Revenge victory for Johnshaven

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Johnshaven gained revenge for their cup semi-final loss a fortnight before when they hosted fellow promotion chasers RGU in the league on December 1.

Johnshaven started brightly and after some great skill from Hood on the left, his deep cross found Shaun Blease but after an excellent touch to control the ball, his shot went narrowly wide.

In the 15th minute after a miss 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 and after some good work from Andrew Tringham to find Rausch, the young starlet released Hood in on goal, but his shot was well saved by the away keeper.

Johnshaven had a keeper who had previously played for them last season as a trialist and he pulled off a great save just before half time to keep the scores level at the break.

Just two minutes into the second half, Johnshaven scored a deserved, though fortunate goal. Lee Hood anticipated a back pass from a defender which was well short to and the striker made no mistake in finishing with a stepover to send the keeper the wrong way before rolling the ball into the empty goal.

In the 55th minute an effort from Smith went just wide of the post with the keeper scrambling.

On the hour mark a deep corner from Rausch was headed wide by Tringham which he felt he maybe should have done better with.

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 Shaun Blease from doubling their lead.

The away team had an opportunity to score with just a couple of minutes 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 trialist keeper was on hand to pull out a great save to ensure his clean sheet and consequently a victory for the home team.

A much needed victory in what was a ‘6 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 as every player showed 100% commitment to the cause in what was one of their best victories to date.

Man of the Match was Andrew Tringham.

Johnshaven: Trialist, Robert Tringham, Jack Dalgarno, Stephen Scott, Ross Blease, Andrew Tringham, Darren Cruickshank (Conal MacLaren), Jordan Rausch, Shaun Blease, Lee Hood (Stuart Beedie), Steven Smith.