First
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 8, 2019
Venue: Stradbrook
Att: 450 (est)
TV:

Rob Manley 56' -
Scored: 56'


Scored: 13'
- Sam Verdon 13'



League Preview: Cabinteely -v- Longford Town

Thu, Mar 07 2019

Credit: Al Robinson

CABINTEELY

Looking to win their third competitive game on the spin, Cabinteely host Longford Town at Stradbrook on Friday evening in a mouth-watering First Division clash at Stradbrook. (Kick-Off is at 7.45pm)

Cabinteely are looking to build on their last two positive results and performances with a strong display against Neale Fenn’s side.

Last week Cabinteely stunned First Division title favourites Shelbourne at Tolka Park with a 3-2 win over the Reds with Conor Keeley, Rob Manley and Kieran Marty Waters on target for Pat Devlin’s side.

Just a few days later, Cabinteely then ran out one goal winners over Drogheda United at United Park in the EA Sports Cup First Round with striker Luke Clucas scoring from the penalty spot late on. 

Cabinteely’s resurgence has left many wondering how far this side can go this year despite many predicting a lowly finish for the South Dubliners in pre-season.

Speaking with the club’s official media team ahead of Friday night’s encounter at Stradbrook, young Cabo midfielder Zack O’Neill noted that he is hoping to watch his side build on last week’s stunning success at Tolka Park, while also being wary of the challenge Longford pose. 

“We have bounced back from the Bray defeat. We put the heads down in training. That’s what it is all about. We’re just looking forward to the next couple of weeks. We just want to keep winning and hopefully push on.

“It’s a big game. Longford got a big result last week against Drogheda. Obviously, we have a young squad but the lads are enthusiastic.

“We showed great character to come back last week against Shels. We just need to keep the momentum going.”

In terms of team news for Cabinteely, it is likely that Cabo will have a fully fit squad to choose from against Longford Town.

 

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Hoping to secure their first away win since August, Longford Town are looking to build on last week’s home win over Drogheda as they face a difficult test away to Cabinteely at Stradbrook.

The last time Longford recorded three consecutive clean sheets was back in 2014 when they eventually romped home to the First Division title with eight points to spare in the end with no goals conceded against Waterford United, Shamrock Rovers B and Finn Harps.

On Longford’s last visit to Stradbrook they were edged out in a 1-0 defeat with recent Longford recruit Kevin Knight popping up with a 31st minute winner in June of last year.

Speaking after Longford’s recent league win over Drogheda United, Town striker Aaron Dobbs noted that he is expecting a difficult encounter against a buoyant Cabinteely who are just after seeing off Shelbourne last time out.

“It’s going to be a good game, it will be tough,” the former Wexford FC striker told Longford’s official media team.

“It will be physical, they’re a big side but I think we’re physical as well so I think if we match them on that and get the ball down and play, we can outplay them. I think we’ll get a positive result.”

In terms of team news for Longford Town, Carlton Ubaezuonu is the only player who is likely to miss out having struggled with injury for much of pre-season at City Calling Stadium.

Referee: Paula Brady.

 

MATCH STATS

As Longford Town manager, Neale Fenn has an impressive record against Cabinteely with four wins out of five against Pat Devlin’s charges, the last of which came in a 4-1 win over the South Dubliners in September.

This will be only the eighth time the two sides have met in a competitive setting with Longford holding the upper hand with four wins compared to Cabinteely’s two.

The last time Cabinteely won back to back league games was last July when Devlin’s youthful side brushed past the challenge of Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers.

 

BETTING

Cabinteely 14/5; Draw 12/5; Longford Town 88/100.

 

PREDICTION

Cabinteely 1-2 Longford Town

 

Cabinteely

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: Carlton Ubaezuonu.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Cabinteely
Stephen McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Eoin Massey
Defender
Conor Keeley
Defender
Keith Dalton
Defender
Alex Aspil
49Booked: 49'
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Defender
Jack Tuite
Defender
Vilius Labutis
Midfielder
Sean Hurley
Midfielder
Zak O'Neill
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Midfielder
Kieran 'Marty' Waters
Midfielder
Rob Manley
56Scored: 56'
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Forward

Substitutes
Jack Hudson
Midfield
Luke Clucas
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Jonny Carlin
56'
56Subbed On: 56'
Unknown
Shane Barnes
Forward
Peter Quinlan
Goalkeeper
Jack Watson
56'
56Subbed On: 56'
62Booked: 62'
Midfield
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Conor Kenna
Defender
Anto Breslin
Defender
Joseph Manley
Defender
Jamie Doyle
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
83Booked: 83'
84Booked: 84'
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Sam Verdon
Midfielder
13Scored: 13'
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Karl Chambers
Forward
Dean Byrne
Forward 83'
83Subbed Off: 83'

Substitutes
Kevin Knight
Defender
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Adam Evans
Forward
Shane Elworthy
Defender
83Subbed On: 83'
83'
Sean Brennan
Midfield
Michael McDonnell
Midfield
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper


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