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Supporters’ Club Notes (23/09/2018)

Sun Sep 23rd 2018

OVER AND OUT

Well, despite a spirited second half fight back to draw 2-2 with newly promoted UCD, our season came to an end on Saturday night. Under a bright moon, on a chilly evening, it looked like the Students were going to run riot. But it was De Town who played the superior football in the second half with Dillon netting twice to draw us level. Indeed, but for poor referring decisions, we could have finished the season with a win.

What was heart warming on a chilly night was the reaction of supporters and the team after the final whistle. It was lovely to see the team acknowledge the supporters and vice versa.

Over a long season, we’ve had some superb results and of course we had banana skin slippages too. But as the Charles Buchan Football Monthly used to say “Support your club in good times and bad”.

Roll on the 2019 season.

LONG, LONG ROCKY ROAD

If there had been a sporting miracle and if we had qualified for the play offs, consider the long road that would have faced us. We’d have to play Shels twice and then face Finn Harps twice. Now if we were still standing after those tough four encounters, we’d be up against Limerick or maybe Sligo for a few more games. While winning all those games would generate huge excitement, the financial outlay for the extra month could have been crippling. So next season, it’d be much handier if we just won the division and leave the rocky road of play offs to the others.

UCD’S ROAD AHEAD

The handful of UCD supporters were happy enough bunch on Saturday night. They were certainly happy not to have lost their last league game . Next up for the Students is the daunting task of facing Dundalk in the Cup. But for their little band of supporters they weren’t looking on the tie or their move up to the big time as being particularly daunting. They said that they’ve no intention of spending extra money that they don’t have. For the past two seasons, they’ve stuck with their policy of having no “outsiders” in their squad. In other words, all of the squad are scholarship students and that will remain their policy. Because they play Colleges football, they play during the winter months too. The team which won the First Division have been together now for three years, more or less. That’s a situation foreign to most ordinary clubs. We wish them the best of luck next season but maybe our paths will cross at the end of the 2019 season.

SUPERB SUPPORT

One thing from the 2018 season, that stands out for this scribbler is the superb standard of support given to the team all season. Part of the reason, is the style of football, the quality of goals and some excellent victories, especially away from home. Credit must also go to the management and how they’ve interacted with the supporters and the community, generally. An other pleasing aspect was the positive contribution made by Section O as well as the die hard regulars scattered around the ground and who occupy the exact same seats, game after game. Throw in the dedicated Supporters’ Club and our efficient and friendly ground staff/stewards into the mix and it all adds up. This season, the social media aspect of promoting the Club has gone up many notches, which in turn helps our ever growing young support base. We may not have won the league but, I think we’ve won many new, young supporters and held on to our golden oldies too. So we must be doing something right.

 

ELSEWHERE

I fully realise that we are blowing our trumpet in the above piece. But when you cast your eye around other nearby clubs, we’re doing OK. Galway, a city club, with a massive potential finished a good distance behind us on the points scale. Sligo Rovers will probably remain in the top flight but their set up costs a small fortune and many of their fan base can’t wait for the end of the season. And Athlone’s sad troubles are too well documented already. So that just leaves Finn Harps and they have an unwelcome break before they go to battle again. Derry City are hardly in our area but after Brexit they won’t even be in the EU, so what’s their future? Grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Anyway, we have Seamus Murray keeping our grass nice and lush and well maintained.

SOME GOOD NEWS

And so, we’ll finish with some good news for lovers of the beautiful game locally. Later on, we’ll conform details of our Gala Awards Night. But at long last, our wonderful facilities at the City Calling Stadium will be used on an international scale. Although the final dates have yet to be confirmed, we will be hosting three U19 competitive internationals in November. The Republic of Ireland will face the Faroe Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Holland and our new score board should be up and ticking over by then. The season may be over but our sporting life lives on.

C’mon de Town.

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

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Match Report: Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town (EA Sports Cup)

Wed May 9th 2018

EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER FINAL

Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town FC
Tuesday 8th May 2018 / 7.30pm
St. Colman’s Park

Match Report by James Donnelly

Cobh got their revenge for their 1-0 league loss from Saturday night against Longford Town on Tuesday evening. A 2-0 victory over De Town saw Stephen Hendersons men progress to the semi finals of the EA Sports cup for the first time. A beautiful free kick from Darren Murphy just before half time and second in the later stages of the second half from Andrew Wall was enough to see the Cork men through.

Town started the game positively and made an impact within seconds. A corner led to Tristan Noack-Hofmann heading the ball back towards goal to which Dean Byrne slotted it home however he was ruled to be offside although Cobh’s James McSweeney seemed to have been playing him on and didn’t protest the goal which seems to suggest he thought so also.

