Fri May 17th 2013
Last weekend LTFC.ie reporter Kieran Burke (@burko77_) predicted one of the games of the season as Finn Harps visited Longford and he wasn’t far wrong. This weekend he is predicting goals goals goals as Cobh Ramblers come to Town with league leaders Longford aiming to break their hearts yet again.
Cobh Ramblers travel to City Calling Stadium on Saturday night aiming to gain revenge on league leaders Longford for their unbelievable comeback at St.Colmans Park in series 1 which saw Tony Cousins men come from 3-1 down with twenty minutes to go and secure an amazing 3-4 victory thanks to a last kick of the game winner from winger Daniel Purdy. Revenge is a dish best served cold and what better way for Dave Hill’s Cork men to serve it up by beating “De Town” in what is a hugely important game for the Midlanders after defeat at home to Finn Harps last time out.
Two late goals from captain Mark Salmon and substitute Michael Ischi were not enough to cancel out Sean McCarron’s and Kevin McHugh’s first half strikes as Longford centre-half Willo McDonagh turned the ball into his own net prior to those two late Town goals to end all hopes of a comeback.
It's a busy week for Cousins men who travel to Drogheda in the League Cup on Monday before a crunch top of the table clash away to Mervue next Friday!
As for the visitors they have only managed two wins so far this season, with both of those triumphs coming at home to Wexford Youths and Mervue United. However, the “Rams” are among the divisions draw specialists with 5 deadlocks to date including their last two games at home to Harps and Athlone.
If Longford are to pick holes in the Ramblers stats ahead of this game they will clear come across the fact that Cobh are yet to win a game away from St.Colmans Park this season while they also boast the league’s worst defence bar Salthill Devon who have conceded two more (21).
On the flip side however, only Longford and Mervue have scored more goals this season with Conor Meade in particular gaining rave reviews alongside former Cork City striker Davin O’Neill. If the home side are to claim the crucial win they desire they will need their centre-half’s to be at the very top of their game as will the impressive Brian Fitzgerald of Cobh and his shot stopper Robert Birdsall, who was immense in the first meeting, if they are to keep out David O’Sullivan who many feel is due a goal after unlucky avoiding the score sheet last weekend.
One thing is for sure this game should have goals goals goals with attacking play taking precedence, so if you are looking for the thrill of live football this coming Saturday there is only one place to be and that is City Calling Stadium, kick-off 7:30pm.