Bring on the Glens as Harrison hat-trick sends Slane through

Hat-trick hero Gregg Harrison. INBL1520-233EB
Hat-trick hero Gregg Harrison. INBL1520-233EB

Moneyslane set up another tie with Glentoran Seconds after their 7-3 victory over Ardstraw on Saturday.

Slane, of course, visited the Oval to take on the Glens’ second string in the Intermediate Cup last season and lost out 5-3.

Now they get the chance to go one step further and beat the Belfast side, who they host at Jubilee Park on Saturday (kick-off 1.30pm).

The match against Ardstraw had twice been postponed and finally went ahead on Saturday.

However, early on, it didn’t seem Slane would have it easy as the away team took the lead when a shot from 14 yards deflected into the top corner.

Soon after, the home team levelled and what a great goal it was. Mark Ervine beat his marker on the half way line then played a perfectly weighted ball behind the defence for Johnny Kernaghan to control and then curl into the bottom corner.

The away team weren’t to be unnerved and went ahead again when a wind assisted in-swinging corner was headed home from 10 yards.

Right on half time, though, Slane equalised when Gregg Harrison was grabbed by the away keeper to stop him scoring and Vice-Captain Stevie Coulter confidently dispatched the penalty to make it 2-2.

With the elements in their favour in the second half, Slane dominated proceedings and it wasn’t long before they grabbed the lead. Brian Quilty was brought down in the box and Couler scored his second from the spot.

Kernaghan then produced a beautiful turn on the half way line to beat his man and he slipped the ball behind the defence for Gregg Harrison to thump past the advancing keeper for 4-2.

The game was over as a contest when a cracking corner from Brian Quilty was drifting towards the net and Harrison was on hand to ensure the ball crossed the line to make it 5-2.

The away team then scored following some slack defending but any thoughts of a comeback were extinguished when Gareth Rees burst through on the right of the box and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

The rout was completed when sub Jordan Fairley beat three men down the right and his cross was sidefooted home by Harrison to complete his hat-trick.

Team

SLANE: White, Quinn, Taylor, Shilliday, Peden, Ervine, Coulter, Harrison, Rees, Quilty, Kernaghan.

Subs: Gibson, Bingham, Jordan Fairley