Monday, June 19, 2017
Blues 3, Cabinteely FC 0 (16/6/17, RSC, Waterford)
Another 3-0 home win against Cabinteely; another three points and with UCD & Cobh both losing, the Blues have now got clear daylight between them and the chasers at the top of the league.....all in all a very satisfactory night's work.
In perfect weather conditions, before a crowd of just over 1,200, the Blues were out of the blocks impressively and within ten minutes had effectively killed off the contest thanks to two early goals. Mark O'Sullivan converted from close in after good work by Davie McDaid and John Martin on the left. Gerry Comerford then hit his first goal of the season for the Blues a few minutes later when he latched on to a long ball from Kenny Browne. Cue wild celebrations by the faithful.
The two early goals effectively killed off the game and the Blues took the foot off the pedal for the second quarter and for the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, during which Cabo might have squeezed a goal to make a contest of the game. But it was not to be and Mark O'Sullivan sealed the win ten minutes from the end with an impressive finish. John Martin again with the assist thanks to a lovely through ball - two assists on the night. Martin could easily have found the net himself. He had several good chances.
Kenny Browne was imperious, a class above everything else on the field with his composure and positioning. Comerford put in another fantastic shift. Patrick McClean was an eye catcher and Robin Dempsey also. In fact no bad performance at all in a Blues shirt.
No controversy from the match officials who went unnoticed from start to finish as they always should but frequently do not.
Before the game came a very welcome announcement when it was revealed that a shirt sponsorship deal with Bet21 had been concluded until the end of the 2018 season. More good news!
UCD away next weekend and a chance to bury their title aspirations.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Derek Daly, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne, Kenny McEvoy (Conor Whittle 68'), Gerry Comerford (Owen Wall 83'), Anthony McAlavey, John Martin, David McDaid, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 86'). Unused subs: Gary Delaney, Jack Lynch, Tunmise Sonowale, Matt Sheehan.