Johnshaven Athletic 3, MS United 4
THIS Association Trophy second round tie was one of only three games played last weekend as most of the fixture list was postponed due to bad weather.
From the off Johnshaven had shots from Rausch and Hood which came to nothing.
In the ninth minute some good play by Johnshaven when captain Scott played the ball out wide to Rausch whose cross resulted in a corner which could only be partially cleared by MS. Unfortunately Hood then volleyed over from 12 yards.
In the 11th minute MS were awarded a penalty which sent ‘keeper Smith the wrong way and put them in the lead.
Not long after MS hit Johner on the break but their 35-yard shot went wide.
In the next attack by MS a mix up in defence led to a fluffed kick by ‘keeper Smith and an MS player calmly slotted home to increase their lead to 2-0.
In the 35th minute Beedie was clipped by an MS defender leading to a penalty which Ross Blease stepped up and put past the ‘keeper into the top left of the net to make the score 2-1.
Just before the half-time whistle the ball fell to Ross Blease at the back post for him to drill it past the ‘keeper for the equaliser.
Half-time: Johnshaven Athletic 2, MS United 2.
In the opening minutes off this half a 25-yard shot from R. Blease struck the post to deny him his hat-trick and put Johner in the lead.
The nightmare in defence continued as an MS corner was not cleared and one of their players was on hand to tap home from seven yards to put them back in the lead.
In the 62nd minute Johnshaven made a double substitution when Luke Myers and Stephen Scott were replaced by Grant Philip and Darren Cruickshank.
Johner’s next goal attempt was a 35-yard shot from T. Dalgarno which rattled the MS crossbar.
A good corner from Rausch found Scott Beedie who equalised the score with a clinical header to make it 3-3.
MS could only clear Johnshaven’s next corner as far as Hood whose volley from the edge of the box unluckily hit the bar.
In the 85th minute Rausch was fouled and Johner were awarded a penalty once again R. Blease stepped up but a fine save by the MS ‘keeper denied his hat trick once again.
Just after this a mix up once again in the Johnshaven defence allowed MS to take advantage and put them in the lead 3-4.
In the dying minutes of the game Johnshaven made their last substitution when Kyle Kulinski replaced Jordan Rausch. They were unlucky not to get an equaliser of the game to take them to extra-time when a shot Scott Beedie hit the inside of the post but failed to go in the net.
Team: Matthew Smith, Steven Scott, Lawrence Slavin, Ross Blease, Stephen Scott (Grant Philip), Tom Dalgarno, Jordan Rausch, (Kyle Kulinski), Scott Beedie, Luke Myers (Darren Cruickshank), Lee Hood and Shaun Blease.