Drogheda United 0 Cobh Ramblers 1
COBH Ramblers made a massive statement of intent in their League Of Ireland First Division promotion bid with victory away to title favourites Drogheda United on Friday night.
Naythan Coleman was the man of the moment who clinically converted the winner for a crucial victory for Stuart Ashton’s side, who saw another fantastic display from goalkeeper Sean Barron, including a first-half penalty save.
This though overall was an all-round fine collective performance from every player in a Ramblers jersey on the night.
The promotion race in the First Division really is hotting up now. There are only just five points separating Cobh, from the current joint league leaders in Cabinteely and Longford Town.
The home side had a great opportunity to go into the lead after 18 minutes from the penalty spot.
But Chris Lyons of Drogheda was to be denied, Ramblers keeper Barron got down well to make an excellent penalty save, as the shot-stopper continues to impress since making the move from Munster Senior League side Avondale United.
Moments later, John Kavanagh almost scored from a spectacular effort from 50 yards out, after seeing the Drogheda keeper off his line.
The away side threatened when Lee Devitt created space for a chance from yards out, but his low effort was saved.
Cobh keeper Barron was called into action again early in the second half, as he made a fine save to keep out a Brandon Bermingham effort.
That was before Ashton’s side thought they found the back of the net. Naythan Coleman had an effort controversially ruled out after an Odumosu clearance deflected off him and into the net.
But Ramblers would not be denied and they went into the lead on 66 minutes.
Following a mishap in the Drogheda defence, Coleman, after a fine initial first touch, raced through and clinically finished to the back of the net with a low strike.
Ramblers worked their socks off and were determined to see the game out to a successful conclusion.
Drogheda, who were the top goal scorers in the First Division before this weekend’s series of fixtures, were kept out by a very organised Ramblers defence.
Cobh indeed held out for what was a just reward for a fantastic all round shift.
DROGHEDA: David Odomosu; James Brown, Hugh Douglas, Derek Prendergast, Conor Kane; Mark Hughes, Jake Hyland, Richie O’Farrell, Brandon Bermingham; Mark Doyle, Chris Lyons.
Subs: Adam Wixted for Bermingham (68), Jordan Adeyemo for O’Farrell (75), James Clarke for Hyland, Stephen Meaney for Lyons (both 78).
COBH: Sean Barron; John Kavanagh, Ben O’Riordan, Charlie Lyons, Darryl Walsh; David Hurley, Stephen O’Leary, Naythan Coleman, Martin Coughlan, Ian Turner, Lee Devitt.
Subs: Greg Henry for Coughlan (HT), Chris O’Reilly for Coleman (83).
Referee: Marc Lynch