Town almost opened the scoring on 16 minutes. A good ball from Darren Meenan to Dylan McGlade saw the Town winger in space, he played in Evan Galvin who whipped in a low cross that was met by Dean Byrne but his shot was just wide of the post.

Cobh had the chance to take the lead only 7 minutes later when David Hurley raced past the Town defence to go through on goal but Longford Captain Dean Zambra raced back in time to get a great tackle in and block the shot. The resulting corner caused a problem but Town defender Daniel O’Reilly was on hand to clear it away with a header.

A much more physical game than the previous Saturday night’s league encounter, Longford found themselves limited in creating chances in the first half. A questionable free awarded to Cobh against Karl Chambers just before half time saw the Cork men open the scoring. Beautifully placed, there was nothing Jack Brady could have done to prevent it from going in.

Darren Meenan pictured in action against Cobh on Tuesday in the EA Sports Cup 1/4 Final. Photo Credit: Steve Alfred/Extratime.ie

Town could have equalized just after the start of the second half. Karl Chambers getting in behind the Cobh defence but he failed to connect with Evan Galvins cross.

Cobh nearly got their second on 77 minutes when a cross from Stephen Christopher just went over the bar, almost catching out Longford.

De Town had the majority of possession in the last 15 minutes but failed to capitalize. While it did look like Longford would get the equalizer and force it to extra time, the goal never came. Chris Mulhall coming closest in the last few minutes, he got onto the end of a long ball and raced through one on one with Mylod in the Cobh goal but his touch took it away from him and Mylod easily gathered.

Cobh got their second immediately after, breaking from Mulhall’s chance, David Hurley played in substitute Andy Wall who cooly rounded Brady in the Longford goal and slotted it home.

Cobh, fully deserved of the win, closed out the game and progress into the semi finals, much to the delight of the small crowd present.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Cobh Ramblers: Adam Mylod, James McSweeney, Ben O’Riordan, Adam O’Sullivan, Kevin Taylor, Stephen Christopher, Darren Murphy, David Hurley, Pierce Phillips, Cian Leonard, Anthony McAlavey.

Subs: Paul Hunt, Peter Callanan, Jaze Kabia, Michael Sadys, Andy Wall, Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh.

Longford Town: Jack Brady, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Daniel O’Reilly, Dean Zambra (Captain), Sam Verdon, Evan Galvin, Michael McDonnell, Dean Byrne, Karl Chambers (subbed: Ryan), Darren Meenan Subbed: Mulhall), Dylan McGlade (Subbed: Elworthy).

Subs: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Peter Hopkins, Chris Mulhall, Jackson Ryan, Daniel Ridge, Uli Keller.

Match Preview: Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town

Sun Apr 1st 2018

Match Preview by James Donnelly

EA SPORTS CUP SECOND ROUND
Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC
Monday 2nd March 2018

Tallaght Stadium | 7.00pm

Longford Town head to Tallaght on Monday night to face Shamrock Rovers in the second round of games in the EA Sports Cup. It was Rovers who knocked De Town out at the quarter final stage of this competition last year after a 1-0 defeat in Tallaght saw Longford bow out. There is currently only 7 of that Town team currently with the squad while all other players & management have since moved on.

Rovers come into the game off the back of a 1-0 victory over Sligo Rovers in the league while Longford left Galway last Friday night with a hard earned draw. Longford will be feeling optimistic having had a decent run of results in the league (bar the 3-2 loss to Shels courtesy of a last minute peno winner), the opening encounter with Cobh ending 2-2 followed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Wexford, throw in the 5-1 thrashing of Athlone and the performance of the team in Galway last Friday, De Town should be feeling fairly confident they can go to Tallaght and get a result. Rovers have had a similar start to their league campaign, an opening day draw with Dundalk, was followed two 6 goal thrashings of Bray and Derry. Followed by a loss to Cork City, the south Dublin derby with Pats ended in a 1-0 victory for Rovers and they followed that up with an away win over Limerick before losing out to Waterford at the RSC.

While clubs sometimes use this competition to throw out a few of the “youngsters”, Longford fans can expect a strong side to be fielded by Neale Fenn with maybe 2 or 3 changes from the team that lined out against Galway. Alan Kehoe and former Rovers player Darren Meenan are still out injured, Peter Hopkins who was on the bench v Galway remains 50/50 while Dylan McGlade will see out his last remaining game under suspension tonight. Sean Boyd and Joey O’Brien are on the injured list for Rovers.

Pic from 2017’s EA Sports Cup Quarter Final between Shamrock Rovers & Longford Town. Pic: Sportsfile


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