Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cobh Ramblers 0, Blues 0 (27/5/17, St. Coleman's Park, Cobh)

Without doubt another two points dropped by the Blues, who despite battering their hosts for much of the game, could not find the net. For sure Stephen Henderson was the happier of the two managers after the game, even if his demeanor did not show it. Alan Reynolds will have been annoyed that yet again his team did not put away a team that it bossed for most of the ninety minutes. That said Cobh did have several good chances to take the spoils especially during the last quarter.

Matt Connor was once again in top form even if he little to do except field numerous high balls. Unlike the Blues, Ramblers found it almost impossible to threaten otherwise.....perhaps fourteen games to date, the Blues have conceded only six league goals. Mark O'Sullivan tormented the Cobh defence all evening and could easily have got a hat-trick. John Martin had another super outing and went close to opening his Blues' account at least twice....what a prospect he is. Both ex-Cobh players, Gerry Comerford and Shane O'Connor gave an excellent account of themselves.

Sad to report that Patrick McClean retired injured during the first half but the news is that he will be OK for next weekend.

Still two points clear at the top.....UCD and Cobh are both tied in second place. Hard to see anyone else competing.

To whoever filed the report on the game with Extra Time (obviously a Cawkie).....your medication is not working.....go to your doctor immediately. And if by chance you are not medicating, try attending the games your report on. The Cobh man-of-the-match was centre back James McSweeney who did catch the eye as he tried his best to contain Mark O'Sullivan. To be honest Cobh keeper Paul Hunt might have shaded it and the other defenders must also have been in with a shout also. Bottom line.....Waterford dominated this game for much of the 90 minutes and Cobh defended for most of it. Enough said!

Black mark also to Cobh for getting the name and crest of Waterford FC wrong in the programme!

Conditions were perfect and the game was played under evening sunshine. The pitch was better than on previous visits.

Half way through the league campaign now and a chance to reverse the only league defeat so far next weekend against Athlone. Hopefully another good travelling Blue contingent will be at Lisseywoollen to see the Blues do just that.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle, Patrick McClean (Jack Lynch 27'), Kenny Browne, Shane O'Connor, Garry Comerford, Anthony McAlavey, Derek Daly (Kenny McEvoy 85'), John Martin. Unused subs: Dean Walsh, Gary Delaney, Matt Sheehan,Owen Wall, Robin Dempsey.

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