Blues 1, Cobh Ramblers 2
The bubble has burst – two winnable games over last weekend and only one point to show. Blues fans may be forgiven from thinking that normal service has been resumed! Just when the faithful were beginning to think that a challenge was on the cards – the deck comes crashing down. Not good!
Cobh did enough to earn three points without impressing in a game of few highlights watched by a crowd of just over 420.. They took an early lead but when Philly Gorman equalised a few minutes later from the spot, it seemed likely that the Blues would go on to dominate as they should have, but it was not to be. By any standards the Blues had (and have) more in their locker but that is not enough. The team must learn how to impose itself especially on modest opposition.
The winning goal was scored twenty three minutes in and after that the teams cancelled each other out. The entire second half was end to end with the Blues owning more of the ball and Cobh counter attacking but neither could find the net again. The jubilation displayed by the Cobh players at the final whistle told its own story.
Phillip Gorman and Anthony McAlavey could each have added to the scoreline before the break but for the sharpness of Cobh keeper Paul Hunt and James O’Brien was one of several Blues players who could have done so in the second half. Ian Sinnott pushed forward late in the game and showed up well.
An unpleasant feature of the game was the persistent fouling by Cobh players which went unpunished by referee Hennessey. On numerous occasions Blues players expressed justified frustration about this to no avail…..poor show by the match official who otherwise did well.
Colum Nugent impressed at the back but Anthony McAlavey was man of the match for Blues with another busy and committed all round display.
It all starts again on Friday night against Shelbourne.
C’mon the Blues!
Blues; Kevin Burns, Dean Reidy, Jimmy Dermody, Ian Sinnott, Colum Nugent, David O’Leary, James O’Brien (Robbie Buckley 77), Anthony McAlavey, Phillip Gorman (Dylan McGuire 71), Darren Murphy (Dean Broaders 46), Sean Byrne. Unused subs: Aaron O’Connor, Shane Mackey, Matthew Sheehan.