Johnshaven edge Granite City

Johnshaven made it three wins in four after a great result against promotion

chasing Granite

City.

Granite had previously beaten the home team convincingly on two occasions this season already but a new look Johnner team showed no fear and came out on top.

Johnshaven welcomed trialist Lewis Dunn into the starting 11 along with captain Stevie Scott and Jordan Harrison, both returning after missing out last weekend owingto work commitments.

The Wairds Park outfit were dominant in the first quarter of the match. Bailey had the better of his man out wide and won free kick after free kick in the opening exchanges. Dunn’s opening free kick just failed to find the head of Ross Blease and his second was played into the danger area but a defender just cleared as Scott Beedie lurked at the back post.

After 10 minutes, Keogh made a powerful run through the middle and found Beedie but the striker could only blast his shot wide.

On 15 minute,s the home team did take the lead. After Bailey enticed a foul on the edge of the box, Smith whipped in a great ball which was met by Matthew KEOGH who bulleted his header home.

In-form right back Dalgarno made a great run down the right and cut inside on his left but dragged his shot wide of the post.

Harrison made a great challenge to dispose of an away player then made a surging run before finding Beedie but the striker’s first time left footed shot was saved very well by the keeper’s legs.

With regular keeper Scott Spink unavailable on the day, outfield player Shaun Blease was put in goals. And the stand-in stopper came out brilliantly to thwart an attacker when he was homing in on goal.

Granite were starting to come into the game a lot more though and, after a striker found himself in on goal, he rounded keeper Blease and slotted home.

Beedie played a one-two with Dunn who found Bailey, he in turn passed back into Scott but his shot was cleared off line in what would have been a great goal.

ranite gave a reminder of why they were flying do high in the league when a player flew down the right wing before unleashing a thunder strike which came crashing back off the post to the relief of the home team.

HT: 1-1

Johnshaven were given a huge boost 10minutes into the second half when a Granite City player was sent off.

Acouple minutes later, Jonner re-took the lead when a fantastic drilled cross from Calder found Steven SMITH who showed great composure to guide the ball home.

ohnshaven were guilty at this stage being a goal and a man up of switching off and within seconds of the restart the away team had scored after a quick move found a striker in on goal who slotted past Blease in goals.

Johnner made their first change after 65 minutes when Mallie replaced Keogh.

Just a minute later, Granite had taken the lead after a Johnshaven player fouled an attacker in the box. The penalty taker smashed the ball home to give the home keeper no chance.

The red card of the referee was out again when another Granite City player was sent off. Johnshaven made their superior numerical advantage count and Lewis Dunn lofted in a free kick from 30 yards out that evaded everyone to find the top corner.

Couineaux Rice and Spink replaced Bailey and Harrison after 75 minutes.

The fresh legs both combined five minutes later before they laid the ball across the edge of the box to Lewis Dunn who steered the ball into the bottom corner with a shot from the outside of his boot. Stuart Beedie replaced Calder with five minutes left. He almost had an instant impact when he chased down a through ball but the keeper came out to thwart the nippy attacker.

Despite having an extra two men in the final stages, the home team were still up against it as Granite showed their class and pushed for an equaliser, but some heroic defending from Ross Blease and Steven Scott at the back kept their chances to a minimum and Shaun Blease did great to come out a couple times bravely to gather the ball.

A superb three points for Johnner that edge them further away from the drop zone.

Man of the match - trialist Lewis Dunn

Team: Shaun Beedie, Jack Dalgarno, Dale Calder (Stuart Beedie), Matthew Keogh (Daniel Mallie), Ross Blease, Steven Scott, Liam Bailey (Yan Couineaux-Rice), Trialist Lewis Dunn, Scott Beedie, Jordan Harrison (Cameron Spink) & Steven Smith Sub: Lachlan Craig