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Why are we here………

Lets get the philosophy out of the way first 🙂 I’ve been playing CM/FM since CM 97/98. If you love football you’ve most probably come into contact with the series at some point. Over the last couple of years I’ve really gotten back into regular game-play, mostly because I came across a few YouTube Creators playing FM18. They were:

https://www.youtube.com/user/DoctorBenjyFM/ – Ben’s Thames series was a major influence, very well put together and he tells a story really well. https://www.youtube.com/user/SecondYellowCard/ – Matt’s B67 series was brilliant from the gameplay aspect – the possibility of taking a team from Greenland as far as he did was amazing.

So I decided to have a go myself – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC49CuCMPebNZZh6PBlE1mrQ – With a couple of lower league saves, Guernsey in the English Football Pyramid and a resurrected Vulkan Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in the Russian Football Pyramid.

Both suffered from being remote geographically, and as such I struggled with promotions due to not really being able to get the quality of players needed to move on and upwards. At the end of the day I got bored and stopped enjoying it.

Before that however I had hearkened upon another couple of creators in FM19, one of whom is doing a couple of amazing saves currently, and one who has a semi-fictional league and is doing a really strong play-through.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3wJqf60YbC6jzAfPRm2ig – Loki Doki (Jon) has both a superb lower league to legend going on with Fort William and a brilliant Journeyman that started in Luxembourg and is currently in Italy. He is definitely one of the best creators I’ve seen.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0EpFqPAwCsEMygWV1qy8A – FMTahiti (Pelham) started a semi-fictional French Polynesian save with the Humpbacks of Rurutu about the same time as I started my save with Guernsey, and he has told a very interesting story. He also did a few pieces on something that is also near an d dear to me – Data Analysis.

My day job is as a SQL & Business Intelligence Developer – Basically creating databases, moving data around/between databases and designing reporting from data on databases. Pelham’s work got me thinking about how I could get data out of FM, into a database so I could start working with it so I could be better informed about the team I was managing.

So I started thinking about a blog format – Where I can go into much more depth in telling a story than I ever can in Youtube – around a Journeyman save (Never done one before and after watching Loki Doki its something that really appeals) incorporating ways and means of getting data out of FM19 and using it (Thanks Pelham). And that’s why we are here.

Ladies and/or gentleman – I present to you, my FM Journeys.

2021/22 IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 156 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Dundee (A) – 11th August 2021

Dens Park, Home of Dundee FC

Today we take on Championship-side and our Senior Affiliate Dundee FC in the what-was IRN-BRU cup, and is now the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup, 1st Round. This is the one with the representatives from English non-league, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Before then our Ressies beat Airdrie Res 2-0 (Goals from triallist AML Kieran Brophy & 16yo DC Andrew Todd), but we sustained 2 injuries, one to goalscorer Brophy (tight groin, 1-2 days), and the same for Cameron McGinn, our 3rd/4th choice striker.

Mackie & Gardiner made the League 1 Team of the Week 🙂 Our first of the season 🙂

Before the Dundee game I check our Team Cohesion – Back to Average, with Atmos and Managerial Support both at very Good, so hoping we can avoid a fall by not getting destroyed today!!!

Dundee have had a decent start to the season in the Championship and have only lost on pens in competitive games this season (Raith & Aberdeen). I’m not expecting anything today past a decent showing. However if Dundee wanted to rest a few guys that would be great 🙂

More of the same after the 4-1 v Stenny please!! This is definitely feeling more stable at the moment as formations go, especially as the defenders need to get to know each other. Dundee start with a 4-5-1 – Make of that what you will.

HT Dundee 0 Berwick 0

Dundee start strongly, as expected, Berwick in all white tonight, but we should have been 1-up in the 7th minute, Mitchell hitting a defender from 6 yards out with the goal at his mercy. A relatively even first 15. And that’s how it continued, Dundee with more chances, Berwick arguably with the better ones. 0-0 at Half Time, and we’ve got a decent chance here...

FT Dundee 1 (Nelson 77) Berwick 0 Att 6,130 (93 Away)

Key Highlights

Before I looked up we’d gotten to 60 minutes… Mitchell coming off for Healy as he’s still getting back to fitness. Straight to Pens after 90 mins by the looks of it as well. Andy Turner on for Archie Gardiner with 20 left. Dundee had a goal disallowed in the 72nd for offside. But they scored in the 77th – McManus dispossed too easily from a really poor Mackie throw-in, Nelson scoring from 12 yards. Leitch on for McManus for the last 10 – expect a yellow from him 🙂 It finished 1-0 – Sinclair saved a terrible Nelson penalty in the 85th to keep it that way – Disappointing that the goal came from an error but a really decent showing versus quality opponents. We beat them 3-1 on chances….

We got just shy of £5k for the loss, and about £30k in gate receipts, so not a bad day really.

Next up is Alloa back at Shielfield Park – in 3 days again… See you then.

2021/22 Match Day 3 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 155 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Stenhousemuir (A) – 7th August 2021

The Hair goes home.

Today we travel to Stenhousemuir in a crunch game so early on in our season. We started so well in the Betfred but in the in the 2 league games so far we’ve been abysmal at the back and inadequate up top. This will be Morgyn Neill’s first game back at Stenny since his arrival at Berwick in the off-season.

I thought we’d take a look at the team dynamics as we’ve seemed to have fallen apart in the first 2 league games.

Such a large influx of players (potentially 9 first teamers) has stuffed the team cohesion up. I’m thinking this means no more than mid-table at best this season before kicking on next (That’s if I’m still here – if thinks don’t improve/we’re still struggling by Christmas it may be time to start thinking about moving on… In the mean time I’ve scheduled some Team Bonding and Community Outreach sessions to try and get the Cohesion at least moving back to average.

And so we travel to Stenhousemuir for what is potentially a really tough game. They have 4 points, with forward Ouzy See in good form.

