Glendale welcomed Ellon Thistle to Maryculter in a league game that Dale were desperate to win and end a difficult spell where wins have been hard to come by. Mark Robb was back from holiday to reclaim his place upfront and he was joined by Neil Innes to give Glendale’s front line a combined age of 72 against a youthful looking Ellon side. Before the start their was a warm round of applause from the home support as former fans favourite Graeme Oag , back home for the weekend,took his seat in the stand.
Ellon kicked off and enjoyed good possession in the early exchanges and had the 1st chance in 5 minutes when Cassie beat the offside trap but his touch took him away from goal and the Dale defence managed to recover and crowd him out. Glendale gradually worked their way into the game and should have went ahead when Neil Innes broke free on the left but his lofted effort slide past the post. Glendale edged ahead on 17 minutes when from a Callum Sutherland corner on the left NEIL INNES timed his run to the near post and glanced a header goalwards which eventually crept over the line. The Goal set Ellon back and Glendale looked more comfortable as the half progressed and at half time few would argue that the result was about right on the balance of play H.T 1-0
The 2nd half saw Ellon almost equalise when a cross from Misacas saw Moffat at the near post glance a header just wide from then on Glendale pressed forward to get the all important 2nd goal and Robb should have done better when through but his effort looked as convincing as a speech by Teresa May as he stumbled and stuttered in front of goal before being crowded out. Glendale were awarded a controversial penalty on 63 minutes when Robb was tackled from behind it looked like the defender got the ball but the Ref thought otherwise and pointed to the spot and maybe justice was done as Craig McRae’s effort was brilliantly saved by Adamson. 2 minutes later Glendale eventually got the goal to give them some breathing space with the move of the match when Robb picked up the ball on the half way line and played it wide to Innes who in turn found ALLY BLACK who cut in from the right and fired a daisy cutter across the bows of Adamson and in off the far post. Substitutes Chris Smith and Ewan McRae could well have added to the scoreline but at the end of the day it was not to matter as Glendale had done enough to claim all 3 points.
M.O.M Ross Yule.
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