Firsts win their final home game

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Firsts win their final home game thumbnail Moneyslane striker Brendy Kingsmore (left) with club captain Mark Ervine.

ON Saturday the first team played their final game of the season at Jubilee Park.

Moneyslane ...3
Fivemiletown ...2

The visitors started the game with a superior height advantage and caused havoc in the opening exchanges from set plays. In truth Slane were sluggish and second best in the opening twenty minutes where they found themselves 0- 2 down.

Firstly Slane centre half Larmour scored a soft own goal from four yards out poking past Crawford. 0-1 The second goal followed moments later when a strong challenge in midfield on Ringland went unpunished by the referee which saw their striker go through on goal and cooly slot past Crawford into the bottom left hand corner of the Slane net.

0-2 Fivemiletown had their tails up and looked to kill the game off and they almost did in the 25th minute when their number ten cut in of the left flank and powered a shot that looked destined for the top corner but Crawford produced a fantastic save pushing the ball onto the post.

At 0-2 down and struggling to cope with the visitors, the Slane manager was forced into a double substitution with both Ervine and Kernaghan having to be replaced by Adair and Montgomery after picking up ankle knocks.

A change in shape saw Slane get a route back into the game with Reese and Kingsmore both going close from inside the area. Moneyslane got a goal back on fourth minutes when Reese fired high into the visitors net from ten yards out.

1-2 The referee blew for half time in what was an action packed half.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first ended with Slane on the front foot with Montgomery playing a key role with his vast experience bringing the forwards into play and causing all sorts of problems for the visitors .

The game was end to end and Moneyslane forwards Reese Montgomery and Kingsmore were giving the visitors rearguard a torrid time and it was no surprise the game was all even on sixty minutes when Reese doubled his tally for the day after great work from Kingsmore and Harron saw Reese nip in behind the centre half and round the keeper leaving a simple tap in for a deserved leveller.

2-2 With the game now all square, Fivemiletown created a couple of good chances. Firstly their striker headed onto the top of the crossbar and moments later his partner headed back across goal which just went inches wide of the back post.

With fifteen minutes remaining Moneyslane keeper Crawford produced what can only be described as a world class save when the Fivemiletown winger smashed a volley back across goal from twelve yards out. The big keeper got down with one strong hand to not only save the shot but gather the ball as the striker looked sure to score from a yard out.

Moneyslane thought they had went in front for the first time in the game when Reese scored what would have been his hat-trick but it was cruelly ruled out for offside which was a huge let off for the visitors as their left back was playing the Slane frontman onside by a couple of yards .

This setback didn't seem to deter the Slane as with ten minutes remaining, Montgomery spotted the run of Moneyslane talisman Kingsmore who raced through on goal and beat the last defender before rolling the ball into the bottom corner of the net to send the large Moneyslane support into uproar to seal what was a remarkable comeback from the Jubilee Park side.

3-2 Moneyslane were forced into another substitution when McLean had to be replaced through injury which saw Kelly come into defence for the final minutes of the match.

Moneyslane striker Montgomery almost added the cherry on top of the cake when he unleashed a fantastic volley from ten yards out but unfortunately it was straight at the keeper who pushed it over the top.

Fivemiletown as expected threw everything at the Moneyslane defence in the final minutes but the backline of Kelly, Shilliday, Larmour and Weir stood strong with the midfield three of Ringland, Harron and Adair defending excellently when called upon.

The referee blew for full time in what was a remarkable turnaround from Moneyslane after such a poor start to the game.

Full time: Moneyslane 3-2

Fivemiletown United Manager Dan Thorton said that Slane had come up against "a big strong Fivemiletown side who were a very dangerous team from set plays".

"In the opening half hour they caused us all sorts of problems but credit to the boys - we changed a few things and the boys really responded well and produced a fantastic second half performance.

"I'd like to thank the fans again who have backed us all season and that support doesn't go unnoticed by myself or the players especially on a wet and miserable day like today !

Thanks for your continued support

Moneyslane FC would like to thank Fivemiletown United in agreeing to play the game at the later kick-off time to allow the Reserve game to go ahead beforehand and wish them all the best for their remaining league games."


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