A review of the first half of our season.
Cabinteely F.C. were awarded a license to compete in the SSE Airtricity First Division on the 28th of January, 37 days before the league started. What has followed has been an amazing few months for the club. We will look back on our season so far and you can relive all of the highs and lows with us!
March was a month to remember for Cabinteely F.C. for many reasons. The 6th of March saw the culmination of incredible work on and off the pitch as Cabo welcomed Wexford Youths to Stradbrook in their first ever competitive game at this level. In a short space of time, a squad had been assembled, Stradbrook had been prepared, volunteers had worked around the clock and all that remained was for the game to take place. The spotlight was well and truly on Cabinteely F.C., RTE sent cameras to document the night for Soccer Republic and the press box was packed out.
The players put the fanfare to one side and had a job on their hands. Cabo entered the pitch in style, and they haven’t looked back since.
Cabinteely got off to a fairytale start when John McKeown put them 1-0 up, when he converted from close range after Wexford had failed to deal with a corner. The 1,420 people at Stradbrook erupted! It was to be a famous night for Cabinteely and they became only the third team in history to win their first game in the First Division.
Four days later and Cabinteely were still in dreamland when they started their EA Sports Cup campaign in fashion, with a dramatic 1-0 win away to UCD. Evan Whelan saved a 89th minute penalty before Cabo counter attacked and Shane O’Neill struck a late winner.
Cabo made their maiden trip to Ballybofey four days later and the long journey and the young sides third game in a week proved a step to far, Cabinteely lost 2-0 but this did not take away from their brilliant start to their campaign at this level.
Cabinteely finished their inaugural month with two home games against Shelbourne and Waterford United, resulting in a one nil loss and one nil win respectively. John McKeown scored his second goal of the season against Waterford United to secure another win for Cabo infront of the Stradbrook crowd.
Cabinteely’s first home game in the month of April had them welcoming heavyweights of Irish football, Shamrock Rovers, to Stradbrook for the second round of the EA Sports Cup. Another huge crowd at Stradbrook witnessed Cabo put up a great fight against Rovers but in the end Cabo became unstuck from two quick goals. It was a great performance from Cabinteely F.C. and they had chances to score which could have lead to a different scoreline but they can be proud of their performance regardless of the scoreline. Shamrock Rovers produced a highlights video of the game which you can view below.
Cabinteely F.C. travelled to Athlone Town looking for their first away win in the league and they could not have come closer. Ger Pender and Conor Foley both bagged their first goals of the season to put Cabinteely 2-1 up and they nearly held on until they were denied in the last minute. In the 94th minute Athlone converted a penalty to deny Cabinteely the full three points. Cabo lost at home to UCD 2-0 on the 10th of April and they are unbeaten at Stradbrook since this game.
April was also the month that we brought out our hugely popular ‘Meet the Team’ video where we sat down with the squad and gave the fans a chance to get to know the Cabinteely F.C. squad better. You can watch it again below.
After ending April with a disappointing result away to Wexford Youths, Cabinteely F.C. bounced back the following week by drawing against league leaders Finn Harps with a last minute equaliser courtesy of John McKeown. Having conceded a late equaliser away to Athlone, it was great to see the tables turned and Cabinteely bagging the late the goal. This became quite a famous goal due to our special offer, which you can view below along with the goal.
Cabinteely also faced Cobh Ramblers at home during May and they raced into a 2-0 lead however it was not to be with Cobh finding a way back into the game, and eventually finding a late equaliser to grab a share of the points. While Cabinteely will look back and see this as two points dropped, it was a great performance and adds to their strong home record. You can view both of Cabinteely’s goals below.
Cabinteely were drawn against Premier Division side Drogheda United in the FAI Cup. Cabinteely put in a great performance away against the Louth side and were right in the game with it being 1-1 for a long period of the game. Cabo lost 3-1 with the scoreline a bit harsh on the South Dublin side as they conceded a late goal after committing bodies forward in search of an equaliser. There was a real moment of magic in the game with Jamie McGlynn, scoring a volley after a nice move from Cabo.
