First
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 21, 2018
Venue: St. Colman's Park
Att: 310

Cian Leonard 73' -
Scored: 73'


Scored: 28'
- Richie Purdy 28'

Scored: 30'
- Mark Doyle 30'

Scored: 33'
- Mark Doyle 33'

Scored: 37'
- Ciaran Kelly 37'

Scored: 60'
- Chris Lyons 60'

Live Updates for Cobh Ramblers -v- Drogheda United

90' + 2'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United.

90' + 1'

Right at the death Gareth McCaffrey almost makes it six with a first-time effort from Colm Deasy's pass that whips inches over the Cobh bar, via one of Paul Hunt's fingertips.

90'

There will be two added minutes.

87'

Three minutes to go now and with the result long since decided the game's energy is starting to ebb. But, as I say that, Drogheda storm forwards, passing crisply to the edge of the Cobh box before McCaffrey gets in a cross that Paul Hunt seizes hold of.

86'

A decent move through the middle by Cobh but Pierce Philips' final ball is too close to the keeper and hopes for another goal pass.

83'

McAlavey hooks a ball over the top for David Hurley but the substitute's touch is heavy and the ball runs out over the end line.

79'

Ramblers still showing great determination in face ofan insurmountable scoreline.  There's still pride to be fought for and Ian Mylod just put in a 60 yard run that took him past two Drogheda players before his attempted centre was deflected and then cleared.

74'

Substitution

David Hurley replaces Denzil Fernandes for Cobh Ramblers.

73'

GOAL!

Cian Leonard scores for Cobh Ramblers. The substitute slots neatly home after being played through the middle.

72'

Another opening for Drogheda but McSweeney bicycle-kicks a goalbound lob off the Cobh goal-line.

70'

Substitution

Stephen Meaney replaces Lee Duffy for Drogheda United.

69'

Cobh are still battling away with McAlavey particularly impressive for them, but when Drogheda break they still look like they could another more to their tally.

66'

Substitution

Cian Leonard replaces Andrew Wall for Cobh Ramblers.

66'

Yellow Card

Lee Duffy is booked for Drogheda United.

63'

A chance fro ramblers as Fernandes sees his effort from a tight angle blocked. Skinner then snatched a high cross aimed at the back post. And striker Andrew Wall is down now following a clash that was heard around the ground as much as it was seen. 

62'

Substitution

Eoin McPhillips replaces Sean Brennan for Drogheda United.

62'

Substitution

Gareth McCaffrey replaces Chris Lyons for Drogheda United.

60'

GOAL!

Chris Lyons scores for Drogheda United. Sean Brennan fires a low cross into the Cobh six yard box and Lyons jabs home from a couple of yards out.

56'

Substitution

Jaze Kabia replaces Adam O'Sullivan for Cobh Ramblers. Ramblers go to a flat back four with Kabia wide on the left.

52'

A rapid break by Drogheda almost sees Chris Lyons through the middle but he was covered until he ran out of space. At the other end McAlavey puts the ball in the Drogheda net only to be flagged off-side.

49'

Cobh have started well in the second half, though I'm almost afraid to say that. They started the first half well too. 

46'

Second Half

The second half between Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United has started.

46'

That was truly bizarre. Cobh were well in it and could have gone one up thrity seconds before Drogheda scored their first. Then the home team were completely swamped by a ten minute power play from Drogheda who hammered in four goals and utterly dominated the last fifteen minutes of the half. I can't imagine what Stephen Henderson is saying the home dressing room right now. That was as devastating as it was unforeseeable.

45' + 1'

Half Time

It is half-time between Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United.

44'

Drogs striker Chris Lyons is super-identifiable as he's wearing a thick headband. Is this the way forward for modern football? I think it could be. One minute to be added here.

37'

GOAL!

Ciaran Kelly scores for Drogheda United. This is astonishing, Drogheda have now scored four in nine minutes. This time it was Ciaran Kelly who stuck it in off the left hand post after Purdy's initial shot had been blocked. 

36'

Another Drogheda corner comes in from the left and home hearts flutter as the ball scythes through the area without anyone getting a touch. 

33'

GOAL!

Mark Doyle scores for Drogheda United. Unbelievable and the home crowd are stunned as a decent performance by their team turns into an absolute mess within a a four minute spell. A corner came in from the left, was headed back across goal and Doyle was there to blast a volley in off the underside of the Cobh bar.

30'

GOAL!

Mark Doyle scores for Drogheda United. A mistake at the back by Ben O'Riordan gives Doyle the time and space to nip wide of Paul Hunt and drill the ball over the line from a tight angle. A good finish from the young striker and disaster for Cobh who were playing very well until that double salvo.

28'

GOAL!

Richie Purdy scores for Drogheda United. Moments after Cobh could have taken the lead, Drogheda pile forward down their left side and when the ball comes in to the middle Purdy hits a first time volley from the edge of the box that flies through a scrum of bodies and into the Cobh net.

