EA Cup R1
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 4, 2017
Venue: St. Colman's Park
Ref: Jason Mannix
Att: 200 (est)
TV:

Matthew Whelan 52' -
Scored: 52'


Shane Lowth 76' -
Scored: 76'




EA Sports Cup Report: Cobh Ramblers 2 - 0 Avondale United

Tue, Apr 04 2017

Credit: Steve Alfred

A first strike of the season from Matthew Whelan and a stunning 25-yarder from Shane Lowth gave Cobh Ramblers a 2-0 home win over Avondale United in the EA Sports Cup First Round.

 

Ramblers made ten changes from the side that beat UCD at the weekend but eventually wore down the dogged resistance of spirited Avondale.

 

Stephen Henderson was absent from the dugout due to a suspension after his red card at Stradbrook a few weeks ago but will be well pleased with the performance. The Cobh boss is looking to make serious progress in the EA Sports Cup this season.

 

Cian Coleman was the only player to retain his place from the UCD match at the weekend. The ex-Cork City player saw yellow on 50 minutes for a foul on Danny O’Connell but that and a late, late yellow for Ryan Hogan (who was making his first start in the claret and blue) were the only real debit notes for the home side all night.

 

Non-league Avondale were impressive early on and forced three corners inside the first 25 minutes. Jamie Murphy impressed for ‘Dale but the Munster Senior League side just failed to make the first breakthrough, which might have made for a different game.

Ross Mann and Matthew Whelan were prominent in most of Cobh’s attacks and the pair combined for the decisive moment of the night. Mann ran at the ‘Dale defence. Whelan made a well-timed run onto Mann’s perfectly weighted pass. The ex-Ballincollig player’s low shot beat O’Sullivan’s dive in the 52nd minute to give Cobh the lead.

 

Defender Shane Lowth scored his first ever Ramblers goal on 76 minutes to make the game safe. The right back let fly from 25 yards and the ball screamed past Owen O’Sullivan to give Ramblers their two-goal cushion.

 

Jamie Murphy worked hard up front all through for Avondale. His best opportunity came with 62 minutes on the clock. Some neat play down the Avondale left gave Murphy the opening for a shot. However, his well struck effort merely found Adam Mylod’s side netting.

 

But Ramblers prevailed comfortably and they move on to a top of the table league clash with Waterford at the RSC on Friday. Before that, their name is in the hat for the EA Sports Cup second round draw.

 

Cobh Ramblers: Adam Mylod, Shane Lowth, Anthony O' Donnell, Cian Kingston, Ryan Hogan; Jason Abbot, Kyle McNamara (Scott McCarthy 88), Cian Coleman, Darren Murphy (Craig Donnellan 67), Ross Mann; Matthew Whelan (Ian Mylod 63).

Subs not used: Michael Sadys (GK), Karl Caulfield, Stephen Christopher, Dean Swords.

Booked: Cian Coleman, Ryan Hogan.

 

Avondale United: Owen O' Sullivan; Andrew Gannon, Eoghan Lougheed, Stephen Barrett David Kiely, Darren Murphy (Vinnie O’Brien 12), Danny O' Connell, Hughie O' Donovan, Josh O' Shea, Ray Lally, Jamie Murphy (Simon Falvey 72).

Subs not used: Cian Hartnett (GK), Tom Linehan, Greg Kelly, Liam O’Sullivan, Eoin Ryan. 

Booked: None.

 

Referee: Jason Mannix.

Attendance: 200 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Matthew Whelan (Cobh Ramblers).

 

 



Cobh Ramblers
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Anthony O'Donnell
Defender
Shane Lowth
76Scored: 76'
Defender
Cian Kingston
Defender
Ryan Hogan
90Booked: 90'
Defender
Darren Murphy
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Midfielder
Kyle McNamara
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Midfielder
Ross Mann
Midfielder
Cian Coleman
50Booked: 50'
Midfielder
Jason Abbott
Midfielder
Matthew Whelan
52Scored: 52'
63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Swords
Forward
Michal Sadys
Goalkeeper
Ian Mylod
63'
63Subbed On: 63'
Defender
Scott McCarthy
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Craig Donnellan
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Stephen Christopher
Midfield
Karl Caulfield
Midfield
Avondale United
Owen O'Sullivan
Goalkeeper
Eoghan Lougheed
Defender
Ray Lally
Defender
Dave Kiely
Defender
Stephen Barrett
Defender
Darren Murphy
Midfielder 12'
12Subbed Off: 12'
Andy Gannon
Midfielder
Danny O'Connell
Midfielder
Hughie O'Donovan
Midfielder
Jamie Murphy
Forward 72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Joshua O'Shea
Forward

Substitutes
Tom Linehan
Unknown
Greg Kelly
Midfield
Cian Hartnett
Goalkeeper
Simon Falvey
Midfield
72Subbed On: 72'
72'
Vinnie O'Brien
Midfield
12Subbed On: 12'
12'
Liam O'Sullivan
Defender
Eoin Ryan
Midfield


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