Glendale were on their travel’s once more this time to Blackburn and had to settle for a point in a match which was full of endeavour but lacking in the finer moments of the game.
Blackburn almost scored in the 1st minute when Craig McRae lost possession from the kick off and when the ball was played into the Dale box it broke for Watson and his net bound shot brought a fantastic save from Derek McKenzie who finger tipped the ball over the bar. Dale’s response was a curling effort from Connor Pirie which was easily gathered by McLernon. On 16 minutes Blackburn opened the scoring when with the Dale defence in disarray MILNE was left with the simple task of scoring from 6 yards. Within 2 minutes Glendale were level when the Blackburn defence parted like the Red Sea and JAMES McMAHON read the situation and was on it in a flash to round the Keeper and score from an acute angle. Glendale had a number of free kicks awarded to them in dangerous position’s but were wasteful on each occasion. Neither side was giving an inch with tackles flying in but at last Glendale managed to string a couple of passes together allowing J McMahon space down the right and his cross met by Mark Robb and his flying header just cleared the bar. H.T.1-1.
Their was no let up in the pace in the 2nd half as both teams went at each other and by this time the ball was Black and Blue with the hammering it was getting but on the hour mark Glendale edged ahead when R Cameron brought down J McMahon as he broke into the box and McMAHON picked himself up and did the needful from the spot. Glendale should have shut up shop at this point but gave away cheap possession from a throw in deep in the Blackburn half allowing A CAMERON to break forward and although Alex McMahon made a tackle the ball cannoned back off the forward and looped over the stranded McKenzie to bring the teams level again. Substitute Russel MacPhee almost won it for Dale at the end with a brilliant shot from 25 yards but McLernon produced the save of the game to claw the ball over his cross bar.
A point which takes Glendale back to the top of the table although they were not anywhere near their best. After the game Police Scotland confirmed a report would be sent to the Procurator Fiscal as they confirmed the match ball had been found to have been battered to death!
|Mark Robb||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|