27'

More applause from the home crowd as Ramblers nearly take the lead. Pierce Philips burst forwards and fed Fernandes who came in at an angle with only the keeper to beat. His shot was low and on target but Skinner got a foot to it.

26'

Drogheda almost play themselves into trouble at the back with some ill advised inter-passing. Andrew Wall so very nearly made them pay but Kelly came in with a solid saving tackle.

23'

Murphy and McAlavey are running the game at the moment for the home side, with young wide player Denzil Fernandes also looking like a player. Cobh have had a mixed bag of results so far this season but they are looking on form this evening.

21'

Warm applause around the ground as Ian Mylod plants a 20-yarder over the Drogheda bar. Cobh are passing the ball really well, which is not an easy thing to do on what is qyuite an uneven surface. Impressive stuff from the home team.

20'

Drogheda are sporting a startlingly green kit tonight. Trying to blend in with the pitch. Clever!

18'

Drogheda are waking up now as Lyons flicks a pass into the channel for Sean Brennan. His hooked cross descends at the back post but there are no Drogs players there and the ball drifts out for a goal kick.

16'

Drogheda break down the right through Duffy and the ball is squared for a very-far-forward Colm Deacy. He doesn't quite connect with his shot which trundles wide of Paul Hunt's goal.

15'

The crowd shudder as Drogs centre back, Ciaran Kelly, puts in a crunching tackle on Adam O'Sullivan. Hard but fair and no free, rightly, given.

14'

Cobh looking sharper in the opening exchanges. They're playing good football through midfield which augers well for a decent game. Drogheda have lots of attacking talent on the pitch though and if they can get going they will be dangerous.

12'

Good play from Cobh as Darren Murphy and Anthony McAlavey get a move going from midfield. The ball was shifted out left and then centred where Adam O'Sullivan sent a looping header down the throat of Drogs keeper Paul Skinner.

9'

Chris Lyons received treatment too so as we begin again Drogheda, momentarily, have just nine players on the park.

6'

There's a delay here as a Drogheda player goes down and has to receive treatment. Can't see who it is as he's lying on his number and the sun is shining in our eyes.... as he's helped to his feet we can see now that it's Lee Duffy. He looks like he'll be okay.

2'

Less than two minutes played and we have the first booking of the evening. Cobh defender Adam O'Sullivan tracked a free kick into the Drogheda box and went tumbling before making contact... the ref cards him for diving. No complaints from any of the Cobh players so let's assume the man in the middle was correct.

2'

Yellow Card

Adam O'Sullivan is booked for Cobh Ramblers.

1'

GAME ON!

The game between Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United has kicked off.

0'

One final, triumphant burst of sunshine in the western sky as the teams emerge for tonight's game. We're all set to go on the Island.

0'

Just ten minutes until kick-off at St Colman's Park. Six points seperate these teams with Drogheda third and Cobh third from bottom. If Drogheda win tonight, and UCD lose at Longford, then the Louth side will go top of the table. On the other hand, if Cobh win by three or more they can rise from 8th to 6th.

0'

The team sheets are in despite problems with Cobh's printer. Emergency photcopies made and distributed and you can see the results on the match pages. The sun is fading here and we're all tucking into the club's excellent value lucky dip sweet bags. Nice!

0'

We're here at St Colman's Park for tonight's First Division game between Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United. It's a beautiful summery evening on the south coast and hopefully we will have a game to match. As soon as we get the team sheets they'll be on on the match pages to view. The teams are warming up here and kick off is at 7.45 pm.



Photo Gallery for Cobh Ramblers -v- Drogheda United



Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Kevin Taylor
Defender
Adam O'Sullivan
2Booked: 2'
Defender
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
Ian Mylod
Defender
James McSweeney
Defender
Pierce Phillips
Midfielder
Darren Murphy
Midfielder
Anthony McAlavey
Midfielder
Denzil Fernandes
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Midfielder
Andrew Wall
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Michal Sadys
Goalkeeper
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Cian Leonard
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
73Scored: 73'
Forward
Jaze Kabia
Midfield
David Hurley
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Midfield
Stephen Christopher
Midfield
Peter Callanan
Midfield
Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Conor Kane
Defender
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Colm Deasy
Defender
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
37Scored: 37'
Jake Hyland
Midfielder
Lee Duffy
Midfielder
66Booked: 66'
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Mark Doyle
Midfielder
30Scored: 30'
33Scored: 33'
Sean Brennan
Midfielder 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Richie Purdy
Midfielder
28Scored: 28'
Chris Lyons
Forward
60Scored: 60'
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'

Substitutes
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
Victor Ekanem
Defender
Kealan Dillon
Midfield
Lloyd Buckley
Defender
Gareth McCaffrey
Forward
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Eoin McPhillips
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Stephen Meaney
Forward
70Subbed On: 70'
70'