First
Date: 8 p.m. April 14, 2017
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Ref: Andrew Mullally
Att: 386

Adam Hanlon 23' -
Scored: 23'


Scored: 29'
- James McSweeney 29'

Scored: 70'
- Matthew Whelan 70'



League Preview: Wexford -v- Cobh Ramblers

Thu, Apr 13 2017

Ramblers pictured during the recent 1-0 win over UCD. Credit: Steve Alfred

WEXFORD

As the second series of matches get underway in the 2017 SSE Airtricity League First Division, Wexford seek their first win of the campaign when they face Cobh Ramblers at Ferrycarrig Park on Good Friday (kick-off 8pm).

 

The bottom club have gone four matches (including the EA Sports Cup drubbing at home to neighbours Waterford) without scoring but the mood is upbeat following last week’s league draw with Longford Town.

 

In the aftermath of last Friday’s heartening 0-0 result at home, Wexford boss Damian Locke told the Wexford FC media team that he felt the team were through their rough patch.

 

"It's a game everyone is really looking forward to after last week's performance. If we can improve on the Longford game I am fully confident we will get another good result."

 

The back injury suffered by inspirational captain Graham Doyle against Shelbourne two weeks ago will keep the goalkeeper out of the Cobh match. Corey Chambers proved an able deputy against Longford, which represented Wexford’s first clean sheet of the league season.

 

Lee Duffy pounced for an 89th minute headed equaliser when these sides met on the opening weekend of the league season. Cobh had led through Dean Swords. Unfortunately, Lee Duffy is also likely to be absent due to a back injury this weekend.

 

The 2015 champions are likely to persist with their new 3-5-2 formation, which has provided some cause for optimism in recent matches.

 

COBH RAMBLERS

No points are awarded for moral ‘victories’ but Cobh Ramblers will take strong encouragement from their performance in front of the biggest attendance of the season at Waterford RSC last weekend.

 

Patrick McClean’s thumping 80th minute header sent Ramblers home pointless from the top-of-the-table clash with Waterford but Cobh edged the possession stakes and could easily have prised something from the match.

 

The 2-1 reverse against the Blues saw Ramblers fall to fourth spot in the standings. Waterford continue to lead but the table is a lot tighter at this stage than many were predicting.

 

Cobh manager Stephen Henderson is content with his side’s progress to date. “After the Waterford match we said to the lads – ‘We’ve played everybody. Who do you fear in this division?’ And the answer from everyone was ‘nobody’.

 

“So, let’s go at this now. Let’s get our heads down and let’s have a real crack off this. When you look at it, we’re one of the best teams in this league.

 

“We ground out results in some places and in other games we played really well. We’ve a young squad, and when you see how the young players are maturing on the pitch, that’s very pleasing.

 

“So that’s the first series done, it’s dusted. We’re three points off the top, that’s incredible. We’ve a lot to look forward to. So now we start again, learn from the mistakes, and let’s see if we can go and kick on.”

 

But Henderson is taking nothing for granted in advance of the Wexford match.

 

“In League of Ireland football there are no bad teams. Everybody is hard to beat. They’re down at the bottom of the table, but they’re still a very good side.

 

“We won’t be arrogant – we can’t just show up for games and expect three points. We’ll prepare well. We know how they play, we know their strengths, and we’ll do our utmost to exploit their weaknesses.”

 

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally.

 

 

MATCH FACTS

Wexford’s last home victory against Cobh Ramblers was on September 5th, 2015. Two Danny Furlong goals did the trick for Wexford after Kevin Mulcahy had given Cobh the lead.

 

Cobh Ramblers have scored the most goals (13) in the 2017 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign to date. Wexford have scored the fewest (3).

 

Cobh have won just one away game all season while Wexford have picked-up two of their three draws on their home pitch.

 

Wexford: last five league games LDLLD

Cobh Ramblers: last five games DWLWL

 

 

BETTING

Wexford: 9/4; Draw: 23/10; Cobh Ramblers: 11/10

 

PREDICTION

Wexford 1-2 Cobh Ramblers

 

 

Wexford

Injured: Graham Doyle (back), Lee Duffy (back).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Christopher McCarthy (ankle), Ben O’Riordan (knee), Ryan Hogan (hip).

Suspended: None.



Wexford
Corey Chambers
Goalkeeper
Ricky Fox
Defender
Ross Kenny
Defender
Craig McCabe
12Booked: 12'
Defender
Owen McCormack
Defender
Shane Dunne
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Midfielder
Adam Hanlon
23Scored: 23'
30Booked: 30'
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfielder
Craig Hayes
75'
75Subbed Off: 75'
Midfielder
Sean Hurley
Midfielder
Craig Wall
8Booked: 8'
Midfielder
Eoin Porter
56Booked: 56'
Forward

Substitutes
Adam Dempsey
Goalkeeper
Liam Donnelly
Forward
Danny Doyle
75'
75Subbed On: 75'
Forward
Sean Eve
Midfield
John McKeown
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Andrew O'Connor
Midfield
Mark Slater
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Midfield
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
James McSweeney
Defender
29Scored: 29'
Kyle McNamara
Defender 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Charlie Fleming
Defender
Ian Mylod
Midfielder
Chris McCarthy
Midfielder
48Booked: 48'
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Craig Donnellan
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
Midfielder
Stephen Christopher
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Matthew Whelan
Forward
70Scored: 70'

Substitutes
Dean Swords
Forward
Michal Sadys
Goalkeeper
Scott McCarthy
Midfield
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
Ross Mann
Forward
65Subbed On: 65'
65'
Shane Lowth
Defender
Cian Kingston
Defender
Jason Abbott
Midfield
57Subbed On: 57'
57'


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