Player shortage hits Johnshaven

Haliburton 3 Johnshaven Athletic 1

JOHNSHAVEN travelled last Saturday to Lawsondale Playing Fields at Westhill to play Haliburton in the quarter-final of their own Division Cup with only 12 players available for selection.

In the opening minutes Haliburton hit a blistering shot narrowly past the post.

In 10 minutes a Haliburton indirect free kick was played into the penalty box where a player ran in and headed into the top right-hand corner to give them the lead.

A shot for Johnshaven by Scott was partially blocked by a Haliburton defender. Haggart ran down the ball but the Haliburton ‘keeper ran out to the edge of his box and claimed it.

Scott Beedie sent in an angled cross, which his brother Stuart chased but yet again the Haliburton ‘keeper denied Johnshaven.

In the 32nd minute a long Haliburton throw-in found one of their players who drilled the ball low into the bottom right hand corner to double his side’s lead.

Minutes later a 20-yard powerful shot from Scott Beedie went straight to the home ‘keeper.

Just before half-time R. Blease twice came to Johnshaven’s rescue. First he blocked and then he headed clear the resulting corner.

Half-time: Haliburton 2, Johnshaven 1.

Johnshaven made tactical changes to improve their performance. In the opening minute Haliburton had a shot at goal which Smith cleared off the line.

Replying, Johnshaven attacked up the right wing. The ball was played to R. Blease who pushed wide to Jack Dalgarno. He hit the shot on the turn to put Johnshaven back in the game.

Minutes later, and against the run of play, a defensive error allowed Haliburton a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that beat the diving Johnshaven ‘keeper MacLean.

In the 67th minute a Johnshaven direct free kick by Tringham from 25 yards went through the Haliburton defensive wall but their ‘keeper held.

In the final 10 minutes Stephen went on a fine solo run up the right wing, skinning his man before putting in a cross which Haliburton got to just before Blease had a chance to shoot at goal.

‘Keeper MacLean had a couple of good saves to prevent Haliburton increasing the scoreline.

In the dying minutes R. Blease found himself in a one-on-one with the Haliburton ‘keeper. He pushed the ball past the ‘keeper and looked to have been impeded but the referee awarded a goal kick.

Team: MacLean, Stephen, Dalgarno, Scott, Blease, Haggart, Hector, Scott Beedie, Smith, Tringham and Stuart Beedie. Substitute: Stephen.