Johnshaven hosted bottom of the league Banchory knowing a win would seal relegation for the visitors, as well as virtually securing a top half finish themselves.
Johnshaven fielded an attacking line-up, with McKellar and Hood up front, along with in-form wingers David Beedie and Smith, but it was Scott Beedie in centre midfield who grabbed the headlines.
In the 7th minute Johnshaven nearly took the lead when a McKellar cross found Mennie but the big defender could only head over.
The homesters suffered a huge setback when Crawford was caught late by a Banchory midfielder and was replaced by Steven Scott.
On the quarter-hour McKellar crossed for S. BEEDIE who headed home.
In the 25th minute McKellar linked up brilliantly with Hood, and as Hood scuffed his effort, S. SMITH was on hand to blast into the top corner.
Just on the stroke of half-time D. Beedie beat two players and as he faked a shot, slipped in S. SMITH who scored his second with a low shot.
Half-time: Johnshaven 3, Banchory 0.
Almost immediately S. BEEDIE chipped the ‘keeper from 20 yards.
In the 56th minute a S. Beedie shot was saved but not gathered and HOOD was on hand to score his first goal for the club.
Johnshaven made their second substitution when Slavin replaced Mennie and with 20 minutes to play Stephen came on for McKeller.
In the 75th minute after a quick breakaway Hood cut back to S. BEEDIE who blasted home with his left foot for a hat-trick.
S. Beedie returned the favour with an inch-perfect ball to HOOD, who used his pace to pass one defender who tried to wrestle him to the ground. The striker showed great strength in staying on his feet, rounding the ‘keeper and stroking the ball into the empty net.
Johnshaven made it eight just before full time when Lawrence crossed for Stephen, who brilliantly dummied the ball for S. BEEDIE who then blasted the ball home with the outside of his boot in-off the back post.
Unfortunately, Crawford’s injury was later confirmed as high-grade ligament damage.
Team: Matthew Smith, Mennie (Slavin), Dalgarno, Ross Blease, Tringham, Crawford (Steven Scott), David Beedie, Scott Beedie, McKellar (Stephen Stephen), Hood and Steven Smith.
Man of the match: Lee Hood.