Wexford Youths punish Cabo.
While 7-0 is a reflection on last nights performance, it is is no way of a reflection of Cabinteely’s season or where they are at as a team. Cabinteely will look back on this match as a night when many lessons were learned. Cabinteely were undone by a number of individual errors, it would be more worrying if they had played well and the defence been picked open 7 times but in truth the score line is a combination of Cabinteely mistakes and clinical finishing.
Cabinteely, wearing their blue strip for the first time, started the first half facing into a strong gale that made it quite difficult to play, the wind made it tough for Eddie Gormleys side to get out of their half with clearances going up in the air and being blown back on top of the defence.
The breakthrough came from a Wexford corner. McKeown misjudged the flight of the ball and his miskick left Furlong with a tap in at the back post.
Soon after it was déjà vu for Cabinteely with Furlong once again finding himself free at the back post to turn a Wexford cross home for his, and Wexfords second.
Cabinteely had some half chances in the first half with Foley nearly getting in one on one early on and Pender nearly getting onto a dangerous ball in the 6 yard box.
With the way the first half had played out, Cabo could have been forgiven for just wanting the half time whistle to come and to regroup at half time and try overcome the two goal deficit in the second half. Just before the half time whistle however, Wexford were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Cabinteely box. Furlong stepped up and curled it into the top left hand corner for his hat trick.
It was not the best half of football Cabinteely have played and perhaps this played on their minds in the second half as mistakes, and in turn, goals continued to come.
Furlong added another two to his tally, he finished the game with 5 goals, a fine haul to place him as the leagues top goal scorer.
Cabinteely can be nothing but disappointed with their performance in Ferrycarrig Park. This will be a lesson for this new team, the average age of the squad that finished the match was 20, this game very much a baptism of fire for this young squad.
Bad nights happen to teams, the mark of a team is how they bounce back, Cabinteely now face league leaders Finn Harps at home this Friday night. There is no doubt that they will be looking forward wanting to make amends for last nights game.
Wexford Youths: Graham Doyle; Craig McCabe, Lee Grace, Gary Delaney, James Darmody; Conor Whittle (Philip Drohan 59), Peter Higgins, Johnny Bonner, Andy Mulligan; Aidan Keenan (Dean Broaders 80), Danny Furlong (Conor English 80).
Subs Not Used: Daniel Neikis (gk), Ryan Delaney, Craig Wall, Eric Molloy.
Booked: P Higgins (82).
Cabinteely: Evan Whelan; Daniel Campbell (Jamie Broderick 63), Victor Ekanem, Robert Maloney, Jamie McGlynn; Conor Foley (Bobinel Mazono 63), Aaron Brilly, John McKeown (Ross Broderick 80), Evan Finnegan; Ger Pender, Shane O’Neill.
Subs Not Used: Gavin Fahy, Jordan Kelly, Sean Hyland.
Booked: McGlynn (22), Ekanem (45+1).