Johnner not disheartened

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Johnner met high flying Premier league outfit MS United in the second round of the Association Trophy missing a host of regulars due to injuries, holidays and work commitments.

Of the 13 named players, six were under 18, one being Jordan Harrison who made his debut for the club after leaving Brechin Vics.

The wind was always going to play a big part in the fixture and Johnshaven had the advantage in the first period.

They came out the blocks quickly and MacLaren was first to test the keeper from long range. A couple minutes later a Smith free kick flew narrowly over the bar.

The home team took a deserved lead after 25 minutes when the penetrating run from full back Dalgarno found Ross BLEASE who took a touch then slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

Johnner almost doubled their lead instantly when Cameron Spink played a great 1-2 with Blease but the ‘keeper came out to thwart the attacking midfielder.

MS United had their first real chance of the game on 35 minutes from a corner but Mennie was on hand to clear an effort on the line.

Disaster struck just before half time when debutant Harrison made a last ditch tackle in an attempt to stop the attacker scoring a certain goal. The referee deemed it illegal and gave the unlucky centre half his marching orders. The same opposing player brushed himself down to take the spot kick himself and slotted it past stand-in ‘keeper Stevie Scott.

Half-time: Johnshaven 1, 
MS United 1.

Johnshaven were forced into their first sub during half time when Forbes revealed he had injured his ankle. Couineaux-Rice came on in a straight swap.

The Wairds Park outfit knew they were up against it in the second half and managed to contain and frustrate the visitors for 20 minutes before losing the lead with a huge slice of misfortune. A misplaced pass deceived everyone and found a player to finish with aplomb.

Luck was just not on Johnner’s side, and an attacker scored from a scramble following a corner to increase the away team’s lead.

Docherty then replaced Spink.

MS United scored a couple more near the end to put the gloss on the scoreline, the first being an effort from just outside the box, and the last being a fine finish.

The players can be proud of their efforts despite the scoreline when they battled hard being a man down for the majority of the match against a very good premier league team.

Johnshaven: Steven Scott, Jack Dalgarno, Steven Smith, Matthew Keogh, Jordan Harrison, James Mennie, Darren Forbes (Yan Couineaux-Rice), Nayland MacLaren, Logan Sword, Ross Blease and Cameron Spink (Jay Docherty)

Training this week is on Thursday due to a number of players not being available to train on Wednesday. It’s 6.30 p.m. in Johnshaven or meet at the Black Horse at 6.10 for a lift.