Monday, September 26, 2016
23 September, St. Coleman's Park, Cobh
Cobh Ramblers 3, Blues 1
Before an ever dwindling band of away day Blues' supporters the home side dominated the first half of this dull encounter and deserved to go in at the break in the lead. Cobh opened the scoring twenty minutes in and added a second from the spot ten minutes later. A second penalty not long from the end completed the scoring after Glenn Waters rifled home after spilt save by the home keeper.
For the Blues this was a case of going through the motions and maybe an opportunity for some of the younger players to put down a market for next season.....if there is one for the Blues.
To be fair this young side, comprising many of the club's U19s (where would the club be without them), although out of its depth, gave a decent account of itself after the break and could have drawn level before the third Cobh goal. They pushed forward and enjoyed a very good spell but a moment of madness by James Hussey sealed the issue when he gave Cobh a second penalty for a foul near the edge of the box out on the right side five minutes from the end.
Captain David O'Leary lead by example - how difficult it must be for him in such a poor side. Dara Keane hit his first senior goal and gave a good account of himself as did Sean Noble, Jake Mooney and Dean Walsh.
The Cobh faithful paid special attention to Cory Galvin and treated him to much abuse perhaps to be expected. Cobh seem to have somehow managed to attract a surprisingly large group of young ultras who gave a very good account of themselves. Amazingly to a man they all seemed to be bilingual, Every one of the group demonstrated full command of cawkie and foul language but to be honest the do not serve their club well with their brand of chanting.
The weather was fine but as expected the pitch was not great. Little wonder that Cobh are happy and probably sensible at times to play direct car-park football. That said they well deserved all three points.
The end of the season cannot come soon enough.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: James Hussey, Roy Butler (Buckley 50 - subbed for Waters 55) , Dylan McGuire, David O'Leary, Ian Sinnott, Corey Galvin, David Osasere, Dara Keane, Sean Noble, Dean Walsh, Jake Mooney. Subs: , Robbie Buckley, Glenn Waters, Matt Sheehan.