Cup delight for Johnshaven

Newmachar United 2,

Johnshaven Athletic 4

JOHNSHAVEN made their second trip to Newmachar in three weeks after drawing the home team in the first round of the Aberdeen Trophy Centre White Cup which is for Division 1E only.

After losing their league tie convincingly against the same opposition, it was Johnshaven who made the brighter start and could have been a goal up inside the first two minutes of play.

S. Blease held the ball up well after linking up with MacLaren, he played the ball through to Smith on the wing whose cross met the out-stretched leg of Dundas but he failed to get enough contact on the ball and as S. Blease followed in the shot to score, the referee adjudged him to be offside.

Johnshaven did take the lead in the 27th minute. Hector skinned his man just inside the box and as he was away to unleash a shot he was taken down by a Newmachar player.

Ross BLEASE stepped up to take the penalty and he coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to give the away team a much deserved lead.

The break through seemed to lift Johnshaven even more and they found themselves creating chance after chance to double their lead.

The away team finally did double their advantage in the 35th minute after a Dundas cross was headed into his own goal by a Newmachar defender to make the score 2-0.

The home side then piled on the pressure to try to get a goal back before half time and as they pushed numbers forward they left themselves exposed at the back.

In the 39th minute a quick throw out from ‘keeper MacLean found S. Blease in the middle of the park who turned his man and started to drive at the Newmachar defence.

He picked out a delightful through ball to Steven SMITH on the left whose pace gave him a one-on-one opportunity against the goalkeeper and he coolly slotted it into the bottom right corner to give Johnshaven a comfortable lead at half time.

In the 76th minute, Johnshaven conceded a penalty after R. Blease was harshly adjudged to have fouled the Newmachar striker.

The penalty sent MacLean the wrong way and all of a sudden the home side were back in the tie.

In the 78th minute Newmachar reduced the deficit to only one goal when the ball fell kindly to their on running midfielder who blasted the ball past MacLean giving him no chance.

In the 89th minute as Newmachar pushed more and more bodies up the pitch in search of an equaliser, Scott Beedie found his brother Stuart with a through ball, as the home ‘keeper came out to reduce the angle.

Stuart rounded him and picked out STEPHEN in the middle who had the simple task of putting the ball into the empty net to ensure Johnshaven ran out victors on the day.

Johnshaven Athletic 4, AC Mill Inn 2

JOHNSHAVEN recorded success earlier in the week last Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over AC Mill Inn.

In the fifth minute a Mill Inn corner was played to the edge of the goal area from where it was headed to the front post where a Mill Inn player out jumped the Johnshaven defence to put them in the lead.

On 15 minutes Dalgarno pushed the ball up to Dundas who fired in a low shot across the box. Shaun BLEASE ran in and nipped in front of the Mill Inn defender to slam the ball home for the equaliser.

Steven SMITH drilled a low shot through a crowded box into the net to put Johnshaven in the lead before half-time but the visitors equalised after the restart.

However further goals from Smith and Shaun Blease put Johnshaven back in the lead as they then cruised to victory.