Cobh Ramblers 4
Wexford FC 0
COBH RAMBLERS cruised to an important victory after a convincing performance against Wexford in this League Of Ireland First Division clash at St Colman’s Park on Tuesday evening.
A very impressive opening half display proved to be the catalyst for this most productive of evenings, which Cobh will hope is the spark that can ignite their campaign into life.
It is a win which was much needed for Ramblers, as they seek to mount a strong promotion playoff challenge.
From the game last Friday away to Cabinteely, Stuart Ashton made three changes to his Ramblers side. Sean Barron came in to replace Paul Hunt in the goalkeeper position. While Martin Coughlan and Conor Drinan came in for Pierce Phillips(suspension) and Greg Henry(injury).
Following what was a tight opening, Cobh had the first sighting on goal after 15 minutes. From a corner kick, the rebound by Charlie Lyons managed to hit the crossbar. While moments later, Martin Coughlan shot straight at the Wexford shot stopper from the edge of the box.
Ramblers continued to see the better of the exchanges and more of the possession, but by the mid-way point of the first half they had nothing to show for it.
That changed when Cobh took the lead after 26 minutes. Darryl Walsh showed good thinking from a free kick to play a quick pass to David Hurley.
He got a drilled effort away on goal from inside the penalty area, which ended up in the back of the net. Although it may be one for the goal committee, as it appeared as though a Wexford defender turned the effort into his own net on the line.
Wexford were to have their first opportunity of note just on the half hour mark. Ola Adeyemo got a well drilled effort on goal away, which was saved well by Ramblers keeper Sean Barron.
Ramblers shortly after were to double their lead. From another set piece, Wexford were unable to clear their lines.
On hand to sweep the ball home from close range in the danger area, with a clinical strike, and open his Cobh scoring account was the on loan Cork City attacker Darragh Crowley. That is the sort of goal scoring touch Cobh will hope he can continue for the duration of his stay at St Colman’s Park.
Ramblers were full value for their lead and were hungry for more, as Cameron Harlson threatened from the wing.
But Cobh were to make it three before the half time break. After reacting quickly to the visitors failing to clear their lines, Lee Devitt showed a predatory instinct inside the penalty area to stab the ball home from close.
Ramblers looked threatening at the start of the second half and went close, when, after being teed up by Harlson, Conor Drinan saw his drilled effort saved well by the Wexford shot stopper.
For their part, the visitors were improved after the break and they had a chance through a Dan Tobin effort, with Ben O’Riordan making a crucial intervention.
Cobh went close to goal number four after a fine driving run forward by John Kavanagh, whose cross saw a shot from former Limerick man Devitt blocked down vitally by the Wexford defence.
Barron had a solid game in the Cobh goal. Mid way through the second half, he made a super save to keep out a well struck Karl Manahan strike. Barron was forced into another save from a Jack Doherty effort for Wexford. At the other end, Drinan headed just wide of the mark for Cobh from a Hurley corner kick.
It was Cobh that were to strike for goal number four, when Devitt capped off an impressive individual performance, when he finished well after a good cross into the box by Kavanagh.
Ramblers went close to a fifth, when Ian Turner saw his shot saved. But all round happy days for Cobh, who picked up a convincing three points.
Next up for Ramblers is another home league clash against Longford Town this Saturday night. They will hope to build on the momentum from this slick display against Wexford.
COBH RAMBLERS: Sean Barron; John Kavanagh, Ben O’Riordan, Charlie Lyons, Darryl Walsh; Martin Coughlan, Dave Hurley; Conor Drinan, Lee Devitt, Cameron Harlson; Darragh Crowley.
Subs: Ian Turner for Harlson (70), Cian Leonard for Drinan, Stephen O’Leary for Crowley (both 77).
WEXFORD: Tom Murphy: Dan Tobin, James Carroll, Jay Nwanze, Jack Larkin; Conor Crowley, Karl Manahan; Kaleem Simon, Jack Doherty, Jay Amour; Ola Adeyemo.
Subs: Karl Fitzsimons for Amour (HT), Craig Giles for Larkin (63).
Referee: Mark Moynihan.