In the first South Dublin Derby of the 2016 campaign, UCD just edged a close encounter winning by two goals to one after Cabo were reduced to ten men. There were lots of positives to take from the match however, as Eddie Gormley’s side held their own against a UCD side that is strongly tipped to challenge for promotion.
Cabinteely had a bright start to the match enjoying good spells of possession but were limited to shots from outside the box. For all of Cabo’s initial pressure though it would be UCD who would break the deadlock and score the first goal of the game. A deep UCD corner was headed back across the face of the goal where Maxi Kouogun headed it home for the defender’s second in two games.
The goal gave UCD confidence and they were on top for large parts of the first half. Their best chance came via a set piece when Gary O’Neill’s free kick looked destined for goal until Michael Kelly tipped it over the bar for a corner.
Cabo’s best chance was with the last kick of the first half. Stephen Hanley was one-on-one but Corbet saved his shot well with his feet to deny the striker an equaliser.
Gormley’s half time talk clearly had an effect on his side and they come out in the second half with renewed purpose and began to get a foothold in the game again and create chances.
Cabo’s equalier came in the 65th minute through Ben Hanrahan, his second in two games, the striker showing great composure in the box to roll his marker and get a shot away into the bottom corner.
Gormley introduced Mark Slater, for his debut, replacing Stephen Hanley and Darren Clarke came on for Michael Brown. The game changed however when Oscar Brennan picked up two yellow cards in two minutes and Cabo were reduced to ten men. The midfielder has impressed in his first two games for the club and will now miss out on our trip to Tolka Park to take on Shelbourne.
With a numerical advantage UCD now began to press for a winner. Cabinteely defended excellently but the decisive goal was to come from some intricate play from UCD. A series of one touch passes around the edge of the box put Georgie Kelly through on goal and his first time finish eluded Michael Kelly and nestled into the far corner.
While Cabo left The UCD Bowl empty handed, the performance was a positive and this young side are already showing that they will be very competitive this season. It is a far cry from when UCD ran out 6-1 winners last year and we had to write this match report. Even at this very early stage, the 2016 season is looking very bright for Cabo.
Our next match is this Monday night, the 14th, at home against Bluebell United in the Leinster Senior Cup. Kick off at Stradbrook is 19:15.