THE Thirds travelled to Ballynahinch to take on Ballynahinch United Thirds in the first round of the Bobby Dalzell Cup looking to continue their recent run of good form.
With six players missing from last week’s tough win over Carryduff Colts Seconds it didn’t take long for the new shape team to find their feet when Jordan Fairley raced through in the third minute to slot confidently past the ‘Hinch ‘keeper after good work in the middle from Brown and Porter.
It was 2-0 before the 10 minute mark when a corner wasn’t cleared properly. Brown swung the ball across to Fairley who scored his second with a cracking volley into the bottom corner to give the ‘keeper no chance.
‘Slane took their foot of the gas and after a bit of ‘Hinch pressure, the referee awarded a hotly disputed penalty for pushing in the box from a corner. The number five stepped up and converted only for the referee to order a re-take for encroachment in the box. ‘Slane keeper Leigh Anderson saved the second attempt, only for the ‘Hinch man to smash in the rebound.
It was soon all square as after some terrible ‘Slane defending the ball broke to Anderson in goal who tried to beat the ‘Hinch forward with a step-over or three, only to be dispossessed by the forward who slotted into a empty net. More messy than Messi from the ‘Slane keeper!
Into the second half and ‘Slane started to get control of the game again with Brown, Porter and David Blakely getting on top in the Midfield. Manager McCullough brought himself on for an out of sorts Gary Hanna who was feeling under the weather.
‘Slane were on top now and attack after attack was finally rewarded when Brown curled a free-kick round the wall and into the net to make it 3-2 after some good work from Sproule.
The final goal came with just minutes remaining, when a quick break found McCullough on the right wing, he turned his man inside out before delivering an inch perfect cross to Blakely who had his shot saved only for Hutchison making his debut, to slam the ball home to make it 4-2.