First
Date: 7:15 p.m. April 22, 2017
Venue: St. Colman's Park
Ref: Marc Lynch
Att: 350 (est)

Kyle McNamara 64' -
Scored: 64'


Charlie Fleming 66' -
Scored: 66'




League Preview: Cobh Ramblers -v- Longford Town

Sat, Apr 22 2017

Alan Mathews men travel to Cobh on Saturday Credit: Steve Alfred

COBH RAMBLERS

Cobh come into this game in third place, four points behind leaders Waterford FC but with a game in hand. A win against the Midlands side would improve their position in the table, but it would be more a physiological advantage over the two teams above them, Waterford and UCD.

 

A win would send out a message that The Rams are not just an early season flash in the pan but that they are here for the long run. That is not a foregone conclusion though, as they are up against a tough Longford Town side.

 

Last time out in the league, the Cork men came from behind in Ferrycarrig Park to beat Wexford FC 1-2. A goal from James McSweeney and a Matthew Whelan strike ensured delirement among Cobh fans when travelling back from the South East.

 

On Easter Monday in the EA Sports Cup, Cobh faced Waterford in the RSC. Just like ten days previously they had come unstuck in the league, losing 2-1. This time, a 0-2 loss was incurred with goals from Dean O'Halloran and Derek Daly doing the damage.

 

Boss Stephen Henderson anticipates a tough game against Longford and is aware of how dangerous the opposition can be when on form but has issued a rallying cry for more fans to enter St Colman's Park on match days, so they can continue their solid home form.

 

Can they remain undefeated at home this season? We'll know the answer soon enough!

 

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town travel south to face a buoyant Cobh Ramblers still reeling from the last time the sides met when Longford were comprehensively beaten 3-1 on their own patch.

 

Three second half goals saw Cobh leave The City Calling Stadium with all three points and left Longford without a home win in the league, a run that stretched back to October 30th, 2015.

 

That dismal record was finally broken last week when, after 17 months, The Town beat Shelbourne by three goals to one. An Enda Curran brace and a second half Kevin O'Connor strike did the job after Shels had taken an early lead.

 

Then, a few days later, on Easter Monday, Longford faced Shelbourne again, this time in Tolka Park, and came back with a 0-2 win for their troubles to progress to the Quarter Finals where they will face Shamrock Rovers. Goals in each half from Gavin Boyne and Dylan McGlade ensured progression.

 

In fact, Alan Mathews' men come into this game unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions; scoring 9 and conceding just 4. 

Obviously, Mathews is well aware of his team’s good form but still anticipates a tough game down on the South Coast. It makes for a great game in store.

 

Referee: Marc Lynch

 

 

MATCH FACTS

The last time the two sides met in the league was in March, in Gameweek 2: Cobh won 3-1 at City Calling Stadium.

 

The last time the two sides met at St Colman’s Park was in July 2014, Longford won 3-0 in a First Division game.

 

Longford Town absentee David O'Sullivan is the clubs top scorer, with eight goals in all competitions.

Cobh are unbeaten at home this season, with three wins and two draws.

 

Longford have kept four clean sheets on their travels this season, in all competitions.

 

Cobh’s form in their last five games reads: LWLWW

Longford’s form coming into the game in is: WDWDL

 

 

BETTING

Cobh Ramblers 6/4; Draw 23/10; Longford Town 13/8

 

PREDICTION

Cobh Ramblers 1-0 Longford Town

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Unknown

Doubtful: Unknown

Suspended: Unknown

 

Longford Town

Injured: Jake Kelly, Don Cowan, David O'Sullivan.

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

 
 


Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Kyle McNamara
64Scored: 64'
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Defender
Chris McCarthy
31Booked: 31'
Defender
Cian Kingston
Defender
Charlie Fleming
66Scored: 66'
Defender
Cian Coleman
Defender
Ian Mylod
Midfielder
Ross Mann
Midfielder
Craig Donnellan
Midfielder
Karl Caulfield
Midfielder
Matthew Whelan
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Swords
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Forward
Anthony O'Donnell
Defender
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Scott McCarthy
Midfield
Shane Lowth
Defender
Stephen Christopher
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Jason Abbott
Midfield
Longford Town
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Tristan Noack Hofman
Defender
Mark Langtry
Defender
Kevin O'Connor
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Cody Mulhall
Midfielder
Dylan McGlade
Midfielder 57'
57Subbed Off: 57'
Gavin Boyne
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Enda Curran
Forward 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'

Substitutes
David O'Sullivan
Forward
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Rhys Gorman
Midfield
Aidan Friel
Midfield
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
Don Cowan
Forward
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
Karl Chambers
Forward
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper


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