Match Previews

Team news ahead of Ramblers match

Team news ahead of Ramblers match

Cork City are back in home league action on Friday evening, taking on Cobh Ramblers in the third Cork derby of the season. It will be the third meeting of the sides this season, with one win each for the sides in the previous meetings. Goals from Cian Coleman and Cian Bargary earned City a 2-1 victory on the opening day of the season, while a Jake Hegarty goal sealed the victory for Ramblers in May.

The Rebel Army come into the game off the back of last Friday's thrilling 3-2 victory over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park, while Cobh Ramblers played out a 0-0 draw against Athlone Town, a game that saw two Ramblers defenders receive red cards.

Speaking at his weekly press conference in Bishopstown, City boss Colin Healy said: "Cobh is always a difficult game. The first one in Turners Cross could've gone in either way, and in St. Colman's Park, they got the goal and took the three points. It's great that the fans will be back in Turner's Cross for this. There's going to be a really good atmosphere, and we hope people are going to really enjoy it."

There will be a new man in the Ramblers dugout, with former City player Darren Murphy taking charge following the departure of another former City man, Stuart Ashton: "I know Darren well. He's a good lad, and a very good coach. He's obviously brought John O'Flynn in with him as well. They've got some good players, it's a good squad. We have put a game plan together and hopefully that'll be enough to take three points on Friday night."

Cian Murphy was also on media duty this week. The Tipperary native has 7 goals so far this season, and he hopes to keep his goalscoring form up: "We've found a bit of form, and we're creating a lot of chances as a team. I'm starting to hit a bit of form myself, which is exactly what you want at this stage of the season. I don't necessarily have a goal in mind, but I go into every game, wanting to score. Spirits have been high, there's a good buzz around the place, and that's down to recent results."

The match will be broadcast on LOI TV, with commentary from Cork’s Red FM’s Ruairi O’Hagan and City legend Philip Long. You can buy a season pass for €49, or purchase a single match pass for just €5.

Referee: Oliver Moran

Injury News: Rob Slevin, Gearóid Morrissey, Steven Beattie, Jonas Häkkinen

Suspended: Aaron Bolger

Last game: Galway United 2-3 City

Last meeting: Cobh Ramblers 1-0 City

League Form (League, most recent game first): W D D D L

Reading next

WATCH: Cian Murphy Press Conference | City vs Cobh
City 4-0 Cobh

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.