Shels edge past Cabinteely.
Cabinteely came into this game against Shelbourne knowing it would be a tight affair, after losing by a single goal to Shels on both previous occasions that the sides met.
Gormley made two changes to the side that played against Finn Harps, Foley came in for Pender who signed for Drogheda United in the transfer window, while Michael Brown made his debut on the left wing at the expense of Stephen Hanley.
Cabinteely and Shelbourne both traded possession in the first half, with both sides knocking it about on the much improved Stradbrook surface. In a worrying development Cabinteely lost the ever present and hugely impressive Jamie McGlynn to a serious looking injury. McGlynn dislocated his shoulder and also injured his ankle in a collision. He was replaced by young Cabo graduate Jamie Broderick who put in the kind of performance that will have let Gormley know that in Broderick he has a more than capable replacement while McGlynn is on the injury table.
The game was void of any real chances in what was a slow first half. Oguntola had a shot from range that just went wide, Foley’s header went just wide of the post while McKeown’s effort from range was well saved. There was a sense that this game would be decided by a single goal. This goal didn’t come in the first half with both sides trading jabs but the knockout blow would come in the second half.
Cabinteely were caught in possession down their right hand side and were duly punished. James English found space in the Cabo box and Coughlan’s cross picked him out, English made no mistake as he headed the ball into Whelan’s top corner leaving him with no chance.
Gormley’s hands were forced into using his three subs to replace injured players. Conor Foley and Daniel Campbell both joined McGlynn in picking up injuries.
Cabo pushed for an equaliser with substitute and debutant McDonagh twice going close with his headed efforts. It wasn’t to be for Cabo, Shels recorded a 1-0 win over Cabo for the third time this season. Cabinteely now turn their attentions to Monday nights game at home against Waterford United in a crucial matchup of 7th versus 8th.
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan; Jamie McGlynn (Jamie Broderick 12), Victor Ekanem, Josh Quinlivan, Daniel Campbell (Edward McDonagh 61); Darren Clarke, Aaron Brilly, John McKeown, Michael Brown; Conor Foley (Stephen Hanley 50), Sodiq Oguntula.
Subs not used: Sean Hyland (gk), Ross Broderick, Stephen Dunne, Karl Byrne.
Booked: Sodiq Oguntola (40), Daniel Campbell (54).
Shelbourne: Greg Murray; Evan Osam, Sean Heaney, Ryan Robinson, Adam O’Connor; Gareth Coughlan, Daire Doyle, Jake Donnelly, Dylan McGlade; Philip Hughes, James English.
Subs not used: David Ryan (gk), Paul Andrews, Alan Kehoe, Darragh Ganon, Carl Walsh, Aaron Robinson, Conor Keeley.