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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 2, 2021
Venue:
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George Heaven 55' -
OG: 55'



League Report: Cabinteely 1 - 0 Cork City

Fri, Apr 02 2021

A tough night for Cork City boss Colin Healy (pictured). Credit: Steve Alfred

Cabinteely sit atop the Airtricity League First Division tonight after a 1-0 home win over Cork City.

An own goal from the visitors’ centre-half George Heaven was enough to give them all three points from a lacklustre encounter in Stradbrook. Both sides entered the game off the back of 2-1 wins in their first games of the season last weekend.

City had beaten Cobh Ramblers at home despite a middling performance, while Cabo had gotten the better of Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park.

The prize for tonight’s winners was a two-point lead at the top of the table, and Cork City looked the more likely side to take it in the opening exchanges. An early corner from Dylan McGlade had the host’s goalkeeper Adam Hayden in trouble, but the ball evaded everyone on its way across the six-yard box. Gearóid Morrissey then forced Hayden into a good stop from twelve yards after Cian Bargary’s long throw was only half-cleared.

An iffy pitch meant that a set piece looked the most likely route to goal, and the next action of note came after another McGlade flag-kick in the 21st minute. George Heaven’s header looked to be goal-bound but Dean Casey was in the right place to hook the ball clear.

Cabinteely found it difficult to maintain possession and their forward-looking players were left isolated as a result. A scramble in the away side’s area after a free-kick midway through the half was as close as they came, apart from a misplaced backpass from Heaven that briefly had McNulty worried as it bobbled for a corner.

The end of a somnambulant first half would have come as a relief to neutrals.

A switch from three to four at the back by manager Pat Devlin gave the hosts a more enterprising shape in the second half, allowing them to probe City’s wings more often and more effectively. Still City threatened from dead balls, with McGlade’s free-kick deflecting just wide of the wall.

However Cabinteely hit the front after 55 minutes. Labutis threatened down the right, and his cross was sliced past McNulty by the luckless Heaven. City were briefly roused but found it difficult to impose themselves on a more confident home side.

Jack Walsh’s introduction for Cian Murphy gave the Leesiders more of a threat up front and he came desperately close midway through the second half.

Bargary’s long throw again caused problems and Walsh’s resultant volley from sixteen yards was superbly tipped onto the bar by Hayden.

City continued to huff and puff but Hayden looked secure. McGlade’s cutback from the left was fired goalwards by Walsh, but the Cabinteely stopper was in the right place. A flurry of corners in injury time was to prove equally fruitless and the hosts held out comfortably.

Cabinteely are top of the table at this early juncture, while City must be wondering if this new season is to be as frustrating as their last.

Cabinteely: Adam Hayden; Alex Aspil (Jordan Payne 84), Daniel Blackbyrne, Kevin Knight, Luke McWilliams; Dean Casey, Keith Dalton, Vilius Labutis, Sean McDonald (Niall Barnes 76), Zak O'Neill; Marty Waters.

Subs not used: Kieran Butler, Mitchell Byrne, Ben Clarke, Luke Clucas, Ben Hanrahan, Joe Hyland, Eoin McPhillips, Deane Watters.

Booked: Daniel Blackbyrne (7), Keith Dalton (70), Vilius Labutis (76).

Cork City: Mark McNulty; Steven Beattie (Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh 81), George Heaven, Ronan Hurley; Cian Bargary, Alec Byrne, Cian Coleman, Dylan McGlade, Gearóid Morrissey; Jack Baxter (Cory Galvin 62), Cian Murphy (Jack Walsh 63).

Subs not used: Darragh Crowley, Jonas Hakkinen, David Harrington, Dale Holland, Uniss Kargbo, Gordon Walker.

Booked: Gearóid Morrissey (53) Steven Beattie (60).

Referee: Alan Carey

ExtraTime.com Player of the Match: Adam Hayden


Cabinteely
Adam Hayden 1
Goalkeeper
Alex Aspil 6
84'
84Subbed Off: Jordan Payne 84'
Defender
Daniel Blackbyrne 2
Booked: 7'
Defender
Kevin Knight 3
Defender
Luke McWilliams 19
Defender
Dean Casey 22
Midfielder
Keith Dalton 7
Booked: 70'
Midfielder
Vilius Labutis 16
Booked: 76'
Midfielder
Sean McDonald 11
76'
76Subbed Off: Niall Barnes 76'
Midfielder
Zak O'Neill 8
Midfielder
Marty Waters 10
Forward

Substitutes
Kieran Butler 30
Defender
Mitchell Byrne
Defender
Ben Clarke 35
Goalkeeper
Luke Clucas 9
Midfield
Ben Hanrahan 14
Forward
Joe Hyland 23
Midfield
Eoin McPhillips 20
Midfield
Jordan Payne
84'
84Subbed On: Alex Aspil 84'
Midfield
Deane Watters 28
Forward
Cork City
1 Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
10 Steven Beattie
Defender
Booked: 60'
81'
81Subbed Off: Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh 81'
5 George Heaven
Defender
OG: 55'
14 Ronan Hurley
Defender
31 Cian Bargary
Midfielder
16 Alec Byrne
Midfielder
8 Cian Coleman
Midfielder
7 Dylan McGlade
Midfielder
6 GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfielder
Booked: 53'
30 Jack Baxter
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: Cory Galvin 62'
24 Cian Murphy
Forward 63'
63Subbed Off: Jack Walsh 63'

Substitutes
17 Darragh Crowley
Midfield
14 Cory Galvin
Forward 62'
62Subbed On: Jack Baxter 62'
28 Jonas Hakkinen
Defender
13 David Harrington
Goalkeeper
15 Dale Holland
Midfield
25 Uniss Kargbo
Defender
9 Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh
Forward 81'
81Subbed On: Steven Beattie 81'
25 Gordon Walker
Defender
27 Jack Walsh
Forward 63'
63Subbed On: Cian Murphy 63'