Cobh Ramblers' promotion bid on track with win over John Caulfield's Galway

Cobh Ramblers' promotion bid on track with win over John Caulfield's Galway

Cobh Ramblers' Ian Turner manages to pass the ball away from UCD's Mark Dignam. The experienced attacker hit the winning goal away to Galway. Picture: Howard Crowdy

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A superb performance saw Cobh Ramblers get their promotion push back on track against John Caulfield’s Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park

From the Bray game in midweek, Ramblers boss Stuart Ashton made one change, as Ian Turner came in to start in place of Stephen O’Leary.

Caulfield made three changes to his Galway side that defeated Cabinteely. Corkman Cian Murphy was among those to come in, while former Ramblers man Stephen Christopher also started for the hosts.

It was Ramblers that went into the lead in the 9th minute. After the ball broke to him from a corner kick, Ian Turner was on hand to finish to the back of the net, his second league goal of this season.

Naythan Coleman saw a long-ranged drilled effort go into the hands of Galway keeper Kevin Horgan. Enda Curran tested Sean Barron at the other end, while Sam Warde fired over from a free.

Ramblers were focused as the opening half went and were on the front foot heading towards half time, as Naythan Coleman headed just over from an Ian Turner cross

Galway went close through a thunderbolt of a Shane Duggan effort early after the break, which forced a good stop out of Ramblers keeper Barron.

While Matthew Connor, who came on in place of Horgan in the Galway goal at the break, made a decent save to keep out a well-struck Coleman effort.

Although Galway were searching desperately for a leveller, it was Ramblers who went close to getting a second when Darragh Crowley headed just wide from a Hurley cross.

Timmy Molloy flashed a shot wide on the volley for the hosts. But the home side saw a red card given to Mikey Place for a dangerous tackle on John Kavanagh, a free which Turner curled just wide.

Devitt went close for Cobh in stoppage time, but Ramblers did enough for a crucial victory.

GALWAY: Kevin Horgan; Jack Lynch, Cian Murphy, Killian Brouder, Timo Parthoens; Sam Warde, Stephen Christopher, Shane Duggan; Mikey Place, Enda Curran, Carlton Ubaezuonu.

Subs: Matthew Connor for Horgan (HT), Timmy Molloy for Ubaezuonu, Wilson Waweru for Curran (both 56), Vinny Faherty for Warde (72), Donal Higgins for Duggan (81)

COBH: Sean Barron; John Kavanagh, Charlie Lyons, Greg Henry, Darryl Walsh, David Hurley, Pierce Phillips, Lee Devitt, Darragh Crowley, Ian Turner, Naythan Coleman.

Subs: Conor Drinan for Coleman (62), Christopher O’Reilly for Crowley (81).

Referee: Gavin Colfer.

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