Moving to 3 at the back until we become a bit more stable, with wingbacks moved forward a bit, a midfield 3 of DLP & Mezzala’s getting into the half-spaces with Mitchell & Slaven up top, hopefully working towards a playing relationship together. I’m just looking for something else today. Stenny start with a similar formation, a 5-2-3 WB Wide as opposed to our 5-3-2 WB

HT Stenhousemuir 0 Berwick 4 (Davidson 5, Slaven 7, Gardiner 23, McManus 25)

An open start on a tight surface, but we take the lead in the 5th minute – a nice header by Davidson, attacking from the edge of the area, from a Sean Mackie near-post out-swinging corner. And calamity for Stenny in the 7th minute – Greg Hurst (What in god’s name was he doing) passing it straight to Sean Slaven, who tapped in from 8 yards-or-so – he barely had to move, Hurst’s pass was so good 🙂 Couldn’t have dreamed of a better start. Its a very open game. We’re definitely connecting better today though. And it was 3-0 in the 23rd, a great team goal, interplay from Mackie to Davidson to McManus to Slaven, a final pass to an open Gardiner, who spanked it home from 10 yards across the keeper. Gardiner nearly score 2 minutes later, but in the same move Connor McManus gets his first for the club, a thunderbastard from McManus (Who I gave a rocket to for training poorly before the game) from just outside the area, right of centre. 4-0, only 25 gone!!!! Wow! It could be a goal on every attack. Some of the worst football we’ve played to some of the best in just 45 minutes! 4-0 at Half Time, where the fuck did that come from 🙂

FT Stenhousemuir 1 (Hurst 85) Berwick 4 (Davidson 5, Slaven 7, Gardiner 23, McManus 25) Att 481 (83 Away)

Key Highlights

Cameron McGinn on for George Mitchell at half time (Was recommended that he only played 45 before the match), Sean to Poacher, Cameron to PF(S). Stenny looking a bit more dangerous but we are still creating plenty. A really quiet half, we get to 70 minutes in the blink of an eye – Thomas Dempsie coming on for his debut for Sean Mackie. Last sub, Lewis Barr on for Connor McManus, who is looking a wee bit tired. Stenny get a consolation in the 85 from Hurst after a long ball over the top and it finished 4-1.

That was a bit better! Every win will improve morale and cohesion. Edinburgh City look like favourites for the drop early door – twice letting in 5 in their first 3 games.

Next up is a bit of light cup-relief – Away to Senior Affiliate Dundee in the IRN-BRU/Tunnocks 1st Round. See you then.

2021/22 Match Day 2 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 154 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Dumbarton (H) – 3rd August 2021

Today we play “The Sons of the Rock” for the first time this save, after a calamitous opening defeat by Morton.

The games come thick and fast early on – Morton was 31st July, Dumbarton 3rd August, Stenny on the 7th, Dundee in the IRN_BRU/Tunnocks on the 11th, so there will be plenty of rotation going on.

We’ve made 17 more season ticket sales this season(!) – up to 168 🙂

NEW SIGNING

One RB Munro leaves on loan, and we sign another 🙂

Eddie Munro (19, 5ft 10in) arrives on a free after being released by Kilmarnock. Decent Mentals for his age he will serve as cover with Martin McStay for Aaron Dunsmore.

Our Ressies lost 1-0 to Dumbarton Res, mainly our U18’s representing us in that game.

And so we arrive at game day. Our scouts don’t rate Dumbarton and their 16-man first team squad, and the bookies have us as favourites. We need the boys to gel though after a Cohesion-breaking off-season, and that’s only going to happen with game-time.

A good few changes with games coming thick and fast. Kyle Allison back in goal after Sinclair’s baptism of fire. Big Rod in for Neill, McIntosh for Leitch in the battle for the BWM spot. George Mitchell is waiting in the wings if Sean has a slow start to the season. Dumbarton go with a 4-4-1-1 – expecting a tough time breaking them down today.

HT Berwick 1 (Mackie 21) Dumbarton 2 (Jefferies 19, McCord 25)

The first game back at the heady heights of League One since 2007/08 today, hoping for a bumper crowd on this lovely summer’s evening. Plenty of space for the boys early on, but aftre just 103 seconds Dumbarton get a Penalty – a push on Handling by Mackie…… Can Allison be a hero?….. Yes, Forbes driving the ball straight down the middle, Allison palming it away… Sean should have scored in the 9th minute, harrying the defenders into a mistake, but shot straight at the Keeper whilst one-on-one. It’s a bit of a struggle, and Dumbarton took the lead in the 19th minute, a header from Jefferies from a corner. Missing big Harry Nicolson!! The lead only lasted for 2 minutes though – Sean Mackie with a lovely direct Free Kick. 1-1. Moving back to a 4-1-2-3, McIntosh withdrawing, Davidson back to Centre Mid. It was 2-1 Dumbarton in the 25th, a long ball by Forbes spectacularly volleyed home by McCord. I’m not happy defensively at the moment, we feel very weak. 2-1 Dumbarton at half time.

FT Berwick 1 (Mackie 21) Dumbarton 3 (Jefferies 19, McCord 25, Handling 62) Att 615 (94 Away)

Key Highlights

Wingers off at half time, going with the diamond. Turner in as DM, Davidson back up to AM. Mitchell on to pair with Sean up top. It was 3-1 in the 61st, a well controlled cross and shot from Handling. This is pretty poor. Leitch on for McIntosh. All of the sudden we’re just not very good. And Leitch gets himself sent off in the 85th for a second yellow… 3-1 it finished. That was really really poor.

We’ll do well to stay up if we keep playing like this… At least another club is doing as badly as we are…

Next up we are away to Stenhousemuir. See you then.

Carry on Pushing! – PearceyPlays #FM20 Season 3 – Part 24 – Cobh Ramblers – August 2021

3 or 4 games this month, dependent on the FAI Cup 1st Round result. Longford twice in 4 days and a 6-pointer v Cabinteely – It’s going to be a crucial month for the Ramblers.

Got to be looking for at least 5 wins out of the last 7 league games to get in the playoffs I think.

Manager of the Month for July 🙂

A ‘B’ from the board – what more do they want 🙂 C for matches – we’ve played 20 league games!! This needs fixing for FM21.

The dynamics are a beautiful thing – maybe the reason for the form and the 6-2 v U.C.D. Don’t think I’ve seen a Very Good Team Cohesion before.

