League leaders Waterford were held by Cabinteely at Stradbrook on Friday night. They had beaten Cabo 3-0 back in March, but this was a game of limited opportunities. The first half was one of few chances. An early Mark O'Sullivan penalty claim was
League leaders Waterford were held by Cabinteely at Stradbrook on Friday night. They had beaten Cabo 3-0 back in March, but this was a game of limited opportunities.
The first half was one of few chances. An early Mark O'Sullivan penalty claim was waved away, after Christian Lotefa had received some attention for a knock to the head. In the 17th minute, Marty Waters collected a throw-in from Adam Harney, but he didn't make a clean contact with his effort from inside the box.
Matthew Conor gratefully collected the ball. A mix up in the defence had Conor and Patrick McClean letting each other know who they thought was at fault in the 20th minute, as they both let off a bit of steam.
Efforts by David McDaid and Jack Watson, from each side, tested the respective keepers, but clear chances were at a premium. The best chance of the game fell to Daire Doyle in the 56th minute. A ball was cleared to him just inside the Waterford box. He hit it first time on the volley, but it just went to the wrong side of Matthew Conor's right post.
Waters had a chance to give the hosts the lead in the 67th minute, but his effort from close range was blocked out for a corner by a couple of Waterford defenders. And the next clear cut chance also went Cabo's way, as Sean Fitzpatrick headed Evan Galvin's corner wide.
A late David Mulcahy bicycle kick forced Kelly into a save at the other end, but in truth, it was one of few chances created by Waterford during the second period. The result keeps Waterford on top of the table, but it also shows the improvements Cabinteely have made as the season has gone on.