Not a great game this but certainly a great atmosphere and a big three points for the Blues who put down a clear marker to Cobh that they mean business this year. To win any league, results must be ground out and that is what the Blues did before another bumper crowd at the RSC.
The Blues were without the services of Sander Puri, David McDaid, Robin Dempsey, Jake Evans and Ian McLoughlin and perhaps surprisingly there was no place in the match day squad for Owen Wall after his eye catching performance against Wexford last week.
Conditions were perfect and the Blues enjoyed plenty of the game in the first half but they were well bossed by the visitors after the break, especially in the middle of the field. Stephen Henderson will be upset that he got nothing from this game. Mark O'Sullivan set up Kenny McEvoy for the opening goal after twelve minutes. The Blues lead 1-0 at the break but Cobh drew level shortly after the break thanks to a Gary Delaney deflection past Matt Connor. Patrick McClean headed the winner ten minutes from the end.
Matt Connor was top class in goal and can be well happy with his showing. Shane O'Connor put in a really good shift as did Gary Delaney who came on for Kenny Browne with less than a quarter gone. Man-of-the-match was Patrick McClean whose goal capped a fine performance.
The match officials did not cause any problems. Nearly 1,700 were in attendance....how is good is that?
Next up come Athlone at the RSC on Friday. The Blues owe them one!
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Dave Mulcahy, Shane O'Connor, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne (Gary Delaney 18'), Kenny McEvoy (Dean O'Halloran 73'), Tom Smith, Garry Comerford, Derek Daly, Dean Walsh (Anthony McAlavey 62'), Mark O'Sullivan. Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Conor Whittle, Jack Lynch, Tunmise Sobowale.