Kane Lewis made the First Division team of the week.

A strong U19’s beat St. Michael’s AFC 3-1 in a friendly – James McSweeney, Charlie Lyons and loanee-back-from-injury Brian Sammon with the goals.

3 matches on the Monday before our game with Longford on Thursday – Cabinteely bringing Limerick down into the shootout for 2nd and Galway snuck a 1-0 win at Wexford in injury time. We’ve got to keep on winning to keep up!!

Bray lost on penalties to Waterford in the League Cup Semi Final. Andy they will face Dundalk i the final after they beat Derry City 1-0.

12th August 2021 – Longford(A) – First Division

We travel to Longford this Thursday evening unbeaten in 8 competitive matches whereas Longford have 1 win in their last 13… As per in these situations get ready for a real tough one 🙂

We’ve got a nicely set team at the moment, nearly all playing well, on issue is Pierce Phillips, who I don’t think is a wingback, so he may move to BWM with Charlie Fleming/Kev taylor going to wingback in the next few games. Longford start with a 4-4-1-1 – quite defensive but understandable considering their form.

FT Longford 1 (Seraf 67) Cobh Ramblers 1 (Evans 16) Att 682 (26 Away)

Longford start well on a beautifully manicured pitch but the first real chance goes to Evans, who fired wide on his left foot. However he made it 1-0 in the 16th minute, a lovely break from a poor Longford free kick, Hurley setting Evans free, who skinned the Longford left-back and scored the 1-on-1 with White easily. Evans looks so dangerous. Longford came back into it a bit, and nearly scored with a cross-cum-shot, Mylod scrambling it clear. 1-0 at half time.

A rapid start to the second half from the Cobh lads, just lacking the final touch so far. Longford look dangerous but Dobbs, up front for Longford, is always offside (at the moment). 60 minutes, Fleming on for Hurley, Pierce Phillips into the BWM position in Centre Mid. Doherty off for Sammon. Then from nowhere it was 1-1 = a Seraf shot from just inside the right-hand corner of the area – FFS, it was looking so simple. Mihoubi on for Costelloe for the last 20, Porter to AP(A). 82nd minute, Colamn Kennedy gets his 2nd yellow – in the ME it looks like he tries to catch the ball, and he was last man. COME ON BOYS!!! 5 minutes added time. 1-1 it finished.

We really need to beat Cabinteely in our next league game, we need to go into the last 5 games with our destiny in our own hands.

Our U19’s beat Bray U19’s 1-0, 17yo STC James Hobbs with the goal.

15th August 2021 – FAI Cup 1st Round – Longford (H)

We entertain Longford just 3 days after being FM’d at theirs.

Sammon gets a go up top (He’s wanted by all the big boys at the end of the season as he’ll be Out of Contract), Phillips to BWM, Taylor in as the WB. Meade gets his first start as well as Hughes is suspended for 4 Yellows. Longford go with the same 4-4-1-1 as 3 days ago.

NOTE THE FOLLOWING MATCH REPORT IS FOR A MATCH THAT GLITCHED IN EXTRA TIME (SHOWED A TACTICAL CHANGE THAT I DIDN’T MAKE THAT WOULDN’T PROCESS) AND AS SUCH WOULDN’T CONTINUE TO PENALTIES I’VE LEFT IN HERE TO COMMEMORATE THE 30 MINUTES OF MY LIFE I’LL NEVER GET BACK…

FT Cobh Ramblers 0 Longford 0 A.E.T Att 241 (32 Away)

Our pitch looks so much bigger than Longford’s in the ME. It will be interesting to see Sammon play today. An even start to proceedings, Costelloe going close a couple of times, an d Sammon was turned onto the post by White in the 20th minute. Should have been a goal (he has 15 finishing). The Longford defence are blocking everything, and they look dangerous on the ball, 0-0 at half time.

Wingbacks on attack now! Nolan and Doherty on for Costelloe & Sammon just before 60. It’s absolutely teeming down as well. Phillips off for Hurley, who goes to DM, as I pull Porter back to Centre Mid. Just over 15 minutes of normal time left. Starting to look very tired. 77 minutes, Devine should have scored on the break, after being put through by Doherty. Last 10, we’re getting more chances now. Loking like 180 minutes wont be able to separate us. Last minute of normal time, White stops another easy 1-on-1, this time from Nolan. COME ON!!!! AND ANOTHER!!! 3 minutes into injury time, Doherty tipped over! FFS! Extra Time it is!

We start ET well, but White looks unbeatable today. And the game has glitched! “Tactical Changes will take effect at the next break in play” has been on for minutes now and can’t be cancelled… hope this doesn’t fuck the game up. YET ANOTHER FUCKING 1-ON-1 SAVED!!! this is a joke. Half Time and I can’t change anything (Tactics is greyed out) – Just going to have to let it run. Everybody looks knackered. And exactly what I thought would happen happened – Penalties didn’t happen, the game froze – so I had to crash out…………..

LETS START A-FUCKING-GAIN SHALL WE…………

FT Cobh Ramblers 3 (Costelloe 18, Sammon 38, 53 ) Longford 0 Att 249 (32 Away)

So we start again, Porter hitting the side netting inside 2 minutes. As expected a very similar pattern of play, except this time we go 1-0 up in the 18th minute, Dara Costelloe, just onside, tapping home a lovely looped pass from Kev Taylor. Cobh dominating the first half like the last time. And it was 2-0 in the 38th, Brian Sammon with his first for the club, a tap-in after good harrying from Eoin Porter. 2-0 at the half, a really good performance so far.

Phillips off for Hurley – he was on a Yellow plus a bit knackered, and we move to a 4-1-2-3, Hurley as DM, Porter back to Centre Mid. Interestingly another 8 Longford fans have turned up today as opposed to the glitched game 🙂 But it isn’t good viewing for them, it was 3-0 Cobh in the 53rd, a lovely through ball by Devine, Sammon in for his second, nicely placed past White in the Longford net. Turner on for Evans on 60. Time has run down, Fleming on for Lewis with about 10 minutes left. And it finished 3-0 – A proper job!!

