Glendale’s faint promotion hopes evaporated in the Maryculter sunshine as they fought out a 2-2 draw against lowly Blackburn on Saturday.
With Dale’s resources again stretched Ross Yule made a welcome appearance back in the side while Ewan McRae was given a long overdue start up front but it was the visitors, Desperate for points to take them clear of the bottom who began with intent and it was clear Ishaq on the wing was going to be a danger if given time and space on the ball.His first run had Dale in a panic and Jonny Reith had to hack the ball off the line to prevent a goal. On 11 minutes Blackburn were rewarded for a positive start when they went ahead,Ishaq switched wings and flicked on a cross for MURRAY who had timed his run into the box to strike a firm shot well out of the reach of McKenzie. Dale’s response was an effort from the industrious Mark Robb which flew over the bar after good link up play from Ewan McRae and moments later Robb drew the save of the game from McLeron. Cutting in from the right Robb could not have struck his shot any better only for McLernon to dive full length and scoop the ball up and over the bar. Mclernon saved again rushing from his line to once again deny Robb . He was finally beaten however just before the break when Danny Lechner and E McRae exchanged passes and from the edge of the box DANNY LECHNER let rip and the ball flew into the net. In general it was Blackburn who were on the front foot during the first half and they also passed up a number of chances in an open first half H.T 1-1.
Glendale improved in the opening period of the 2nd half and it was they who were enjoying more of the possession and on the hour mark went ahead when from Lechner’s corner RYAN McRAE lost his marker to glance a header goalwards which went in off a defender. Blackburn were beginning to tire and Glendale were desperate for a third to put the game to bed and were made to pay for not doing so as Blackburn equalised. A corner by Murray bobbled about the box and ISHAQ back headed past a startled McKenzie. McKenzie then denied Ishaq a 2nd with a brave dive at the attacker’s feet as the game deteriorated into a kick and rush it was substitute Pedro Noble who almost won it for the Dale as his long range effort dropped just over the bar.
M.O.M Mark Robb
|Mark Robb||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|