Monday, March 6, 2017

Blues 3, Cabinteely FC 0 (3/3/17, RSC, Waterford)

'More like it', numerous fans were heard to say after this first home game of the season. The Blues ran out very comfortable winners by a three goal margin; a scoreline that flattered the visitors. It could easily have been six. Cabinteely were completely outplayed from start to finish and can have no complaints. In short the Blues were top class at times.

David McDaid opened the scoring on a wet night at the RSC after only four minutes when he headed home from Kenny McEvoy's cross from the right. He also found the net during the second half and could easily have had a hat-trick for his efforts. His second half on target overhead kick would surely have been goal of the season, had it not been touched over by the visiting keeper. McDaid is destined to be a huge fans' favourite for the Blues this season and his up front partnership with Mark O'Sullivan is one to excite the fans. If it fulfils its early season promise, it could be the key to the league title.

The gaffers will be pleased also with the clean sheet at the back. Kenny Browne was much more settled at the back than against Athlone. Patrick McLean also put in a good shift and the evergreen Dave Mulcahy turned the clock back with a fine outing. Jake Evans showed more of what he is capable of at right full. If this defensive line gets it right, very few goals will be conceded this season.

The third goal was scored by Anthony McAlavey prior to the break and what a beauty it was as he curled the ball into the top right corner. And he could have another shortly after when he smacked a super rising shot against the crossbar. He well deserved the man-of-the match award and is now showing how good he can be with quality players around him. Keep it going Macca!

Tom Smith put in another energetic performance and substitute Derek Daly impressed when he replaced Kenny McEvoy on the hour. He was denied a sure penalty late on when he was bundled over. To be honest there was not a poor performer in a Blue shirt. This display was a pleasure to watch and nearly 1,350 Blues' fans did see it - the fourth highest attendance on the night in both divisions of the National League.

Such was the size of the crowd at the RSC for the game that queues formed everywhere - at the refreshments shop, at the catering van, for the toilets, in the club shop. What a welcome sight it was even if it caused some difficulties on the night. What are the odds that a bigger crowd will travel to the RSC for the next home game?

The match officials did well.

Next up come two away games in Dublin - the first next weekend against unbeaten UCD followed by Shels seven days later. Blues' fans will travel in numbers to both games hoping to see another display like that at the RSC last Friday.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Ian McLoughlin, Jake Evans, Dave Mulcahy, Kenny Browne, Patrick McLean, Kenny McEvoy (Derek Daly '60), Tom Smith (Garry Comerford '81) Anthony McAlavey, Sander Puri, Mark O'Sullivan, David McDaid (Dean O'Halloran '71). Unused subs: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Shane O'Connor, Dean Walsh.

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