Cabo’s cracking LOI start

by Gazette Reporter

ONE game, two goals, three points. Eddie Gormley will be delighted after his young Cabinteely side kicked off their 2016 Airtricity League First Division campaign with an opening night win over Athlone Town at Stradbrook last Friday.
Goals from Ben Hanrahan and Joseph Doyle had Cabo 2-0 up and, despite an absolute peach from Marco Chindea before the break, Athlone failed to find an equaliser and returned to the Midlands empty handed.
Chances were at a minimum for the opening 20 minutes but took the lead soon after through a well rehearsed corner.
Michael Browne provided the delivery, with all his teammates standing on either the edge of the box or beyond the back post.
As his cross came in, Edward McDonagh raced to the near post and flicked the ball on which caused panic in the six-yard box and the impressive Hanrahan was on hand to poke home the finish.
Athlone were offering little going forward, their one chance of note was a Daniel Purdy free-kick which Michael Kelly held easily, and the Midland side were further behind before long.
As the game crept past the half hour mark, Cabo broke from a Town attack as Michael Brown played a sweeping ball across the pitch to Joseph Doyle out right.
The winger showed tidy feet to cut inside Ian Fletcher before curling a brilliant effort past Evan Moran.
With a sturdy defence for most of the evening so far, the home side looked good money to take their two-goal advantage into the break but Chindea had the final say of the half.
The midfielder assumed possession just 10 yards inside the Cabo half, pushed the ball forward past some cut-up areas of the pitch and hit a 30-yard strike that flew over the head of Kelly and into the net.
The second half was a real cat and mouse affair, with Athlone controlling much of the ball in decent areas and Cabo looking to strike on the break.
For all their dominance however, Town failed to carve out much meaningful chances.
A rare lapse in concentration right at the death almost saw Town nick a point as Chindea was gifted another effort but rather panicked and blazed his strike over the bar much to the relief of the home fans.

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