Sunday, July 23, 2017
Blues 4, Cobh Ramblers 0 (21/7/17, RSC, Waterford)
This was the best display by the Blues all season by far. The scoreline does not say it all.....they could have won by eight. They had the ball in the net twice before the break, ruled out on each occasion but there was no stopping them in the second 45.....it really was top class. Fluid easy on the eye football right across the pitch. Take a bow lads!
The supporters were magnificent. The general call out to the fans for a noisy reception for the visitors was heard and the decibel levels rose in response......best atmosphere at the RSC for years.
The players responded accordingly and Cobh never stood a chance. They were met by a team inspiredand although they were weakened by injuries, they would have been steamrollered regardless. There really was no stopping the Blues who ran out comfortable winners thanks to four second half goals.
To a man they were all at the tops of their games. The standouts were man-of-the-match Shane O'Connor who scored the first two goals (he could easily have hit a hat-trick), Derek Daly, Sean Heaney, John Martin....in fact they all stood out in a marvellous team performance. Davir McDaid and Dean Walsh hot the other two goals late in the second half.
These are great times for the Blues. The Premier Division beckons and barring a total collapse that is their deserved destiny next season and hopefully for many seasons to come. No wonder Rennie had a smug smile on his face after the game....in stark contrast to Cobh boss Stephen Henderson.
Conditions were perfect. The attendance nearly hit 2,000. The match officials did quite well. Everyone left happy. What more could Blues' fans wish for?
Athlone at the RSC next weekend and the Blues will be down a few regulars because of suspensions. It shouldn't matter however. Surely this juggernaut cannot be stopped now!
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle, Sean Heaney, Kenny Browne (Jack Lynch 86'), Patrick McClean, Shane O'Connor, Paul Keegan, Garry Comerford, Derek Daly, John Martin (Anthony McAlavey 83'), David McDaid (Dean Walsh 83'). Unused subs: Gary Delaney, Robin Demsey, Ian McLoughlin, Dean O'Halloran.