Slane are held to a draw in opener

MONEYSLANE’S first team opened their new season with a tough away fixture against AFC Craigavon at the weekend.

Slane knew they were going to be up against it from the start as AFC is a hard place to get a result and with six players making their league debut for the first team it was to be an interesting outcome.

Within seven minutes ‘keeper Nigel Fry pulled of a good save from a volley on the edge of the box.

They started to get into the game and new signing Chris Kerr’s powerful header just grazed the top of the cross bar on the half hour. He looked very sharp down the right wing showing great speed and drive. Young Gary Porter was immense in central defence winning every header, tackles and had an abundance of pace.

The second half started with both teams looking drained with the heat. In a two minute spell, Slane tested the keeper via a Mark Ervine free kick shortly followed by Gareth Bingham winning possession in midfield, laying it through to Kyle Scott who steadied himself and unleashed a great drive from outside the box only to see it rebound off the cross bar.

Craigavon opened the scoring with an unreal deflected cross that looped into the far top corner over the outstretched Fry.

Manager Neil McCullough changed the formation and Slane looked a different team piling on the pressure. It paid off with another debut player Graham Kelly’s long throw to the near post was skilfully over head kicked into the far corner by Gareth Wilson, a touch of class that new signing Gareth has in abundance.

It was a good show from all the players and they can take confidence going into the next game. All in all a draw was a fair result with both teams cancelling each other out and limiting chances on goal.

Team: N Fry, J Devonport, G Porter, D Boyd, N Bingham, J Fairley, M Ervine, G Bingham, C Kerr, G Wilson, K Scott. Subs: E Boyd, G Kelly, R Weir.