Cobh Ramblers Football Club

Cobh Ramblers v Wexford – Match Preview

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Photo: Terry Coleman

Ramblers will be hoping to bounce back from a second defeat of the season as we go to Wexford FC, looking for our first ever win there.

Stephen Henderson’s side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Munster rivals Waterford at the RSC last weekend, however the Ramblers manager is taking the positives from the game.

“We were very good in that game. At this stage of the season the performances are getting better and better. I’m a little bit disappointed with the goals we conceded, but just looking at the level of performance from the lads on the pitch, the lads who came on, it was fantastic.

“I’m really disappointed that we lost the game, but really happy with the performance. And the support we had was just incredible, the noise out of our lads was fantastic.”

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Photo: Terry Coleman

Wexford may be bottom of the table, however Henderson knows how difficult a place it is to go and win.

“In League of Ireland football there are no bad teams. Everybody is hard to beat. They’re down at the bottom of the table, but they’re still a very good side. We won’t be arrogant – we can’t just show up for games and expect three points. We’ll prepare well. We know how they play, we know their strengths, and we’ll do our utmost to exploit their weaknesses.”

Ramblers ended the first series of games in fourth place, scoring more goals than anyone in the division (13) and sitting just three points off top. And Henderson is happy with how the first quarter of the season has gone.

“After the Waterford match we said to the lads – ‘That’s everybody. We’ve played everybody. Who do you fear in this division?’ And the answer from everyone was ‘nobody’.

“So let’s go at this now. Let’s get our heads down and let’s have a real crack off this. When you look at it, we’re one of the best teams in this league.

“We ground out results in some places and in other games we played really well. We’ve a young squad, and when you see how the young players are maturing on the pitch, that’s very pleasing.

“So that’s the first series done, it’s dusted. We’re three points off the top, that’s incredible. We’ve a lot to look forward to. So now we start again, learn from the mistakes, and let’s see if we can go and kick on.”

Kick-off on Friday is at 8pm in Ferrcarrig Park.

Photo: Terry Coleman

Photo: Terry Coleman

INJURY UPDATE : Christopher McCarthy (ankle), Ben O’Riordan (knee), Ryan Hogan (hip) all doubtful.

SUSPENSIONS : None

LEAGUE FORM (MOST RECENT FIRST) : L W L W D