McKeown winner gives Cabo deja-vu!

A Friday night under the lights in front of a big crowd at Stradbrook, a set piece to Cabinteely results in a John McKeown goal and a 1 nil win for Cabo. You would be forgiven for thinking that we were describing our opening game against Wexford Youths, however Cabinteely last night defeated Waterford United in very similar manner to the win that came in their season opener against Wexford Youths. Cabinteely fans however won’t have any complaints about the script from the Wexford game being reused!

Cabinteely manager Eddie Gormley made two changes for the clash with Waterford United. After he missed the game with Shelbourne through injury, Jamie McGlynn came back into the squad at the expense of Lloyd Cairns. John McKeown was brought into the midfield ahead of Aaron Brilly in the only other change.

The game was a slow starter, given how close the teams were in the league with just one point seperating them, it was very much a case of both sides showing the other respect. Clear cut chances were few and far between. Cabinteely’s defensive partnership of Maloney and Ekanem once again commanded the back line and lead by example. This is a defensive partnership that is held in high regards by the Cabo fans as it is clear to everyone that with the two of these putting in such solid displays, it will make Cabinteely a very tough team to break down.

The only real chances came from set pieces, none of which troubled either goalkeeper too much. Given how the game was going it did look as though it would take a set piece to provide the break through.

Cabo started the second half brightly and very nearly broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when Pender found himself unmarked in the box. His free header looked destined for the top corner until Connor in the Waterford goal made a brilliant reflex save to deny Pender his first league goal. From the resulting corner, Knight headed over the bar. The fans were now really behind the team as they felt that there was a goal there for Cabo if the pressure could be maintained.

10 minutes later and Cabo finally had their breakthrough. John McKeown stepped up to take a free kick out on the right hand side. He whipped in a mean inswinging ball which evaded everyone, the Waterford goalkeeper expecting a header was wrong footed and couldn’t react quick enough to prevent the ball bouncing into the far top corner. This was McKeown’s second of the season after his goal against Wexford, the Louth man quickly becoming some what of a cult hero on the terraces of Stradbrook!

With a narrow lead, Cabinteely were now tasked with defending against a Waterford side who were chasing atleast a point in the game to avoid being overtaken by Cabinteely in the league table. They were unable to carve out any real chances, Maloney and Ekanem were winning every battle both in the air and on the ground.

There was a few nervous moments towards the end with Waterford given opportunities at set pieces to launch the ball into the box but again the Cabinteely defence were more than equipped to deal with this threat. Cabinteely were able to see it out much to the delight of the Cabo support who now have all eyes focused on Cobh Ramblers next week.

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Cabinteely: Whelan, Campbell, McGlynn, Maloney, Ekanem, Knight, O’Neill, Buckley, McKeown, Finnegan, Pender
Cabinteely Subs: Cairns, Brilly, Foley, Fagan, McNelis, O’Sullivan, Mazono

Man of the Match: Victor Ekanem. Victor was once again a rock in defence. He won every ball that came his way. His partnership with the thoroughly impressive Maloney already looks to be crucial to Cabinteely.

Next Match: Our next match is away against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday the 4th of April. You can book your place on our supporters bus here.

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