Longford Town 0 Cobh Ramblers 1
COBH Ramblers ensured their playoff dreams will go right down to the final night of the season, after a deserved win over Longford Town at Bishopsgate on Saturday night.
This a victory which saw Stuart Ashton’s side really put a decent shift in, during what was a superb collective display.
Not only did Cobh outwork their hosts, but Ramblers also were to have the best opportunities.
Ramblers have pulled off big away performances this season on a few occasions and they most certainly did that again here.
As a consequence, the St Colman’s Park side are now two points off the playoff places with just one series of games remaining.
Cobh had a great early opportunity and nearly punished Longford passing out from the back when Naythan Coleman was to be denied by Lee Stacey in the Longford goal.
Darryl Walsh was not far off from a free for the visitors, who were showing plenty of intent in their play, as they closed Longford down and prevented them from getting their usual passing game going.
Adam Evans headed just wide from a corner kick for Longford, while Joe Manley went close with a curling effort from outside the box.
But there was a good work rate to what Ramblers were doing and they just about had the better of the exchanges in the opening half.
Cobh had their best chance of the first 45 minutes on the stroke of half time, when Ian Turner saw his free come back off the bar.
Ramblers went into the lead shortly after the break. Stephen O’Leary showed great awareness and played a great pass into the path of Turner, who finished with a sweet strike.
The second half was a similar story to the first, in that Cobh continued to show the greater work rate and desire.
Heading into the final ten minutes, O’Leary saw his effort go over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Longford tried to search for a late equaliser, but given how they 90 minutes had panned out it would have definitely been against the run of play.
So it now all comes down to the final game of the season for Ramblers. That last game is at home to Shamrock Rovers II in St Colman’s Park on Tuesday, October 27.
A victory in that one now would mean Cobh would have every chance of finishing in the promotion playoffs.
LONGFORD: Lee Stacey; Shane Elworthy, Dylan Hand, Mick McDonnell, Rob Manley, Adam Evans, Aodh Dervin, Matthew O’Brien, Karl Chambers, Dean Byrne, Joe Manley.
Subs: Niall Barnes for Hand (57), Callum Warfield for Chambers (71), Joe Gorman for Manley (85).
COBH: Sean Barron; John Kavanagh, Charlie Lyons, Greg Henry, Darryl Walsh, Ian Turner, Pierce Phillips, Stephen O’Leary, Lee Devitt, Conor Drinan, Naythan Coleman.
Subs: David Hurley for Coleman (69), Chris O’Reilly for O’Leary (87).
Referee: Gavin Colfer.