The scoreline says it all really. Stradbally Town welcomed Edenderry Town to The Lawn on Sunday afternoon and despite bossing most of the game and looking like the most likely to conjure up a winning goal, Strad failed to find a way past Cian Brereton and it was honours even in a drab Premier Division clash.
CCFL Premier Division
Stradbally Town 0
Edenderry Town 0
Both sides have struggled for consistency so far this season. Stradbally got off to dismal opening few weeks and despite a recent improvement they remained rooted to the foot of the table coming in to this one. However, a win would have done the trick and with Edenderry’s form equally unpredictable a home win would have been no major surprise.
The hosts started brightly and were playing neat football all be it without much of an end product. They almost sprung the well-marshalled Edenderry offside trap twice in the space of two minutes midway through the opening period, but referee Adrian Martin correctly adjudged that both Alan Mulhall and Derek Gorman had just gone a fraction too soon.
Edenderry were dealt a blow when they lost influential midfielder Frankie McGuinness through injury with six minute of the half remaining, and Strad almost took immediate advantage when Daragh Mulhall’s half-volley whizzed just wide of the post after Gorman’s corner was only half-cleared by the visiting defence. That was as close as the home side came to breaking the deadlock in that first half, while at the other end Alan Farrell saw his low shot narrowly miss the target from the edge of the 18-yard box.
That was the last meaningful action of a very subdued first half, but it didn’t get too much better after the restart as the sides struggled to find that killer touch in front of goal. Stradbally again dominated possession but their approach play lacked any penetration in the final third with Alan Mulhall ploughing a lonely furrow as the lone target man, and doing so quite effectively against a very strong Edenderry rearguard.
Daragh Mulhall forced the best save of the game from Edenderry keeper when he poked a Derek Gorman corner goalwards only for Cian Brereton to get down quickly to parry Mulhall’s effort away. The visitors sat back and soaked up a huge amount of pressure but they did put a few attacks together and striker Alan Pender probably should have done better when a swift counter attack put him through on goal but he fired well wide of the mark. Involved in that move was Edenderry’s sub, young Sergio Camara who just turned 16 in September and he looks like a player with a very bright future ahead of him.
Down at the other end Pauric Fitzpatrick failed to connect properly with Conor Brady’s probing ball to the back post with eight minutes left. That was to prove to be the last clear-cut opportunity and the sides had to make do with a point apiece. Stradbally will see it as two points dropped in their race to beat the drop, especially given their superiority on the day.
Stradbally Town: Matt Kelly, Bill Kelly, Conor Brady, Ger Byrne, Daragh Mulhall, Derek Gorman (Pauric Fitzgerald ’68), Billy Murphy (Colin Beale ’75), Conor Delaney, Alan Mulhall (Paddy Bergin ’83), James Langton, Damien Murphy.
Edenderry Town: Cian Brereton, Brian Nolan, Glen Dolan, Willie Pender, Dara Fitzgerald (Jack Collins ’75), David Hanlon, Alan Farrell, Frankie McGuinness (Martin McNamee ’38), Alan Pender, John Doyle (Sergio Camara ’67), Mike Clear.
Referee: Adrian Martin