Cobh Ramblers u19’s V Drogheda u19s – Elite Division 17/2/13

This was very much a game of two halves. Cobh could not have started better as they took the lead within two minutes. A low Bobbi Donoghue cross was turned home by Kynan Rocks. Cobh continued to dominate for most of the first half. Donoghue and Rocks linked up well and created numerous chances. Dave Curran caused trouble for the Drogheda defence but Ramblers could not find the second. Breandán Frahill and Seán O’Mahony dealt with anything Drogheda threw at them. Rocks almost added to his tally after his shot hit the crossbar. Robert Pearson and Lindo Majola showed glimmers of hope for the Louth side. Majola turned well past his man but with the goal at his mercy, he fired over. Drogheda gradually came into the game more and Jonathan Coleman missed the target with a well struck effort. Rocks had a good chance for Cobh near the end of the half but his shot just went wide. Cobh went in at the break deservedly ahead.

Drogheda came out second half all guns blazing. Cobh had the first chance of the half though as a Shane Hallahan goal kick found Donoghue who squared it to Curran. He hit a fierce shot but Andrew Callaly made a great save for Drogs and Ramblers couldn’t turn in the rebound. Then after 60 minutes Drogheda were level. Great skill by Lindo saw him beat his man. He whipped in a tremendous cross which found Coleman who calmly slotted home the equaliser into the bottom right hand corner. Ramblers were unsettled and soon they were behind after 65 minutes. Coleman doubled his tally with a superb volley inside the box after a corner came to him. It was 3-1  on 67 minutes as Ciarán McGahon raced down the byline and placed his shot into the far corner past Hallahan. Ramblers had a penalty claim turned down when O’Mahony was bundled down in the box. It got even worse for Cobh when left back Cian Murphy received a red card for pushing Lindo off the ball. The 10 men though fought back and had a penalty after substitute Jake Hawkins was taken down in the box. Rocks converted it for his second of the game on 80 minutes. Rams looked for the equaliser but couldn’t get it. They had numerous corners and crosses but the final ball let them down. The game finished 3-2 to Drogheda.
Overall Cobh were unlucky not to get a result after a good first half performance. Fatigue seemed to have affected them as many of the players were involved with the senior team this week. Drogheda were very good second half and took their chances well. This result leaves Cobh Ramblers in 5th place while Drogheda are 10th, six points above the relegation zone.

Cobh Rambler u19’s:  Shane Hallahan, Adam Thompson, Cian Muphy, Seán O’Mahony, Brendeán Frahill, James Carson, Eoin O’Donovan, Danny Whelan Aherne,  Bobbi Donoghue, Kynan Rocks, Dave Curran
Subs: Adam O’Donoghue, Lloyd Spillane, Keith O’Flynn, Jason Dunphy, Roy Kenny, Jake Hawkins, Dave Walsh.

Drogheda u19’s: Andrew Callaly, Stephen Watters, Robert Cashman, John Murray, Lindo Majola, Jonathan Coleman, Ciarán O’Connor, Ryan Burns, Ciarán McGahon, Robert Pearson.
Subs: Stephen Hevey, Eoin Smyth, Tadgh O’Brien, Seán Dunne, Aaron Floody, Jamie Walsh, Sam Simpson

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.