Eoghan Murphy’s first half strike earned Cabinteely’s U16 side a very hard-fought win over Belvedere in the SFAI Skechers National Cup on Sunday in Clontarf.

Having only met in their regional semi-final seven days earlier, both teams knew each other very well, however, unlike in that game, which ended 5-2 to Cabo, just the one goal separated the teams this time.

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The all-important strike came with five minutes left to play in the first half when Murphy latched onto Billy Hendley’s pass, before dispatching the ball to the back of the net.

Hendley had won back possession after it was cleared off the line when Oran Moloney looped his header over the onrushing goalkeeper.

For Belvedere, Troy Parrott was always a threat, and he was marshalled well by Jack Doran in the Cabinteely defence.

In the second half Andy Lee-Mitchell was called upon in the Cabinteely goal on several occasions as Belvo sought to hit back, but he remained strong.

Indeed, he had to be at his very best when Belvedere won a penalty, which was taken by Parrott.

He drove his powerful spot-kick high into the goal, but Lee-Mitchell somehow kept the ball out to see Cabinteely into the last 16 where they will face Crumlin United.

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