Slane knocked out after poor first-half

Moneyslane first team travelled to Lurgan Town on Saturday in Round One of the Alan Wilson Cup and were beaten 3-1.

Expectations were high but at the final whistle the Slane team and supporters were disappointed with the result and performance on the pitch.

Slane started brightly and had a few chances early on but the shots sailed wide of the target on both occasions. In the tenth minute, the home side hit the crossbar with a fierce shot from outside the box.

On the half hour mark, Lurgan took the lead when they broke up the right and a low hard cross was drilled into the Slane six yard box and it was deflected over the outstretched foot of Rowland into the net.

The home side were hungry for the ball and closed down Slane in midfield firing in some hefty challenges at times.

Five minutes later the home side doubled their lead when a cross into the box was fumbled by Rowland and the ball nestled into the net.

Things went from bad to worse for Slane two minutes before the break when a free kick was launched into their box. The ball rebounded off the Slane keeper and the striker nipped into slot home.

Heasley and Anderson were brought on at half-time as Slane played three at the back. The home side defended for dear life, firing themselves into every tackle as if it was their last and shutting the door on the visitors’ every attack.

Mark Anderson pulled one back with ten minutes to go but it was too little too late as Slane exited the Cup and will have to dust themselves down for their clash away to Crumlin Star next Saturday.

Overall a below par performance by Slane on the day. The best from Slane was Mark Anderson who brought a spark of life into the game when he came on at half time.