Cobh Ramblers are back on the road this Friday, facing Treaty United in the Markets Field.
It’s the third meeting of the sides this year. After a 1-1 draw back in April, the Limerick men won 2-0 in St Colman’s Park in June. Tommy Barrett’s men currently sit fifth in the league and occupy the final play-off spot. They come into the game after a 1-1 draw with Wexford. Treaty have a number of former Rams in their ranks, including Charlie Fleming, Anthony O’Donnell and their top scorer Jack Lynch.
For Ramblers the game is a chance to put last week’s FAI Cup exit behind them and finish the final run of First Division games on a high. Interim manager Darren Murphy will be without captain John Kavanagh who is suspended after last week’s red card. Darryl Walsh, Jake Hegarty and Pierce Phillips are also out through injury. On a brighter note Cian Murphy and David O’Leary look set to return after their knocks.
Darren Murphy spoke about the game earlier this week,
“The lads have to pick themselves up after last week because the quality is there in the squad. Treaty have done well, they’re a strong outfit that defend well. They have good, seasoned players. We’ll have to be at our best on the night. We look to win every game, that’s why we train hard during the week.”
Midfielder Jason Abbott also gave his thoughts ahead of the tie,
“Last week wasn’t ideal, we were all disappointed. But we’ve got to learn from that and bring the experience into this game. The ability is there and we’re confident going into it, hopefully we’ll pick up the three points.
We’ve got to believe we can get results and push our way up the table. We just need to focus on ourselves, bring out our own best performance on the night. It’ll be a battle and we’ll have to match their intensity.
Personally it’s great to be back at the club and to be involved here again. I’m older now with a bit more experience. The club has changed a lot, the work being done on and off the pitch, it’s almost a professional set-up and I’m really enjoying it.”
Kick-off on Friday night is at 19:45, with the game being streamed live on LOITV here.