Glendale scrambled together a team for the last game of the season against champions elect Insch at Maryculter last night and took the plaudits for a gusty performance and a well earned draw.
With a number of players missing Dale were grateful Connor Pirie made a mad dash back from Manchester to start while David Summers was dragged kicking and screaming from his X box to give a decent performance at left back. Craig McRae moved into centre defence to provide a formidable partnership with the outstanding Alex McMahon. James McMahon dropped back into mid field while Andy “Pedro” Noble came out of retirement to start up front, Dale’s cause was not helped by Danny Lechner’s Sat Nav taking him ALL the way out to Insch when of course the game was at Maryculter Doh!
Insch were gunning for revenge as Glendale had already beat them this season and unsurprisingly were on top from the start. Things looked bleak for the make shift Glendale team as Insch scored in only 8 minutes. A ball to the back post saw MUNRO out muscle Summers and lash the ball beyond Derek McKenzie. Only a superb last ditch tackle from A McMahon prevented Insch going futher ahead but a deep left footed cross from Summers gave Pedro Noble a sniff but he headed wide. Mark Robb fired in a shot which was turned away as Glendale settled and were now keeping Insch at bay although the visitors always looked dangerous and the half time whistle came as a relief to the overworked Dale mid field and defence. H.T.1-0
Lechner replaced the injured Cammy Willox and as the temper’s began to flare Yellow cards were issued and at times this seemed lenient,the colour Red would not have gone amiss for some poor tackles in what was becoming a highly competitive game. McKenzie pulled off a great diving save to deny Naysmith while long range efforts from Robb and Noble kept Hood in the Insch goal on his toes, On 75 minutes Glendale scored and deservedly drew level and it was a goal worth waiting for. Pirie started it off with a mazy run from his own half and just managed to find James McMahon who in turn played in Robb who held off a robust challenge to cross for CHRIS SMITH to head back across the keeper and into the net, Great goal. Insch’s left back Smith was injured in the lead up to the goal and suffered a dislocated shoulder and had to be helped off the field in some agony.
Right at the end Insch must have thought they had won it as the ball dropped on the 6 yard line to Substitute Wilson who lashed it at goal only for McKenzie to fling himself to his left and extend his considerable stomach muscles to their max and block the shot on the line.
Insch have been by far and away the most consistent team in the league as winners of the title and Divisional Cup prove beyond doubt and for Glendale to take 4 points off them this season is creditable. It just makes one wonder what might have been if only the players would have shown more commitment to their football throughout the campaign?
M.O.M Derek McKenzie
Pirie A McMahon C McRae Summers
J McMahon Thomson Willox Smith
|Michael Thomson||Yellow Card|
|Craig McRae||Yellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|