Tuesday, 27 February 2018

McCABE TARGETS MORE GOALS. thumbnailGregory McCabe

Gregory McCabe bagged his first ever Armagh goal in Sunday's National League win over Offaly, but he insists it won't be his last.

The Shane O'Neill's footballer struck Armagh's only goal of the game and it was a sweet strike after Ethan Rafferty's rocket shot crashed off the crossbar.

"I took it nicely, it was a good shot by Raff, he was always going to take the shot, but I just made the stretched run through the middle and thankfully the ball bounced out to me and I just finished it into the back of the net," said McCabe.

"I have been doing rightly, that is my first goal for Armagh. It feels great, it is good to get a goal in any game but my first is a special one and hopefully that is the first of many."

Doing his first interview Gregory was clearly delighted to have bagged his goal, although it was also tricky for him not to smile, with team-mate Aaron Findon displaying his torso and coach Jim McCorry jokingly encouraging Mc- Cabe to praise the coaching staff.

Of course scoring goals is nothing new for Gregory as his younger brother has been banging them in for fun for Newry City in the Bluefin Sport Championship, while his older brother David netted for Windmill in Friday's Mid-Ulster League win over Hanover.

But Gregory, now in his second season with Armagh is focused on continuing to play for his county and while playing up front or in the middle with his club, he has grown into his role at centre-half back. And the Shanes man put in a great performance again on Sunday.

"I do feel comfortable, I played a few games in pre-season last year and then this year too but it is just the boys around me make me feel comfortable in my position," said McCabe.

"I am just happy enough to be playing for Armagh and we want to push on.

"It was a tough battle, Offaly is a tough place to come to and we knew coming down here that it was going to be tough," said McCabe.

"We had a game-plan, which we stuck to at times but the wind was stronger so that changed a few tactics for us.

Throughout the game we tried to stick to our task and we got a few scores early on which put us ahead but we let them back in which probably gave them something to fight for.

The result is good for us."

Armagh face Derry on Saturday (March 3), in the Athletic Grounds and McCabe is determined to get a result in the Orchard's last home game of the League campaign.

"Derry is always a tough game for us, and we know it is a massive test for us, of course they will have their Slaughtneil players back, but if we want to be up with the best then we need to be able to beat the best," said McCabe.

"I have set myself targets to go out every game and give it my all and most importantly that I help record a win for my team, that's us four out of four now, so we just got to take each week as it comes and thankfully we got the win today and now we move on to Derry."


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