TWO games, two wins, two goals scored, and none conceded. Cabinteely FC have made quite a nice start to life in League of Ireland, to put it lightly.
A 1-0 win over Wexford Youths on the opening day of the new season was followed up by knocking neighbours UCD out of the EA Sports Cup just three days later by the same score.
A packed out Stradbrook played host to the league opener against Wexford last Friday and it was a John McKeown goal which earned Cabo their first three points in the First Division at the first time of asking.
A short trip to Belfield followed on Monday and this time it was Shane O’Neill who scored in dramatic style. UCD were awarded a penalty with minutes remaining but Evan Whelan brilliantly saved Eoin Kirwan’s effort which spurred on Cabo and eventually O’Neill hit the winner in injury time.
And Cabo manager Eddie Gormley told GazetteSport it was an excellent start to life in League of Ireland.
“It’s been a great few days,” he said. “We’ve been working really hard. We’re probably three or four weeks behind the rest of the teams in terms of fitness. But we’ve worked a lot on the set up of the team and how we want them to play.”
Fans can often get excited after a good start to this season but Gormley says ambitions remain modest for the time being.
“To be honest we’re dealing on a week to week basis,” he said.
“I think it’s a bit premature to be looking at winning leagues or targeting the top three or something like that as we’re genuinely going from game to game.
“I am happy with the squad we have at the moment. I think they’ve done remarkably well for a bunch of lads that have been thrown together. A lot of these lads didn’t even know each other’s names up until two and half weeks ago.”
Up next for Cabo is a trip to Donegal this Friday to face Finn Harps.
On the league encounter, the former Bray manager said: “It’s going to be another tough game against a very physical side. Everyone knows they like to bombard you with set-pieces and any time you go up and face Finn Harps it’s a tough game.
“But we have a little bit of momentum going so we’ll be confident in ourselves.”