Glendale faced a make or break match against an experienced Cove Thistle at sun kissed Maryculter on Saturday. Cove are in danger of running away with the league and after the debacle of the week before against Granite City Dale knew they had to collect full points to pull Cove back into sight.
Cove opened on the front foot and never really lost a grip of the game throughout the 90 minutes. the first chance fell to the visitors in 5 minutes when Thom drifted in on the blind side to flick a diving header goalwards but Stewart Muirhead flung himself to his left to produce a fine save. Next only a terrific last minute challenge by Cammy Willox on Buchan who was about to pull the trigger prevented a certain goal. Glendale’s response came from a free kick by Cammy Wright which slid past the post with Harcus scrambling across his line. Cove were moving the ball about well but the Dale defence refused to retreat too deep with Alex McMahon and Neil Innes in fine form. Mark Robb got away from Fettes but was pulled back with a yellow card shown to the Cove defender. Glendale’s best hope came via Graeme Ogg down the left,who although still not fully fit following his recent injury was showing signs of getting back to his best but as the half came to a close with Cove on top it was not a classic but both teams were at least trying to get the ball down and play football. H.T 0-0.
The 2nd half followed the same pattern with Cove pressing relentlessly and Glendale defending stoutly and it became clear either a moment of brilliance or a mistake or a slice of luck for one team could decide this game and it was the latter which was to prove to be the case. There appeared little danger as CHRIS MANN picked up the ball wide right about 30 yards from goal but his deep cross evaded everyone to smack off the inside of the post and nestle in the net. Glendale’s response was to push Innes forward and he created a chance which Lewis Brown had a fresh air swipe at with Oag following up and firing wide. Cove shut up shop there after but were almost made to pay for not killing off the game right at the end when James McMahon had a clear chance to score but shot high and wide.