Date Time League Season
15 October 2021 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

First win in eight games for Cabo’

Cabinteely got their first win in eight after a second half comeback against their east coast rivals Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds tonight.

A Conor Clifford free right on the verge of half time gave the hosts the lead, but a Kevin Knight penalty and a Mark Byrne own goal flipped the script in the second half.

Throughout the first half, the hosts controlled possession but couldn’t get any clear cut chances. Barnett, Kavanagh and Thompson were the main players, with play down either wing threatening the visitors from time to time.

Richie O’Farrell nearly scored a goal of the season contender when his long range effort hit the post in the 35th minute.

The breakthrough came on the verge of half-time. Craven was fouled by Byrne on the edge of the area from a throw in and Clifford hit the short range free. His effort was right at Hayden, who seemed to be caught cold by a bounce and it went in. Nonetheless, the timing couldn’t have been better for Bray.

The tempo was slow and neither team was dominating the second half up until Knight’s goal. Cabinteely won a corner and the second ball fell to Byrne, who beat his man and was fouled just inside the area. Kevin Knight stepped up and made no mistake, putting it down the middle to give Cabinteely life.

Much like the moments building up to the goal, neither side was taking control in the build up to the winner. Barnett, Kavanagh and O’Farrell all had efforts but nothing concrete.

The winner came in slightly fortuitous fashion for Cabinteely. They initially attempted to hit Bray on the counter attack, but the Bray defence staved off the initial effort and managed to get men back. This proved all for nought however, after Eoin Massey’s cross made its’ way to Luke McWilliams at the back post, who attempted to square it to a teammate. Mark Byrne stuck out a leg to deal with the pass, but the contact was all wrong and he stuck it into his own net. This was a result of Bray failing to take their chances.

For the rest of the game, Bray couldn’t get through on goal. Their play lacked a sense of urgency. This is meaningless now however, as Athlone Town failed to capitalise on the Bray loss, which means Wanderers will now definitely take place in the promotion play offs.

  • 96'

    Full time. Cabo take the points.

  • 90'

    Kavanagh cannot hit the target. Four minutes added on.

  • 89'

    Shaw wins a free just outside the area.

  • 76'

    Goal! Cabo take the lead through a Mark Byrne own goal! Game has been turned on it's head!

  • 74'

    Knight booked for a tactical foul. Both goalscorers are now in the book.

  • 73'

    Cabinteely work their way into the box but can't get a meaningful effort off.

  • 71'

    Kavanagh has a long range pop. Was straight at Hayden.

  • 71'

    Cabinteely almost have an almighty mix up at the back. Got away with it though.

  • 67'

    Another Bray penalty claim due to a handball is waved away.

  • 65'

    Barnett tries from range but it's just wide.

  • 61'

    Richie O'Farrell rises highest to meet a cross but heads wide.

  • 57'

    Knight puts it down the middle and we're all tied here!

  • 56'

    Penalty Cabinteely!

  • 55'

    Blackbyrne's tame cross can't meet anyone.

  • 52'

    Kavanagh meets a cross but it's blocked. Nothing comes from the corner.

  • 51'

    Hudson with a fine tackle ends a Bray attack.

  • 47'

    Conor Clifford and Jamin Nwanze are down after a challenge from Clifford, who has been booked. Nwanze will stay on, but Clifford limps to the sideline.

  • 46'

    Bray get us underway for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time. Clifford's free was the last kick of the half. Perfect timing to stave off pressure after the Athlone goal elsewhere and right as the teams go in.

  • 45'

    Goal! Conor Clifford scores from the ensuing free! He hit it straight at Hayden, who'll be disappointed in himself.

  • 44'

    Byrne is booked for fouling Craven right on the edge of the area.

  • 44'

    Craven and Barnett play a lovely one-two which results in Hayden denying Craven at point blank range. Best move of the game so for either side.

  • 40'

    Elsewhere, Athlone have taken the lead against Treaty. Should the current scores stay this way, the final playoff spot will still be up for grabs.

  • 35'

    Richie O'Farrell hits the post from way out. Would've been a goal of the season contender.

  • 34'

    Feeney has a decent attempt that narrowly goes wide.

  • 33'

    McPhilips attempts an audacious free but doesn't even nearly get it on target.

  • 31'

    Thompson attacks down the left and put it right into the mixer. Result is Shaw putting it wide for a goal kick.

  • 27'

    Large Bray appeals for a penalty due to a handball. Protests are waved away.

  • 26'

    Craven attempts one from long range but it doesn't come down in time.

  • 25'

    Kavanagh dispossess Cabo in their own box but his shot is deflected and Cabo ultimately get a free out.

  • 20'

    Thompson bursts down the right and fires in a cross, but Hayden comes out and collects calmly.

  • 15'

    Feeney has Cabo's first real chance of the game with an effort just outside the area with his left foot. Little too much air on that one.

  • 12'

    Kavangh has the games first shot on target but doesn't get enough power on his effort.

  • 8'

    Kavanagh whips an in-swinging free from way out, which just went by Gary Shaw at the back post.

  • 5'

    Barnett gets into the box and puts it across, but can't find anyone.

  • 4'

    Jones heads a Brandon Kavanagh corner just wide.

  • 1'

    Cabinteely get us underway.

  • Teams are out. Kickoff is imminent.

  • The Bray lineup is also now in.

  • Destiny Idele and Jamin Nwanze both make their full debuts for the visitors.

  • The Cabinteely lineup is now in.

  • Bray secure the playoffs with a win tonight. If that doesn't happen, then they will need Athlone to drop points to Treaty for that last spot to be secured.

  • Hello and welcome to for live updates of Bray Wanderers vs Cabinteely in the First Division, I'm Sean Comber and I'll be updating you on tonight's proceedings.

Bray Wanderers

1Brian Maher Goalkeeper
3Dylan Barnett Defender
5Aaron Barry Defender
6Conor Clifford Midfielder 45'
8Mark Byrne 9 Midfielder 76'
10Gary Shaw Forward
11Brandon Kavanagh Midfielder
14Richie O’Farrell Midfielder
15Daniel Jones
16Darren Craven 7 Midfielder
27Callum Thompson 28 Midfielder
25Kian Clarke Goalkeeper
4Andrew Quinn Defender
7Ryan Graydon 16 Forward
9Joe Doyle 8 Forward
17Luka Lovic Midfielder
18Sean Callan Defender
19Darragh Lynch Forward
22Steven Kinsella Forward
28Sam Verdon 27 Forward


1Adam Hayden Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender 80'
3Kevin Knight Defender 57'
4Jack Hudson 5 Defender
9Destiny Idele 11
15Eoin Massey Midfielder
19Luke McWilliams Defender
20Eoin McPhillips 17 Midfielder
21Jamin Nwanze
33Mitchell Byrne Defender 44'
34Ben Feeney Forward
35Benjamin Clark Goalkeeper
5Dan Tobin 4 Defender
11Sean McDonald 9 Forward
17Sean McLean 20
18Conor Knight Midfielder
22Dean Casey Midfielder
26Ben Houton
27Jack O’Reilly Defender
29Jem Campion Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
0 - 3
LOI Men's First Division

Cabinteely v Bray Wanderers

(Series 8)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cabinteely

(Series 10)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Cabinteely

(Series 1)
4 - 2
LOI Men's First Division

Cabinteely v Bray Wanderers


Carlisle Grounds
Carlisle Grounds, Seapoint Road, Bray No 2, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, A98 T9D9, Ireland

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