Great Northern Athletic 1
Johnshaven Athletic 6
Johnshaven travelled up to Hazlehead full of confidence after collecting 3 league wins in a row and they made it number four against 4th placed against Great Northern Athletic (GNA).
Johner nearly took the lead in the first minute when a Smith free kick found Bruce at the back post, the winger for the day headed the ball back across goal and found Captain Scott, but his header went well over the bar.
Keeper Findlater was called into action in the fifth minute when a home striker found himself with a bit of space on the edge of the box, but his shot was pretty routine for the big man in the sticks.
Johnshaven took the lead in the 10th minute - Smith showed great feet taking on no fewer than four men in a small space before laying the ball off to Ross BLEASE who made no mistake in the finish blasting the ball low past the helpless keeper.
MacLaren sent a clever chip over the defence to Blease who cut the ball back to Scott Beedie, but his shot went narrowly wide.
In the 19th minute, GNA had their best move of the match down the left hand side, involving their full back and winger, and when the latter’s cross found the home striker his low shot seemed certain to find the bottom corner of the goal, until the outstretched Findlater pushed it away.
The game became a bit scrappy after this, as neither team could quite find their rhythm and a few soft free kicks appeared to be awarded, which didn’t really let the game flow in the way both sidelines wanted it to. Johnshaven showed the better discipline of the teams though, as two of the home players were booked in quick succession. Johner took advantage of the home team appearing rattled, as a MacLaren through ball found Milne, whose first time shot was saved brilliantly by the keeper but Scott BEEDIE was on hand to finish the rebound.
Johner nearly extended their lead on half time when a Milne corner found Scott, whose overhead kick was cleared off the line by a GNA defender.
Half Time: Great Northern Athletic 0, Johnshaven 2
Just two minutes into the second half, Scott Beedie played a clever back heel into his strike partner Milne, but the young striker’s shot was straight at the keeper.
Against the run of play, GNA grabbed a goal back and got themselves back into the fixture. A good run down the right from their winger resulted in a low cross that found a home player at the back post to finish into the empty net.
GNA sensed it was their opportunity to take the game to Johnshaven, as they were lifted from the goal. They thought they were in on a goal, but before a last ditch, Johnston’s tackle thwarted their striker.
Johnshaven made their first change after 55 minutes, when Robert Tringham replaced Kevin Bruce.
Johnshaven then had a great spell of the match in which they scored three goals in quick succession, to effectively kill the game off.
Firstly, in the 62nd minute a tremendous whipped in ball from Slavin found Steven SMITH at the back post to finish emphatically.
Then a corner from Milne was headed home by Ross BLEASE for his second of the match, before Substitute Robert Tringham’s 35 yard strike came crashing back off the post.
In the 67th minute, in what was a carbon copy of the away teams fourth goal, Milne’s corner was headed home by Ross BLEASE to score his Hat Trick and make the score 5 to 1 to the away team.
Johnshaven made two changes with a third of the half to go when Stuart Beedie and Stephen Stephen replaced Steven Smith and Robert Milne.
With five minutes left, a Stuart Beedie corner found his brother Scott, but the striker’s header went into the ground and bounced up into the keeper’s hands
Stephen won a penalty in the 90th minute, in which the referee adjudged the home defender to have denied a goal scoring opportunity and sent him off. After a lengthy delay, where a few of the home team’s players and sidelines appeared to lose their patience with the referee, Stephen STEPHEN took the penalty himself and sent the keeper the wrong way to put the icing on the score line.
Final Score 1-6
Man of the Match ~ Ross Blease