Lg Cup 1st RD
Date: 7:30 p.m. March 10, 2020
Venue:
1 - 1
(3 - 4)


FT with Penos

Owen Collins 107' -
Scored: 107'


Daniel Pender 121' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'


James Sheehan 121' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 121'


Daniel Pender 121' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 121'


Gordon Walker 121' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'


Rian O'Sullivan 121' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'


Scored: 105'
- Cian Leonard 105'

Shootout Peno Missed: 121'
- David Hurley 121'

Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
- Cian Leonard 121'

Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
- Pierce Phillips 121'

Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
- Adam Foley 121'

Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
- Charlie Lyons 121'


EA Sports Cup Report: UCC 1 - 1 Cobh Ramblers (Cobh win 4-3 on penalties AET)

Thu, Mar 12 2020

It went to penalties at the Mardyke Credit: Steve Alfred

Dylan O'Connell reports from the Mardyke 

Cobh Ramblers progressed in the EA Sports Cup following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win against UCC after a 1-1 draw at the Mardyke on Tuesday evening in one of the final matches played before the postponement of football due to COVID19 . 

In this first round clash, extra-time goals for Cian Leonard of the Ramblers and Owen Collins of UCC ensured that the League of Ireland First Division and Munster Senior League Premier Division pairing would go the distance at the famous venue on the banks of the River Lee. 

UCC qualified for the tournament after winning the 2018/19 Munster Senior League Premier Division, and were looking for a repeat of their 2015 heroics. That year, the college progressed through two rounds of the tournament, beating First Division sides Wexford Youth and Cobh Ramblers, before getting knocked out by League of Ireland champions Dundalk in the quarter finals. 

To Cobh, the EA Sports Cup will forever represent a definitive moment in the club’s 98 year history. This comes from their run in the cup in 2018, which brought them to their first ever senior national cup final. In a journey which brought them across the island, the Rams saw there way passed Wexford, Limerick, Longford, and Dundalk, to reach the final against Derry City. That day, the Candystripes ran out 3-1 winners in a spirited cup final between the two sides. 

A sense of adventure seemed to take over the Students for much of the first half, with Noel Healy’s side forcing a number of last ditch tackles and clearances from the Cobh defence. This started just five minutes in when a corner ball was almost turned in by Matthew McKeviitt. 

The Ramblers grew into the game, and got their real chance on the half hour mark when a long ball forward was flapped at by goalkeeper Arthur Nganon and fell to Leonard who was facing goal.

In the second it took for him to get a touch, James Sheehan burst into the forward’s view and muscled the ball from the striker and cleared to safety.  

UCC closed out the half with an excellent chance from McKevitt who twisted free inside the area and shot, with the ball beating everyone except for Paul Hunt, who caught it on the line. 

The second half saw an improvement from Cobh. This was triggered by the introduction of Conor Drinan, who would be a consistent problem for the Students. 

The Ramblers best chance of the half was a free kick when Pierce Philips beat everyone in the ball and forced a hand from Nganon to claw the ball from the top corner. 

Daniel Pender almost gave UCC the lead in injury time but his shot went out for a corner. From that. McKevitt’s ball bobbed onto the line and covered by Hunt. 

In extra-time Cobh took the lead when Leonard tapped in a loose ball from Nganon in goal. The Students equalised immediately when Owen Collins had a shot from twenty yards out bob in passed a diving Hunt. 

In the shoot out, Cian Leonard, Pierce Phillips, Adam Foley and Charlie Lyons all converted to send Cobh into the second round of the EA Sports Cup.

UCC: Arthur Nganon, Gordon Walker, Rian O’Sullivan, James Sheehan, Ethan Hurley, Jack O’Sullivan, Conor Bowdren, Ronan Hennessy (Ify Nzewi 90’), Daniel Pender, Owen Collins, Matthew McKevitt. 

Subs not used: Alex Minihane, Kajus Vitkevicies, Charlie Whaley, Joseph Higgins, Thomas O’Donovan, Vjekoslav. 

Booked: None. 

Cobh Ramblers: Paul Hunt, Kevin Taylor, Stephen O’Leary (Conor Drinan 45’), Ben O’Riordan, Charlie Lyons, Cian Leonard, Dave Hurley, Cameron Harison (Lee Devitt 67’), Adam Foaly, Stephen O’Connor. 

Subs not used: Bryan Murphy, Gavin Ryan, Martin Coughlan, Jamie O’Sullivan, Mickey Foley. 

Booked: None. 

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan


UCC
Arthur Nganou 20
Goalkeeper
Gordon Walker 2
Defender
Daniel Pender 9
Defender
Jack O'Sullivan 6
Defender
Rian O'Sullivan 3
Defender
James Sheehan 4
Midfielder
Matthew McKevitt 11
Midfielder
Ethan Hurley 5
Midfielder
Ronan Hennessy 8
105'
105Subbed Off: 105'
Midfielder
Owen Collins 10
107Scored: 107'
Midfielder
Conor Bowdren 7
Midfielder

Substitutes
Charlie Whalley 15
Unknown
Vjekoslav Vondra 1
Unknown
Kajus Vitkevicius 14
Defender
Thomas O'Donovan 17
Defender
Ify Nzewi 12
105'
105Subbed On: 105'
Midfield
Alex Minihane 13
Midfield
Joseph Higgins 16
Unknown
Cobh Ramblers
1 Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
6 Charlie Lyons
Defender
17 Stephen O'Connor
Defender
5 Ben O'Riordan
Defender
3 Kevin Taylor
Defender
10 David Hurley
Midfielder
11 Cameron Harlson
Midfielder 45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
4 Stephen O'Leary
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
8 Pierce Phillips ©
Midfielder
9 Cian Leonard
Forward
90Booked: 90'
105Scored: 105'
15 Adam Foley
Forward

Substitutes
22 Mikey Foley
Midfield
Conor Drinan
Defender
45Subbed On: 45'
45'
16 Lee Devitt Molloy
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
18 Martin Coughlan
Midfield
12 Bryan Murphy
Forward
20 Jamie O'Sullivan
Defender
13 Gavin Ryan
Goalkeeper