Cabinteely took home all three points when they travelled to Longford Town on Saturday night in the SSE Airtricity League. Jack Watson gave Cabo lead after just two minutes before Marty Waters sealed the win in extra time.
Pat Devlin’s side came into the match fresh off a 2-0 win against Wexford when Joe Doyle’s two goals moved Cabo up to 6th place in the league. Devlin named an unchanged side for the trip to the midlands and immediately reaped dividends.
Two minutes into the match Evan Galvin played a cutting pass through the Longford defence that Jack Watson raced on to and lifted his shot over Paul Skinner into the empty net to give Cabinteely the lead.
Cabo nearly doubled their lead three minutes later when Marty Waters rattled the crossbar from 20 yards out with a stunning effort.
Longford soon found a foothold in the game and had some chances of their own. They went close when David O’Sullivan’s header went just wide of the post. They had another great chance shortly after this, after the ball bounced around the box, Gavin Boyne saw his effort from close range hit the crossbar.
Joe Doyle had a chance to extend Cabo’s lead when Skinner’s clearance only went as far as him 20 yards out but Doyle’s effort went over the bar.
Cabo were very much in control of the game in the second half and limited Longford to very little chances. The second half saw the introduction from the bench of Jason Byrne for his Cabinteely debut. The League of Ireland legend was only on the pitch for a few minutes when he showed his class to set up Cabo’s second. Byrne played an amazing flick through the Longford defence for Marty Waters to latch on to and the striker made no mistake, smashing the ball into the top corner to seal the win and move Cabinteely up to fourth place.
Two wins in a row, two clean sheets in a row and two points behind first placed Cobh Ramblers who we play at Stradbrook this Saturday night. Tickets available now.