No shocks in the first round. £10.62k in the coffers for the win

That’s 10 unbeaten 🙂 And we’ve had the 2nd Round draw:

Not the worst draw – back up to Donegal to face Finn Harps. Dundalk v Limerick looks like a cracking tie.

This does mean we have 2 games in 3 days at the end of the month, the cup game then Cabinteely at Home in the league. So do Cabinteely though, so it should be fair.

13 days to the Finn Harps game, so hopefully we can get through all the training unscathed 🙂 🙂

First coaching badge Lads 🙂 Reputation now sits at 15% 🙂 🙂 🙂

A strong U19’s beat Tolka Rovers 3-0, Eoin McCormack, Dean Ebbe & Lyamine Mihoubi with the goals.

Kevin Taylor – Bruised Shin – Out for 1 to 2 days – A training injury, should be ok for the cup tie.

Daire Doherty – Pulled Groin – 3 to 9 days – Bugger, may be out of both the cup and Cabinteely league game..

27th August 2021 – FAI Cup 2nd Round – Finn Harps (A)

We travel to Finn Harps unbeaten in 10 games, they are in mixed form, DWLLW in their last 5. We are yet to beat them this season – this is our 3rd meeting after a 3-1 Loss and a 1-1 draw in the league.

Sammon keeps his spot with Doherty injured, and Adam Hughes is back from suspension in place of Meade, who performed well in the last game v Longford. Fleming is back in at right-back as Lewis is suspended (4 Yellows), as is Dave Hurley, but he’s also injured still. The Harps start with a 4-4-F**king-2.

FT Finn Harps 0 Cobh Ramblers 4 (Sammon 6, 33, 58, Devine 11) Att 603 (11 Away)

A lovely late-summer’s evening in Co. Donegal, and some good attacking early on by the boys. It was 1-0 Cobh in just the 6th minute, Evans getting free from his man and putting the ball on a plate for Sammon to tap home from 8 yards. There was Ketchup and everything. Beautiful play early doors. They do have Mikey Place up top though, so we need to be careful. But 11 minutes gone an it was 2!! Another Evans assist, but this time it stemmed from a Phillips short throw in to Taylor, who passed straight back, a lovely cross found Evans, who chested the ball down, squared it to Devine, who scored with a lovely placed finish past the static Harps keeper. A magnificent start. We’re in complete control, and can fall back to a 4-1-2-3 at any time if it feels like Harps are getting a bit frisky. 33 gone and poetically it was 3-0, that man Sammon again; Devine to Fleming, who dinked a lovely cross to Sammon (Played onside by an out-of-position right-back), who rose like a Haddock to get his second, and 4th in less than 135 minutes of play. And he should have had his hat-trick just before half-time, a stunning break just lacking a finish. 3-0 at at the half, though just before it looks like Phillips has hurt himself lunging – he’ll come off for Abbott.

We fall back to a 4-1-2-3 with Abbott loving life as a DM BWM(D). kudos to the 11 fans making it the length of the island to be here on a Friday night. The Harps showing a bit more this half, but in the 58th minute Sammon got his hat-trick and Cobh’s 4th in an increasingly open game. A lovely through-ball by Porter setting him free. This boy is a bit of a player (It was worth getting him in even when he was injured!!!). He’s getting space to work in. OK, we’ve Cabinteely in 3 days, and we have 2 subs left. Taylor is a bit tired (just back from injury) so youngster John Douglas comes in for the last 25. Lastly O’Riordan comes off for Meade – He’s on a booking plus always tires a bit quicker as he goes up for all the set pieces. Defensively we’ve been superb – we cause so many offsides. It’s going to be a merry journey home, 4-0 it finished, a proper drubbing, 9 chances to 1, 18 key passes!!!. Cabinteely up next in a must win.

£15.93k into the pot, every little bit helps!!

Pierce Phillips – Bruised Ankle – Out for 2 to 3 days – He’s out of the Cabinteely game.

Our U19’s beat Cabinteely U19’s 2-0, 17yo STC James Hobbs and 19yo AMR Paul Caulfield with the goals.

And so, on the morning of our crunch match versus Cabinteely we have the Quarter Final draw of the FAI Cup, with only Galway and ourselves representing the First Division.

Could be a lot worse – Bohemians are 2nd bottom in the Premier Division…. Going a way in this cup means games coming up close together as its is for some reason scheduled when our normal league games would be (Even though we only play every other week at this time of the season) – So we play league leaders Bray 3 days before this game… I think I’ve got a deep enough squad to cope though. And they are absolutely flying at the moment. Also just 3 wins from European Football next season 🙂 🙂 🙂

30th August 2021 – First Division – Cabinteely (H)

Cabinteely have really pushed on this year, and sit a point above us in 4th, but 7 goals behind us. They have however only won 1 of their last 4 league games (DLLW), though the win was against Limerick at the start of the month. We are unbeaten now in 11 competitive matches, dating back to 7th May,

A side that is picking itself at the moment – Meade in for O’Riordan due to 4 Yellows, Hurley for Phillips who is coming back to fitness. Looking for more goals today from Sammon, off of his 5 FAI Cup goals in 2 games. Cabo start with a 4-4-2. Lets have at ’em!!!

FT Cobh Ramblers 2 (Meade 47, Doherty 77) Cabinteely 3 (Chindea 2, Hartmann 35, Tierney 80) Att 365 (28 Away)

Cabo start with the ball, and go 1-0 up in just the 2nd minute after a break from a Cobh set piece, Chindea being on hand to fire past Mylod. Poor. Cobh with plenty of the ball after the restart though, but the quality is low. Cabo playing very deep and trying to hit us on the break, and it was 2-0 in the 35th, a direct free kick from Hartmann, nothing you can do about that. Going to try and go a bit more Cautious to try and draw them out a bit. Not very good, 2-0 Cabo at half time.

