Cobh Ramblers eager to push on again away to Shels

Cobh Ramblers eager to push on again away to Shels
Cobh Ramblers' Ross Mann and Longford Town's Tristan Noack-Hoffman tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Noel Spillane

Soccer

COBH RAMBLERS got into the right frame of mind for an away date with Shelbourne with a comfortable two-goal win over promotion rivals Longford Town at St Colman’s Park over the weekend.

Second half goals from wing backs Kyle McNamara and Charlie Fleming as they lifted the ball over Paul Skinner gave Stephen Henderson’s young tigers the three points and they have now closed the gap on heavy spending Waterford to a single point at the top of the SSE Airtricity First Division.

Cobh were held goalless to the break but with a little more composure and cuteness in front of goal they might well have been ahead by half-time against Alan Mathews’ side but two second-half goals in as many minutes from McNamara and Fleming wrapped up the points.

“We are up to second in the table and we fully deserve it. The way we are playing at the moment we probably deserve to be top of the tree. It was a great win for the lads with Ben O’Riordan out injured and James McSweeney away with the Ireland U-18 squad but we have to keep that same level of focus and concentration now going to Shelbourne this weekend,” said Henderson whose side drew 1-1 with the Tolka Reds in Cobh on March 11.

Waterford have a one point advantage over joint second placed clubs UCD and Cobh on 16 points each with Cabinteely and Shelbourne tied on 12 points each in mid-table.

“We panicked a bit in the first half and we were snatching at the chances we had and obviously missed a few but we improved in the second half and our two goals rocked Longford back on their heels.

We had two great finishes from Kyle McNamara and Charlie Fleming to win the points and both goals went in over the keeper’s head and that was the sort of composure that seemed to desert us in the first half when playing into the club house end of the grounds,” added Henderson who will be missing centre-half McSweeney again at the weekend.

“It was good for Paul Hunt and the lads to keep a clean sheet but when you play as a team you always have a chance. We nicked two goals on the break and we fully deserved to win it.

We were very attack-minded when we were on the ball and we broke well on the counter and we have a bit more daylight now between us and Longford and indeed Shelbourne.

“Shels’ will be under a bit of pressure now to beat us too and if we retain our focus this week in training, we can produce another big result at the weekend,” added Henderson after a fifth win in nine outings so far this season.

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