Frustrating defeat as Johnner pay the penalty

Johnshaven travelled with a full squad to choose from, and were quietly optimistic after a winter break for victory in this relegation

They dominated early possession but could not turn their good play into any really clear-cut chances.

Forbes had a shot just inside the box screw wide, after good play from Bailey, and S. Blease had a bullet header beat the ‘keeper, but the referee decided it hadn’t crossed the line, much to the frustration of the away team.

Half-time: Great Western United 0, Johnshaven 0.

Early into the second half, Johnshaven conceded when a player found himself in space, beat two defenders and unleashed a powerful shot inside the post, to give trialist ‘keeper Jamieson no chance.

Johnner made a flurry of substitutions as Cruickshank, Couineaux-Rice, Bell, Smith and Simpson all came on, and the side switched to a more attacking 3-4-3.

Although looking vulnerable on the break, the away team created openings and had strikes through R. Blease, Couineaux-Rice, Smith and Bailey but all were either straight at the ‘keeper or wide of the target.

After 80 minutes, the home team were reduced to 10 men and the visitors almost immediately earned a penalty, when Smith was fouled in the box. R. Blease stepped up from 12 yards, but the ‘keeper got down brilliantly to push it wide.

As Johnner threw everything forward, trying to get an equalising goal, Great Western caught them on the break. Their striker managed to intercept a back pass and slot into the net.

Man of the Match: Matthew Keogh.

Johnshaven: Trialist, Jack Dalgarno, Steven Scott, James Mennie, Dale Calder, Darren Forbes, Ross Blease Matthew Keogh, Liam Bailey, Scott Beedie, Shaun Blease. Substitutes (all used): Graham Bell, Darren Cruickshank, Yan Couineaux-Rice, Derry Simpson and Steven Smith.