Hairdryer done, lets see if they can pull their collective thumbs out of their arses. 92 seconds in, that was a yes 🙂 An Anthony Meade header from a Brian Sammon deep free kick. 2-1. Much better now. Fleming on for Lewis early on, Lewis was making a lot of mistakes. 55 minutes, Evans hits the post with a scissor kick – its coming!! Fleming injured in a coming together with Casey in the 70th – McSweeney on, Meade out to the right. Going 4-2-4 for the last 15 or so, Doherty on for Devine. And the breakthrough!!! A lovely move, a beautiful pass from Porter finding Evans, crossing over whilst in acres of space, the cross volleyed home magnificently by Doherty!!! Got to go for the winner!! Really pushing now. But disaster, Tierney gets clear and finishes well to make it 3-2 Cabo in the 80th. A draw was no good, go and score 2!! 6 minutes added time, Quinn pulling off some magnificent saves. 3-2 at the final whistle, really disappointing/ed.

5 games left, need to be perfect now with us 4 points adrift. It’s not over but it feels like its a distant chance of a play-off place now.

Charlie Fleming – Bruised Ankle – 2/3 days – not ideal but we have 10 days until our next game.

Meade & Evans in the First Division team of the week.

And that wraps up August 2021. So positive up until that last game. September brings 3 games (Beat Bohemians and the cup Semi Final is at the start of October) – 2 of our final 5 league games and that cup QF as mentioned. Last up is a roundup of the match highlights from August. See you next time.

August 2021 Key Highlights

2021/22 Match Day 1 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 153 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Morton (A) – 31st July 2021

Cappielow Park, Home of Greenock Morton FC

Today we make the 127 mile journey East to West to play Morton, relegated from the Championship last season but favourites to go back up in what is possibly the most difficult Match Day 1 we could have gotten. That said we’ve just beaten 2 Championship sides in the Betfred so bring it on!!

Before then we have a week, so a few bits to go through.

PLAYER LEAVING (LOAN)

Marky Munro was unhappy with his game time so has gone to Preston Athletic, just round the coast in Prestonpans, until January. TBH Dunsmore is almost the number 1 pick in the team so Munro wasn’t going to get much game time, hopefully he will here, even if it’s 2 levels below our current level.

A very strong U18’s beat Dunfermline U18’s in a friendly 3-1, goals from Lewis Barr and a brace from triallist Alex Stewart (spoiler, he’s not that good…)

PLAYER LEAVING (LOAN)

Liam MacDonald goes to Forres until January, after playing 30 league games for them at a 7.08 last season. Pretty sure I’ll be letting him go at the end of the season, 3* PA at 21… Hopefully these loan spells will help his career.

Just before the Morton game the Board have updated their expectations. They want playoffs… Second Round of the IRN-BRU will be difficult as we have to get past our Senior Affiliate, Championship side Dundee (Season Preview 3rd…) – This will be the 4th Championship side played this season…

So to Greenock we wend our merry way. Morton have a strong squad for this level, lots of 4/5* CA players according to my scouts and are 2-1 on to be promoted with bookies. We however have started very strongly, just that loss to Falkirk in the first Betfred group game. Morton finished 4th in their group (All be it with 3 Premiership teams and a Championship team (Partick Thistle) who they beat on penalties). Expecting a toughy today.

Almost the whole team are natural at their given roles. Connor McManus debuts (He was cup-tied in the Betfred). This is pretty much our best 11. Morton start with a 5-3-2 WB – Lets get the ball out wide!

FT Morton 5 (Johnstone 4, 10, pen 78, McHugh 39, 90+3) Berwick 1 (MacIver 45+1) Att 1,570 (126 Away)

Key Highlights

Hoops versus stripes today, and Morton take the lead in the 4th minute, a low cross behind Bow & Neill, Johnstone on hand to score. Poor defending. Morton dominating in the early stage, it was 2-0 in the 10th, Johnstone again, another header. Might need to sit back and make sure this isn’t a drubbing. 2 minutes later MacIver hit the post with a volley, could be one of those days… Berwick looking a bit better, but Morton always majorly dangerous going forward. And it was 3-0 in the 39th, a 20 yarder from McHugh. Disappointing but it shows the difference in wage bills. But maybe some hope, a minute into injury time and MacIver scores, a side-foot at the back post from a lovely Mackie cross. 3-1. And that’s how the half finished. 60% possession to Berwick!! Morton’s forwards are just too clinical.

Morton come out of the traps quickly, Sinclair with a lovely save to deny Johnstone his hat-trick. Cameron McGinn on just after 60 to play as a PF(S). McIntosh on for Leitch, like for like. Going positive for the last 20. Sutherland on for Davidson for our last sub. Sinclair has made some great saves in this 2nd half. 77th minute, Penalty to Morton, Bow pulling back McHugh. Johnstone score the penalty. 4-1. And it was 5 late on, a defensive error allowed McHugh in for his second. Really poor. 5-1 it finished.

Stenhousemuir started life in League 1 brilliantly, 5-2 winners over Edinburgh City. A very open match day.

Quickly before we finish now the 1st game has been played we can look at the wage bills for the clubs in League 1.

Surprised we are 3rd TBH, but those top 2 have 2 to 3 times the wage budget of the mid-table teams. it will be a struggle to get anything better than playoffs I think.

Next up we have Dumbarton at home in just 3 days. See you then.

Betfred Group E Match 4 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 152 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Clyde (A) – 24th July 2021

Broadwood – Home to Clyde Fc

Today we make the 99 mile trip to Cumbernauld to face Clyde FC of the Championship (Finished 8th last season, season preview of 10th) just 65 hours after finishing our game with Stranraer, knowing a win may not be enough to get us to the second round and another possibly-lucrative journey to a big Premiership club. We’ve not faced Clyde but I’ve been to the stadium with Civil Service as Cumbernauld Colts groundshare with Clyde there.

A few bits before the game to go through.

NEW SIGNING (Youth)

Iain MacKenzie

  • 19yo GK
  • 6ft 4in
  • Started his career at Dundee Utd

We have a real lack of goalkeepers at the club with Ross Kostromin on loan at Cumbernauld Colts for the season, and Tom Warburton and Mark Burke having gone to pastures new, so we welcome Iain on a 3 year deal at £40/wk. really good potential on this one, and already better than Kyle Allison in a good few areas, especially the mentals which is interesting. Welcome Iain!

