Late goal puts Youths top of the table.
If the second half of the season is to be anything like Friday nights game at Stradbrook then we are in for a treat. Ultimately however Cabinteely will see this as points dropped. Cabo had fought back from a 1 goal deficit and got themselves infront with a 2-1 lead but in the end an injury time goal swung the five goal thriller in Wexford’s favour, this win putting Wexford top of the First Division.
The second half of the season is now underway after the Summer break, and League of Ireland football was only back two minutes when the crowd at Stradbrook were treated to a goal of real quality. Eric Molloy gathered a loose ball 25 yards from goal and struck a sweet shot that flew by Evan Whelan into the bottom left corner. This goal was to set the standard for the game with many more great goals being scored.
Cabo fought back into the game after conceding early on and soon began to create chances of their own. Sodiq Oguntola was a constant threat and he had Cabo’s first real chance of the game. He found himself through on goal and after knocking the ball past the onrushing Youths goalkeeper he was taken down. Some of the crowd were celebrating as it looked to be an obvious penalty, and possibly a red card, but to the shock of everyone at Stradbrook play was waived on.
Pender and Oguntola continued to link up well and they nearly found the equaliser before the half. Gender was played through and after controlling the ball with his chest the ball just could not come down quick enough for the striker and Wexford were saved by a well timed last ditch tackle. The sides went in at the half with Cabo trailing by one goal to nil but with their heads held high as they had chances and were right in the game.
Cabinteely started in a similar vein to how they finished the first half. Cabo were on the front foot and just as results went in Wexford’s favour elsewhere with Shelbourne scoring against Finn Harps, Cabo got their equaliser. A long ball to Pender was controlled well and from their Pender showed great close control to find space to unleash a curling effort that was destined for the goal from the moment it left his boot.
Wexford looked a bit shook after conceding and Cabo looked to capitalise and were soon looking for a second. Oguntola was played through and showed real composure to lift the ball over the keeper and put Cabo 2-1 up. Oguntola has scored two goals in his two appearances for the club and is becoming a real fan favourite thanks to his quick feet and work rate.
As the game wore on, Cabo began to sit back and try defend the lead that they had. In an end-to-end game it was now Wexford’s turn to put pressure on the Cabo defence. Cabo defended well but once again a great goal was their undoing. From a corner Doyle found himself unmarked towards the edge of the box and he struck a sweet half volley into the top left corner.
At 2-2 Wexford were now in the ascendancy as they had momentum on their side. In cruel fashion they found their winner in the 92nd minute through Danny Furlong.
In what was a brilliant game for a neutral, perhaps a draw would have been a fair result. While they didn’t pick up points Cabo can be proud of coming so close to beating the team top of the table, on their day Cabinteely can pick up points against the best of them so there is plenty of reason to be optimistic for the second half of the season.
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan; Jamie McGlynn, Victor Ekanem, Kevin Knight, Daniel Campbell; Shane O’Neill, Aaron Brilly, John McKeown, Stephen Hanley; Sadiq Oguntula, Ger Pender.
Subs not used: Sean Hyland (gk), Josh Quinlivan, Jamie Broderick, Ross Broderick, Darren Clarke.
Booked: Sodiq Oguntola (56).
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, James Dermody, Stephen Last, Gary Delaney; Andy Mulligan, Lee Grace, Peter Higgins (John Peare 50), Aidan Keenan (David Doyle 70); Eric Molloy, Danny Furlong.
Subs not used: Gavin Dowling (gk), Ryan Delaney, Paul Brennan, Dean Broaders.
Booked: Peter Higgins (46).
Referee: Rhona Daly.