Naythan Coleman showed the quality in MSL with key goal for Cobh Ramblers

Naythan Coleman showed the quality in MSL with key goal for Cobh Ramblers

Naythan Coleman, Carrigaline United challenges for possession against Kieran Waters, Castleview. Coleman hit the net for his new club on Friday night. Picture: Larry Cummins.

NAYTHAN Coleman was the all-important match-winner for Cobh Ramblers as they picked a massive three points away to Drogheda United.

It was a huge statement of intent from Ramblers in their promotion push.

“We got three points on the road, that is what we aimed for coming up," said Coleman, who signed in the July transfer window from Munster Senior League side Carrigaline United and was also a member of the successful IT Carlow side that won both CFAI and CUFL titles in recent years.

"It is always positive in this group and we aim to get the three points, we never come up for a draw, to play a game or to make up the numbers.

“It was a fantastic team performance. The lads at the back were solid, Sean(Barron) was outstanding in goals again, that is another clean sheet. It is what you want and it is brilliant.

“The last three league games we have had brilliant performances. Three wins out of three from the last league performances.

“Dundalk in the cup was a bit of a blip. But look it is three out of three in the league, we are going to look to try and push on to Shamrock Rovers II.

“We are going to take them as another team and we are going to go for the three points again.” 

The win was the third in a row for Cobh in the league and third successive clean sheet, with two of those victories coming against strong promotion contenders in Drogheda and Longford.

There have been a few departures from the Cobh Ramblers squad in recent weeks.

It is understood Cian Leonard has joined Munster Senior League side Rockmount. Stephen O’Connor also has departed the club to UCC, while Brian Murphy has made the move to sign for Midleton.

But the players Ashton has brought in during the July transfer window have certainly made a difference.

Coleman impressed on what was his league debut. While Sean Barron proved once more why he looks a gem of a signing from Avondale United, with an impressive penalty save to deny Chris Lyons of Drogheda.

For the Drogheda game, U19 Players Chris O’Reilly, Cathal Crowley and Jack Leonard were all in the Ramblers first-team panel for the very first time.

O’Reilly, who scored the winner for Cobh U19s against Cork City in the derby the weekend before, came on as a substitute for his first-team debut against Drogheda. As it turned out, it was a pretty decent night to do so.

All in all, it looks like being a very exciting end to the campaign for Ramblers, with their promotion hopes very much alive and kicking.

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