Sunday, August 6, 2017
Cabinteely FC 1, Blues 1 (4/8/17, Stradbrook, Co. Dublin)
Another point on the road for the Blues against a team that has beaten every other side in the league at least once this season - that's two wins and two draws against the south Dubliners this year...not a bad result but still two points dropped to Cobh who won over the weekend against Longford.
Rennie's side started dreadfully and deserved to fall behind early on. Indeed it could have been two or three. He really has to get this sported for the run in.
Paddy Barrett made his debut at the back and whilst he dropped no clangers, he did not really catch the eye either. Mark O'Sullivan returned after injury up top but had a frustrating game, despite heading a trademark equalising goal before the break. Things did not go his way and he look rusty. Derek Daly was out of sorts and was substituted for the last quarter. Patrick McClean will be disappointed with his role in the Cabinteely goal.
On the plus side Sean Heaney gets better and better. Dean O'Halloran looked sharp when he came on late for Daly. Shane O'Connor and Garry Comerford both worked hard as usual.
Paul Keegan bossed the midfield, typically winning possession for the equalising goal. He fed Garry Comerford who sent over the cross for Mark O'Sullivan to head home. Other chances fell to John Martin, Dean Walsh and O'Sullivan.
Aaron Drina made his debut as a late substitute.
Rennie will know that his side must get back to winning ways against UCD in a fortnight.....essential to ensure that Cobh have nothing to play for on the last day.
The Blues' fans arrived in party mode, many dressed in costume and they added great atmosphere to the occasion. Nobody does it better that these guys.
The match officials did reasonably well although they showed a more than patient attitude to the persistent fouling of the Cabinteely players and had they imposed earlier discipline Cabinteely might have finished the game with eleven men. Another unpleasant feature of the game was the non-stop complaining to the referee and linesmen by the Cabinteely players.....quite the usual for Dublin teams. Grow up guys!
Conditions were perfect for the game. Sadly, no programme produced by Cabinteely as usual.....not good enough for senior football.
FAI Cup time next weekend against Shels at the RSC.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle, Sean Heaney, Paddy Barrett, Patrick McClean, Garry Comerford, Paul Keegan, Shane O'Connor, John Martin (Aaron Drinan 83'), Derek Daly (Dean O'Halloran 71'), Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 68'). Unused subs: Owen Wall, Ian McLoughlin, Jack Lynch, Tunmise Sobowale.