GLENDALE YOUTH 5 - POSTAL ALC 0
TEAM - 1. R.LAING. 2. S.CARTER. 3. L.MACKIE. 4. S.CLARKE. 5. B.PATTERSON. 6. M.MACIVER. 7. S.URE. 8. A.TAYLOR. 9. R.INSCH. 10. L.BEATTIE. 11. C.MCANESPIE. 12. P.COUTTS. 14. N.SUMMERS. 15. C.SHIELS. 16. C.COOK. 17. S.STUART.
Postal arrived at Hazlehead on Saturday with a full squad and full of confidence from their win the previous Saturday. With Steer, Law and Roberston pulling out of the squad, Postal welcomed back Taylor, Beattie and Clarke into the starting 11.
Postal had a nightmare start, though, when they conceded only 3 minutes into the match. A simple enough ball down the Postal right was allowed to be cut across from the byeline unchallenged. Ure had a fresh air swipe at the front post when trying to clear and when the ball dropped to the unmarked Youth player on the 6 yard line, he made no mistake to score the opener. Really poor defensivly so early in the match. 1-0.
Postal had a decent chance to equalise on 8 minutes when an Insch header from a throwin was sent over the keeper's head but it hit the bar and away to safety with nobody following in.
Postal were putting together some good passing combinations in the first half and nearly scored again when some good build up work saw the ball sent through to Insch but his shot went wide of the post.
Glendale doubled their lead on 18 minutes. A weak defensive header from Postal was headed directly into the path of a Glendale midfielder who hit a great shot from long distance past Laing in goal. Very good goal but poor clearing header and from that distance question marks about the goalkeeper. 2-0.
Postal were probably still the better of the two sides in the first half despite being two down and had another half chance on 26 minutes when a Ure long range shot was saved by the Youth keeper.
Miss of the first half came on 37 minutes. McAnespie did well to work himself into a position where he had only the keeper to beat from 6 yards out on the Postal left. With the goal gaping, the shot hit the post and rebounded to safety.
Postal got a let off just after this when a through ball into the Postal box saw captain Patterson make a ridiculous sliding challenge in his own box. Definate penalty and lucky not to be red carded. Luckily for Postal the Glendale taker hit the bar.
HALF TIME - GLENDALE YOUTH 2 - POSTAL ALC 0.
If the first half was somewhat unfortunate, the second half was a nightmare all round. None of the good football played in the first half was evident and Postal let Glendale dominate them from start to finish.
The half was only 5 minutes old when the, all important, 3rd goal was scored and it was Glendale who increased their lead. Carter misjudged a simple enough looking ball on the Postal right and the Youth forward had all the time in the world to run in on goal and score with ease. No covering Postal defenders anywhere near. 3-0.
That was basically that, for Postal, who, although there was still 40 minute left in the game, obvioulsy decided it was game over and put the tools away. Glendale won most of the 50/50 balls from this point on while the Postal players looked as if they wanted to be anywhere else than at Hazlehead at that point.
Postal put all their forward players on in an effort to get a goal back but it never looked likely with their one real chance coming when Shiels played a ball into the box for the in-running McAnespie but he couldn't get his boot on the pass.
Glendale scored another two late on as Postal abandoned defending completely.
FULL TIME - GLENDALE YOUTH 5 - POSTAL ALC 0.
Man Of The Match - Barry Patterson.
Overall, a bad bad day at the office.
First half, Postal were arguably the better side although defensivly always looked vulnerable and missed chances which should have been dispatched.
Second half was unnacceptable. Effort should have increased, but instead decreased when the 3rd goal went in. Defensive communication all over the place and a Glendale Youth defence who were largely untroubled. Roll on next game to get this out of our system.