After registering their third clean sheet in four games against LongfordTown in the 2019 season, Cabinteely FC Director of Football Pat Devlin has insisted it’s still all to play for in the First Division play-offs. The 90-minute stalemate in the th
After registering their third clean sheet in four games against LongfordTown in the 2019 season, Cabinteely FC Director of Football Pat Devlin has insisted it’s still all to play for in the First Division play-offs.
The 90-minute stalemate in the third versus fourth fixture at Stradbrookon Friday means it is winner takes all at the City Calling Stadium next Friday in the second encounter.
“The pressure is on them now. They have to beat us. Obviously, we’ll be waiting. We’ll have our tactics right and we’ll do our best down there. Our lads have been fantastic all year. We’ll have to go there and do our best to get a result,” declared Devlin.
“It’s only half time. It is what it is. As regards the (0-0) result, it’s better than being beaten.”
He continued, “I felt we should have won it. We had enough chances; they had enough chances. It was nip and tuck. It was always going to be that way. So, it’s all to play for next Friday.
On the visitors’ claims that Stephen McGuinness’ parry off Dylan Grimes’ first half corner had crossed the line, the veteran manager remarked, “If it was a goal, the referee would have given it. The first thing I did was look to the linesman; where he was and where he was positioned. He was right on the back-line, so it wasn’t a goal.”
With play-off success during his time with Bray Wanderers against the ‘Town six years ago, Devlin is relishing the prospect of heading to the Midlands for the return clash.
“Longford are a good side; we’re a good side. We had enough chances to win the game. I’m sure Longford will go away saying the same. It’s a Cup final now down in Longford, the second half. It should be a good game. We’ll give it a right go.”