League Preview: Longford Town -v- Cobh Ramblers

Sat, Jun 17 2017

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Second-placed Cobh Ramblers travel up to the Midlands to face sixth-placed Longford Town at City Calling Stadium. (Kick-off 7:30 PM).

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Since Gary Cronin took over as Interim Manager after Alan Mathew's departure, he’s overseen one game.

 

That was a 0-0 draw away to fellow mid-table merchants Shelbourne at Tolka Park before the mid-season break, in a game where the hosts had two players sent off.

 

The Midlanders, ultimately, could not make their numerical advantage count and were unable to find a winner, even though they had a considerable amount of chances to do so.

 

Their last home game was a bittersweet one - their biggest win of the season against Wexford (5-0) coincided with Mathew's departure an hour later.

 

Longford had not registered a home league win from the 30th of October 2015 to the 15th of April 2017, when they beat Shelbourne 3-1.

 

After being so poor at home for such a long stretch, they have three wins, one draw and three losses this season. Not a great home record but a lot better than previous seasons.

 

Although a long way off challenging for promotion, De Town can start building again for next season with a win over in-form Cobh Ramblers.

 

COBH RAMBLERS

An important game in store for the Rams on Saturday night. Win and they stay on Waterford's tails: simple as that.

 

Not only that, they have a great opportunity to consolidate second place, with third-placed UCD slipping up at home to Shelbourne last night, losing 2-1.

 

Three points tonight would move them five points clear of UCD and still only two behind the Blues.

 

Stephen Henderson's side go into the game in a rich vein of form, having won three of their last four in the league, including last week's 1-0 win at home to bottom club Wexford.

 

Ian Mylod was the hero in that game as he scored a 79th minute winner at the to open a two point gap on the Students.

 

Can the Cork club keep the promotion place exciting? We’ll find out at 9:30 tonight.

 

Kick-off at the City Calling Stadium is 7:30 PM.

 

Referee: Marc Lynch

 

MATCH FACTS

Both sides have met 11 times in this fixture, Longford winning six times to the Rams’ three wins.

 

There has been an average of 4.7 goals in this fixture.

 

Last season, both sides did not meet in the league as De Town were playing in the Premier Division.

 

They have met twice this year - Cobh winning them both. 3-1 at CSS in Gameweek 2 and 2-0 at St. Colman's Park in Gameweek 9.

 

Longford have kept eight clean sheets in all competitions this season, as have Cobh.

 

Longford's last five games- DWLLD

 

Cobh's last five games- WDWWL

 

MATCH BETTING

Longford Town 6/4; Draw 11/5; Cobh Ramblers 15/8

 

PREDICTION

Longford Town 1-3 Cobh Ramblers

 

Longford Town

Injured: David O’Sullivan, Mark Langtry

Doubtful: Don Cowan, Enda Curran, Cody Mulhall

Suspended: Daniel O’Reilly

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Unknown

Doubtful: Unknown

Suspended: Cian Coleman