DDSL U-16A1: Cabinteely FC 2-1 Ardmore Rovers FC
On Sunday, our DDSL U-16A1s faced near-neighbours Ardmore Rovers FC in Kilbogget in what promised to be a tough match after the lads had beaten the former league leaders 0-5 out in Bray in the reverse fixture just the previous week.

That had been a great result as the U-16s had put in a battling performance to be the first to beat this week’s visitors in their Bray stronghold. In that away game, there were great performances in particular by Owen Murphy, Liam Byrne and Ben Walsh as goals by Harry Faro (2), Ciarán Byrne, Josh Kenny and Owen Murphy guaranteed the points.

So, last Sunday, the lads had Ardmore at home, again in the league, on a nice sunny Kilbogget morning. What would ensue this time, we all wondered?

As it transpired, the teams were very evenly matched in the first half until Cabo began to get a grip on the game and started to take it to Ardmore, but the score stubbornly remained at 0-0 at half-time.

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The second half started at a high tempo and fast pace. Ardmore were then awarded a penalty, to which home ‘keeper Adam Cullen got down superbly to one side and save.

Cabinteely followed up that let-off with a good break, but the ball eventually ran out of play. Ardmore then got on the ball and put a few passes together ball before a ball over the top caught the Cabo defence flat-footed.

Spotting the danger, ‘keeper Adam Cullen quickly darted out of his goal but collided with the incoming Ardmore striker, causing the referee to produce a straight red for the stunned Cabo netminder!

Owen Murphy then rushed down the pitch and took the ‘keeper’s jersey without question, as a real captain does.

Unfortunately for the home team, Ardmore immediately capitalised on its misfortune by scoring from an early corner. Things began to look bleak for Cabo at 1-0 down with just ten men left on the pitch.

Cabo then broke away upfield and the reliable Harry Faro used his proven pace as he darted into the opposition box, was taken down by an Ardmore defender, justifying the ref in awarding another spot kick, this time for the home team.

Harry himself stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner – 1-1 and Cabo back in the game!

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Manager Ado Ryan then made a tactical substitution, bringing on Sam Catchpole who did well once he came on. Then, to the great delight of the home contingent, Harry Faro applied the afterburners once more and notched another home strike! 2-1 to Cabo as the game soon came to a welcome conclusion.

Well done to the lads who played with ten men for 32 minutes against a tough opposition that had a point to prove!

The lads will next be displaying their skills in the the Eindhoven Cup as they travel to Holland on Friday to take part in this international tournament – good luck to them for their trip.

You may enjoy a few more photos of the game by clicking here or on the image below.

A great week for the lads – let’s hope that they can extend it during their Dutch trip!