Cobh Ramblers’ difficult start to the season continued as Longford Town claimed a deserved 1-0 victory at St. Colman’s Park on Saturday evening. Longford started the brighter of two teams and could have been a couple of goals up in the opening ten
Cobh Ramblers’ difficult start to the season continued as Longford Town claimed a deserved 1-0 victory at St. Colman’s Park on Saturday evening.
Longford started the brighter of two teams and could have been a couple of goals up in the opening ten minutes.
First, Mulhall struck a volley wide after some good play down the left by McGlade. An even better opportunity presented itself moments later when some great link up play between Verdon and Mulhall allowed McGlade to ghost in at the back post but his shot was dragged just wide.
Ramblers had half a chance in the 24th minute when a cross by Hurley was almost met by Kabia but Kelly was quickest and plucked the ball out of the air before the young Cobh winger could connect with his header.
Longford’s pressure eventually told when a minute later a cross from Zambra was chested into the path of Verdon by Mulhall who applied a neat finish into the far corner of Hunt’s net.
Longford missed the opportunity to double their lead when right on the stroke of half time, Mulhall missing a header from five yards out. The striker had room and connected well but it went straight into the arms of a grateful Hunt in goal.
The second half brought very few chances of note. Ramblers opted for a more route one approach but found the Longford defence impenetrable.
The introduction of Leonard and O Brien Whitmarsh gave the home side an extra threat in the closing stages but Longford held firm to claim all three points. The win puts Longford back in the hunt for a playoff spot while Ramblers continue searching for their first home win of the season.