Cobh Ramblers V UCD – Turner’s Cross

Cobh Ramblers Edged Out by Late UCD Goals in Tense Encounter

Cobh Ramblers suffered a heartbreaking defeat at Turner’s Cross on Friday night, falling 2-1 to UCD after leading for much of the game. Despite a strong showing and a goal from Jack Larkin, the visitors capitalized on Cobh’s late dip in tempo to snatch victory with two goals in the final minutes.

Close Encounter in Difficult Conditions

The game began with both teams playing some good attacking football, unfazed by the cold and damp weather. The Cobh defense held firm against a series of early crosses from UCD corners, showcasing their resilience. Goalkeeper Darragh Burke put in a fair performance, distribution from kickouts proved challenging at times and other factors. Kc Kevitt played well and had a good assist and reading of the game but it really looked like ramblers needed an extra man upfront and on the brakes something UCD had at moments.

Cobh Take the Lead

The home side grew into the game as the half progressed. Dale Holland impressed with his midfield play and reading of the game, while Jack Larkin caused problems for the UCD defense with his pace. The deadlock was finally broken in the 63rd minute when a throw-in flicked on by Matthew McKevitt found Larkin, who slotted home a low shot to put Cobh 1-0 up.

Late Drama Steals Cobh’s Thunder

UCD never gave up and continued to press for an equalizer. Their number 11, particularly, posed a constant threat to the Cobh defense. Despite some strong defending moments, Cobh’s tempo dropped off in the closing stages, allowing UCD to capitalize. Substitute Conor Behan equalized in the 87th minute, before Harry Parker secured the win for the visitors with a goal three minutes later.

Key Stats and Questions

  • The stats suggest a closely contested game, with UCD edging possession (61%) and shots on target (5).
  • Cobh managed to block more shots (4) and commit fewer fouls (10).
  • Did Cobh make the right substitutions in the second half? Could they have maintained their tempo to see out the win?

Looking Ahead

This loss is a setback for Cobh Ramblers, but the performance showcased their potential. They’ll be looking to bounce back in their next game and continue their push for promotion.

Cobh Ramblers Player Ratings

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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.