Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Blues 2, Cobh Ramblers 0 (17/4/17, EA Sports Cup, RSC, Waterford)
Against a young experimental Cobh side the Blues advanced to the quarter final stage of this year's EA Sports Cup thanks to a goal in each half, the second coming only a few minutes from the end.
The Blues lined out with some of its regular starters on the bench, injured or just resting but they were never threatened by a game but weak Cobh eleven. Without a recognised front man, the job of leading the line fell to Dean O'Halloran, captain for the day and he did a splendid job in both roles - striker and captain. He opened the scoring with 28 minutes on the clock when he headed home Kenny McEvoy's right wing cross. Overall this was his best game in a Blue shirt so far.
Robin Dempsey was a stand out as was Derek Daly whose raiding down the left was a constant problem for the visitors. Only for poor finishing he could have had a hat-trick.
Shane O'Connor worked hard for the and was involved in the second goal. He attacked the box down the left and threaded the ball through to Mark O'Sullivan whose back heel was dispatched to the net by Derek Daly.....a wonderful goal, as good as will be seen at the RSC this season.
The attendance was well down on the high of the previous game against Athlone but still equal to the best of last season.....not bad for a bank holiday Monday afternoon. Conditions once again were perfect. The pitch at the RSC is now back to its very best.
Referee Sean Grant dropped a big clanger when he booked Patrick McClean. One per game is quite average for him.
Next up come Cabinteely away in Stradbrook and hopefully three more league points.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey (Jack Lynch 65'), Derek Daly, Gary Delaney, Patrick McClean, Kenny McEvoy (Dave Mulcahy 77'), Anthony McAlavey, Shane O'Connor (Mark O'Sullivan 65'), Gerry Comerford, Conor Whittle, Dean O'Halloran. Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Dave Mulcahy, Jack Lynch, Owen Wall, John Martin, Darryl Walsh,