Cobh Ramblers are on the road for the third consecutive weekend as Shane Keegan’s men visit eighth placed Longford Town on Saturday. The Rams will be looking to get back on track after last week’s FAI Cup exit at the hands of UCD in Belfield.
Longford also suffered Cup defeat last time out, falling to St Pat’s in the first round in a tie that ended 2-1 at Bishopsgate. The two sides have met twice already this year, drawing 0-0 in Longford before a Wilson Waweru secured a 1-0 Cobh win at St Colman’s Park back in June. The Midlands outfit, managed by former by Ramblers boss Stephen Henderson, have had some fine league form of late with two wins from their last three. A number of mid-season recruits including ex-Ram Beineón O’Brien Whitmarsh, Oisin Hand and Adam Wixted have bolstered the Town squad of late and they’ll be targeting a push for the play-off spots for the remainder of the campaign.
Jack Doherty, Jason Abbott, Darragh O’Sullivan Connell and Tiernan O’Brien all made welcome returns to the squad last week, while Luke Casey is available again having been cup-tied for the UCD game.
Shane Keegan is eagerly awaiting the tie against a side who won’t make it easy for Ramblers on Saturday night,
“We’re really looking forward to heading up to Longford on Saturday. It’s our first time having back to back defeats in quite a while and when that happens you’re mad to get out and rectify things. They’ve had a real bounce lately. I know they were defeated by Pat’s in the Cup but they put in an excellent performance and gave it a real go. When we went up to Longford earlier in the year we were poor and we’ve spoken about how to avoid that this time around. This will be a tough one and it’s up to us to bring our best or we won’t get anything from the game.”
Kick-off in Bishopsgate is at 19:30 with the game being shown live on LOITV.