Tigers battle back after Crawford double
9:24pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
Johnston 2-2 Goodwick United
A LATE own goal from skipper Wayne O’Sullivan denied Goodwick all three points after they had led 2-0 at Glebelands.
With the game goalless at half time, the visitors took control with two superb strikes from Scott Crawford, but a Nicky Woodrow header brought the Tigers back into it before substitute Ben Skudder saw his low cross deflected in off the unlucky O’Sulllivan.
Steve Blackford’s men came to Glebelands with a 100% record from their opening two games, but it was Johnston who had the first real chance when Joe John just failed to head in a Woodrow cross.
Steve Evans shot just wide for the visitors and after John again headed wide, this time from a Steve Dockerty cross, Woodrow had a goal rightfully ruled out for offside.
Scott Crawford then dragged a shot wastefully wide for Goodwick after being played through by Rhys Dalling, before Woodrow had another goal disallowed when referee Adrian Wilson spotted pushing in the area.
Tom Wilks, on for the injured James Skudder, then saw his low drive deflect into the arms of Gwilt, before at the other end Steve Evans headed wide following a mix up in the Tigers defence.
On the stroke of half time John wasted another headed chance for the Tigers, failing to find the target from a Scott Murray free kick.
But if the game needed a goal, then Crawford provided one in spectacular fashion at the start of the second half.
The striker latched onto an O’Sullivan long ball and expertly lobbed Langdon to put the visitors 1-0 up.
And on 57 minutes the same player did it again, curling a 25 yard shot into the top of the net for his fifth goal in just three league games this season.
Gwilt then blocked a Woodrow header from close range, and after Tigers skipper Ormond just failed to connect with a Dockerty corner, Crawford came close to a hat trick when he volleyed a Dalling cross wide.
But with 23 minutes left, Woodrow brought hope to the home side when he headed home a Dockerty cross.
To the credit of both teams, they maintained a high tempo in the final quarter, and Steve Evans headed against the post for Goodwick before substitute Ryan Howells fired over the rebound. At the other end Gwilt was out bravely to deny Joe John after a Hayward through ball.
Crawford had a great chance to seal it five minutes from time when referee Wilson ignored an offside flag, but the striker shot straight at Langdon. It proved a crucial save as seconds later Ben Skudder surged down the right wing and his dangerous cross found the net via O’Sullivan’s boot.
The Tigers almost snatched a dramatic winner in injury time when Woodrow’s shot came back off the underside of the bar, but both sides had to settle for a point following this enthralling tussle.
Johnston: Martin Langdon, Andrew John, Chris Ormond, Ewan Cunningham (Ben Phillips), Sion Price, Luke Hayward, Scott Murray (Ben Skudder), James Skudder (Tom Wilks), Steve Dockerty, Nicky Woodrow, Joe John.
Goodwick United: James Gwilt, Martin Griffiths, Wayne O’Sullivan, Darren Devonald, Steve Blackford, Lewis Banks (Ryan Howells), James Evans, James Bottomley, Steve Evans, Rhys Dalling, Scott Crawford. Subs not used: Alan Davies, Steffan Hayes.
Referee: Adrian Wilson.