Anderson sparks Slane success as they reach Cup semi-final

Slane goal-scorers Gregg Harrison, Mark Anderson and Johnny Kernaghan after the game.

Slane goal-scorers Gregg Harrison, Mark Anderson and Johnny Kernaghan after the game.

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Mark Anderson’s hat-trick helped Moneyslane into the Alan Wilson Cup semi-final with a 6-0 victory over Seagoe on Saturday afternoon.

Although Moneyslane didn’t manage another double figure scoreline they did two weeks before, beating the same opposition 12-0, a double from Gregg Harrison and one from Johnny Kernaghan added to Anderson’s treble to deliver a comfortable victory.

Mark Anderson celebrates one of his three goals.

Mark Anderson celebrates one of his three goals.

The opening 15 minutes were uneventful as Seagoe, playing with a back five, had the strong wind behind them.

The first big chance arrived when Johnny Kernaghan was put through down the right and as he bore down on goal, he cut the ball back but the subsequent shot was blocked.

Slane took the lead when Johnny Kernaghan played a quick free-kick to Gregg Harrison, who controlled and looped the ball over the keeper from 10 yards out.

A second goal followed soon after when Harrison burst past his marker in the box and his cross was hammered home by the in rushing Mark Anderson from six yards. Seagoe with the wind at their back won a series of corners and it took a good punch by the alert Stephen White to clear the danger.

Slane came out with the wind at their backs and dominated the second half. Skipper Gareth Bingham broke forward and played a great pass through to Kernaghan who expertly poked the ball past the advancing keeper for 3-0.

Mark Anderson then made a superb run behind the defence to slide home for 4-0. Gregg Harrison then added a fifth with a delightful chip over the keeper when put through one on one. Stevie Adair came on for the impressive Johnny Kernaghan. The scoring was wrapped up when Mark Anderson calmly slipped the ball home from an angle.

MONEYSLANE: White, Coulter, Boyd, Shilliday, Peden, Buchanan, Bingham, Kernaghan, Anderson, Quilty, Harrison.

Subs: Gibson, Ervine, Adair, Rowland.