Cobh Ramblers versus Longford Town preview

Thu Mar 28th 2013

Ahead of Town’s trip to Cobh this coming Saturday, reporter Kieran Burke (@burko77_) previews what could be an exhilarating game.

Longford Town make their first visit in thirteen long years to St.Colemans Park in Cobh on Saturday night with Tony Cousins side looking for an immediate response to last weekend’s disappointing defeat in Donegal. A solitary Kevin McHugh goal was enough to sink the Midlanders in Finn Park last weekend as Longford suffered their first defeat of the season, slipping to third in the table as a result.

This is of course Cobh Ramblers first season back in the LOI in four years but manager Dave Hill has been adamant from the outside that the Ramblers are not just here to make up the numbers and results to date show that.

The Cork men could not have asked for a better start to life back in the LOI after they stuffed Wexford for five in a stunning opening night 5-0 home win just three weeks ago. And while Cobh’s first away game saw them lose 4-1 to none other than Finn Harps, Hill’s side recovered to claim a very respectable 1-1 draw away to Roddy Collins Athlone Town last Saturday night leaving Ramblers in good nick ahead of their second home game of the season.

Speaking to reporter Kieran Burke, Cobh Ramblers dangerman Conor Meade commented on the sides confidence ahead of this game and Ramblers belief that they can beat anyone on their day at home in St.Coilemans Park which they aim to make a fortress this season.

Town manager Tony Cousins will have to be weary of the threat posed by Meade and, former Cork City striker, Davin O’Neill on Saturday night with five goals between the pair in just three league games while O’Neill also registered against fellow First Division side Waterford United in the League Cup.

While there are quite a few of last seasons U19's in his side, manager Dave Hill did bring in some experienced and proven LOI heads also during the off-season. Former Limerick defender, Andrew Bhandarkar will be a threat “De Town” midfield will have to be aware of as the full-back will look to bomb on whenever possible while the aforementioned Meade and O’Neill will be looking to trouble the likes of Brian McCarthy and Willo McDonagh, who have been in top form as of late.

A very impressive home crowd of 800 turned out to see Cobh’s return to the LOI three weeks ago and after a morale boosting draw away to Athlone we should see another large turnout. Should the conditions favour football on the night we could be in for a thriller in Cobh.

Kick-off at St.Colemans Park is 7.45pm.

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