Cabinteely travelled to Waterford on Friday night to take on Roddy Collins’ sixth placed side. Eddie Gormley made a number of changes for this fixture, starting Oscar Brennan and captain Victor Ekanem in centre midfield, Ed Mcdonagh and Lee Mitchell in defence and goalkeeper Michael Kelly replaced Jack Menton in nets.
Cabinteely started brightly and had the best of the chances in the first half. Oscar Brennan first saw his effort from 20 yards go wide before Ben Hanrahan played Joe Doyle through on goal, Doyle composed himself and lifted the ball above the Waterford keeper but the ball went agonisingly over the bar. Doyle and Hanrahan combined brilliantly throughout.
Unfortunately for Cabo, Victor Ekanem needed to be replaced in the first half due to a back injury, he was replaced by Aaron Brilly who made his record breaking 45th competitive appearance for the club in the process.
Cabo continued to press for the first goal of the game throughout the first half, Waterford’s best chances came from counter attacks and the Munster side were mostly limited to long range efforts. Both Galvin twins, Evan for Cabinteely and Cory for Waterford, impressed throughout.
The second half continued in similar fashion to where the first left off. Cabo continued to press for the crucial goal but couldn’t find a breakthrough. The best chance of the half fell to Ben Hanrahan after Doyle picked him out in the box. Unfortunately Cabo’s striker couldn’t get good connection on the ball and Galvin’s second attempt was blocked down.
Cabo had to settle for a point in the end, this point sees Cabo move level on points with Athlone Town with only goal difference separating the sides now with only a handful of games left this season.
Ben Hanrahan was also forced off with an injury late on, Cabo will be hoping both he and Ekanem make a speedy recovery ahead of next Friday’s match at home against Drogheda United. Kick off at Stradbrook on Friday the 23rd of September is at 19:45 in what is our second last home game of the season.