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Cabinteely FC made a dream start to life in the League of Ireland
Top of the league and they’re havin’ a laugh.

Cabinteely FC 1 Wexford Youths 0

Cabinteely and Wexford Youths players Cathal Noonan / INPHO The Cabinteely and Wexford Youths players make their way on to the pitch at Stradbrook. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

CABINTEELY FC ARE sitting pretty at the top of the SSE Airtricity League First Division.

The most recent addition to the League of Ireland, the south Dublin side played their historic first game tonight at Stradbrook and it was one to remember.

An estimated crowd of 1,300 turned out at the home of Blackrock RFC to see the league’s new boys grab a 1-0 win over Wexford Youths.

General view of the action at Stradbrook Cathal Noonan / INPHO Stradbrook hosted tonight's first ever League of Ireland game involving Cabinteely FC. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

John McKeown grabbed the game’s only goal in the 43rd minute, and the midfielder almost had a second in the 56th minute but his shot from outside the box was just off target.

Wexford Youths have been backed for a promising season but they finished second-best tonight against a side who’ll be looking to build on this dream start.

John McKeown celebrates scoring the opening goal Cathal Noonan / INPHO John McKeown celebrates his goal with Kevin Knight and Victor Ekanem. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

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Waterford United 1 Athlone Town 1

A GOAL FROM Shane Nolan in the fourth minute of added time salvaged a point for home side Waterford United against Athlone Town at the RSC.

Nolan was at fault for the goal that gave Athlone a 43rd-minute opener, when he headed the ball into the path of Garbhan Coughlan who applied the finish to give the visitors the advantage.

That lead would last until the 94th minute, when Patrick Fitzgerald got his head to a corner and directed the ball towards Nolan, who fired home to give the hosts a share of the spoils.

Shelbourne 0 Finn Harps 0

THERE WERE NO goals to report from Tolka Park, where Shelbourne and Finn Harps had to settle for a point each.

Shels had the better chances in the first half, with no fewer than four falling to Philip Hughes, but he was unable to find the net. Tony McNamee had Harps’ best chance of the opening 45 minutes but his effort was saved by Greg Murray.

The Donegal side had several opportunities to win the game in the second half. Ruairi Keating and Tommy McMonagle both went close, before Damien McNulty put his effort wide when he had a chance to snatch it for Harps in added time.

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