Cabo mount comeback but Waterford hold out.
For the second time this season Cabinteely went into a game against the team at bottom of the table who were buoyed by the appointment of a new manager in the week leading up to the fixture. First Cobh were rejuvenated by the return of Stephen Henderson and now Waterford with the appointment of Roddy Collins.
Eddie Gormley had Kevin Knight and Shane O’Neill returning from suspension and injury respectively. Both came straight back into the starting 11 with Foley making way due to illness and McGlynn starting on the bench after picking up an injury against Shelbourne. Gormley named a 4-4-2 formation and it was clear from the off that he was targetting the full three points from this encounter.
Cabinteely started brightly and were enjoying a lot of possession. There was a number of half chances, in the first half O’Neill very nearly got in when he came close to reaching a through ball before the Waterford goalkeeper, Connor, came outside his box to clear the danger. Pender then showed good footwork around the edge of the box to work some space for himself and get his shot away but this was well blocked by the Waterford defence.
However this bright start was in vein when in the space of two minutes, Cabo soon found themselves two nil down. The first goal came from good skill from Doherty to create room to put in a mean cross which was headed home from Kiely from six yards out. No sooner had the game restarted from the resulting kick off when Waterford were awarded a free kick wide out right from 40 yards. Doherty once again whipped the ball into the Cabinteely area and Dineen helped it on it’s way as it crept in at the near post.
For the start Cabinteely had made, Waterford would have counted themselves lucky to be two goals to the good. Cabinteely responded well from this however and concentrated on getting back into the game when perhaps the easier option would have been to feel hard done by.
Just before half time Victor Ekanem pulled one back for Cabinteely, the fan favourite powered home his header from a Shane O’Neill corner for his first goal for the club.
Cabo came out in the second half hunting the equaliser and very nearly got it through Stephen Hanley. Hanley knocked the ball past the onrushing Connor leaving with him an open goal but from a tight angle and with Waterford defenders rushing back, he didn’t make a clean connection with his shot and it went wide of the goal. A real let off for Waterford, it would prove to be Cabo’s best chance of scoring in the second half.
Cabo still pressed and enjoyed possession in the midfield, John McKeown stood out in particular. On a number of occasions he showed great skill to create space and great use of the ball, always looking to spread the play and keep possession. Cabo had to settle for long range shots and set pieces though to try get their breakthrough as Roddy Collins’ side began to sit a little deeper as the game wore on.
The game was put to bed when Kiely got his second of the night just before the final whistle. A Waterford corner was headed over the onrushing Whelan to put the game to bed. A third goal and a crucial three points for Waterford to take them off the bottom of the table. Cabinteely are at home to Cobh Ramblers this Friday the 22nd. After two tough away games they will be looking forward to a return to Stradbrook where they have picked up seven of their eight points this season. Tickets for this game can be bought here.
Waterford United: Matthew Connor; Dean Reidy, Patrick Fitzgerald, Shane Dineen, Shaun Corcoran; Bobbi Donoghue (Mark Walsh 81), Ross Fitzpatrick, Ethan Boyle, Jack Doherty (Sean Hurley 59); Glenn Hawe, Willie John Kiely.
Subs not used: Robert Birdsall, Mikie Rowe, Thomas Croke, Shane Mackey, Cormac Breslin.
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan; Daniel Campbell, Victor Ekanem, Robert Maloney, Kevin Knight; Shane O’Neill, Aaron Brilly, John McKeown, Evan Finnegan (Jamie McGlynn 45); Ger Pender (Bubinel Mazono 87), Stephen Hanley.
Subs not used: Gavin Fahy, Jamie Broderick, Ross Broderick, Sean Hyland.
Referee: Ben Connolly