After a successful Preseason showing, Johner travelled up to Alford for their first league game of the season.
Seriously depleted for various reasons including suspensions, work commitments, injuries and holidays, the away team could only name the bare eleven on the team lines - 2 of whom were Trialists.
Johnshaven should have really taken the lead in the 15th minute when Bruce sent MacLaren one on one with the keeper and the midfielder tried to dink the ball over the keeper, when it appeared easier to place it either side of the shot stopper, and the effort guided over the bar.
Debutant Findlater in the goals was quick off his line to thwart an Alford striker who broke the offside trap well.
Johner did take the lead in the 30th minute when a Dundas corner was knocked back by R. Blease and Nayland MacLaren blasted the ball past the helpless keeper into the roof of the net. 1-0
Half Time Score 0-1
In the 58th minute R. Blease cleverly flicked the ball through the on running Smith but his shot was well saved the Alford keeper.
Johner doubled their lead on the hour mark. Trialist B played a through ball into Ross Blease who made no mistake in slotting the ball past the keeper with his left foot.
Almost immediately Alford got a goal back when a player was on hand to finish off a dangerous cross produced by their winger. .
In the 75th minute Robert Tringham took a throw in to Trialist B who laid the ball back to the thrower, who then curled in a sublime effort into the top corner to give Johnshaven a cushion again.
With just 2 minutes left Alford got a goal back after a near post header was not dealt with by the Johnshaven defence. Just when the away outfit thought it was going to be ‘squeaky bum time’ for the small remainder of the match.
Robert Tringham shot straight from kick off and evaded the confused goalkeeper as the ball hit the back of the net and sparked wild celebration with the sheer audacity of the effort.
Final Score 2-4
Man of the Match- Robert Tringham
Team: Kieran Findlater, Kevin Bruce, Jack Dalgarno, Steven Scott, Trialist, Robert Tringham, Leon Dundas, Nayland MacLaren, Trialist, Ross Blease & Steven Smith.