With heavy overnight rain causing Granite City’s home pitch at Findon to be unplayable both teams agreed to switch the fixture to Maryculter to allow the game to go ahead. On the back of a few good results and the news that “Indy Ref 2″ was in the offing there was a feel good factor surrounding the Glendale changing room pre kick off as Dale named from an almost full squad.
Both teams took time to settle in a quite opening spell but it was Granite City who drew first blood on 15 minutes when danger man Daniel McMULLAN picked up the ball wide left ,drifted inside and as the Dale defenders backed off McMullan curled a beauty round and into the side netting giving Stewart Muirhead no chance. The best Glendale could muster in reply was a free kick from Darren Buchan which was only inches away from the top corner. But it was that man McMULLAN again on 30 minutes who put his side futher ahead when he pounced inside the penalty box to score past Muirhead as all 4 dale defenders,”Together” blamed each other for allowing the City hitman too much “Freedom”!
Dale replaced the unfortunate Connor Pirie with Mark Robb at the break and the move almost paid dividend when Robb broke free on the right and swung in a deep cross which James McMahon knocked back across goal but Webster hooked his effort away. Dale were out of sorts and struggled to create against a well organised defence and on 60 minutes City all but wrapped up the points when McMULLAN raced through the middle away from Cammy Wright and got in just before the advanclng Muirhead to chip the ball into the empty net. That was the que for the home fans to head for the exits although Dale did rally briefly with Kane forced into action for the 1st time all afternoon with 5 minutes left when he did well to block Robb’s fierce drive.With the Dale management team looking as perplexed as Teresa May trying to explain “Brexit” City scored a 4th when Masson walked the ball along the bye line and squared for substitute ROBERTSON to volley into the empty net and wrap up a convincing victory.
|Craig McRae||Yellow Card|