Boss looking for improvements after first defeat

After Saturday’s crushing defeat to Tullyvallen, Moneyslane boss David Johnstone was eagerly awaiting the return of some of his absent players.

It was the side’s first defeat of the season but Johnstone was keen to improve, especially in defence.

“We have conceded five goals in three games and that is not good enough defensively but with injuries and holidays we have yet to field a consistent back four so I am confident we will be more solid going forward,” he said.

“While it is a squad game, I thought we really missed Gregg Harrison up top and Shilliday at the back on Saturday.

“It’s deeply disappointing to squander three precious league points.

“Tullyvallen showed a hunger and a desire that we lacked. Two mistakes by us gifted them two opportunities and they punished us for both.

“We had good chances and got in great positions, especially in the second half but with the exception of a great finish by Mark Ervine, we failed to beat the keeper or make the final pass count.”

Next up for Slane is a trip to face Craigavon City tonight (Tuesday) in Intermediate B before hosting Colin Valley in the Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon.