Tough task away to Cobh Ramblers

David O'Sullivan Longford Town rises above Finn Harps Josh Mailey in Finn Park on Friday evening. Photo Thomas Gallagher
The Town, who still lead the first Division table by four points, have a very busy weekend when they play a friendly against a Galsgow Celtic XI on Thursday evening at City Calling Stadium and on Saturday they travel to Cork to play Cobh Ramblers in a very important League game.

The Town, who still lead the first Division table by four points, have a very busy weekend when they play a friendly against a Galsgow Celtic XI on Thursday evening at City Calling Stadium and on Saturday they travel to Cork to play Cobh Ramblers in a very important League game.

Both games are important for different reasons – the game against Celtic is a fundraiser for the club while the game against Cobh is so important in our chase for points to get the club back into the Premier Division.

At the moment, Cobh Ramblers are second from the bottom of the First Division on 16 points, three more than bottom club Salthill Devon, who are improving by the week. Cobh travelled to Athlone on Friday night last and came away with a creditable 0-0 draw against the First Division’s form team.

Cobh have acquitted themselves well since returning to the League, having won three, drawn seven and lost seven games to date. They have drawn their last two games 0-0- away to Athlone, 2-2 away to Finn Harps, while the previous weekend they beat Wexford Youths 3-0 at St. Colman’s Park.

The Town have played Cobh twice to date with the opening game at St Colman’s Park, a seven goal thriller with the visitors winning 4-3. The Town goalscorers on that occasion were Willo McDonagh, David O’Sullivan, Mark Salmon and Daniel Purdy while the home side’s goals came from Conor Meade and Davin O’Neill (2).

The second game at City Calling Stadium was a six goal affair with the Town scoring five. Keith Gillespie, Gary Shaw and Dave O’Sullivan gave the Town a three goal half- time lead. Further goals from Brian McCarthy and Daniel Purdy made sure of a good win, but Deady did get a goal back for Cobh from the penalty spot.

Cobh are a very hard working team who try to play good attractive football and they don’t seem to miss Conor Meade, who left the club in the transfer window – he has joined Waterford United. Meade was one of the best goalscorers in the League but they seem to be doing okay without him. Davin O’Neill, who previously played with Cork City, is another top player who is still good enough to play in the Premier Division.

Cobh, despite their lowly position, will be no pushover and Tony Cousins will need to be on his guard for this tricky away match. The Town had a good result in Finn Park on Friday night last as they held the Donegal side scoreless to get our third clean sheet of the season.