|9 July 2021||7:45 pm||LOI Men's First Division||2021|
Athlone earned their first win in six games away to Cabinteely tonight, as a Derek Daly strike early on was enough to seal the three points for the visitors in a 1-0 win at Stradbrook Road.
It proved to be the Midlanders only clear cut chance and unlike in their previous encounters, they took it.
For the hosts on the other hand, a failure to seriously threaten all night long means the result is fair.
The first half proved to be the crucial one in this affair. Athlone sought to pressure Cabinteely with long range passing, but couldn’t break through them. Their first real chance came just before the ten minute mark, when a dangerous free kick from Derek Daly whipped in with his left foot begged for a touch, any kind of which would’ve sent it in. Adam Wixted came closest, but just couldn’t get anything on it.
Bray responded with a decent chance of their own. After it fell to him on the edge of the area, Eoin Massey tried his luck and sought the bottom left corner. Schlingermann in the Athlone net had other ideas however, and got down to tip his effort around the post.
Then the breakthrough came. After some impressive link up play on the left flank, Derek Daly fired a pass to Stephen Meaney in the area and followed his ball. Stephen Meaney, who was a late addition to the starting XI, held off his man well and offloaded the ball back to Daly, who after one touch fired his effort into the roof of the net. An excellent finish which must’ve been a sight to behold for manager Adrian Carberry.
Cabinteely tried their luck for the rest of the half but to no avail. Luke McWilliams tried to meet a cross from the right after storming from left back himself, but his leader lacked composure and flew over.
Just after the half hour mark, Massey again tried one from the edge of the area, but sent it well over. Their best chance came via Vilius Labutis, who on the brink of half time met a cross from the left with a nice glancing header. The effort hit the bar and went over and that was as close as it got for the hosts.
There was only one chance worthy of mention in the second half. On the 54th minute , Eoin McPhilips stood over a dead ball and attempted a left footed curler from just beyond the D. His effort glanced wide of the post. Athlone hardly threatened the rest of the way, but that was enough as neither did Cabinteely.
A good night for Athlone and Carberry. Areas to work on, but a win is a win and it feels good when it’s your first in six. Daly was deserving of man of the match, not just for the winner, but also for how he threatened Cabo with his passing ability.
For Cabinteely, it’s disappointing. They can’t complain about the result, as they never really threatened. Pat Devlin may be concerned, as they now only have one goal in four. Results elsewhere mean that the promotion challenge for both these teams however, is far from over.
|Kevin O’Sullivan||Brian Fenton|
|Windsor Park, Lansville, Blackrock-Monkstown ED, Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, A96 TW60, Ireland|