First
Date: 7:55 p.m. Feb. 22, 2019
Venue: United Park
Att: 616
TV:

Mark Doyle 8' -
Scored: 8'


Chris Lyons 28' -
Scored: 28'


Adam Wixted 48' -
Scored: 48'


Mark Doyle 90' + 2' -
Scored: 90'


Red: 36'
- Cian Leonard 36'



League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, Feb 22 2019

Credit: Steve Alfred

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United get their 2019 First Division campaign underway on Friday night as they host Cobh Ramblers at United Park.

Tim Clancy remains in charge of the Boynesiders for a second season, with Kevin Doherty as his assistant. Clancy has made a number of signings in the off-season, including bringing Thomas Byrne, Adam Wixted and Mark Hughes back to the club.

Pre-season saw Drogheda play four Premier Division sides, losing to Derry City, Dundalk and narrowly to Harps. They then drew with St. Patrick’s Athletic whilst also recording a draw against the Republic of Ireland U19’s and a 6-3 win over Drogheda Town.

Going into the first game of the season, Drogheda will be without captain Jake Hyland who continues his recovery from a broken leg, suffered in Drogheda’s play-off victory over Shelbourne last season. Kevin Farragher may also be a doubt, having missed several of Drogheda’s pre-season games through injury.

Stephen Meaney is again available for selection after missing a large part of the 2018 season through injury. The forward made his return to action in pre-season and scored a brace in Drogheda’s final pre-season fixture against Drogheda Town.

 

COBH RAMBLERS

Last season’s EA Sports Cup finalists Cobh Ramblers kick off their 2019 campaign with a long trip north east to face Drogheda United on Friday evening.

The likes of Paul Hunt, Cian Leonard, Stephen Kenny, Stephen Christopher and Jaze Kabia have all re-signed with Cobh for another season. Ramblers also made a number of signings, including that of Ian Turner from St. Patrick’s Athletic and former Preston North End defender Charlie Lyons.

Pre-season saw Cobh play Premier Division opposition in friendlies in the form of St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers, as well as beating Wexford 3-1 and losing 1-0 to Limerick.

Ramblers also played twice in the Munster Senior Cup, beating Waterford 3-2 in January before falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cork City in the next round.

In team news ahead of the league opener, Stephen Henderson will have to plan without several players through injury. Bryan Murphy and Eoin O’Donovan both miss out on the trip north east while new signing Nathan West is also unavailable.

West suffered a shoulder injury in pre-season against Limerick. Shane O’Connor will have to undergo a late fitness test on a back injury.

 

Referee: Ben Connolly.

 

MATCH STATS

The last scoreless game between these sides came in a 2008 Premier Division meeting. Since then, all nine games contested by the two sides have seen goals scored.

The standout games between these sides came in 2016 in the First Division play-off series as Drogheda progressed 3-2 on aggregate. After winning 2-0 in Cobh, the Boynesiders survived a scare in the second leg, which Cobh won 2-1.

Twenty points separated these sides in the league last season as Drogheda finished fourth on 49 points, while Cobh finished the season in eighth with 29 points.

 

BETTING

Drogheda United 1/2; Draw 11/4; Cobh Ramblers 9/2.

 

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 2-1 Cobh Ramblers

 

Drogheda United

Injured: Jake Hyland.

Doubtful: Kevin Farragher.

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Bryan Murphy, Eoin O’Donovan, Nathan West.

Doubtful: Shane O’Connor.

Suspended: None.

 

 



Drogheda United
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Luke McNally
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
James Brown
Defender
Mark Hughes
25Booked: 25'
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Luke Gallagher
Midfielder
Sean Brennan
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Midfielder
Adam Wixted
48Scored: 48'
Midfielder
Chris Lyons
28Scored: 28'
Forward
Mark Doyle
8Scored: 8'
90Scored: 90'
Forward
Thomas Byrne
74Booked: 74'
77'
77Subbed Off: 77'
Forward

Substitutes
Sean Trimble
Defender
Stephen Meaney
Forward
Cian Kavanagh
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Luke Heeney
56'
56Subbed On: 56'
Forward
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
James Clarke
77'
77Subbed On: 77'
Forward
Janabi Amour
Unknown
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
James McSweeney
Defender
Charlie Lyons
Defender
Stephen Christopher
Defender
Stephen O'Connor
Defender
Stephen Kenny
Midfielder
David Hurley
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Denzil Fernandes
Midfielder 60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Shane O'Connor
Midfielder
62Booked: 62'
Ian Turner
Midfielder
Cian Leonard
Forward
29Booked: 29'
36Booked: 36'
36Sent off: 36'

Substitutes
Matthew Lambe
Midfield
Jaze Kabia
Midfield
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
Greg Henry
Midfield
60Subbed On: 60'
60'
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Stephen O'Leary
Midfield
Ben O'Riordan
Defender


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