Johnshaven 1 RGU 0
Johnshaven gained revenge from their semi-final loss a fortnight previously, when they entertained fellow promotion chasers RGU in the league.
The home side started brightly and, after some great skilful play from Hood on the left, his deep cross found S. Blease. However, after an excellent touch to control the ball, his shot went narrowly wide of target.
In the 15th minute, after a mis-kick from the away ‘keeper, Smith was unfortunate to not catch him off his line as his 40-yard speculative effort sailed just wide.
Johnshaven were now controlling the game in the middle of the field.
After some good work from A. Tringham to find Rausch, the young starlet released Hood in on goal, but his effort was frustrated by an excellent save by the away ‘keeper.
Johnshaven had in their line-up a trialist ‘keeper who had previously played for them last season, and he pulled off a great save just before half-time to keep the scores level at the break.
Half-time: Johnshaven 0, RGU 0.
Only two minutes of the second half were on the clock when Johnshaven scored a deserved, although admittedly fortunate, goal.
Lee HOOD anticipated a back pass from a defender which was well short to the ‘keeper and the striker made no mistake in finishing. A step-over sent the ‘keeper the wrong way and he rolled the ball into the empty goal for Johnshaven to take a valuable lead.
In the 55th minute an effort from Smith went just wide of the post with the ‘keeper scrambling to get to the ball.
On the hour-mark a deep corner from Rausch was headed wide by A. Tringham, who may feel that he should have done better.
In the 68th minute C. MacLaren replaced Cruickshank for the home side.
RGU started to commit numbers forward in a bid to find an equaliser, but it was Johner who looked more likely to score on the break, and it was only an excellent last minute block from a defender that stopped S. Blease from doubling their lead.
In the 85th minute Stuart Beedie replaced Hood.
The away team did have a good opportunity to score with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
A midfielder had a strike from the edge of the box that appeared to be sailing into the top corner, but the big Trialist ‘keeper was on hand to pull out a great save to ensure his clean sheet and consequently a victory for the home team.
This was a much-needed victory in what was a ‘six-pointer’ against a strong RGU team.
Johnshaven’s unbeaten league record stretches back to August 15 and they were in no mood to give it up. Every player showed 110 per cent commitment to the cause in what was one of their greatest victories to date.
Man-of-the-match: Andrew Tringham.
Team: Trialist, Robert Tringham, Jack Dalgarno, Stephen Scott, Ross Blease, Andrew Tringham, Darren Cruickshank (Conal MacLaren), Jordan Rausch, Shaun Blease, Lee Hood (Stuart Beedie) and Steven Smith.
Match sponsor: Emslie S. Collier Funeral Director Montrose.