Cabinteely FC walking out for their first league match in the SSE Airtricity First Division at Stradbrook

CABINTEELY FC ended their first ever season of League of Ireland football last Friday night with 3-1 defeat at the hands of Athlone Town last Friday night in Stradbrook.
The defeat means Cabo finished bottom of the Airtricity First Division but despite that, it’s been a season with plenty of positive and most importantly, one to build upon for the future.
Speaking to GazetteSport after the final game, Cabinteely manager Eddie Gormley is proud of his player’s efforts and is already looking ahead to next season.
“Obviously it’s not ideal finishing bottom,” said Gormley. “But I think if you look at the time-scale we had at the start of the season to get a squad together, the players did a very good job and were competitive throughout the season.”
Cabo were certainly no whipping boys in the division. Of the 18 defeats suffered, 11 were by a single goal and their final tally of 20 points is the highest of any bottom placed side since 2010 (bar Salthill in 2012, who also finished on 20).
“We took points off every team in the division bar UCD, beat Wexford, the league champions, on the opening day and realistically should have took more points off them in the season,” Gormley added.
While the club’s focus this season was completely on youth, both with the players they signed from the start and the one’s now representing their underage teams in the new national leagues, Gormley was asked when he will start planning for 2016.
“I think that started about two months ago to be honest,” he answered. “When you’re a manager you always have to be planning ahead so we’ve already start looking at ways to improve.
“We’ve contacted a number of clubs to enquire about a few possible loan signings and looking closely at our own underage sides as well as other avenues.”
The introduction of even one or two more experience League of Ireland players would surely improve the side greatly as inexperience has seen the current crop squander one or two leads this season. Although the manager agrees with that logic, he insists the timing has to be right for the club to take that step.
“When we started, we made it clear we were all about providing a platform for young players, from our underage teams, the local area, and further afield to play senior football on a national level,” he said.
“Naturally you would like to push it on, but the club might not be in the position to do that just yet.
“We don’t want to be a club who comes in, goes gung-ho for success for a couple of years and then disappears. I’m sure we will take that step-up eventually, but the timing has to be right.”