Preview | Wexford await Ramblers

Shane Keegan brings his Cobh Ramblers side to Wexford on Friday night for what should be a tough test against Ian Ryan’s promotion chasing side. Cobh will be hoping to turn around last week’s 2-0 defeat at Longford. Rams boss Keegan is very well-regarded in Ferrycarrig Park having guided Wexford to the 2015 First Division title.

The hosts are in fine form at present, losing just once in their past ten fixtures. Such a run included a shock FAI Cup first round win at Sligo Rovers and the Leinster men now lie just two points of fifth place Treaty in the final play-off spot.

The sides have met three times this year with Wexford tasting victory in all three. A 3-2 win in February opened the campaign before a 4-2 thriller in Ferrycarrig and a 3-0 result in St Colman’s Park.

In terms of squad news, Sean Barron remains absent through injury but Harlain Mbayo is available after serving his suspension. Liam Kervick made his debut in Longford while Paul Hunt made his first appearance since rejoining the Rams, and both will look to feature once more on Friday.

Shane Keegan have his views on week’s defeat and looked ahead to the visit to his former side,

“I wasn’t happy with our performance in Longford on Saturday. We were ok in the first half but we never came out in the second half. To Longford’s credit they were very good on the night but we were too open for my liking. There’s definitely positives to take though. Justin came in and had a super game in fairness to him. It shows the strength in depth that we have. Brendeán put in another stand out performance, he’s consistently been the stand-out player since I’ve arrived at the club.

It’s a while since I’ve been in Wexford and there’s been a lot of changes but they’re flying at the moment and Ian is doing a very good job. They are right in the hunt for a play-off spot and it’ll be a tough one. It’s a prototype for us to follow ourselves going forward. You’re going to have two teams looking for goals and looking to win. It should make for an exciting game.

Kick-off on Friday night is at 19:45, with the game being streamed live on LOITV here

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