Cabinteely continued their impressive start to the 2016 season with a well earned draw away against Shelbourne. Michael Brown had put Eddie Gormley’s side in front thanks to a brilliant free kick but the lead was cancelled out by a late equaliser from former Cabo man Sodiq Oguntola.

Eddie Gormley named a similar side to that of our other two league games with the only change being Aaron Brilly coming into centre midfield to replace the suspended Oscar Brennan. Shelbourne proved to be somewhat of a bogey team for Cabo in 2015, Cabo lost 1-0 three times and dre 0-0, all close encounters but Cabo came into last nights game still chasing their first goal against the Dublin outfit.

The game started even enough with both sides enjoying spells of possession but neither side created any chances of note. The one half chance that got the biggest cheer of the night was when ‘Chopper’ put it in the chipper. From 30 yards Karl ‘Chopper’ Byrne tried his luck from range but his effort went over the bar and landed in the chip van behind the goal.

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The first real chance of the game came near the end of the half when Wall was caught in possession, Shelbourne broke through on goal and should have taken the lead but Michael Kelly made a brilliant save to tip the ball onto the post and away from danger. Cabo then counterattacked and won a free kick 25 yards from goal.

Michael Brown has established himself as something of a set piece specialist and he added to this last night with a fine free kick. 25 yards out Brown curled the ball into the top corner to the delight of the travelling Cabo fans. It was a brilliant free kick that left the keeper with no chance. Cabo found themselves 1 nil up at half time having gone so close to conceding just moments earlier.

Shelbourne came out in the second half with a new lease of life and began really pressing for an equaliser. They introduced former Cabo man Sodiq Oguntola and the striker looked lively from the off. Cabo defended brilliantly, the back four that has started all three league games looks like it will prove tough to break down all season.

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With less than 10 minutes to go, Shelbourne finally got their breakthrough. After a set piece was delivered into the box, Oguntola rose the highest to head the ball home. Shelbourne began to now look for a winner but it was not to be with Cabo keeping them out for the remainder of the game.

We are back in action on Monday night away to Shelbourne in the EA Sports Cup, kick off is at 19:45. We return to Stradbrook on SATURDAY the 26th of March when we take on Waterford United, tickets are available online now.