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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2020
Venue: St Colman's Park
0 - 0
FT

Red: 90'
- Dara McGuinness 90' + 3'


League Preview: Cobh Ramblers -v- Shamrock Rovers II

Mon, Oct 26 2020

None Credit: Steve Alfred

COBH RAMBLERS 

Ramblers have home advantage for the final regular game of the First Division season on what has been dubbed ‘Super Tuesday’ in the highly competitive promotion race. 

Stuart Ashton’s side welcome Shamrock Rovers II to St. Colman’s Park for the 7.45pm kick off in what is a must win tie for Ramblers. In their quest to secure a first play-off appearance since 2016, they know that three points will secure them a play-off spot if neither Cabinteely nor Galway United win their respective games on the night. 

Galway host third placed UCD while Cabinteely welcome league leaders Drogheda United to Stradbrook. 

“We all know what’s at stake,” said Stuart Ashton in the build up to the game. “The mood in the camp is good following our last few performances. Hopefully we can take that into this game and get the result that we need. There are lots of permutations so hopefully some of those fall our way and we’ll see where that takes us.

“It’s been an extra-ordinary season for the First Division, with the pandemic and then the restart. To have the title race going down to the wire, the play-offs going right to the final night, it’s great for the league. 

“Rovers have come into the league, for me for the right reasons, blooding young lads at the highest level. They’re playing good football and learning their trade. Possession wise and technically they are a very good side, we’ve seen that. 

When the sides met last month, a Conor Drinan goal was enough to earn a 1-0 win in Tallaght and Ramblers come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win in Longford Town.

SHAMROCK ROVERS II 

Aidan Price’s team are ninth in the table and are looking for three points to try and jump above Athlone Town in the table having beaten the Midlanders 3-1 in the last week’s game between the sides in Tallaght.

Two goals from Thomas Oluwa along with a goal from in-form Brandon Kavanagh gave them all three points. “I thought he was clinical,” said Price  when speaking to extratime.com about Oluwa who has scored four times in the First Division this season. 

“He got two really good finishes. The first one is quite a natural finish for Thomas but the second one he shifted it and took it early which gave their ‘keeper no chance. Two really good goals for a boy who has worked really hard for us. Attitude wise he has been really good so I’m delighted for him.

“Reflecting on the season, it has been really good and there are learnings from it. There were a lot of points that we left behind in games that we deserved more from but we will learn from that. That will stand to the players and the club. 

“You can see how strong our first team is. That is challenge in itself so for these boys to get the opportunity and the experience of playing in this division has been really good.”

This will be Rovers’ last First Division game this season.

Referee: Marc Lynch

MATCH STATS

Cobh have won three and lost two of their last five games.

This season Aidan Price has called on 32 players for the 17 games in the league and the average age of the team across the season has been 18.5.

Brandon Kavanagh is Rovers top scorer in the First Division with nine goals from 16 matches - including six in the last five matches.

BETTING

Cobh Ramblers 4/7; Draw 3/1; Shamrock Rovers II 7/2

PREDICTION
2-1 home win

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: None

Doubtful: Dave Hurley, Cathal Crowley and Darragh Crowley 

Suspended: None

Shamrock Rovers II 

Injured: Sean Callan, Alex Dunne

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Aaron Bolger, Jordan Tallon 


Cobh Ramblers
Sean Barron
Goalkeeper
Stephen O'Leary 4
80'
80Subbed Off: Christopher O'Reilly 80'
Defender
Charlie Lyons 6
Booked: 44'
Defender
John Kavanagh 2
Defender
Nathan Coleman
57'
57Subbed Off: David Hurley 57'
Defender
Darryl Walsh 21
Defender
Greg Henry
Midfielder
Conor Drinan
Midfielder
© Pierce Phillips 8
Booked: 63'
Midfielder
Ian Turner 7
62'
62Subbed Off: Darragh Crowley 62'
Midfielder
Lee Devitt Molloy 16
Forward

Substitutes
David Hurley 10
57'
57Subbed On: Nathan Coleman 57'
Midfield
Darragh Crowley
62'
62Subbed On: Ian Turner 62'
Midfield
Martin Coughlan 18
Midfield
Christopher O'Reilly
80'
80Subbed On: Stephen O'Leary 80'
Midfield
Ben O'Riordan 5
Defender
Gavin Ryan 13
Goalkeeper
Shamrock Rovers II
Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
34 Adam Wells
Defender
32 Cole Omorehiomnan
Defender
53 Oisin Hand
Defender
Sam Curtis
Defender
John Ryan
Midfielder
Booked: 33'
37 Darragh Nugent
Midfielder
47 Dean McMenamy
Midfielder
Booked: 72'
80'
80Subbed Off: Dara McGuinness 80'
38 Aidomo Emakhu
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: Danila Bogdanov 80'
77 Kevin Zefi
Midfielder 66'
66Subbed Off: Darren Prendergast 66'
62 Michael Leddy
Forward 66'
66Subbed Off: Jamie Doyle 66'

Substitutes
19 Dean Williams
Forward
36 Darren Prendergast
Midfield 66'
66Subbed On: Kevin Zefi 66'
Booked: 68'
46 Toby Owens
Midfield
40 Conan Noonan
Midfield
Dara McGuinness
Unknown 80'
80Subbed On: Dean McMenamy 80'
Booked: 81'
Sent Off: 90'
Booked: 90'
56 Jamie Doyle
Midfield 66'
66Subbed On: Michael Leddy 66'
30 Kian Clarke
Goalkeeper
43 Danila Bogdanov
Forward 80'
80Subbed On: Aidomo Emakhu 80'