Cabinteely FC Press Release 

Team News vs Longford Town 


SSE Airtricity League First Division

Friday 8th March 2019 

7.45 p.m.

Cabinteely go in search of their third win in a row in just eight days while unbeaten Longford have yet to concede so far this season.

Management Team View

A welcome addition to Cabinteely’s back-room staff, Paul Heffernan had taken on the Striker’s coaching role this season.

It’s already paying dividend with Rob Manley, Kieran Marty Waters and Luke Clucas finding the net.

“As a striker, I have said to them they are judged on goals. Even if they play ten great games, people will pick up on you are not scoring. It’s great that all the lads have got off the mark early. Hopefully, there’s more to come from all our forward players” remarked the 37-year-old who hung up his boots back in 2016.

“I spent nearly 20-years playing in Scotland and England (for clubs like Notts County, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Hibernians and Kilmarnock – scoring over 100 career goals). Any sorts of knowledge I can pass to the lads, I will do. It’s a young squad. You can see by their age that they are willing to learn. I’m just trying to pass on the bit of experience I have.”

Heffernan is also hoping to build on the recent victories over Shelbourne and Drogheda United (EA Sports Cup) in which Cabinteely have used 25 different players.

“We’ve had three good performances so far this season. We’re looking to build on the last two results. It will be tough against Longford who a good, experienced side. Hopefully we can put in another decent performance and come out with a decent result.

Player View

Cabinteely have only ever won three competitive matches in a row once before (March 2017).

Zak O’Neill is hoping they can repeat that feat.

“We have bounced back from the Bray defeat. We put the heads down in training. That’s what it is all about. We’re just looking forward to the next couple of weeks. We just want to keep winning and hopefully push on.”

The 18-year-old continued “It’s a big game. Longford got a big result last week against Drogheda. Obviously, we have a young squad. But the lads are enthusiastic. We don’t really know who we are coming up against every week. We showed great character to come back last week against Shels. We just need to keep the momentum going.

Team News

It’s a case of who to leave out for Cabinteely after back to back wins over Shelbourne and Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup.

The club gave six full debuts in the success at United Park last Monday.

A number of players featured in the Colleges FAI Finals this week and will be checked over by the club’s medical staff.


Paula Brady will take charge of the fixture with Shane O’Brien and Phillip Harrison the assistants. Alan Patchell is fourth official.


The clubs first met in 2017. The seven meetings since then have seen Cabinteely win twice and Longford claim four victories.



City Calling Stadium, September 1

Longford Town 4 (Karl Chambers 34, Dylan McGlade 43, 90 + 4, 90 + 5); Cabinteely 1 (Keith Dalton 70).

Stradbrook, June 8

Cabinteely 1 (Kevin Knight 31); Longford Town 0

City Calling Stadium, April 7

Longford Town 3 (Own Goal 9, Peter Hopkins 81, Dean Byrne 90 + 1); Cabinteely 0.


Stradbrook, September 1

Cabinteely 0; Longford Town 2 (Sam Verdon 37, David O’Sullivan 83).

City Calling Stadium, July 1

Longford Town 1 (Daniel O’Reilly 85); Cabinteely 0.

Stradbrook, May 6

Cabinteely 0; Longford Town 0.

City Calling Stadium, March 18

Longford Town 0; Cabinteely 2 (Jack Watson 2, Kieran Marty Waters 90).

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