COBH RAMBLERS went down to a defeat against Drogheda United on the opening night of the League of Ireland First Division season.
Goals from Chris Lyons and Sean Brennan saw Drogheda come out on top, as Ramblers had nothing to show for what was for at least an hour a solid showing, where they more than matched it with one of the First Division title favourites.
“I think that for 60 minutes we matched what are one of the so-called better teams in this division,” said Ramblers boss Stuart Ashton when giving his assessment of the clash at St Colman’s Park.
“We probably could have been ahead. A momentary lapse from the throw, we got caught out and probably one of the only times where he (Chris Lyons) has got free from the shackles of our defence.
“He has done what strikers do, put it in the bottom corner. Then from there on, they probably showed why they are one of the better teams.
“Up until then, we matched them and probably in our opinion were the better side and we should have scored one or two goals when we had possession.
“But they showed their quality in the end there.”
Ashton said that Cobh were going to have a look back at the video regarding Devitt’s dismissal.
“We are going to check that on the video. He is adamant it should have been someone else that got booked for the first one.
“So that changed the game again. Then they got a penalty, which we felt was a free kick on us.
“Look those are decisions and things that can go for or against you.”
For the opening home game of the season, there was sizeable Ramblers crowd in St Colman’s Park, one of the biggest for a Cobh Ramblers home league game in a good while. Ashton hopes that sort of home support can sustain and remain behind the side over the coming weeks and months.
“Hopefully we can bring that crowd back. We were delighted with the crowd and hopefully on the performance alone, hopefully they will come back.
“Obviously the result was disappointing. But look we move on, it was the first game of the season against tough opposition in Drogheda, that will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”
Ramblers will next make the trip to take on UCD on Friday night coming, who drew with Wexford in their opening league encounter.
Colm Whelan had given the Students the lead in the 16th minute and it seemed like they would claim a victory on the opening day of the season.
But Wexford levelled things up courtesy of a late strike by Conor English in the 89th minute.