Eddie Gormley’s side travelled to Limerick on Saturday to take on the unbeaten league leaders at Market’s Field. It was always going to be a tough ask for Cabo’s young side up against the only full time side in the league but Cabinteely put in a good account of themselves against the only side with a 100% record between the two divisions.
Eddie Gormley gave Ollie Hamzat his first league start of the year with Stephen Hanley starting on the bench.Despite this being the first ever encounter between Cabinteely and Limerick, there were a few connections between the sides. Former Cabinteely player Paul O’Conor started on the bench for Limerick. 17 year old striker Ben Hanrahan started up front for Cabinteely, Ben’s father Peter played for Limerick in his playing days.
Cabinteely started well and proved very tough for Limerick to break down. Cabo’s defence were more than capable of everything that Limerick threw at them in the opening spell of the game.
Cabo were playing well on the counter attack but had no clear cut chances to report in the first half, Cabo’s best effort came through an Oscar Brennan strike from range.
The breakthrough came in the 35th minute when the ball fell to Coughlan in the 6 yard box who made no mistake in turning the ball home in to the bottom corner. While Limerick had been on top, Cabo had probably deserved to go in at half time at 0-0 for their defensive display.
Gormley made two changes at half time, introducing Aaron Brilly and Stephen Hanley for Ollie Hamzat and Michael Brown.
Limerick’s second goal came in unfortunate circumstances when a Limerick corner was whipped in and deflected off Cabinteely captain Kevin Knight and into the goal. There was little Knight could have done about this due to the quality of the ball in.
At 2-0 down, Cabinteely were then reduced to 10 men. Lee Mitchell was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, blocking a shot at goal and was given a straight red card and Limerick were awarded a penalty. The penalty was calmly slotted by Tracey into the bottom right hand corner just past the outstretched hand of Michael Kelly.
Cabinteely’s best chance of the second half came late on when Ben Hanrahan did well to create a shooting opportunity for himself but he saw his effort well saved.
Cabinteely now face a big match next Friday night away to 7th place Athlone Town, before returning to Stradbrook on Friday April 29th against UCD.