On what is the patron day of their parish Slane almost pulled off a miraculous recovery in Saturday’s JFC game in Kilmainhamwood.
Despite his side scoring 1-18 and conceding three goals, Moynalty ‘keeper Johnny Lynch was the winner’s outstanding player.
He pulled off a superb fingertip save to deny Podge McGowan in the opening half, and twice in the second period thwarted the same opponent.
Slane goalkeeper Darren Berrill meanwhile was performing his own act of one man defiance down the other end, one second hand stop being the most noteworthy.
The old adage of a good start being half the battle held true here as the winners were six nil up after eight minutes before McGowan set up Matt Tully, arguably the games classiest performer, for the first of the Blues goals.
In between missing two kickable frees, Slane did manage to reduce the deficit to five points at the interval.
The losers had employed a sweeper system in that half and seen it backfire spectacularly, so they went for man for man on the resumption.
Such had been Moynalty’s first half dominance the fact that Slane were just that handful behind meant the game was finally balanced.
And Moynalty were walking an early tightrope when McGowan set up Peter Martyn for a goal just after the restart.
The winners rallied and got a goal of their own and were leading by eight midway through the half.
The fact that Lynch was called into action so much did underline the fact that Slane carried a goal threat every time they attacked but despite starting to own the ball some woeful wides including one from an advanced mark straight in front of goal cost them.
But goal chances were created, Jim Marry shot over when clean through and Owen Feeley was denied by a combination of defenders, Lynch and the post, before Tully got their third.
With just a point in it Slane sent someone into the clubhouse to fetch the kitchen sink and threw it and everything else at the red wall that was desperately trying to keep them out.
Goalmouth scrambles, brave interceptions, last ditch tackles, off the ball fouls were the order of the day as the winners clung on.
When the dam was breached the crossbar saved them as in the last play of the game McGowan hit a fierce shot across goal, this time Lynch was beaten but the crossbar intervened and the rebound fell to a defender.
The results in the group leave St Vincent’s in pole position to qualify, they face a young but improving Slane side who know that if they win and Cortown shock Moynalty they’ll qualify.
Slane; Darren Berrill; Stephen Kells, Sean Martyn, Liam White; Ruadh Searle, Francis Marry, Kyle Tallon (0-1); Jim Marry (0-1), Peter Martyn (1-0); Podge McGowan (0-2) Matthew Tully, (2-5) Cillian Gough (0-1) Eoin Feeley Eanna Mooney Daniel Forde .
Subs; Daniel Carolan for Forde, Zak Fitzsimons (0-1) for Gough, Finn Searle for Tallon