Third round of the Association Trophy

Johnshaven Athletic 2

Cowie Thistle 3

Johnshaven took on premier league team Cowie Thistle in the third round of the Association Trophy and nearly scored in the opening stages of the game when a T. Dalgarno cross found Smith but the keeper pulled off a wonder save when he ball seemed destined to find the back of the net.

In the 10th minute, Paton found Beedie but his shot could only hit the side netting.

It was all Johnshaven and when Bruce’s cross was headed back out to him his shot went narrowly wide. Johner were hit with a sucker punch after 21 minutes when the away team scored from their first chance of the game.

After a little confusion from the home team’s defence, their pacey winger was on hand to take advantage as he sped away from his defender and slotted past keeper Findlater to give them a lead.

Half-time score was 0-1, and S. Blease replaced Milne

After 53 minutesk, a Paton corner was headed on by S. Blease to Scott but the skipper could only direct the ball onto the post.

In the 61st minute, the away team doubled their lead. Keeper Findlater initially saved the striker’s shot but he was on hand to slot home the rebound, taking the score to 0-2.

Leven replaced T. Dalgarno, then Johner gave themselves hope after 75 minutes when Paton swung in a free kick from out wide. A Cowie defender looked like he would deal with it but he inadvertently flicked the ball past his helpless goalkeeper. Score 1-2.

Just a couple minutes later, Johner got themselves level after a great passage of play between strikers Paton and S. Blease. Paton chested the ball down and flicked it on to S. Blease who managed to direct it back into his partner’s run and Lee Paton made no mistake in the finish - chipping the keeper from 15 yards out into the roof of the net. 2-2.

Just as Johnshaven looked to have got themselves back in the tie, Cowie’s pacey striker was on hand to take advantage of a defender slipping as he ran in on goal and put them 3-2 ahead.

Johnshaven threw the kitchen sink at Cowie Thistle in the closing stages, and both Slavin and Paton had chances to win it, but it just wasn’t to be.