Glendale crashed out of the AFC Trophy to bottom of the table 2nd Div side University Colts at Balgownie on Saturday in their 1st game of 2018. With A McMahon,Pirie and C McRae all serving one game match bans Dales squad was going to be stretched but with Colts only having 13 players available there can be no excuses for a good opportunity to progress being wasted.
Glendale had a strong 11 starting although in a very unfamiliar set up and started positively enough creating the 1st chance when Ewan McRae brilliantly controlled the ball with his chest laying it off to James McMahon but his fierce drive was palmed away by Stewart. Nugget at left full back was impressing for the students with some sound defending and skillful runs forward and when he was chopped down inside the Dale half by Calum Robertson it was to lead to the opening goal. When the free kick was played in the Dale defence stood rooted and KYLE timed his run to head strongly past Derek McKenzie. Worse was to follow when the Colts were handed a late Christmas present as John Cameron turned a pass back wide of McKenzie and CLARK had the simple task of walking the ball into the unguarded net. Dale tried to respond and 2 efforts by Cammy Wright from long range kept Stewart on his toes but Dale were rocked again just before the break when the Students gave Glendale another lesson on how to score as in a carbon copy of the 1st goal LAING attacked the ball from a free kick to head past McKenzie and put his 3-0 ahead at the break.
Glendale brought on Russel MacPhee for the unfortunate McRae at the break and reverted to a more familiar formation and the combination of the wind now in their favour and University only now playing one up front saw Glendale dominate the 2nd half. Danny Lechner twice went close with low drives across the face of goal and eventually Dales pressure paid of when Cameron and Neil Innes exchanged passes on the edge of the box to set up JAMES McMAHON who drilled a low shot into the corner. Roared on by their fans Dale pushed on and were rewarded when JAMES McMAHON scored again to set up a grand stand finish. With 10 minutes remaining McKenzie injured himself while diving to make a save and after a lengthy delay was helped of the field to be replaced by the legend that is RICHARD FEARN who took over between the sticks for the final few minutes but University held on for a famous victory.
|Neil Innes||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|