Kiely does everything but score

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FA Cup Micky Kiely
MICK Kiely, playing his first game since returning from the World Student Games in Mexico, showed how much he has been missed as Slough Town drew at Crawley in Saturday's F.A. Cup-tie.

The 22-year-old striker, who played in place of the off-form Barry Metcalfe, produced the consistency, speed and skill in attack which Slough have lacked since the pre-season friendlies.

But Kiely's fine display was marred by his failure to score in a match which the Rebels should have won with ease. He was thwarted several times by goalkeeper Steve Burton who alone saved the struggling Southern League side from a heavy defeat.

Kiely and Rowan Dodds continually outpaced the Crawley defence, which included the veteran former Chelsea and Chariton centre back Marvin Hinton. Dodds faded as the game went on and it was left to Kiely to do the bulk of the work in attack.

Slough had the edge in an action packed first-half, with Dodds twice bringing good saves from Burton.
Crawley went even closer to scoring when Richard Teale could only scramble away a Trevor Smith volley. But no one was on hand to turn the ball into an empty net. That was their best chance of the match and, apart from a Smith header in the second half, Crawley's attack was seldom seen.

An Ian Cooke drive almost put Slough in front in the 52nd minute when it was deflected by defender Vic Bragg, but Burton still managed to stop the ball from crossing the line.

Burton produced an even better save from a close range header by Alan Gane as Slough took control, with Barry Friend continually teasing Crawley with a series of accurate crosses from the left.

Kiely headed one just wide of the post and nodded another straight into the safe arms of Burton. The Slough striker later tried a scissors kick but again the Crawley keeper saved.

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