NEW SIGNING (Youth)

Martin McStay

  • 20yo DR (Cover for Aaron Dunsmore)
  • 5ft 10in
  • Comes in on a free – Started his career at Hamilton and played a full season for Rothes in the Highland League in 19/20

Martin McStay comes in as backup to Aaron Dunsmore as Marky Munro kicked up a stink about game-time and will most probably going out on loan. Good potential and impressive physically.

So to the Clyde match. They’ve won 2 of the 3 games in this group by penalty shootout, and lost to Falkirk 1-0 so they won’t be a pushover. We will need a good win (3 goals plus) to be in with a shot of qualification IMO. The head-to-head shows Berwick playing Clyde 4 times this save (2018/19 before I managed them, in League 2), Clyde winning 3, 1 Draw.

Leitch & Turner the central-midfield pairing today, Big Rod in for Morgyn Neill at the back. Swapped out Sinclair for Allison in goal. Clyde go with a 4-5-1. Again, I just want a good performance showing progression for the league campaign ahead.

FT Clyde 1 (Herron 80) Berwick 3 (Slaven 17, 47, 90+2) Att 448 (86 Away)

Key Highlights

Welcome to Cumbernauld. A quiet start, pretty even. Berwick slightly more involved, by Clyde dangerous when they have the ball. And the deadlock was broken in the 17th minute. MacIver, who’s started the season running, moved diagonally right to centre unchallenged for 30 yards or so, shot left footed from 15 yards out, hit the inside of the right-hand post and Seany Boy was on hand to tap in for his first of the season 🙂 1-0 Berwick. Clyde scored almost straight after, but it was ruled out for offside. Clyde trying the long ball over the top to lone-man Tierney, who keeps going offside. Clyde definitely upping their attacking intent towards the end of the half. But it finished 1-0, quite evn, though Berwick had 58% possession.

A superb start to the 2nd half, 2-0 90 seconds in, a gorgeous Mackie cross (Turned on Overlaps at half time) flicked in by Sean Slaven, in-off the left hand post and keeper’s back (Though it was over the line by then). Pinpoint. However looking at the current standing we will need another couple of goals to go through (Currently 5th best 2nd placed side, Raith are a goal ahead). Keep it going lads!!! 58 gone, Tom Sutherland on for Davidson. Clyde looking dangerous now as we try to get the 3rd, Allison keeping it 2-0. Going into the last 20 we look like we’re the 4th best 2nd placed team…We need to score again at least i think. McIntosh on for Turner with 17 left. And it was 2-1 in the 80th, a 20 yarder from Herron. We’re looking tired. McGinn on up top as a PF(S), MacIver off, Sutherland out to the left wing, 4-2-4, twin BWM(S) in midfield. 84 minutes, Slaven hits the post from 18 yards, so close!! 5 minutes added on… and then calamity for Clyde, a terrible attempt at a passed clearance by keeper Mackay, straight to Slaven, who completes his hat-trick. #Scenes. Think we need Forfar to equalise versus Stirling though…. And that’s the final whistle – a brilliant win versus higher-division opponents, regardless of qualification or no.

Just over £30k for finishing 2nd in the group, but not quite enough to get in the top 4 2nd placed team. East Fife & us were join 6th best 2nd place team. Interestingly Hearts failed to qualify!!! They finished 4th in the Premiership last season.

Next up is the start of our League 1 season – away to favourites for the league Morton… See you soon.

Betfred Group E Match 3 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 151 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Stranraer (H) – 21st July 2021

Ooh, me Angina!!

Today we host old adversaries Stranraer of League 2 in our 3rd Betfred Cup Group E game, knowing we need to win this and beat Clyde to stand a chance of qualification for the 2nd Round and start of the knockouts.

Last season that meant a trip to Ibrox, and the money gotten from that (£300k plus) allowed us to kick on and dominate League 2 last season.

NEW SIGNING

Thomas Dempsie

  • 22yo Left wing/WB/Utility midfielder
  • 5ft 10in
  • Started his career at Kilmarnock, before going to QotS and East Stirlingshire, where he tore it up last season in the South of Scotland league (7.54 av on 27 league games) – Note this is 3 levels below league 1 though
  • IRL he seemingly left football after being released by Kilmarnock after the 17/18 season

We welcome Thomas Dempsie to the club. A bit of a punt – he has the attributes to be a really decent attacking winger, and as he’s right footed I’ll be training him for the AMR position. Scouts had him at a 90….. We still have £1.5k wage budget though so it’s a worthwhile punt at £100/wk and £5k reparations.

Clyde lost to Falkirk 1-0 – Only the top 4 2nd placed teams out of 8 do through so we need to win both our remaining matches (Stranraer & Clyde) to be in with a shout. Last year we qualified with 8 points and a +4 GD, the best of the 4 teams on 8 points, 3 other teams qualifying on 9. It’s going to be tough.

Our U18’s beat East Kilbride U18’s in a friendly – goals from defender Yusuf Hussain, Conor McLaughlin and a brace from Cameron McGinn.

There were also Betfred games played on the same day (17th July):

Clyde beat Ayr on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time and Falkirk beat Stranraer 3-1, meaning they have qualified. 2 Wins and we will definitely be second in our group.

NEW SIGNING

Connor McManus

  • 25yo MC (DLP)
  • 6ft 1in
  • In game leaves from Stranraer (98 games over the last 3 years) and has Championship loan experience after starting his career at Celtic
  • IRL he’s with Stranraer still.

We welcome our new playmaker Connor McManus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connor_McManus) to the club, in a deal worth up to £5k. A 94-rated DLP by our scouts Connor comes in from Stranraer (Who we play tomorrow :):)) He’s a cut above our other quasi-playmaker Lewis Barr and has some exciting attributes (13 for Passing, technique, Vision and Composure!!!) – I expect him to be our Pirlo, though a tad taller at 6ft 1in with 14 strength 🙂 Welcome Connor!!

So to the Stranraer match – We are expected to win, so lets do so!

