Andrew Dempsey reports from Stradbrook Road
Cabinteely defender Conor Keeley admitted that the East Coast Derby win over Bray Wanderers on Friday evening was a key moment in terms of shaping the next few weeks for Pat Devlin's side.
Yuta Sasaki fired home with just ten minutes to play to secure a famous win for Cabo over the Seagulls, sending the Green and White’s seven points clear in the race for the First Division playoffs.
“It was a fantastic win for us,” defender Keeley told extratime.ie.
“We’ve had plenty of bad luck over the past few weeks not getting results so it’s a great result and we’re now seven points clear of Bray so that’s good for us.
“It’s always good to build a gap like that. We’ve got three huge games now coming up now against Shelbourne, Drogheda and Longford so it’s a great lead to have with the Playoffs especially.”
With Cabinteely once again finding their feet after a wobbly few weeks, the former Shelbourne centre-back added the importance of his side gathering momentum ahead of a potentially season defining three weeks.
“We need all the momentum we can get. Shelbourne are flying, we owe Drogheda one and Longford are a very good team. We’re really looking forward to the three games after tonight.
“There was a great crowd, it was probably our best of the season and the fans certainly got their money worth. It was tough, lots of hard tackles, great goals and it really was a great advert for the First Division.”
However, the focus is firmly set on next week’s trip to Tolka Park, where the 21-year-old is expecting a stiff test against a title-chasing Shels.
“It’s always tough at Tolka Park against Shelbourne. We went up there earlier this season and beat them 3-2 but it could’ve gone either way and they’re going to be well up for it after our last game against them.
“I think everyone knows we didn’t deserve to win last time at Stradbrook but it’s a great game to have and we’re all looking forward to it.”
Here’s the two fantastic goals you’ve been waiting for. Paul Fox’s stunning volley and @yta_ski superb solo effort in @Cabinteely_FC @SSEAirtricityLg First Division 2-1 win over @BrayWanderers on Friday at Stradbrook pic.twitter.com/o7RIswhxOA— Cabinteely FC (@Cabinteely_FC) July 6, 2019