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Abbeyfeale's shock win Abbeyfeale Utd 2
Cobh Wanderers 2
(a.e.t. Abbeyfeale won 4-2 pens). AS shocks go, they don't come much bigger than this. Cobh were runners-up in the premier division of the Munster senior league last season and are currently in third place with two games in hand. They featured four ex-league of Ireland regulars with Cobh Ramblers in their starting eleven and their manager is George Mellerick, who is a former manager of Ramblers. Abbeyfeale, in the competition as reigning Desmond League Champions, are currently bottom of their premier division, having lost both of their league games. Cobh therefore were the hottest of favourites. However Abbeyfeale were welcoming back four of their championship-winning panel who hadn't played yet this season and they made a big difference, namely defenders Derry Quirke, Gerard O'Connor and Conor McCarthy, who came on as a sub for flu victim Brian Foley in the 15th minute, and mid fielder Aidan Enright. There appeared to be little between the sides from the outset but Cobh were first to fire a shot when impressive centre-forward Niall Abbott forced a save from Noel Healy in the 15th minute. That was to be the first contribution of an inspirational performance by Healy, who was a deserving winner of the Carling Man of the Match polo shirt.