League Preview: Drogheda United -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, Jul 05 2019

Cobh Ramblers will be looking to improve on their last showing at United Park Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

DROGHEDA UNITED

Looking to profit from any possible points being dropped by either Longford Town or Shelbourne, Drogheda United host mid-table Cobh Ramblers at United Park on Friday evening (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

Fresh from their most recent pulsating win over Bray Wanderers, attention turns to the visit of Cobh Ramblers who will provide a stern test of Tim Clancy’s sides mettle.

Drogs enter the United Park showdown with a point to prove heading into the final round of games as Clancy has seen his side rise up to third in the table, just a mere five points off Shelbourne in pole position.

Top scorer Mark Doyle returned to the fold last time out in the morale-boosting win over Bray Wanderers in a big boost to the Windmill Road outfit.

Scoring goals have been a major asset to Drogheda’s promotion hunt thus far with 37 goals to their names after just 18 games.

However, at the other end of the field has proved to be their achilles heel as such conceding 23 which ranks 5th in the First Division.

Drogheda have not released team news, but they will have no suspension issues to contend with.

COBH RAMBLERS

After a difficult trip to Longford last week which yielded no points, Cobh Ramblers make the trip to Drogheda United on Friday evening.

Stuart Ashton, interim first-team manager saw his side threaten Longford without seeing the back of the net ripple but will take the positives from another good performance from his side.

Ashton will also have been boosted by the fact that defender Charlie Fleming has returned to the club following a spell with Munster Senior League side College Corinthians.

In terms of recent history with Drogheda, Cobh have struggled against their Boyneside counterparts.

The St Colman’s Park outfit have struggled to defeat United in recent seasons with their last win coming in October 2016.

Cobh have not released any team news but like their Drogheda United counterparts they will have no suspensions to deal with.

Referee: Eoghan O’Shea.

 

MATCH STATS

Drogheda United came out on top during the last time the two sides met thanks to a comfortable four nil win over Cobh Ramblers.

The Boynesiders have won their last five games against Cobh Ramblers on the bounce with their last defeat at the hands of the Rams coming in October 2016.

Cobh Ramblers have struggled away from home so far this season picking up just six points away from St Colman’s Park.

BETTING

Drogheda United 2/9; Draw 4/1; Cobh Ramblers 17/2.

PREDICTION

Drogheda United 2 - 0 Cobh Ramblers

 

Drogheda United

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.