CONFIDENCE is building and there is no fear in the Cobh Ramblers camp as they head into this Friday’s last home game with Wexford before the summer break.
The claret-and-blues drew 0-0 with leaders Waterford at St Colman’s Park on Saturday night and acting skipper and goalkeeper Paul Hunt is convinced the Ramblers can stay the course in their chase for promotion.
“It was a very entertaining game of football against Waterford the other night and it was good to see that we had our biggest crowd of the season for this provincial derby. Both teams put on good performances and a draw was a fair result,” said Cobh’s first choice goalkeeper.
“Waterford had the better of the first half but we had the better chances in the second and we might have snatched it in the last few minutes with Anto O’Donnell’s back post header and Matthew Whelan’s shot over the bar.
“We look on it as a point gained, we didn’t lose and the result keeps us right up there at the top of the table with Waterford and UCD and we are still very much in with a chance of promotion.
We have to play one another twice before the end of the season, home and away, and they will be crucial ties in the race to be league champions. It was important that we didn’t lose on Saturday night,” added Hunt.
Cobh are at home again on Friday night (7.45) when they host Wexford at St Colman’s Park.
“If we play to our potential we are capable of beating any team in this league and after our draw with the league leaders it’s important we follow it up with a win. We are in this league campaign for the long haul and we will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season,” added the Ramblers’ net minder.
Team manager Stephen Henderson echoed Hunt’s sentiments saying both teams tried to play football but Ramblers were out of luck in front of goal.
“It was a very committed game of football with strong tackles, strong headers and good phases of play from both teams and chances for both teams. We had a great crowd in and it was a great atmosphere in the ground and I think everyone enjoyed it.
“It was by far our biggest crowd of the season and while it was a little disappointing not to win, I’d have to say a draw was a fair result,” added Henderson who will again be without Karl Caulfield and Cian Kingston for the Wexford clash.
“It will be another bit of a battle against Wexford but this draw with Waterford will stand to us. If we can pass the ball a little bit better than we did against Waterford, then I think we can win this weekend,” he told me.
Midfielder Craig Donnellan picked up a dead leg late on against Waterford but Henderson expects him to be fit for the weekend.