We were unlucky in the end not to get the winner - Cobh boss Stuart Ashton reacts to Galway draw

Sun, Aug 09 2020

Stuart Ashton Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Cobh Ramblers manager Stuart Ashton paid tribute his side’s character after coming back at the 90th minute to recuse a point against Galway United.

The Tribesmen looked to have taken the three points at St. Coleman’s Park when Francely Lombato and Vinny Faherty cancelled out Charlie Lyons’ opener with ten minutes remaining.

A free kick from David Hurley was turned in by Lyons’ as the fourth official lifted the board to show five minutes added time.

The home side had a flurry of chances late on to win the game, but Galway goalkeeper Kevin Horgan was on fire in between the posts.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the ending,” Ashton said just minutes after the final whistle. “At 1-0 we were on top and we let our guard down. In fairness Galway finished well to equalise.

“Once the ball hit the net, the momentum was with them and they were the side on top. The second goal was poor from us. From our point of view it was poor defending and we already talked about that.”

“We regrouped after the goal and went straight down to equalise. We were unlucky in the end not to get the winner. Kevin Horgan pulled off an unbelievable save.”

“The character of the lads came through in the end. They did not sit back and take the defeat. That shows the character of the team. They battled hard to get a draw and nearly win the game at the end. We need to learn from our games. Mistakes have cost us this evening.”

Goal scorer Charlie Lyons was frustrated in the aftermath of the game and admitted that his side could do more to see off games.

“I really felt like we could have taken the three points,” Lyons said, “Saying that, we were 2-1 down with eight minutes remaining and that could meant we were dead and buried. Instead but we dug in and fought back.

“We played our best football after we went 2-1 down and we nearly snatched a winner in the end. Their keeper just had to make that fantastic save. For the moment I am happy with the point.”

“There are a lot of positives from that performance. For example, we created a lot of chances. We just have to start putting those away now. With the squad that we have that certainly is possible.”

The Ramblers will return to action next weekend with a visit to Stradbrook to take on table toppers Cabinteely.