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Loan Watch: Sloan benefits as ‘Breda survive

Following last week’s review of Max Greer’s time at Knockbreda, we look at how our second loanee, Dylan Sloan’s performances helped ‘Breda secure Championship survival.

Sloan, who also signed a professional contract for the Invermen prior to heading out to Breda Park in January alongside Greer, received an introduction to senior football and rose to the demands of a Championship relegation battle with a series of fine performances and goals along the way.

DYLAN SLOAN – Knockbreda

After arriving at Breda Park in January, Sloan made his debut in the same fashion as Max Greer, coming off the bench as part of a triple substitution in a 2-2 draw against Ballyclare Comrades. The midfielder claimed a starting place in his side’s next outing, playing 76 minutes in a defeat to Loughgall to bring January to a close.

Sloan then started the next five games, becoming a mainstay in the Knockbreda line-up throughout February, March and April. In a vital win over Ards towards the end of April, Sloan scored the winning goal in 67th minute to secure a 2-1 victory at Breda Park.

In the first leg of ‘Breda’s promotion/relegation play-off decider against Bangor, Sloan played 90 minutes to help his side race into an early 2-0 lead, before a second half fightback from Bangor ensured it was all to play for in the second leg.

The second leg, which took place at Breda Park, was more comfortable for the home team. A 2-0 victory on the day secured Championship survival for Knockbreda, with Sloan once again playing 90 minutes in midfield to help his side to victory.

Like Greer, Dylan Sloan will return to Inver Park for the start of pre-season and will aim to be part of Tiernan Lynch’s squad for Europe and the upcoming 2022/23 season.

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