Having been beaten by Waterford United last week 1-0 thanks to a late goal, Cabinteely showed great character to bounce back this week to win 1-0, a victory which lifts Cabo back off the bottom of the table and above Waterford again.
Eddie Gormley made just one change from the side that played Waterford, Sodiq Oguntola came into the starting 11 replacing Sean Burke. Cabo started the game very brightly and almost had the lead within the first 5 minutes when Oguntola found space on the edge of the box but his shot went just narrowly wide.
Cabo were on top and played some good football with John McKeown and Richie Purdy once again combining well in midfield. The breakthrough nearly came from Purdy, he saw his shot from 25 yards crash off the crossbar, a let off for Daly in the Cobh goal who was rooted to the spot.
At the stroke of half time, Stephen Hanley nearly put Cabo in front when he connected with a Michael Brown cross, but the striker saw his shot well saved.
Cathal Gillen made a number of key saves for Cabo throughout the game that kept the scores at 0-0. The young goalkeeper looked assured under crosses and put in a great performance all night. Infront of him, the central defence partnership of Ekanem and McDonagh once again stood out. Since coming into the team McDonagh has made the jersey his own and has struck up a brilliant partnership with the ever impressive Ekanem. While things were being kept tight at the back, Cabo were probing at the other end for the first goal of the game.
The breakthrough came when Stephen Dunne threaded a brilliant pass through the defence for Karl Byrne to run onto, his cross was met by the onrushing John McKeown who turned the ball home from close range. The Cabo captain’s sixth goal of the season. McKeown has a knack for scoring crucial goals at home, he has scored 4 goals at Stradbrook, scoring the winner 3 times and a late equaliser in the other.
Conor Foley replaced Stephen Hanley in the 85th minute and made an instant impact, immediately playing Oguntola through on goal with his first touch, but the strikers shot went just wide of the post. From the resulting goal kick, Foley won the ball back and laid it off to Oguntola, this time his shot from the edge of the box was well saved.
Cabo held on for a great win that lifts the club up to 7th place in the league with just 2 games remaining. There is a break in games this week for the FAI Cup Semi Finals but we are away to UCD the following week before returning to Stradbrook for the final game of the season against Athlone Town. This game is on Saturday the 17th of October, tickets are available now. Be sure to pick yours up and come to a game that will be crucial as we look to secure 7th and show our appreciation to the lads for a brilliant first season!