In the month of June we first played against UCD away, as you may remember we could not report on this match as ‘the sun was in our eyes’ (you can read the original article here, this is the most reads news story on our website).
Once again Cabinteely showed great spirit by bouncing back from a bad defeat to go and get a great result. Cabinteely welcomed Athlone Town to Stradbrook in the final game before the summer break. Cabo were out to make amends for the dropped points in the away tie. Infront of a huge crowd of 983 people Cabo ran out 2-0 winners and ended the first half of their season on a high.
What we have learned so far
1. Cabinteely F.C. has already shown that their junior club has a big part to play.
One of Cabinteely F.C.’s greatest assets is the youth structure that is in place in the junior club. The club has over 1,000 members with teams catering for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. The addition of a League of Ireland team now means that there is a player pathway from when they join the club as young as four years of age, right through to League of Ireland football. Since the beginning of the season, we have seen five players promoted from the junior set up into the senior side. These are Ross Broderick, Jamie Broderick, Stephen Hanley, Sean Hyland and Jordan Kelly. These five players join former Cabo schoolboys Robert Maloney, Conor Foley, Kevin Knight and Stephen Dunne in the first team squad. It is very promising for the club to see the senior side already reaping the benefits of the impressive junior set up and this is something that should only become more frequent as the years progress.
2. Stradbrook is a tough place for teams to travel to.
In Cabinteely’s seven league games at home, Cabo have got a result in five of them, losing only twice. These came against Shelbourne and UCD, which were incidentally the only home league games that Cabinteely did not score in. Cabinteely are now unbeaten at Stradbrook since April 10th. Only 1 team has lost less games at home than Cabinteely; Finn Harps have lost at home just the once.
3. Cabinteely can pick up points against anyone
Of the seven other teams in the league, Cabo have got a result against six of them if we include their win over UCD in the EA Sports Cup. The only club that Cabo have not picked up a result against in their first two meetings is Shelbourne, Cabo lost 1-0 both home and away against the Dublin club. In the club’s two games against Premier Division sides, against Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United, they put up a brilliant fight and both times were not too far off getting a result.
4. Cabinteely F.C. have great support
Cabinteely F.C. have benefitted from their great support and volunteers. It is no coincidence that Cabinteely have done so well infront of their own fans at Stradbrook. The club have been blown away by the great support from the borough and long may it continue in the second half of the season and beyond! The club would like to thank each and every fan for playing their part in what has been a brilliant start to League of Ireland football.
Our season in numbers & stats
The amount you would have won if you placed a €10 accumulator with Bet365 on the four games we won (Wexford Youths, UCD, Waterford United and Athlone Town)
The number of goalscorers for Cabinteely F.C. in all competitions. (John McKeown, Shane O’Neill, Conor Foley, Ger Pender, Victor Ekanem, Jamie McGlynn, Sodiq Oguntola)
The number of teams who have lost less games than Cabinteely F.C. at home. (Only Finn Harps have lost less games at home than Cabo, Finn Harps have lost 1, Cabo have lost 2.)
The largest attendance at Stradbrook which was against Wexford Youths.
The number of different countries that we have had a visitor to the website from.
The number of players who have appeared for Cabinteely F.C. in the first half of the season.
The number of goals scored by Cabinteely F.C. in all competitions. The break down of goals by time scored and position on the pitch can be seen below.
It has been quite a season so far! You can be a part of the second half of the season, season tickets are now on sale at loi.cabinteelyfc.ie/tickets. Prices are as follows:
- Adult ticket €50
- Family ticket (2 adults & 2 under 16s) €65
- Under 21/ Unwaged/ Senior Citizens tickets €25
We are back in action this day week when we welcome Wexford Youths to Stradbrook again. Kick off is 19:45 and tickets are on sale here.
Finally if you would like to read back on any of our match reports they can all be found below!