COBH RAMBLERS will be seeking to make it four wins in a row at home in all competitions, when they play host to Cabinteely in this First Division clash on Saturday at St Colman’s Park, 7pm.
Again on the road, Ramblers were unable to follow up a victory at home, an impressive one against Shelbourne, with a positive result away to Bray last Friday night.
Ramblers, in fact, have lost all their away league games to date. They will hope to address that when they travel to Galway next week.
But for now, the focus will be all on what should be a competitive tussle with Cabinteely. Ramblers did face Cork City in midweek when the step up from First to Premier Division was at times evident.
Ramblers will be seeking to produce the same sort of work-rate which they did against Shels once again on Saturday night.
Denzil Fernandes showed that he can pose numerous problems with his pace in that victory, as the Shelbourne defence will allude to.
Jaze Kabia is another who looks like he has come on even more already this term. He has begun the season well and will hope to continue to find the back of the net over the coming weeks and months.
Between attack and defence, youth and experience, Ramblers have a squad which can compete right up there with the best in the division.
Now it is a case of just going out there and showing it on a regular basis and ensuring their good performances are not a flash in the pan.
“We have to try and figure out why we can be great one week and not the next. If we can sort that out, then we can go on a little run,” said Ramblers boss Stephen Henderson.
When Ramblers and Cabinteely faced off last term at St Colman’s Park, it was Cobh that came away with a 1-0 win. An early goal by Cian Leonard was enough to secure victory for Ramblers on that night in May of last year.
Cabinteely have had a good start to the campaign overall. The Dublin club go into this weekend’s clash in fourth place in the table, just two points off the current leaders in Bray Wanderers.
Cabo have a highly experienced manager at the helm in Pat Devlin. He believes his young side can surprise people this term and they have most certainly started the campaign brightly.
Already so far this term, Cabinteely have recorded victories away to Shelbourne (3-2) and also away to Drogheda United ( 4-1).
In attacker Rob Manley, Cabo possess the current top scorer in the First Division. A former Bohemians man, Manley has scored six league goals already this term and is sure to try and pose questions of the Ramblers defence.
Kieran Marty Waters, much like Cabinteely, had an inconsistent 2018. But he has the leadership and the quality to very much key to their fortunes this term.
Given that there is just three points currently separating top spot to Athlone in seventh place, the First Division is already looking like being a highly competitive one this term.
Victory would be much welcomed for Ramblers. As the Shels game showed, Ramblers on their day can be as good as anyone in the First Division.
The key thing now for Henderson and company is to try to get a consistency to those sort of good performances.