PREVIEW: Ramblers v Galway FC

vGalway600X400Cobh Ramblers host high-flying Galway FC this Saturday at St Colman’s Park. The visitors have won their last four league games and will travel to Cork in confidence after recent form.

The Rams were very much depleted in their 4-2 defeat to Longford Town with no less than five of their regular starting eleven unavailable. It was a spirited performance by Martin Cambridge’s men as they pushed the league leaders right to the last. Longford’s quality showed in the end but it was an impressive display by Cobh. That defeat almost confirms that the Cork club will finish last. They remain nine points adrift of Waterford with three games to play and a vastly inferior goal difference.

On the other hand, the Tribesmen were 3-0 victors against Finn Harps last time out. Goals from Jake Keegan, Vinny Faherty and Gary Shanahan ensured an emphatic win at Eamonn Deacy Park. This keeps them firmly in the hunt for a play-off place but automatic promotion is beyond them at this stage, seven points behind Longford Town.

The sides have met three times so far this season with Galway the gallant winners in each. They won the encounters 4-0, 5-1 and 4-1. It’s clear that they enjoy playing Cobh but Ramblers have improved of late and it definitely won’t be as easy this time around.

Cobh remain without the suspended Rob Waters for the tie while Andy O’Connell, Ryan Goldsmith, Ron Stanton and Eoghan Murphy are all out injured. Eoin Hastings is a week or two away from full fitness. Stephen Kenny will return from suspension though. Garry Comerford has also recovered from injury earlier than expected and played against Longford.

Ramblers centre back Craig Burns has enjoyed his first full season at the club and the ex-Waterford man had this to say ahead of Saturday’s clash, “We’re heading into the game against Galway with a positive mindset. Although we didn’t get the result against Longford last week, we gave them a tough game. We didn’t make it easy for them and we’ll be going into Saturday’s game with plenty of confidence. Hopefully we can get the three points and get a good crowd at St Colman’s.”

Galway have been excellent of late and they will want to keep that going when they visit the Cork coast. St Colman’s Park has been somewhat of a fortress though for Cobh as Shelbourne, Wexford Youths and Finn Harps have found. Whether it’s the claret of Cobh or the maroon of Galway, a win for either side would see them enter a ‘purple patch’ heading into the last few games of the campaign.

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Ron Stanton, Eoghan Murphy, Ryan Goldsmith, Eoin Hastings

Doubtful: None

Suspensions: Rob Waters

Galway FC

Injured: NA

Doubtful: NA

Suspension: None

Referee: Andrew Mullally

Assistants: Ken Hennessy, Trevor Cotter

Fourth Official: Anthony Buttimer

Venue: St Colman’s Park

Kick Off: 7:45pm

Preview 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.