As those around St Colman’s Park know all too well, Cobh Ramblers went on a memorable run to the final of the EA Sports Cup last year.
On this Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, it was Cobh Ramblers that progressed to round two of the 2019 edition of the EA Sports Cup at the expense of Munster rivals Limerick.
This was a rearranged tie after it was initially postponed because of heavy rainfall a few weeks ago.
From their meeting a few days previous, Ramblers made five changes for Monday’s game at St Colman’s Park, with Paul Hunt, David Hurley, Ben O’Riordan, Denzil Fernandes and Cian Leonard all coming into the starting eleven.
As for Limerick, Tommy Barrett made 10 changes to his side that defeated Ramblers in the league a few days previous, with Killian Brouder the sole occupant that started in St Colman’s Park.
Cobh went close in the opening minutes when Cian Leonard headed over the bar from close range.
Ramblers took the lead through what was an acrobatic finish from Denzil Fernandes inside the penalty area, after Limerick failed to clear the danger.
Fernandes almost turned provided on the 20-minute mark, laying the ball up for Ian Turner, who saw his well-struck effort saved by Tommy Holland in the Limerick goal.
Limerick grew into the game as the opening half progressed and they had a good opportunity to equalize from a floated in free by Sean Russell, but Killian Brouder was to misfire from a good position.
But Cobh went close again before the break, as Turner saw his effort come back off the post following a good ball over the top.
While Cian Leonard had a decent opportunity after he struck his shot well from a Turner through ball, but Holland was on hand to save well.
Limerick, who introduced Corkmen Connor Ellis and Darren Murphy in the second half, continued to push for a leveller.
Sean Russell saw his effort on the turn saved very impressively by Ramblers keeper Paul Hunt.
Ellis went close on the 70-minute mark, but Hunt reacted well off his line to deny him.
Ramblers thought they made life comfortable when Bryan Murphy, on his Ramblers debut, slotted inside the box with a cool finish.
Limerick did pull a goal back to ensure a grandstand finish after Sean McSweeney finished well from a good layoff by Ellis.
But Ramblers made the game safe after Jaze Kabia tapped in from close range after Bryan Murphy’s free-kick came back off the post.
Cobh will now have an away tie against Premier Division side Cork City to look forward to in round two.
That will take place on Monday April 1st at Turners Cross, with a kick off time of 7:45pm.
Attention now for Ramblers turns to Friday night and a big test against Shelbourne.
Paul Hunt: Kevin Taylor, Charlie Lyons, Ben O’Riordan, Stephen Christopher: David Hurley, Shane O’Connor: Stephen Kenny, Ian Turner, Denzil Fernandes: Cian Leonard.
Bryan Murphy for Leonard(69), Stephen O’Leary for Kenny(76), Jaze Kabia for Turner(80).
Tommy Holland: Andy Quaid, Tomas O’Connor, Killian Brouder, Lee Devitt: Sean Russell, Edmond O’Dwyer: Gerard Barry, Sean McSweeney, Colm Walsh O’Loughlen: Adam Foley.
Connor Ellis for Foley, Darren Murphy for O’Dwyer(both 61), Karl O’Sullivan for Walsh O’Loughlen(70).