Huge test of Cobh Ramblers' character after heavy loss on home turf

Huge test of Cobh Ramblers' character after heavy loss on home turf

Naythan Coleman of Cobh Ramblers manages to pass the ball away from UCD's Josh Collins during the recent match at St Colman's Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

THE recent good run of Cobh Ramblers was brought to a rapid halt following a 6-0 home thrashing at the hands of UCD at St Colman’s Park on Saturday night.

It was a ruthless performance as far as the Students were concerned, but it was unquestionably a terrible night at the office from a Cobh perspective.

Ramblers on Saturday night were disjointed, off the pace and coughed up some very soft conceded goals.

Although Ramblers being reduced to ten men when John Kavanagh was given his marching orders did not help matters, it could not be used as an overall excuse for what was a poor Cobh showing.

Given that they had kept four successive clean sheets in the league and winning those games also in recent weeks, this type of a result was not in the Cobh character recently at all.

Despite the hammering which they got on Saturday against UCD, Ramblers are still just three points off the playoff positions.

The fact it is the most wide open and competitive First Division in years most certainly helps Cobh in that regard.

Unfortunately and maybe not surprisingly no Cobh player was available for comment after the defeat on Saturday, although the mood around St Colman’s Park was downbeat as the players left, walking past while manager Stuart Ashton was addressing the assembled media.

But when asked what will he do differently in advance of their next First Division outing, Ashton said the management will have to try and help the players recover and bounce back quickly.   

“We will train with the same intensity and will do our tactics and everything. We just have to get the lads back up.

“Again, I think a lot of what happened was self-inflicted. The way they did things, the way they let their heads go at certain points in the game.

“So we will look at the video, sit down and talk to the lads and everyone individuals. We will get them up for it again.

“There is still a long way to go in the season. But nobody is happy after those defeats like that.“ 

 Cobh will be hoping that last Saturday night was a freak occurrence and that they can get back to showing some of recent good form and get this defeat out of their system fairly quickly.

Next up for then will be an away trip to take on Athlone Town on Friday night next.

One glance at the current table may show that Athlone are bottom. But they will be a team Ramblers cannot afford to underestimate, if their result last weekend is anything to go by.

Athlone drew 1-1 away to promotion hopefuls Cabinteely last weekend.

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