Cabo laying future base

by Gazette Reporter

CABINTEELY FC’s first season in League of Ireland football probably, as a whole, finished as many would have expected.
Last place in the First Division it was, but an embarrassment it was not. An opening day win over eventual champions Wexford Youths, some excellent crowds at Stradbrook and many a genius marketing campaign online saw Cabo as one of the most spoken about teams in League of Ireland football in 2015.
Eddie Gormley’s side will welcome Athlone Town to Stradbrook this Friday night as they look to kick-off their second season in the Airtricity League the same way they did their first. GazetteSport caught up with Gormley at the launch of the league last week in the Aviva Stadium about his hopes for the new season.
“Obviously everybody wants to win the league,” he started. “That’s every club’s hope at the start of the season but the reality is you’ve got to look at where you are and where you’ve come from.
“At this stage, it’s about trying to push on as a club. Will we win the league? Hopefully, but possibly not, it’s about developing young talent within our club from around the area and giving them a pathway to start their career. I’m optimistic going forward.”
Like all clubs in the off-season, Cabinteely have been busy on the transfer-front. “At this stage we’ve resigned over a dozen of the squad from last season and then signed another dozen or so from other places,” said Gormley.
“I’m happy with the squad going into the season and I think what will be key for us is that we’ve more time to prepare than we did this time last year.
“We probably started a week or so before everybody else and that’s because, and I told the players this, we need to do a bit more work than everybody else.
“But the lads have reacted really well to pre-season, it hasn’t gone too badly. We’ve competed with some Premier Division teams and, at the end of the day, all we can do is go out and try improve on last year.”
One man Gormley and Cabo will have to do without in the long-term is Victor Ekanem. Announced as the new club captain recently, the centre-half has become a hugely popular figure with the Stradbrook faithful but picked up an injury in pre-season and will be out for a number of months.
“It’s awful for Victor,” said his manager. “He ruptured his Achilles and all we can do is give him the time and support he needs.
“It’s a horrible time to get injured as a player, but look, we have to get over it and hope whoever plays in his place can stand up and perform.”

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