Teams of the decade: Mix of youth and experience in our Cobh Ramblers best 11

Teams of the decade: Mix of youth and experience in our Cobh Ramblers best 11
Cian Coleman of Cobh Ramblers in possession against UCD's Daire O'Connor. Picture: Moya Nolan

AS Cobh Ramblers push towards progressing as a supporters run club for 2020 and beyond, it appears like the club is in a somewhat more secure position compared to the start of the decade.

Towards the more recent years under Stephen Henderson, Ramblers knocked on the Premier Division promotion door and reached the final of the 2018 EA Sports Cup against Derry City at the Brandywell.

Paul Hunt: First signing up with Ramblers ahead of the 2016 season, Hunt has been a reliable presence between the posts over recent years and is one of the top First Division shot-stoppers in the process.

Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

He immediately established himself right away as a first-choice keeper at St Colman’s Park.

Kevin Taylor: A full back that drives forward when given the chance, Taylor was one of the top full-backs in the First Division in recent seasons.

His ability could be seen in the EA Sports Cup final against Derry City at the Brandywell, as he made a good overlapping run before crossing for goalscorer Chris Hull.

Charlie Lyons: 19-year-old Lyons spent two seasons in the Preston North End youth setup before moving to Ramblers in 2019.

He is a player that looks set to grow even more in the coming campaigns and is one to keep an eye on.

Christopher ‘Kaka’ McCarthy: Kaka was someone Ramblers knew would put a decent shift in throughout his spell at the club.

McCarthy was a regular presence in the Cobh first team from there right up until he left at the end of the 2017 season.

He was also a member of the Ramblers’ Enda McGuill Cup-winning side in 2013/14.

Ian Mylod: A player that was a reliable operator and one you knew would put a shift in when wearing a Ramblers jersey.

Mylod was a vital performer in Ramblers' promotion pushes in 2016 and 2017, along with reaching the 2018 EA Sports Cup final.

David Hurley: A midfielder who caught the eye with a number of slick displays, Hurley has been a focal point in the Ramblers team over the past few seasons.

At an age where he is improving all the time and it looks like he will ply his trade in the Premier Division sooner rather than later.

Cian Coleman: Recently signed up by Cork City for 2020, Coleman is a hardworking player with a great attitude in the middle of the park.

He played a pivotal role as Cobh pushed eventual winners Waterford all the way in the 2017 SSE Airtricity First Division title race, netting four goals in 28 appearances as he made the most of getting regular first-team experience at St Colman’s Park.

Lining out in the Premier Division for Limerick and St Patrick’s Athletic, Coleman also caught the eye while playing in the underage system at Cork City.

Garry Comerford: A man that has since gone on and featured for Waterford and Cork City at League Of Ireland level, Comerford impressed and caught the eye during his spell while with Ramblers, as they pushed promotion and made the playoffs in 2016. He lined out for the Laois senior team in Gaelic Football.

Picture: Damien Eagers
Picture: Damien Eagers

Shane O’Connor: A midfielder that once played in the English Championship for Ipswich Town and in the Liverpool youth setup, O’Connor a big leader for Ramblers during his time at the club over two different spells.

O’Connor was a mainstay of the Ramblers' side during his spell with the club, as Cobh knocked on the promotion door and made the League Cup final.

Davin O’Neill: Davin joined up with Ramblers after a spell with Cork City, whom he helped to the First Division title and also consolidate in the Premier Division.

Picture: Larry Cummins
Picture: Larry Cummins

A member of the 2007 First Division title side, his second spell in a Cobh shirt saw him score nine times in 21 league appearances in 2013.

Conor Meade: A skillful centre-forward, Meade had a potent ability in front of goal. In January 2013 Meade re-signed for Cobh Ramblers for a second spell following the club’s readmission to the League after a four-year absence.

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