Ramblers visit Bray – Match Preview

Cobh Ramblers are back in First Division action this evening, travelling to Bray Wanderers following two consecutive home games.

Last week saw the Rams pick up a 3-2 win over Wexford, thanks to goals from Charlie Lyons, Killian Cooper and Ciaran Griffin. That result makes it three wins from the last four outings. Bray come into the tie on the back of a 0-0 draw at Athlone.

Meetings between the sides have proved very close in recent times. The past five meetings have seen one win apiece and three draws. April’s clash at St Colman’s Park ended 1-1, with Charlie Lyons scoring a penalty for Ramblers.

In terms of team news, John Kavanagh and Regix Madika remain out for a few weeks at least given their injuries, while Cian Murphy is a doubt having been forced off injured in last week’s win over Wexford.

Ahead of the game manager Stuart Ashton first spoke about the two new additions to his squad, Nathan O’Connell and Danny O’Connell,

“We’re delighted to have added them, they’re two great lads. Nathan is the younger of the two and just starting off at this level. He’s a Cobh lad and hopefully he has a great future with the club. Danny has a bit of MSL experience, we’ve tried to sign him a few times before and this time he felt it was right to join us and give it a go. He’s another great addition.”

Stuart then looked ahead to what should be a tough game as always in Bray,

We have to believe in what we’re doing. They play football when you give them a chance, we have to close that down and be organised. Hopefully we can put our chances away and see where that takes us. We’ll match any team on our day.”

New signing Nathan O’Connell also spoke to the media, giving his thoughts on joining the club and the trip to Bray,

The texts I’ve been getting all day, saying well done and congratulations. It’s been overwhelming really and I just can’t wait to get started. If I get my chance in the team I’ll have to take it because the centre midfielders at the club are unbelievable. It’s a tough division, with a lot of good teams. Bray will be a tough battle but we’ll be ready for it.

Kick-off in the Carlisle Grounds is at 19:30, with the game being streamed live on LOITV here.

The game will also be open to 600 spectators as a Government test event, following yesterday’s announcement by Jack Chambers TD.


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