Moneyslane’s reserve side blasted their way into the O’Hara Cup final on Saturday as they smashed Ballyoran Reserves 4-1 at Rathfriland High School.
Slane got off to a flying start and within the first five minutes they took a 1-0 lead after Mark Anderson made his way into the opposition’s box and slotted home off the inside of the post.
The home side were by far the more dominant team and they never looked back from there. It was to be the start of their march toward Thursday’s final as they were playing some great football, causing all sorts of problems for the Ballyoran defence.
This pressure soon paid off as Davy Cromie delivered a great ball into the box, which was headed back across to Jason Fairley who was unmarked at the back post and he headed home unchallenged to give the Slane a 2-0 advantage heading into half-time.
The second-half started off in the same fashion as the first and it clearly looked like one side were more up for it than the other.
Before Ballyoran could get themselves back into the game, the home side killed off the semi-final as a contest as they added another goal to go 3-0 ahead. Davy Cromie delivered another great ball into the box and it found its way to Gareth Wilson, struck first time to finish past the Ballyoran goalkeeper.
Within minutes, the away side conceded another as Jordan Fairley was played through and he fired home to give Moneyslane a 4-0 lead and send them cruising through to the much-anticipated Cup final. Ballyoran managed to grab themselves a consolation goal with 10 minutes to go but rarely threatened to push on to find another and in the end were easily beaten.
SLANE RESERVES: Josh McCullough, Neil Hanna (Captain), Graham Kelly, David Cromie, David Blakely, Johnny Adair, Richie Adamson, Jason Fairley, Jordan Fairley, Mark Anderson, Gareth Wilson
Substitutes: Ethan Scott, Neil Bingham, Philip Galloway