Glendale traveled the short distance to Rubislaw to face West End in a league game which was played in a typical Scottish Summer’s day. The game kicked off in brilliant sunshine although a cold stiff breeze was blowing down the pitch and 5 minutes into the game a hailstorm had the away fans rushing for the enclosure leaving a few hardy soul’s on the touchline to brave the elements!
Dale had Alex Henderson back in goal to replace Stewart Muirhead and recent signings Cammy Willox and Ally Black were handed important roles in the middle of the park, All three acquitted themselves well with Black in particular impressing in the 1st half.
The match also had significance for Ryan McRae, Who’s excellent form of late had seen him pick up 3 man of the match awards on the bounce and needed one more to equal the record of 4 on the trot held by Gary Mullen from season 2001-02. McRae and John Cameron strolled through the game in the first half with good use of the ball from the back but Dale struggled to produce anything of note with Black wasting the best chance of the half as he again broke up play in mid field and bore in on goal but his effort was high and wide and the half time whistle came as a relief with neither side looking capable of making a breakthrough. H.T 0-0.
The game badly needed a goal and an uncharacteristic mistake from McRae was to hand West End the lead. As Dale appealed for a foul on the half way line West End played to the whistle to send the ball forward ,McRae was short with his headed back pass and JAMES FETTES nipped in ,twisted inside and thumped home from 12 yards giving Henderson no chance. Dale huffed and puffed but were struggling and needed a “helping hand” as they were gifted the equaliser. Having won a corner on the right DANNY LECHNER swung in the kick which held up in the air and O’Rourke could only palm the ball into the net with ball just crossing the line. The “Dubious goals panel ” later confirmed it was Lechner’s goal.
Maddox almost put West End back in front but Henderson produced a fine save and deep in injury time just as it looked as if would finish in a draw Callum Robertson burst along the bye line only to be upended with a crude challenge,It looked to many as if it had occurred inside the box but a free kick was awarded right on the edge much to Dale’s frustration however justice was seen to be done when from Lechner’s free kick the ball landed at JAMES McMAHON’s feet and he swivelled to fire a shot into the top corner to secure the point’s. A dramatic end to a turbulent week!