PREVIEW: UCC v Cobh Ramblers – EA Sports Cup Second Round


Munster Senior League side UCC host League of Ireland neighbours Cobh Ramblers tonight in the Second Round of the EA Sports Cup. With a quarter-final place up for grabs, it will be all to play for at the Mardyke and should make for an entertaining game.

The Students come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win away to St Mary’s and remain well in the hunt to retain their Munster Senior League title. This has already been a superb season for the club, winning the Collingwood Cup, the Harding Cup and reaching the quarter-finals of the FAI Intermediate Cup, losing out to Dublin side St Mochta’s. 2015 also saw the side’s first ever competitive win over league opposition, beating Wexford Youths 2-1 in the first round of this tournament. They have a number of players with League of Ireland experience on their books most notably Cathal Lordan, previously of Cork City. They also have some ex-Rams in their side with Jason Abbott, Sean O’Mahony and Cian Murphy all having previously played for the Cobh club. They will be without the injured duo of goalkeeper Charlie Bourneman and striker Evan Browne for the clash.

It’s been all change at Ramblers in the past week with club legend Stephen Henderson returning as senior manager. Martin Cambridge, who has resigned just last week, was also re-instated as his assistant. The change of management saw Cobh pick up their first league win of the year at the weekend when a Rob Waters strike gave them a 1-0 win over Cabinteely. Henderson and his side will be targeting another win tonight in a competition that the Rams haven’t fared well in since returning to the league. Their 3-2 first round win over Premier Division Limerick was their first victory in the tournament since re-entering the League of Ireland in 2013. Cobh remain without Darren Murphy Snr. and Peter White for the tie whilst Ross McCarthy is also injured. Darren Murphy Jnr. misses out through suspension following his red card away to Finn Harps. Alan O’Flynn has left the club this week due to work commitments and this will be a big blow to the Island club. However, the u19 season has now finished and Henderson will be able to call up the likes of u19 players George Gill, Adam O’Sullivan and Chris McCarthy should the need arise.


Injured: Charlie Bourneman (shoulder), Evan Browne (hamstring)

Doubtful: None

Suspensions: None


Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Ross McCarthy (knee ligament), Darren Murphy Snr, Peter White

Doubtful: None

Suspension: Darren Murphy Jnr

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

Venue: Mardyke Arena

Kick Off: 8pm

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.