Cobh Ramblers 2 Longford Town 0
WITH their best performance of the season, Cobh Ramblers picked up a massive victory over Longford Town at St Colman’s Park on Saturday evening.
Stuart Ashton’s side were well up for this one and worked their socks off in what was a very impressive collective effort. This was crucial in the bid to earn a promotion playoff.
With Piece Phillips back in the starting 11, the home side opened brightly, with John Kavanagh blasted a drilled effort over the crossbar.
With 19 minutes on the clock, Cobh went into the lead. Phillips did well to win the ball and cross into the box, with Conor Drinan on hand to finish well inside the area at the back post.
Ramblers almost got a second when Ben O’Riordan’s shot following a corner kick was saved by Longford keeper Lee Stacey. Cobh went close again after 34 minutes. Darryl Walsh floated in an excellent cross, but Darragh Crowley was just unable to stab the ball home from a decent position in the box.
Longford, who gave Cork City an almighty scare in the FAI Cup recently, had their first serious sighting on goal just before half time. Aaron McCabe got through well on the break and he fired his effort just past the post.
Crowley went close for Cobh with a well-struck effort shortly into the second half, after doing well to create space.
The away side improved in the second half of play and posed questions of the Ramblers defence.
Dylan Grimes had a great Longford chance midway through the second half, which Cobh keeper Sean Barron did well to tip over But Ramblers stood firm and their hard work paid off when they doubled their lead. Ian Turner did well to put a cross in for Stephen O’Leary, who applied the required finish with a clever backheel.
Cobh went close to getting a third just a few moments later when Drinan saw his header saved from another Turner ball into the box.
Longford pushed for a way back into the contest late on, but Ramblers' work-rate did not drop and they held on for what was a well-deserved victory.
All in all, along with the win against Wexford, it caps off a fine week for Ramblers. Next up for them is an FAI Cup clash against Premier Division side Dundalk.
COBH RAMBLERS: Sean Barron; John Kavanagh, Ben O’Riordan, Charlie Lyons, Darryl Walsh; David Hurley, Martin Coughlan; Pierce Phillips, Lee Devitt, Conor Drinan; Darragh Crowley.
Subs: Ian Turner for Coughlan (63), Stephen O’Leary for Devitt (68), Cameron Harlson for Drinan (75).
LONGFORD: Lee Stacey: Dylan Hand, Joe Gorman, Joe Manley, Shane Eleworthy; Dean Zambra, Aodh Dervin; Dylan Grimes, Sam Verdon, Aaron McCabe; Rob Manley.
Subs: Adam Evans for McCabe, Matthew O’Brien for Hand (64), Aaron McNally for Zambra, Callum Warfield for Grimes (both 71).
Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan (Cork).