FOR both Cobh Ramblers and Cabinteely, this weekend’s contest at St Colman’s Park looks set to be a vital battle in their promotion playoff hopes in the League Of Ireland First Division.
With just four league games left in the season, Stuart Ashton will be looking to see another big performance and three points for his side.
Ramblers were impressive for large spells in what was a big victory on the road, against the John Caulfield managed Galway United last weekend.
This was a crucial victory for Cobh in their playoff push, who will feel they can be in the shake-up until the very end, having also beaten promotion challengers in Longford and Drogheda also in recent weeks.
That Longford 2-0 win was the last victory for Ramblers at home, so they will most certainly be seeking to get back to winning ways at St Colman’s Park on Saturday night.
Ian Turner was the man who got the crucial match-winning goal in Galway.
“That was something we needed to put right because in the games before that we didn’t and put in poor performances by our standards and let ourselves down, especially in the Athlone and Bray games,” reflects Turner to The Echo on the win away to Galway.
“So we wanted to bounce back and were very determined and what better way to do it up there in Galway.
“They are a team that are in and around us, so it is important we are beating teams in and around us.
“It was something we had spoken about, to put in a good performance because we had let ourselves down in the three games previous to that.
“We were really focused on putting in a performance against Galway because from now until the end of the season really, we have got to take it each game as it comes.
“Essentially it is in our own hands, if we win every game we are in the playoffs and we give ourselves a chance.
“That is something we just have to focus on now, forget about everything that is around us and just focus on the games in front of us and take it each game at a time.”
Speaking ahead of the Cabinteely clash, Turner outlined how the focus is fully on the task at hand for Saturday but also for the remainder of the campaign.
“Cabinteely are a team if you look back at their results earlier in the season, a couple of weeks ago we lost to them up there when we felt we should have gotten a result.
“So we owe them one in a way and they are obviously one of the teams in and around us.
“We have just got to go into the game again with the right mentality.
“So we just have to take the positives from the Galway game, take the Cabinteely game as a fresh game and just go hell for leather again.
“We will be looking for three points on Saturday night.
“The thing for us is that we have got a second chance at it now. We got ourselves close and let ourselves down with a couple of losses.
“Maybe people were talking about it and thinking it was just going to happen.
“So we are lucky we are after getting a second chance and getting ourselves back into it.
“Now we just need to get results.
“We have four games to go and if we can win every single one of them, we know we are either going to be in the playoffs or automatically up.”
Cabinteely have only recorded one win out of their last seven league games, with five defeats during that period.
Last week Cabinteely were defeated 5-1 at home by Wexford.
The Dublin side’s recent form is a total contrast to the impressive way they started the season and they will need to find that sort of winning form again if they aspire to finish in a playoff spot.
So overall there is plenty at stake for both Ramblers and Cabinteely in this one, with the highly competitive race for promotion set to go right down to the wire.
At this stage of the season, picking up the three points will be vital for both of these teams.