McIntosh & Barr make up the centre-pairing today in midfield as Davidson plays in his more-liked AM(S) role. Neill & Bow are the centre-backs, everything else stays the same. Our last group game versus Clyde is in less than 3 days though so we will need to think about resting the key men at some point. Stranraer are going with a 5-1-2-2 WB formation, so lets try and overload the poor-old wingbacks 🙂

FT Berwick 2 (Davidson 9, MacIver 33) Stranraer 0 Att 312 (45 Away)

Key Highlights

A good start from Berwick, lots of attacking intent, and it was 1-0 Berwick in the 9th minute, a powerful grass-cutter in the bottom left from AM Davidson, a stunning strike from just outside the ‘D’. All quite even after the goal, not much going on. Cammy Dow whistled one just wide in the 29th minute, cutting in from the left. It was 2-0 in the 33rd, a sumptuous back-post cross from Mackie found MacIver, who scored at the 2nd bite of the Cherry for his 2nd in 2 games. In the highlight they are seen clapping towards the brick wall behind the goal 🙂 Constant Berwick pressure after the goal, but a few overzealous offside put pay to any more goals. 2-0 at the Half.

Neill off for Faulds at the start of the second half – he’s blowing a bit and on a yellow. Stranraer showing a bit more intent at the start of the second half. 60 minutes and our last 2 changes – Sutherland for Davidson, who needs to be fit for the Clyde game, and Turner for Barr. Berwick continued looking good going forward whilst Stranraer looked relatively dangerous when they attacked, but it finished 2-0. A good performance.

Ayr thumped Falkirk 4-1 in the other game, but because the sorting rules start with results between teams if we beat Clyde in Normal time we will finish 2nd in the group. However if I were a betting man I don’t think we will qualify without a good win v Clyde in just under 3 days. See you soon.

Betfred Group E Match 2 – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 150 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Ayr United (H) – 13th July 2021

Welcome back to another Berwick Rangers post – today we play a strong Ayr side in our second game of the Betfred Cup group stages this 2021/22 season.

NEW LOAN SIGNING

Cammy Dow

  • 19yo AML
  • 5ft 7in
  • Started his career at Dundee before a loan to Arbroth last season in League 1, playing 33 games.
  • IRL was at Carnoustie Panmure Juniors on Loan before COVID-19 struck – Still contracted to Dundee

Cammy Dow arrives as our starting left winger (They are so rare up in Scotland its untrue) – Good crossing , dribbling, a bit of flair and good physicals, as mentioned above he played a full season last season for Arbroath in League 1 so, even though he’s only 19, he has more experience at this level than most in the team. Welcome Cammy.

So to the game versus Ayr. IRL they were 4th in the Championship before the season’s halt, so have maintained this for another couple of seasons in game, finishing 6th last season, so like Falkirk this will be a very tough game and I’m not expecting anything more than a good run-out.

A few changes due to fitness, Big Rod in at the back for Neill, Gardiner for Turner, New-boy Dow in for Sutherland on the left wing, Slaven starts as an AF instead of a TM(A). Also going Cautious. After taking the screenprint I’m also starting Kyle Allison in goal; I think he’ll mainly be our cups Keeper this season. Ayr start with a 4-4-2. This is also on the TV; I think it’s our first televised game in this save 🙂

FT Berwick 1 (MacIver 40) Ayr 1 (Jackson 1) Att 403 (74 Away) BERWICK WIN 4-3 on Pens

Key Highlights

Ayr start in their shocking Pink kit and take the lead in 15 seconds(!) – Simeon Jackson (With EPL experience with Norwich a way back) – just a long bacll and Jordan Bow as caught napping. Very poor. Pretty constant pressure from Ayr in the first 10. We came back into it a bit, a few really decent chances going begging. Much better from the boys. And in the 40th minute we got the equaliser. A poor Williamson pass cut out by Davidson, a ball to Dow, a pass to Slaven and through ball to MacIver, being played onside, who finished well from 15 yards. 1-1. Now to see it out to HT…. Or nearly take the lead, Dow’s shot well saved in injury time. 1-1 at the Half.

Ayr looking more dangerous again at the start of the half. Both wingbacks (Mackie & Dunsmore) off on 60, Faulds and Munro on in their places. Some tired legs out there. Ayr’s professional status starting to show in their fitness levels. Last sub McIntosh on for Leitch in the holding role. Its backs to the wall – some last-ditch defending going on. 10 minutes or so to hang on for pens. Injury Time, and a massive chance for Davidson, who shot tamely into the Keeper’s hands whilst on goal. And we go to Penalties.

McIntosh – GOAL, Ayr – Goal, Davidson – GOAL, Ayr – Goal, Gardiner – SAVED, Ayr – SAVED BY ALLISON :), Slaven – GOAL, Ayr – Goal, Faulds – GOAL, Ayr to stay in it – SAVED BY ALLISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Berwick win 4-3, 2 points gained. Really pleased for the boys. N.B. – The final penalty (Murdoch, saved by Allison) isn’t in the key Highlights – It’s when you really kick the tyres of a piece of software that you see the Bugs.)

8 days to our match with old-foes Stranraer – Looks like we just need to beat them and Clyde and get a few goals and we should get through! See you then.

Betfred – PearceyPlays #FM19 Journeyman Part 149 – OS4 C2 S3 – Berwick Rangers – Falkirk (A) – 10th July 2021

Today we start our 4th season in Management with a trip to Falkirk in Group E of the Betfred Cup – the competition that led to us playing Rangers at Ibrox, with all that lovely money that has helped us so much since.

Our game v Ayr will be televised, so another £5k into the coffers for that.

NEW SIGNING (STAFF)

Gary Stopforth arrives as a first team coach – his first staff job after a playing career starting at Blackburn in the Premier League. 15 Att, 13 Men, amazing Mentals & 11 Fitness, a cut above what we have currently – We now have the best staff in League 2 apart from Goalkeeping & Sports Science. Solid.

3rd July – FRIENDLY – Berwick 6 (Davidson 10, 15, McIntosh 18, Slaven 39, 45+2, Sutherland 80) Tweedmouth 1 (Moffat 73) Att 260 (100 Away)

A satisfactory first run-out. new boy Davidson looked very sharp, and Sean Slaven got a brace as well.

