Garrigos fires Cabo through

by Gazette Reporter

CABINTEELY’S Under-13 side battled through wind, mud and rain to book their place in the last 16 of the SFAI Cup last Saturday in Waterford.
The talented young side travelled down south to take on Ferrybank in the national competition. When the South Dubliners hopped off their bus, however, they were met with awful conditions, grey skies, and a pitch that looked barely playable.
The referee, in agreement with both managers, started the game half an hour earlier than the 2pm set time to beat the impending rain.
Both sides basically got a feel for the game for the opening 15 minutes, fully aware that one slip in the mud could bring Steven Gerrard-like catastrophe.
The visitors eventually took the lead when a Darragh Lynch shot was only parried by the Ferrybank keeper to Marc Garrigos and his rebound nestled into the back of the net.
The rest of the half was a real battle with little in the way of chances and, as the rain appeared during the half-time break, the second half followed suit.
It was turning into a case of who wanted it more on a miserable day and, in the end, it was Cabo. They should have had a penalty midway through the half when Josh Kavanagh was hacked down which could have sealed the result but were made grind it out.
Stand-in keeper Adam Thomas proved a hero with an assured performance between the sticks. The Kilbogget side were forced to rotate every 10 minutes or so due to fatigue caused by the heavy pitch.
The back four and midfield battled like lions to keep the hosts from equalising and the players further forward offered many a breather in the latter stages through selfless running.
Speaking after the result, one half of the managerial team, Mark Kavanagh praised his players for coping with the conditions. “It’s great for the kids that they got the win; the bus journey home was a much more enjoyable experience afterwards as you can imagine,” he said.
“If we had gone there and lost after such a tough day, it would have been hard to take but they really dug-in and to see their faces at full-time, it was all worth it; there was a many a song sung on the way home.”
Up next in the competition is an away trip a lot closer to home in Phoenix FC of Ashtown. Now a league above Cabo in the DDSL Premier, the sides met last season before Phoenix won promotion and Kavanagh said it will be a stern test.
“They are a decent side, they would have to be to be in the Premier,” he said. “But last season Cabinteely were one of very few teams to win points off them so we’ll go there and do our best and you never know on the day.”

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