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Early cup exit for Slane

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

ON Saturday (19 August) the first team welcomed amateur league 1A outfit Sirocco to Jubilee Park and exited the Irish Cup at the first round.

Moneyslane...1
Sirocco Works...4

There were some key players missing and a reshuffle saw the boys get off to a great start.

Truth be told, they created some dangerous chances in the opening quarter of an hour.

Mark Devlin did very well on the left wing as he beat his marker and made the 'kee per save well at the foot of his lefthand post.

Minutes later the same player got a dangerous ball across the six-yard box only for the defender to poke behind for a cor ner.

Moneyslane attacker Spence had a 10 minute spell where the visitors struggled to handle him, as he called the 'keeper into action no less than three times.

The pacy forward was booked for a challenge on the 17th minute which was harsh, with both players going to ground to contest a dead ball.

Sirocco liked to use the full of Jubilee Park with some good passing moves, without really troubling Crawford in the Slane goal.

The huge turning point in the game came in the 20th minute when Spence took the ball down on the chest, before driving forward with the ball.

The referee had other ideas, awarding the visitors a free kick and Spence got his second yellow for contesting the decision.

A man down, Slane kept the pressure on and Kingsmore fired over from 25 yards.

The visitors finished the half on top and only for solid defending, the score could have been different at half time.

 

Half time: Moneyslane 0-0 Sirocco Works.

 

The second half restarted and as expected, the Belfast side saw large spells of possession with the man advantage.

Sirocco opened the scoring on the hour mark when their midfielder got a shot off which Crawford reacted to and got down and made the save, but he could only watch as the rebound was poked home from six yards out, 0-1.

Moneyslane made a substitution with Kernaghan coming on for Kingsmore and it didn't take long for it to pay off.

Ringland won the ball back in midfield before driving at the Sirocco defence where he picked out Kernaghan, who fired a left foot shot into the top right-hand corner off the upright, 1-1.

Joy was shortlived when within five minutes the Belfast side got their noses in front again, when their striker found room in the box to fire into the back of the Slane net from 10 yards out, 1-2.

Adam Montgomery was then replaced by Mark Ervine and McVitty made way for Brown as Slane looked for a route back into the tie.

Moneyslane almost drew level midway through the second half when Kernaghan had a fine effort saved by the visiting 'keeper.

Sirocco added a third on 75 minutes when their striker peeled off at the back post to head back across goal into the left corner of the net, after getting onto the end of a deep cross from the right flank, 1-3.

With the contest well over now, the east Belfast side added a fourth late on with their midfielder firing a fine effort into the bottom corner of the Slane net from 25 yards out.

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