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Glendale XI 6 – 2 Mugiemoss Youth

Division Two (East) at Sheddocksley on Saturday 7th April

Report by Scott McPherson

A fluent and vibrant Glendale XI side were too good for Mugiemoss Youth as they out played their opponents to record a convincing 6-2 victory.

The gaps appeared in the Muggiemoss defence very early on with almost every through ball presenting Glendale with a free shot at William Hanratty’s goal. The home side were playing with a freedom as only a team with nothing to play for could. Their front four of Banks, Murray, Strachan and Burns were hugely influential and they had each missed openings before they eventually did take the lead.

A mix up between Mugiemoss ‘keeper Hanratty and defender Andrew McKenzie led to Glendale earning their first penalty of the game. Their mix up presented the ball to Burns who rounded Hanratty before squaring the ball to striker Burns whose goal bound effort was cleared off the line by the hand of defender McKenzie.

Everyone expected a red card to follow but that did not materialise, the referee taking a lenient view so early on in the game. Burns himself stepped up to nervously trundle the ball to the left of the goalkeeper, not the in the corner but it creeped past Hanratty.

The Mugiemoss ‘keeper was involved throughout keeping Glendale at bay as his defence went missing. Just as the away side looked to be settling themselves down, Glendale struck to gain a deserved two goal cushion. Frank Burns had all the time in the world on the edge of the box to roll the ball wide to Darren Banks who closed in on goal before curling the ball into the opposite top corner.

Glendale scored their third shortly after again coming up their right hand side. Sean Strachan this time got on the score sheet cutting in from the right before stroking the ball through the ‘keeper, unchallenged on the corner of the six yard box.

Three quickly became four as Glendale were awarded another penalty kick. Striker Murray rounded the goalkeeper for the umpteenth time before being brought down, Hanratty was only booked as Murray was going away from goal.

On his birthday, Glendale ‘keeper and captain Douglas Gordon stepped up and confidently passed the ball into the corner as if he were an outfield player.

Just before half-time it was 5-0. Initially, Hanratty again denied Burns but the ball fell back to him and he had the composure to pick out Darren Banks who slotted past two covering defenders on the line from 10 yards.

Half-time: 5 – 0

The second half started with the same rhythm of the first. Glendale continued to carve Mugiemoss open but were sloppy in front of goal. Murray, Burns and Smith all guilty of casual finishing. Until, they were given another helping hand by Mugiemoss.

Some of the most inexplicable defending ever seen resulted in another penalty for Glendale! Murray’s chipped cross was very intentionally palmed away by substitute Lewis Crawford who even had the brass to argue the decision.

This time midfielder Andy Murray took the responsibility and he drove the ball low straight down the middle but was denied by the leg of the determined Hanratty.

Mugiemoss did grab a consolation goal 15 minutes from time. A flighted corner deceived goal scorer Gordon and striker John Lamont was well placed to nod in from a couple of yards.

Just as Mugiemoss were done celebrating they were at sixes and sevens at the back again. One floated ball over the top sent striker David Murray clear who bent the ball around the ‘keeper and in off the post while Mugiemoss argued amongst themselves.

However, it would be the away side that finished the scoring. Another long throw by Captain Leighton Rafferty finally paid dividends after a combination of striker Lamont and defender bundled it in. Judging by the lack of celebration, the last touch must have come from a Glendale defender.

Full Time: 6 – 2

Glendale produced a spectacular first half attacking display with a number of their more talented players being given a license to express themselves. However, you have to take the calibre of opposition into account as Mugiemoss just weren’t at the races. Credit to them though, after a dismal first half performance, they did go on to win the second half.