Brilliant Cabo earn 3 points
After a disappointing result last week, Cabinteely once again bounced back in spectacular fashion. Cabo were out to make amends for the result away to UCD last week as well as their previous match against Athlone when a last minute penalty denied them the win.
Interim manager Andy Rice was without his starting centre midfield partnership last week of Stephen Dunne and John McKeown, both missing out due to suspension. Rice did however have new signing Sodiq Oguntola at his disposal and Sadiq went straight into the starting 11, leading the line in a 4-4-2 formation with Ger Pender up top.
Cabo have been in great form at Stradbrook this season and they started the game on the front foot. There was a real belief in the team and they were buoyed on by the large crowd at Stradbrook. Cabinteely hit the post twice in the opening ten minutes. Ger Pender was the first to be denied by the woodwork, Pender struck an excellent curling effort from range which was saved onto the post. Moments later, Kevin Knight found himself unmarked at the back post but Athlone were once again saved by the frame of their goal. New signing Oguntola was causing havoc for the Athlone defence and he combined very well with Ger Pender both spearheading the attack for Cabo.
With Cabinteely pressing, there was a real sense that a goal was coming. Cabinteely were playing great football and keeping the ball on a much improved surface at Stradbrook. The breakthrough came from Shane O’Neill when he arrived at the back post to turn Evan Finnegan’s cross home. Shane O’Neill with his second goal in two games.
Conceding the goal made Athlone step it up a notch and they began to create chances of their own. Coughlan looked on a mission to get the sides back on level terms but time and time again Athlone would get into the final third before Evan Whelan would deny them.
Cabinteely came close to doubling their lead through a Shane O’Neill free kick from 25 yards which looked destined for the top corner but narrowly went over the bar. You can watch the free kick below.
Athlone began the second half in brighter fashion and were creating problems but the Cabo back four were dealing well with their attacking threat. Athlone went close on a free kick from the edge of the area but Whelan did well to turn the ball around the post.
It wasn’t long into the second half when there was high drama. Athlone Town in truth were lucky not to be reduced to ten men when Quigley avoided a red card for a nasty looking tackle, connecting with Oguntola’s knee with his studs. Referee Michael Connolly deemed it only to be a yellow card to the dismay of the Cabo fans. Thankfully Oguntola was able to resume and this tackle seemed to spur him on with him continuing his great hold up and mazy runs through the Athlone defence.
Oguntola soon got his reward for the endeavour he had shown throughout the game, he showed quick feet to create the goal scoring opportunity and calm rolled the ball under the goalkeeper to double Cabo’s lead and mark a memorable debut.
Athlone did have chances to get a goal back but they can only look back on the game at Stradbrook and rue their missed chances. A number of times they had the goal at their mercy but their shots went wayward. Cabinteely were brilliant and the win lifts them up to 7th in the table. It is a testament to the character in the side that twice they have been on the receiving ends of disappointing scorelines (Wexford Youths and UCD) and twice they have come back the following week and gotten results.
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan, Daniel Cambell, Victor Ekanem, Kevin Knight, Jamie McGlynn; Aaron Brilly, Evan Finnegan, Stephen Hanley (Conor Foley 84), Shane O’Neill (Josh Quinlivan 59); Sodiq Oguntola (Ross Broderick 90+5), Gerald Pender.
Subs Not Used: Jamie Broderick, Gavin Fahey, Lloyd Cairns, Sean Hyland.
Yellow Cards: None
Finn Harps: Paddy Dunican, Aidan Friel, Robert Gaul, Stephen Dunne, Derek Doyle; Stephen Quigley (Michael Brown 55), Marco Chindea (Daniel Molloy 86), Daniel Purdy, Gavin Boyne; Garbham Coughlan, Sam O’Connor (Phillip Gorman 78).
Subs Not Used: Colin Murray, Aidan Collins, Sean French, Thomas Moroney.
Yellow Cards: Quigley (51).
Man of the Match: Sodiq Oguntola. Sodiq endeared himself to the Cabo fans with a great performance and fully deserved his goal.
The result marked a successful night for the club all round last night after our sponsorship evening and our family fun evening: