AFL Division 1 – Cabinteely: 2 VS Cobh Ramblers: 2

First Division top scorer Rob Manley ended his seven-game goal drought as Cabinteely FC twice came from behind to salvage a point against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday.

The striker notched his 11th score of the campaign in the 2-2 draw at Stradbrook to deny Cobh their first away win since last April.

Jack Watson’s second of the campaign saw the Dublin side make it two draws in a row while the Rams are now unbeaten in their last two matches.

With 11 minutes to go, sub Paul Fox’s cross caused havoc in the away penalty area. Custodian Paul Hunt spilled under pressure and Watson was on hand to convert close in.

There was a whirlwind start to the game with two goals inside the opening five minutes. The visitors hit the front after just three minutes. Jason Kabia lofted in a cross from the right.

It fell to the unmarked Kevin Taylor who rifled in a close-range half volley at the back stick.

But the home team’s response was almost instant. Less than 90 seconds later, Manley ended his drought by lashing to the net from the ‘D’.

It was his first goal since April. However, the Munster outfit regained the lead on 24 minutes. Stephen Christopher got clear down the right flank with his low centre being side-footed in by Kabia from inside the six-yard box before Fox got the key goal.

“It’s nice to get back amongst the goals” said the 21-year-old who last found the net back in April away to Wexford FC. “At the end of the day, we’re disappointed that finished without the win.”

“We were very poor in the first half, a bit all over the place to be honest. We battled hard in the second half and got a result.

“We got together at half time. We went over what we thought we were doing wrong. And fixed it,” said the front man.

The result leaves Cabinteely in joint fourth – still technically in a play-off position – but behind Limerick FC on goal-difference.

They have four points to make up on Drogheda United in third place while Shelbourne lead the way.

With the mid-season break coming up after next week’s away fixture against Athlone Town at Lissywollen, Manley is hoping that the Green and Whites can end their recent streak without a win that now stretches to four matches.

“It’s a going to be a tough game. Results aside, Athlone are good side with some very good players.

“They have been unlucky in recent weeks. But we’ll be looking to come away with the win.”

There was a whirlwind start to the game with two goals inside the opening five minutes. The visitors hit the front after just three minutes. Jason Kabia lofted in a cross from the right.

It fell to the unmarked Kevin Taylor who rifled in a close-range half volley at the back stick.

But the home team’s response was almost instant. Less than 90 seconds later, Manley ended his drought by lashing to the net from the ‘D’.

It was his first goal since April. However, the Munster outfit regained the lead on 24 minutes. Stephen Christopher got clear down the right flank with his low centre being side-footed in by Kabia from inside the six-yard box before Fox got the key goal.

“It’s nice to get back amongst the goals” said the 21-year-old who last found the net back in April away to Wexford FC. “At the end of the day, we’re disappointed that finished without the win.”

“We were very poor in the first half, a bit all over the place to be honest. We battled hard in the second half and got a result.

“We got together at half time. We went over what we thought we were doing wrong. And fixed it,” said the front man.

The result leaves Cabinteely in joint fourth – still technically in a play-off position – but behind Limerick FC on goal-difference.

They have four points to make up on Drogheda United in third place while Shelbourne lead the way.

With the mid-season break coming up after next week’s away fixture against Athlone Town at Lissywollen, Manley is hoping that the Green and Whites can end their recent streak without a win that now stretches to four matches.

“It’s a going to be a tough game. Results aside, Athlone are good side with some very good players.

“They have been unlucky in recent weeks. But we’ll be looking to come away with the win.”