Shelbourne FC 1
Cabinteely FC 4
Cabinteely produced a stunning display at sun-drenched Tolka Park last evening to record a famous win over Dublin rivals Shelbourne in round 14 of the SSE Airtricity League Division One.
Cabo fielded a very attacking line up with Marty Waters and Joe Doyle supported by the Galvin brothers Evan and Corey however it was the hosts that dominated the opening exchanges. Shels looked to have taken the lead on 8 minutes when Adam Evans turned on a sixpence and fired towards the top corner however Michael Kelly in the Cabo goal, who once again enhanced his growing reputation with an outstanding display, produced a wonder save to tip over at the expense of a corner. Seconds later the away side took the lead and did so in emphatic fashion.
The corner was cleared to Evan Galvin who broke at devastating speed and released the overlapping Karl Byrne who in turned crossed to Joe Doyle who hammered the ball first time into the roof of the net for the most breathtaking of counter attacking goals.
The homes sides’ response was immediate and within four minutes, they had found a deserved equaliser. Jack Watson was dispossessed just inside his own half and with Cabo players calling for a free kick, full back Aaron Ashe was put through on the overlap and hammered a rasping drive towards the top corner, but again it was Kelly who produced a stunning acrobatic save. The reprieve was a temporary one and from the resulting corner James English rose unchallenged at the far post to head home for the hosts.
Cabo restored their lead on 25 minutes when a beautifully floated Waters free kick was met by the powerful head of Conor Keely and flew into the top corner with Shels keeper Dean Delany rooted to his line.
The second half was a far less exciting but tense affair that threatened to turn nasty several times with referee Damien MacGraith brandishing 10 yellow cards. Some players were lucky to remain on the pitch.
With Watson and Christian Lotefa now dominant in midfield, Cabo were comfortable throughout and while Shels huffed and puffed, they couldn’t blow down the impressive defensive house build by Sean Fitzpatrick and Keely in front of Kelly’s goal.
Cabo sealed the three points with 12 minutes remaining as Corey Galvin worked some magic down the Cabo left, skipped past four defenders and released his brother Evan whose low shot deflected to Delany’s left via the leg of Alan Byrne.
And in injury time, Cabo made it four and it was fitting that it would be man of the match Lotefa who would get it, his first for the club. Picking the ball up just inside the Shels half, Lotefa powered passed several Shels players before a smart one-two with Marty Waters saw him free inside the box.
Lotefa then drew the onrushing Delany before he bundled low into the bottom left corner to spark wild celebrations both on the pitch and amongst his large following of friends and family in the stands.
With the home game against UCD coming up on Thursday and New Zealand visiting Stradbrook the week after, it was certainly a fitting way to start the clubs 50th anniversary celebrations.
Man of Match: Christian Lotefa (Cabinteely)
Shelbourne: Dean Delany, Adam O’Connor, Reece McEnteer, Alan Byrne, Aidan Collins, Mark Hughes, Adam Evans, David O’Leary (James O’Brien 57′), Aaron Ashe, Dayle Rooney (Dylan Grimes 81′), James English.
Subs not used: Jamie Quinn, Jack Tuite, James Brown, Lorcan Shannon, Niall Lanigan.
Cabinteely: Mick Kelly (Jack Menton 94′), Karl Byrne, Kevin Knight, Conor Keely, Sean Fitzpatrick, Christian Lotefa, Cory Galvin (Rob McGee 92′), Jack Watson, Joe Doyle, Kieran Waters, Evan Galvin (Michael Scott 89′).
Subs not used: Adam Harney, Daire Doyle, Anto Dolan, Paul Fox.
Attendance - 473