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NEWBRIDGE draw blank

Clane United.............................0

Newbridge Town.......................0

On a day dominated by very blustery conditions, visitors Newbridge Town travelled Clane United's Doctor's Road Grounds hoping to gain ground on leaders Naas United.

Clane too needed the points to help in their bid for promotion. In the final analysis the sides had to be content with a point each, which leaves leaders Naas United in an even stronger position, eight points ahead of Town with two games in hand.

Town, with the help of the wind, pushed Clane back in the first half and created some chances albeit from long range .

Eoin Walsh and Barry o' Shea had their free kicks travel too long and over the bar with the help of Mother Nature.

Clane defended well while playing into the teeth of the wind with Mark Heffernan and Trevor Beale marshalling the defence well and keeper Lucasz Eijansinki being equal to Town's long range efforts.

This made for a rather drab affair with most of the play confined to the middle third. It was no surprise therefore that the sides retired at the break with the scoresheet blank.

In the second half it was more or less the same story but with additional bits of action. Clane were now doing what Town did in the first half.

Passes were overcooked and long-range efforts sailed wide as both sides struggled to get that illusive opener. Town now began to get the better of the midfield battle and started to create some good attacks on the ground.

Substitutes, Anto Nolan and Rory Deane, linked up well and Nolan swept in a ball from the right which substitute Deane put past 'keeper Lucasz Eijansinki, but referee Peter Moore saw a handball in the process and the goal was ruled out.

A couple of minutes later, Deane fell victim to a disallowed goal once again.

A free from defending midfielder Shane Stafford landed at the back post and the former Clane man, yet again, put the ball in the net, but he was in an off-side position.

Clane had a long-range effort from Jordan Pedreschi well saved by Town's 'keeper Chris Kearney late in the game.

In the end both sides had to settle for a draw, which neither will be happy with. The gale force swirling wind being the only winner in what was a difficult game in difficult conditions.

Best for Newbridge Town were, Shane Stafford (Referee's Man of the Match), Jimmy Brennean, Barry Doyle and Eoin Walsh. Trevor Beale, Alan Brennan and Mark Hefferan, all in defence, were impressive for the home side.

Clane United: Lucasz Eijansinki, Alan Brennan, Mark Heffernan, Jason Acton, Trevor Beale, Shane Harris, Ciaran Quinn, Dave Nolan, Stephen Dunne, Jordan Pedreschi, Donal O'Connell. Subs: Yomi Oki, Jack Kelly, Daragh Deane, Alan Casey.

Referee: Peter Moore.