COBH RAMBLERS have reached their first national cup semi-final in 35 years after defeating Longford Town at St Colman’s Park.
Goals from Darren Murphy and Andy Wall sent the hosts into the last four of the EA Sports Cup against Dundalk, Derry City or Sligo Rovers, with the prospect of a glamour game on their own turf when the draw is made this Sunday.
The victory could get Cobh back on track after a disappointing opening phase of their league campaign in the First Division. They last reached this stage of a national cup competition in 1983, when they were beaten by Sligo Rovers after a four-game saga in the FAI Cup.
“I thought our performance was fantastic,” said Cobh manager Stephen Henderson. “Collectively as a team and as a group I thought it was a fabulous performance.
“The most important thing for us is after all of the drama, to get ourselves into a national semi-final is just incredible, from where this club was to where she is now. The finance of that is really going to help us out. Hopefully it’s the kick in the arm, but most importantly I think that the club needed it, we all needed it.”
After a league defeat to Longford on Saturday, Henderson was mulling over his future as Ramblers boss.
“To make it clear, I never wanted to leave this football club. But the club was in trouble and we wanted to see what the direction it was going in. We did have a meeting here and it was a really good meeting. We have talked it through and we want to see what we can do. The people that work with this club are a good, honest bunch of people.”