Cobh Ramblers chairman is proud of his promotion chasing team 

Cobh Ramblers chairman is proud of his promotion chasing team 

Cobh Ramblers chairperson Billy O'Leary

IT has been quite a dramatic last few weeks in the Airtricity League of Ireland First Division and a fascinating race for the promotion play off places is now set to go down to the last day of the season. 

With catch up games due to be played by leaders Bray Wanderers, second placed Drogheda United and John Caulfield's Galway United by Saturday evening, the shape of the upper tier of the table is still unclear. 

Regardless of the outcome of these games though, Cobh Ramblers know that they will still have plenty to play for when they line out against Shamrock Rovers second 11 at St Colman's Park on Tuesday next.

"It's where we wanted to be on the last day of the season," comments Ramblers industrious chairman Bill O'Leary. 

"We initially recovered very well after the shut down and then in the last few weeks re-energised ourselves again after losing the home match against Cabinteely. 

"I am delighted that the players have been able to deliver on the field. They are a fantastic group of young men, who have really bought into what we are trying to do here. 

"We depend on them to deliver in difficult situations and they depend on us to do the best we can off the field. 

"On that note we have worked very hard as a committee over the past 12 months."

Because of recent postponements, both Drogheda United and Galway United are in the midst of a three game schedule in 8 days, which represents a very tough ask at this time of the season. 

Cobh on the other hand can firmly focus on their solitary remaining game, after Ian Turner's goal gave them the desired away win in Longford last weekend. 

The harbour town team outfit have acquitted themselves well this season amassing 26 points from their 17 matches to date, to leave them in the middle of pack that includes Drogheda, Longford, Cabinteely and Galway. 

It all sets up a thrilling Tuesday of action next week as all clubs play their concluding fixtures of a very protracted and curtailed season.

Bill O'Leary feels it has been a few months to remember regardless of the outcome of the last series of matches.

"Personally, I think it's been a brilliant league overall - helped by the more condensed season and the fact there is very little between most of the teams. 

"Certainly there are 4 or 5 teams like us that are very similar. The only pity has been that the crowds have not been here to see the action. 

"I think given what we have done off the field and our engagement with the local community, there would have been great support at St Colman's Park."

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