Cobh host Galway | Match Preview

Cobh Ramblers entertain Galway United this Friday night in St Colman’s Park, in what is our penultimate home game of the 2021 season.

The Rams come into the game on the back of last week’s 2-1 defeat to Bray, Jason Abbott scoring the Ramblers goal from the penalty spot. Galway are on the back of a 4-1 win over UCD, and sit second in the table, already assured of a play-off spot.

Former Cork City striker John Caulfield is the man at the helm for Galway, having recently signed a new two year deal at Eamonn Deacy Park. The sides have met twice in 2021, with Galway winning both meetings to date. For Ramblers a last home win over United came in June 2019.

Former Ram David Hurley will come up against his former club on the night, as will Cobh’s David O’Leary.

John Kavanagh could return for Ramblers, having served his three game suspension. Jake Hegarty is also in line to return from his spell out. Sean Barron, Conor Drinan and Pierce Phillips are doubts through injury however.

Manager Darren Murphy spoke ahead of the fixture, against an impressive Galway outfit,

“We’ll be expecting a tough game from Galway. John has been around the league a long time and has put together a very strong squad. They are second in the league for a reason, they work hard, and we know what to expect.”

Darren also touched on last week’s attendance and how that is something they are looking to build on,

“There was a good crowd there last week, a good atmosphere. It’s an enjoyable feeling and hopefully we have that again. The support is there, parents taking their kids and building the next generation of fans. It brings pressure in a home match to perform, to please the crowd, but that’s football.”

Kick-off on Friday night is at 19:45, with the game being streamed live on LOITV here.

Cobh Ramblers FC

Cobh Ramblers Football Club is an Irish football club. The club, founded in 1922 and elected to the League of Ireland in 1985, hails from Cobh, County Cork and play their home matches at St. Colman's Park. The club's colours are claret and blue.