Cabo earn well deserved point against league leaders!
In our match report of the game against Wexford Youths (which you can read here) we said how bad days happen in football and how it is not on these days that you judge a team, but it is how they react to such a defeat that is the measure of a team. Eddie Gormely’s side showed their character and mettle last night in one of the best ways possible. After a seven nil defeat, many teams may be dismayed to see that their next game is against the unbeaten league leaders, Cabo however saw this as the perfect opportunity to go out and prove to their fans that the events of Ferrycarrig Park were a once off.
Gormley opted for an attacking 4-4-2 formation, a clear signal of intent that Cabo were not afraid of the unbeaten Harps outfit and would be looking for all three points.
The game started in similar fashion to when the sides met in Ballybofey in March. The game had no sooner begun when Harps were put one nil up thanks to a goal from their striker Ruairi Keating. After a Harps corner, Keating found himself at the back post to head past Whelan. Coming off a seven nil defeat and conceding an early goal, many sides may have dropped their heads but Cabo showed what they are made of, kept their heads up and got themselves back into the game.
Cabinteely settled into the game and began to create chances. The biggest cheer from the crowd came when Bobinel Mazono was played through down the left hand side, ‘Bobby’ was dragged to the ground in the penalty area but the Cabo claims for a penalty were dismissed by referee Ryan Matthews. Minutes previous to this Harps also had appeals for penalty waived away when they felt a loose ball had hit Daniel Campbells arm.
Cabinteely came straight out of the blocks in the second half and were playing with a real intensity that was causing Finn Harps problems. The Cabinteely defence had clearly put Wexford behind them and were now back to their well organised, tough tackling ways and their assured performance was giving the team real belief as it was hard to see where a second Finn Harps goal would come from.
Ger Pender found some space on the edge of the box but his shot from distance was well saved by Gallagher in the Finn Harps goal. There was a real sense that there was a goal in this game, but with time running out Cabo needed to get it quickly. There was five minutes of added time and it took the full five minutes for the breakthrough to come. In the 95th minute Jamie McGlynn found himself chasing back to gather a Harps clearance, McGlynn launched the ball from his own half into the crowded Finn Harps area where Cabo captain Rob Maloney won the crucial header to knock the ball down to John McKeown who provided the finish any striker would be proud of. The centre midfielder took one touch to create space before hitting an outside of the foot shot that found itself in the top corner via the crossbar to the delight of Stradbrook.
This was the perfect response from Cabinteely, who in the last four weeks have played all of the top four teams in the league. They now look ahead to the next three games and will be targetting points against the teams around them. Cabo’s next three fixtures are Shelbourne away, Waterford away and Cobh Ramblers at home. Cabo can look at the table now knowing they have now played everyone and have gotten a result against 5 of their 7 opponents if you include their cup victory over UCD.
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan, Jamie McGlynn, Victor Ekanem, Robert Maloney, Evan Finnegan, Aaron Brilly, John McKeown, Conor Foley (Stephen Hanley 74), Daniel Campbell (Gavin Fahy 89), Gerard Pender, Bobinel Mazono (Ross Broderick 82)
Subs not used: Jamie Broderick
Booked: Mazono (59), McKeown (68)
Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Matt Crossan, Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Tommy McMonagle, Josh Mailey, Wilfred Tabgo, Raymond Foy, Gareth Harkin (Regan Donelan 89), Ruairi Keating (Michael Funston 83), Kevin McHugh (Garbhan Friel 63)
Subs not used: Tomy Lee McCarron, Tony McNamee, Darragh Black, Gerard O’Callaghan
Booked: Tabgo (45+1), Cowan (63), Coll (90+2)