Cobh Ramblers 2 Galway United 2
COBH Ramblers played out an action-packed and thrilling draw with Galway United at St Colman’s Park on Saturday evening.
This could either be a point gained or two lost depending on your viewpoint. Cobh took the lead through Charlie Lyons before Galway scored twice to go into the lead.
But the former Preston North End man also got the second Cobh goal to ensure the spoils were shared.
Ramblers made three changes from the draw away to Bray Wanderers. On-loan Cork City man Darragh Crowley came in for his first Cobh start. Cameron Harlson and Darryl Walsh also coming into the starting 11, with Ian Turner, Ben O’Riordan and Cian Leonard dropping to the bench.
Galway had former Ramblers player Stephen Christopher in their starting team and Corkman Cian Murphy.
The opening half was a generally competitive affair and there were opportunities at either end to get into the lead.
Ramblers rattled the crossbar through a rocket of a Pierce Phillips strike from outside the box, while Conor Drinan headed over from a decent ball into the box.
Galway had a number of decent chances themselves during the opening 45 minutes. Vinny Faherty blasted the ball wide from a good position in the box, while Donal Higgins also went close with an effort of his own.
Former Cork City midfielder Shane Duggan had an excellent chance before half time for Galway, as he forced a fine save out of Cobh shot-stopper Paul Hunt.
Just past the hour mark, Ramblers were in front. David Hurley had an effort on goal from a corner kick, which was knocked into the back of the net by a vital touch from Charlie Lyons.
Cobh went close to extending their advantage moments later, as Cameron Harlson fired into the side netting from a good Hurley ball into the box.
Galway equalised heading into the final 15 minutes. A few minutes after coming into the action as a sub, Francely Lombato found the bottom corner of the net with what was a sweet striker from the edge of the box.
Things were to then get even better for the visitors, who turned things around and went into the lead.
Vinny Faherty showed his predatory instincts in front of goal, successfully hitting the target with a header. It was a sucker punch for Ramblers after a good second-half showing.
But dramatically, Cobh levelled again, when Lyons got his second of the contest after a free from Walsh was not cleared.
Ramblers could have won it in second-half stoppage time, with the home side broke well and a Hurley shot was vitally blocked down with the Galway keeper beaten.
Cobh could have got all three points, but in the end, they had to be content with one. Overall this was an encouraging display from Stuart Ashton’s side.
COBH: P Hunt; J Kavanagh, C Lyons, G Henry, D Walsh: D Hurley, P Phillips: C Harlson, L Devitt, C Drinan: D Crowley.
GALWAY: K Horgan; S Christopher, K Farragher, C Murphy, M Ludden: S Warde, S Duggan: D Higgins, T Molloy, M Place: V Faherty.
Subs: S Doherty for Place (60), K Brouder for Murphy, C Barry for Molloy, J Lynch for Christopher (all 67), F Lombato for Brouder (76,inj).
Referee: J Mannix (Cork).