Cobh Ramblers U19’s V St. Patrick’s Athlethic U19’s – 19-1-13

The game started evenly with both sides exchanging possession. There was a high tempo from the start. Ramblers created early chances and Bobbi Donoghue missed a glorious chance from inside the six yard box, after a goalmouth scramble. Both sides played good football throughout. Pat’s set pieces were well worked and Jamie McGlynn on the wing was creating numerous chances. There were a few mix ups in the Cobh defence and one of these proved costly. A poor goal kick by Shane Hallahan fell to Peter Durrad and the Pat’s striker tucked it away neatly. Ramblers fought back for the equaliser and Donoghue bravely went in for a diving header which just creeped wide. They had a penalty claim turned down when Rocks fell inside the area but this looked to be the correct decision. Just before half time the sides were level. A free kick by David Curran fell to Keith O’Flynn on the edge of the box and he placed it superbly into the top left hand corner. The teams went in level at half time.

The second half went along the same lines as the first. Cobh substitute Dave Walsh had a good chance but it was well cleared by the Pat’s keeper Nathan Murphy. Both sides passed the ball well but the game began to open up as the rain started to come down and they looked for the winner. The Inchicore side were reduced to long shots. Gavin Boyne and Peter Hopkins tested the keeper from range. McGlynn ran through the Cobh defence but couldn’t find the target. Ramblers pushed on for the winner. They produced corner after corner and James Carson’s fierce volley just went wide. A free kick by new signing Roy Kenny was well saved by Murphy. Durrad was played in for Pat’s but his shot missed the target. Murphy made a mistake at the back and Dave Walsh almost gave the Cork side the lead. Both sides looked for the win but couldn’t find a goal. A Seán O’Mahony header for Cobh went well wide and that was the closest they came in the last ten minutes. Boyne continued to test the keeper with some ferocious long shots but in the end it finished 1-1. This was a fair result as both sides deserved something from the game. This leaves St. Pat’s in 4th place, four points from top, and Cobh Ramblers 9th in the league.

Cobh Ramblers u19’s: Hallahan, Thompson, Murphy, O’Mahony, Frahill (C), Carson, O’Flynn, Kenny, Donoghue, Rocks, Curran.
Subs: Dunphy, Long, O’Donovan, Whelan Aherne, Walsh, Spillane, Hawkins

St. Pat’s u19’s: Murphy, Campbell, Hoare (C), Mahony, Dunne, Verdan, Mulroney, Boyne, Hopkins, Durrad, McGlynn.
Subs: McKenna, Mullen, Rafter, Rochford, Reilly, McConran

By Thomas Stafford

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.