Cobh Ramblers travel to Bray Wanderers this Friday night for the latest round of First Division action. It’s a battle of 8th v 7th in the Carlisle Grounds as both sides look to climb their way up the table.
Ramblers come into the tie on the back of last week’s 3-2 defeat at home to rivals Cork City. Goals from Beineón and Conor Drinan made for a entertaining Cork Derby in front of almost 4,000 spectators. Bray for their part lost 2-0 at Galway in their last outing.
The Wicklow men are unbeaten in seven against Cobh, with the last Ramblers win between the pair coming in May 2019. A Darragh Lynch strike gave Wanderers a 1-0 win when they last met at St Colman’s Park in March.
The Rams remain without John Kavanagh, Dale Holland and Danny O’Connell through injury but Harlain Mbayo should return from suspension. Issa Kargbo is also a doubt.
Manager Darren Murphy spoke earlier this week about the tie, and how his team are looking to build on some recent performances,
“We’re pleased and proud with how we played last week but we’re unhappy with the loss. We probably left it to late to put the game to City and it could have been a different outcome. We need to go forward with that attitude and that performance. We can score, we can create. we can defend. We want to progress as a team.
We need to start climbing that table and I’m sure we will. The lads are competing for places and we have a large squad there. There are a few injuries but that’s why we went with a big squad this year. You want to be in a good position in the league and it’s important to realise that.”
Kick-off on Friday night is at 19:45