This was a big three points on the road for Stradbally who travelled to a wet and windy Killeigh without a few players due to injuries and suspensions but those that were there turned in a super performance.
Playing against the wind in the first half, Stradbally’s defence and midfield had their work cut out against a good passing Killeigh side. Pat Robbins and Derek Gorman did their best to hold up possession that came their way in the final third of the pitch.
The best move of the game came just before half-time when Dan Dunne found Jimmy Langton on the right and he cut in a cross which Derek Gorman stepped over for Damien Murphy to find the bottom corner of the Killeigh net.
Stradbally once again defended well in the second half and had the advantage of being able to hit the home side on the break as they pushed for an equaliser.
It was on one of these breaks that Derek Gorman found Damien Murphy who lobbed the home ‘keeper from 25 yards to put Stradbally 2-0 with a classic counter attack goal.
Robbie Moore and his back four were never going to concede the way they were playing and Stradbally could have increased their lead with Kevin Holohan and Derek Gorman were both denied by the Killeigh goalkeeper. It finished 2-0 to Stradbally at the final whistle who put in a fine all round team display in testing conditions. Conor Brady, Jimmy Langton and Man of the Match Ger Byrne deserve special mention.
Team: Robbie Moore, Daithi Mulhall, Ger Byrne, Conor Brady, Daniel Dunne, Damien Murphy, Paddy Bergin, Jimmy Langton, Kevin Holohan, Patrick Robbins and Derek O Gorman. Subs: Billy Murphy for Bergin, Jake Byrne for Robbins, Dylan Byrne for Gorman and Justin ‘Cookie’ Lalor for Langton. Unused sub Ray Mullally.