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Slane exact revenge and take points in Intermediate clash.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Slane exact revenge and take points in Intermediate clash. thumbnail Moneyslane standing firm against Fivemiletown.

ON SATURDAY (30 September) the first team entertained Fivemiletown for the second time in a week, with the hosts winning last Saturday in the Bob Radcliffe Cup.

Moneyslane...2
Fivemiletown...0

Moneyslane handed a full debut to Johnny Pierce, who transferred from Banbridge Town during the week and the young man put in a very impressive perfor mance.

Slane started the brightest as they looked to make amends for last week's poor showing against their counterparts.

With 10 minutes gone the deadlock was almost broken when Pierce beat his man and whipped in a great ball that was put over his own bar by the Fivemiletown centre half.

Ryan Harron took the resulting corner and picked out Ringland who hit a smashing volley with the ball hitting the underside of the crossbar and down onto the goalline, where the defender reacted the quickest to clear the danger.

Moneyslane had a real hunger in their game and were closing every ball down all over the park with Ferguson setting the tone.

With constant running he was next to go close, as he raced clear down the left channel he cut inside the covering defender as he drove into the box, but pulled his shot wide of the near post.

The visitors had a strong shout for a penalty on the half hour mark when their striker collided with McClurg on the edge of the area, but the referee deemed the contact as a coming together.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half Moneyslane were in control of the game, creating some good openings but failing to convert or make the most of the openings.

The referee blew for half time in what was a very good first half from the home side.

Moneyslane 0-0 Fivemiletown.

Both teams took to the field for the second half and it was Moneyslane who started as they finished the first half on the front foot.

The midfield was a hotly contested area with both sides not holding back in the tackles as they looked to stamp their authority on the game.

Moneyslane almost broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half when Larmour powered a bullet header at goal from a couple of yards out, only to see the ball hit the 'kee per on the shoulder and go over the bar as it looked like being another one of those days at Jubilee Park.

Moneyslane were playing some great football and on the hour mark it was from one of these attacking moves they got the all-important first goal of the g ame.

A great build up on the left from Devlin and Pierce saw the ball played back to Larmour, who picked out the run of Pierce who had the vision and ability to whip a ball into the box, where Slane midfielder, Ringland stole a yard on his marker to power a header into the back of the visitors' net, 1-0.

Moneyslane, now with the deserved lead, were playing some great football with attack after attack as they went in search of the second goal.

However it was the visitors who had the next opportunity when their striker had an overhead kick well held from McClurg in the Moneyslane goal.

The Slane defence was proving to be hard to break down with Hainon, Shilliday, Larmour and Devlin coming out on top against their attackers on the day as they stood strong on a number of occasions to high balls into their box.

With 20 minutes remaining Moneyslane doubled their lead when, from a Ferguson cross, Hainon rose above his marker and glanced a header in off the post into the far corner of the visitors' net as he reeled away in celebration with the BAWA, 2-0.

Moneyslane now in total control of the game, could have added another couple of goals.

McBurney saw an effort go inches past the right hand post and minutes later Pierce raced clear one-on-one with the 'keeper, who made a fine save from from a tight angle.

The resulting corner was headed over from Larmour. Manager Thornton then made a triple substitution with skipper Ervine, Shilliday and Hainon coming off and being replaced by Beckett, McVitty and Adair.

The three subs made good impacts with Adair and McVitty combining well down the right on a number of occasions and were very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with some great play.

But the visitors' defence and 'keeper made important blocks to keep the scoreline the same.

The referee blew for full time on what was a very impressive performance by the boys.

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