Fastest ever hat-trick for Smith?

Johnshaven 5

Glendale XI 2

JOHNSHAVEN welcomed Glendale XI last Monday, looking for full points.

Wairds Park witnessed the quickest hat-trick to be scored there, and arguably one of the quickest to be scored in amateur football.

In the second minute Johnshaven took the lead when R. Blease chipped the ball over the defence and Steven SMITH finished off superbly on the half volley.

A couple minutes later a Rausch corner was headed out by a defender, but the ball broke kindly to Steven SMITH whose powerful strike beat the goalkeeper.

The young Johnshaven winger completed his hat-trick after just seven minutes on the clock. A long kick from ‘keeper for the day S. Stephen was headed on by Paton and Steven SMITH blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a few yards out.

Johnshaven were perhaps guilty of taking their foot of the gas, although they had an excellent chance to extend their lead after Paton rounded the ‘keeper but was thwarted by a bobble on the park.

Glendale XI pulled a goal back after a fantastic strike from 30 yards out found the top corner.

Johnshaven immediately restored their three-goal cushion when Lee PATON had the simplest of tap-ins.

The visitors pulled a goal back just before half time when another long range effort found the roof of the net.

Half-time: Johnshaven 4, Glendale XI 2.

Johner started brightly and Paton knocked the ball on to S. Blease who looked set to score into an empty net only for a defender to brilliantly block on the line.

R. Blease played a great through ball into Scott BEEDIE who made no mistake in chipping the ‘keeper into the empty net.

With one eye on a hectic fixture congestion manager Williams rested some of his key players as Smith, Scott Beedie, S. Blease, Leven and Paton were replaced by R. Tringham, Stuart Beedie, C. MacLaren, Comiskey and Stephen Scott.

Comiskey had the ball in the net in the closing stages but the whistle had already been blown.

Team: Stephen Stephen, Leven (Comiskey), Slavin, R. Blease, Steven Scott, A. Tringham, S. Blease (MacLaren), Rausch, Scott Beedie (Stephen Scott), Paton (Stuart Beedie) and Smith (R. Tringham).

Man-of-the-match: Lee Paton.