Nov 20: DDSL U-17M3 Park Celtic FC 2-1 Cabo

Last Saturday saw a closely matched and entertaining match between Cabinteely’s DDSL U-17 M3s and Park Celtic FC in Cabinteely Park, in which Cabinteely were just edged out in a 2-1 loss.

Both teams started brightly with possession going both ways and chances for each side. Unfortunately it was Park Celtic to break the deadlock after half an hour with a light tap in from inside the box of goalkeeper Simon Gilthorpe.

Both teams upped the tempo, with every player on the pitch trying to get on the ball. Cabinteely pushed forward in hope of getting one back before the half-time whistle, with missed chances from several players.

Within the last ten minutes of the first half both teams began committing fouls as the players became more and more assertive and uncompromising in fighting for possession.

The second half began with Cabinteely wanting a goal more than ever. Minor chances came for Cabo from all three central midfielders – Kyle O’Keefe, Diarmo Sexton and Luke Allen. As the second half commenced Cabinteely replaced several players in order to try and grab a goal back.

Chances kept coming for both teams and just as Cabo began to show some real threat in scoring, Park Celtic smashed in a second to make it 2-0.

Although Park were ahead by two goals Cabinteely never gave up hope and it was with fifteen minutes of the match left that a poor tackle from one of the Park Celtic centre backs on Jack Carrig inside their box gave Cabinteely a penalty and a big chance to get back into the game.

Jack took the penalty himself and neatly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to make it 2-1. Game on.

After getting the goal back, Cabo looked much more confident and smart with the ball, attacking from all sides of the pitch, seeking an equaliser. With pressure building on Park Celtic to keep their lead they began committing fouls in all areas of the pitch, giving Cabinteely numerous chances from all angles.

A minor mistake in the Cabinteely attack gave away the ball with only two Cabo defenders in position as Park Celtic made a break up the pitch; a good cross from the Park winger to his striker who struck it into the back of the net. Park Celtic thought they had finished the game off only for the goal to be ruled offside by the referee.

With only minutes to go Cabinteely desperately pushed forward doing everything they could to try get the goal but the Park defence just wasn’t to be easily beaten on the day and the match ended 2-1 to the hosts.

A valiant performance from Cabo on a day in which they were just shaded.