DUBLIN BUS………..5 EDENDERRY TOWN FC…………..0
DUBLIN BUS FC were quick out of the blocks to take control of their O’Neills Leinster Junior Cup fifth round tie against Edenderry Town FC at Coldcut on Saturday afternoon.
By EAMON SCOTT
Noel Tallon’s side hit the front as early as the third minute following an exquisite diagonal pass from Lee Sullivan set up David Lacey who ghosted in around the back of the Edenderry defence before sliding the ball under the advancing Michael Foran.
The home-side sensed a degree of vulnerability as their pace and movement were causing the Offaly side to defend drastically with all hands on deck – despite the presence of veteran Alan Doyle in the heart of the visitors’ defence.
No matter what Edenderry tried to do – play with a higher line of defend deeper Dublin Bus were able to come up with the appropriate combination to ‘pick their lock’ on more than one occasion. Edenderry didn’t help themselves with some sloppy defending which gifted Dublin Bus a couple of goals on a plate as they lost possession on the edge of their box when it was easier to clear their lines.
A reconnaissance mission to have a look at Edenderry helped Dublin Bus manager Tallon to hatch a game plan which was to pressurise their back four with nimble and highly mobile front players.
Aaron Behan, in the number nine shirt and Kian Delaney at ten were a handful for the Edenderry men and both were to find their way onto the scoresheet as did substitute Karl Laffan and midifielder Lee Sullivan who
Edenderry’s best chance came at four nil down when Lorcan Pender got in on goal in the 38th minute but goalkeeper Darren Brennan was quick off his line to smother and gathered at the second attempt.
A spate of substitutions – several as a result of injury – produced a disjointed second-half performance – from both sides but Dublin Bus were comfortable in protecting their lead and Edenderry were reduced to shooting from distance and rarely threatened the Bus goal.
In the dying minutes of the game Karl Laffan produced a stunning free-kick to find the roof of the net with an angled shot from all of 30 yards out to complete a miserable day for the Edenderrymen as Dublin Bus went ‘nap happy’.
Edenderry had been faced with an uphill battle from the ‘get-go’ falling behind so early and even though they battled manfully, they looked a little leggy and they too were forced into several substitutions which didn’t help their cause either.
Dublin Bus will now face either Gorey Rangers or Freebooters in the last eight and it’s safe to predict that the Coldcut side will face a tougher examination next time out. Take nothing from Dublin Bus’ victory – it was accomplished and it was deserved and five-nil is a fair reflection of their domination on the day, but their opponents will have better days at the office.
DUBLIN BUS: Darren Brennan; Richard McGrath, Anto Byrne, John Coughlan, Stuart Maher, Brian Rooney, David Clancy, Lee Sullivan, Aaron Behan, Kian Delaney, Sean Saul. Subs: Karl Laffan, Wanda Tomose, Dylan Sweeny, Declan Smyth, Martin Maher, Cory O’Brien.
EDENDERRY TOWN FC: Michael Foran; Gareth Burns, Jason Mooney, Jack Lennon, Alan Doyle, Willie Pender, Brian Clarke, Philip Farrell, Arron O’Shea, Lorcan Pender, Arron Moulds, SUBS: Gary Redmond, Darren Doyle, Steven Pender.
Referee: Declan Troy