Scarva upset the odds against Slane

UNDERDOGS Scarva Rangers produced a major upset on Saturday when the Division Two side sent Intermediate outfit Moneyslane crashing out of the Marshall Cup.

Rangers’ humbling of the pre-match favourites was richly deserved. They fought from a goal down at the half time interval to book their place in the third round of the cup competition.

Neil Anderson couldn’t believe his luck when an initial shot and the follow-up effort both crashed against the post early in the game.

Moneyslane capitalised on the let-off to snatch a single goal lead and Rod Douglas had to make a crucial tackle when the hosts seemed certain to score for a second time before the interval.

David Dillon’s last ditch tackle denied Moneyslane early in the second half while at the other end Stephen Morton fired a shot over the crossbar after he was sent clear by an incisive Gary McCune through ball.

A flowing attack involving McCune, Greg Douglas and Dean McCammon produced a corner for the visitors. McCune sent the ball arrowing into the heart of the penalty area, Greg Douglas flicked the ball on and Steven Hendron headed into the net to level the tie.

Greg Douglas met a Darren Clarke free kick with a header that flashed just wide but the hosts also unleashed a series of efforts, which went wide of their intended target.

The decisive goal came from a corner, swung in by Mark Baird. Moneyslane failed to clear the danger and after the ball found its way to the back post Hendron’s cross was clinically fired home by Darren Clarke.

Manager Mo Brown recently celebrated the birth of his baby daughter and the players greeted the match winner with a Bebeto style celebration.