Students take the spoils in local derby!
A round trip to Cobh, a cup tie against heavyweights of Irish football Shamrock Rovers and a local derby against local rivals UCD – each of the afformentioned fixtures would be taxing in their own right, but in the space of six days Cabinteely had all three. Perhaps this played it’s part with Cabinteely having a sluggish start which ultimately was their downfall on Friday night at Stradbrook.
Eddie Gormley opted to name the same side again as the Cobh and Shamrock Rovers matches, Jordan Buckley and Victor Ekanem passed a late fitness test and an injury scare in the warm-up respectively to keep their starting positions.
The crowd were still filing in to Stradbrook on a lovely Summer’s evening when UCD took the lead in this derby. The match was just 3 minutes old when Cabinteely failed to deal with a cross from the left hand side. Knight’s defensive header dropped to Mulhall who finished neatly into the far bottom corner.
One area for Cabo that even their most staunch critic would have to applaud is the spirit that they have shown whenever they have conceded a goal. Cabo came back fighting and were the dominant team for large parts of the first half. Pender continues to impress with his hold up play for the team. He had a few half chances in the first half, you can’t help but feel that his first Cabo goal will be sooner rather than later and it will be no more than he deserves as he has worked tirelessly over the last couple of games in the lone striker role.
Eddie Gormley’s side were unfortunate to be going in at half time one goal down. They created plenty of chances and after the early lapse in concentration were by no means second best in the half.
Cabo came out in the second half and were made to pay early on again. Two minutes into the second half, Mulhall once again found himself at the back post after a cross into the box. Mulhall finished despite Whelan’s best efforts at preventing it from going over line. A tough blow for Cabo, after the charisma they showed in the first half chasing an equaliser, they now found themselves two nil down.
One of Cabinteely’s most prized assets of the season so far has been the defensive partnership of Maloney & Ekanem. The duo have been stand out performers in every game so far and justifiably have become fan favourites. While Cabo ultimately went on to lose two nil, what may be of more concern for Eddie Gormley is that by the 90th minute neither of the duo were on the pitch. First Ekanem had to go off through injury, he had been put through his paces in the warm up to ensure he could play but his third game in six days was ultimately a step too far for the big man. Gormley and the Cabo fans will now have one eye on the Athlone match this Friday hoping that Victor will be back in time. While Ekanem could posssibly feature against Athlone, Maloney unfortunately will not. The skipper was sent off late on after a second yellow. The second yellow was extremely harsh and Maloney can feel aggrieved that it was deemed a bookable offence.
While UCD got the win and Cabo had to finish without arguably their two best players so far this season, there was a real positive in the debut of young Jamie Broderick. Jamie who is a former Cabo schoolboy made his debut at the heart of the Cabinteely defence. 16 year old Jamie recently signed with the squad along with twin brother Ross and goalkeeper Sean Hyland, all of which played for Cabo at underage levels. It is great even at this early stage to see the talent that the club have in their underage ranks being recognised and rewarded. The two Brodericks and Hyland join Foley, Knight and Maloney as former Cabo schoolboys in the League of Ireland squad.
Cabinteely: Whelan, Campbell, Maloney, Ekanem (Cairns 57), McGlynn, O’Neill (Mazono 90), Buckley (Broderick 84), McKeown, Finnegan, Knight, Pender
UCD: Corbet, Tobin, Kougoun, Harney, Langtry, O’Neill, Benson (Watson 86), Swan (Belhout 92), Mulhall, Doyle, Cannon (Kirwan 69).
Next Match: Cabo are away to Athlone this Friday the 17th of April. Kick off is 19:45