Double late strike means United suffer early cup exit
JOHNSTOWN United went down 5-3 to Burry Port in the first round of the Challenge Cup.
Yet again United got off to the worst possible start, going a goal down in the first minute.
However, it wasn't long before United got an equaliser when, from a free-kick, Tom Harvey was able to head home from close range.
This proved to be a shock to the first division leaders and three players were booked in a short space of time.
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Even worse was to come for the visitors when the home team went ahead through Harvey, when he slotted home a penalty.
But Burry Port ended the half on top, with two goals giving them the advantage at the break.
Early in the second half the visitors were reduced to 10 men, but rather than demoralise the visitors it made them all the more determined as they organised their defence to cope with an ever-increasing threat from the United midfield who were now in control.
Had United's strikers put their chances away it might have been a different story.
United pulled the equaliser out of the bag with 15 minutes to go.
With five minutes remaining and extra time looming, a long clearance from the visiting keeper saw their striker left with a one-on-one with the United keeper who was unable to prevent Port from going ahead for the third time.
Port made the tie safe when their striker outran the United defence to slot home.
Johnstown are away this weekend to Garden Village.