Cobh Ramblers head to Wicklow in July when the League of Ireland resumes 

Cobh Ramblers head to Wicklow in July when the League of Ireland resumes 
Cobh Ramblers' home ground of St Colman's Park. Picture: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

COBH Ramblers will return to League Of Ireland First Division action on July 31 away to Bray Wanderers.

The clash between the Wicklow side and Ramblers will kick off at 7.45pm at the Carlisle Grounds.

Stuart Ashton’s side had played just three league games before the lockdown and will hope to remain in the mix for what looks at present being a very competitive race for promotion.

Cobh's first home league game following the return after the Covid-19 lockdown is against Galway United, on Saturday, August 8, with a 7pm kick-off time at St Colman’s Park.

Following on from that, Cobh face a trip to Cabinteely on August 14, a midweek home game against Wexford on Tuesday, August 18, with another home game on Saturday, August 22 against Longford Town.

Ramblers conclude August with a trip to Tallaght Stadium to play Shamrock Rovers II, while September commences with another away game against Drogheda.

Cobh finish their regular season with a trip to Longford Town on October 17, before Ramblers host Shamrock Rovers II on the final match night.

By that stage, Cobh will hope to have the end of season playoffs to look forward to at the very least.

Ramblers were victorious in their last league outing back in early March at home 3-2 against Athlone Town. The Cobh goals on the night came from Bryan Murphy, Dave Hurley and Ian Turner.

In the shortened 2020 First Division, the league winners will be automatically promoted to the Premier Division from the First Division, with one club automatically relegated from the top tier.

A playoff series will take place between the sides who finish in second, third, fourth and fifth in the First Division. The winner of that series will then play the ninth-placed Premier Division side for the right to play in the 2021 top flight.

Meanwhile, in the FAI Cup draw which was made on Monday afternoon, Ramblers received a bye to the last-16 stage of the competition.

Cobh will join Derry City, Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers, Sligo Rovers, Cabinteely, Shamrock Rovers, Wexford, Athlone Town, UCD, Galway United, Bohemians and Drogheda United who all were given byes to round two.

There are three opening round games where the winners will seek to progress to the second round: Finn Harps v St Patrick's Athletic, Dundalk v Waterford, Cork City v Longford Town.

Ramblers will love to go on a cup run similar to their voyage in the 2018 League Cup, when they made it all the final.

Cobh reached the quarter-final of the 2016 FAI Cup, where they were edged out after a compelling tie 3-2 away to Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic.

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