up stepped James McMahon who went on to claim his first hat-trick for the club. His first was a thing of beauty as Neil Innes used his intelligence to beat the offside trap by going himself before squaring to JAMES McMAHON who surrounded by defenders twisted one way,then another then back again leaving them all sprawled on the deck and rolled the ball home. A terrific goal from the 18 year old who must have added another zero to his transfer value with that finish. Within 3 minutes Turriff pulled one back from a free kick 22 yards from goal KNIGHT stepped up to fire a dipping shot over the wall into the top corner. File that one in the “pick at een oot”category for sure. Turriff went in search of an equaliser but left the “stable door” open and JAMES McMAHON took full advantage to race clear from the halfway line and score past the advancing keeper. Alex McMahon suffered a “calf” injury and was replaced by Ryan McRae then Russel McPhee who had a “barn” storming game in mid-field was left feeling “sheepish”when he shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Dale wrapped up the points right at the end when Mark Robb broke away and unselfishly passed for JAMES McMAHON to claim his hat-trick.
A great 3 points for Glendale from a difficult venue no wonder the players looked as happy as a landlord who just heard his rates bill had been capped by a caring and compassionate Scottish Government!
A McMahon Reith Wright C McRae
Pirie Innes McPhee Buchan
J McMahon m.o.m Lechner