A tough draw in the IRN-BRU Cup – Our Senior Affiliates Dundee (Championship) Away. They tend to get 5/6,000 attendances so we should get a bit of gate cash from it at the very least.

PLAYER LEAVING

Kieran McGrath has gone to Partick Thistle in the Championship in a deal worth about £10k. I didn’t see him getting much playing time with Seany-Boy up top, and couldn’t stand in the way of Kieran’s career progression. We wish him well.

7th July – FRIENDLY – Forres Mechanics 0 Berwick 2 (Barr 21, Christie 61) Att 101 (18 Away)

Quite a tough friendly versus a good Highland League opponent, who finished 4th last year. No injuries which is always good. Lewis Barr and James Christie (16yo Pressing Forward, 2* CA already) with the goals.

LOANEE SIGNING

George Mitchell

  • 18yo STC
  • 6ft
  • On loan from Rangers – scored 16 in 29 league games last season in league 2 for Annan, scoring against us in the March league game

George Mitchell arrives for the season as a really good back-up/foil to Sean Slaven up top. He has pedigree, 16 in 29 league games for an Annan side that finished 7th in League 2. Problem is I’ve just noticed he’s recovering from a Sports Hernia received after I bid for him for Loan……We should have him back in 3 weeks.

10th July – Betfred Cup Group E – Falkirk (A)

We make the 85 mile journey along the Firth of Forth to play Championship Falkirk – Season preview has them finishing 5th – for our first competitive game of the season. It would be lovely to get out of this group and into the 2nd round as you never know, Rangers or Celtic Away could happen again 🙂

Before we start I’d usually produce a video of the comprehensive highlights of both halves – going forward I’m going to go to a key Highlights single video after the game as I’m finding it takes a while to put the Comprehensive Highlights together.

We go tried and tested, 4-2-3-1, Slaven up top, Sutherland and MacIver on the wings, though Tom will drift in as an AP. Leitch & Turner in the middle, Mackie and Dunsmore bombing on as the wingbacks and new centre-back partnership Morgyn Neill & Jordan Bow get their first starts. Lastly Ross Sinclair starts in goal; 6 new players compared to the end of last season. Falkirk go with a 4-1-2-3, so the mirror to ours, so we go man-for-man. Should be interesting but I’m not expecting anything today.

FT Falkirk 2 (Murdoch 15, Reynolds 63) Berwick 0 Att 2,876 (108 Away)

Key Highlights

We start in a blindingly white kit today, and its a good start from the boys. Falkirk look dangerous though, moving really well and went 1-0 up in the 15th minute – Murdoch with a 20-yarder past new boy Sinclair. We did really well for the rest of the half, playing the ball around well but with no end product. 1-0 Falkirk at half time. 65% Possession to Berwick!!

A few tweaks at half time, Sutherland to IF(A), Davidson as the AP(S) in the middle of the park. Falkirk looking to go longer, this will test the back 2. Leitch & Davidson off on 60, Archie Gardiner & Sean McIntosh on, Gardiner as a CM(A), McIntosh as a CM(D) and Turner back to DM as a DLP(S). Almost straight away it was 2-0, Reynolds with a free header from a free kick. Again, we are still getting chances and having a lot of the ball, just pulling the trigger isn’t happening yet. Daryl healy on for Sutherland for the last 15 as an IF(S), Mackie asked to go WB(A). It finished 2-0, a fiar result but lots of positives for us as well.

In the other game in our group Clyde beat Stranraer on pens after a 0-0, meaning a 2-point win in this competition.

On the same day our U18’s beat BSC Glasgow U18’s 1-0 – 17yo STC Alex Gourlay with the goal.

Next up in 4 days is our second group game, at home to Championship side Ayr (Season Preview 6th) – See you then.

Rollin’ the Dice… – PearceyPlays #FM20 Season 3 – Part 23 – Cobh Ramblers – July 2021

Speculate to Accumulate??

Welcome back to another installment of the trials and tribulations of Irish First Division football at Cobh Ramblers.

So to July 2021. 3 League Games.

Athlone have been playing well recently, and sit in 8th. U.C.D. have been quite poor and sit in 7th and Limerick are Limerick and are top, but not playing brilliantly (And we tend to do well against them).

Do we roll the dice and bust the wage cap (we have £300/wk left) and really push for the playoffs, or do we think we have a team capable of that?

As per the last post I’ll only be looking at stats and attributes twice a season, and as we’ve only got 10 league games left I’ll next look at the these at the end of the season.

NEW LOAN SIGNING

Brian Sammon

  • On Loan from senior affiliate Shamrock Rovers
  • 17yo STC
  • 5ft 11in

Brian arrives until the end of the season. 15 Finishing!!!! Will give us options when he’s back in August, hopefully an X factor in those last 7 games or so.

Up to a B now from the Board!!

Dynamics are going well.

Matt Scully is on his way to Sunderland from Limerick – a big move, £1,400/wk!!!!!!! He was quality whenever we played against him.

2nd July – Athlone Town (A) – First Division

We arrive in Athlone knowing we need to keep on winning to be in a shot of the playoffs, plus Athlone are on a good run. it could be tough.

Quite a few injuries at the moment means Turner, Nolan & Abbott aren’t available, but it’s a well-worn side, difference is Dean Ebbe is getting a go up top as Doherty is suspended after his sending off v Galway. Athlone go with a 4-1-2-3, the counter to our formation, so we go man-for-man.

FT Athlone Town 0 Cobh Ramblers 1 (McCormack 48) Att 22 (26 Away)

We kick off in the rain in our light-blue strip. A decent-enough start, Costelloe getting involved more as an AP on the wing and Evans looking dangerous as ever. Athlone happy to hit it long. We’re having the lion’s share of the game as normal, and as normal not being clinical enough. 0-0 at HT

McCormack on for Ebbe at HT. And what a change. 48th minute, McCormack scores a direct FK from the edge of the area 🙂 Mihoubi on for Costelloe with 25 left. Again Cobh with nearly all the game/highlights. Devine on for Hurley for the last 10. Myles with 10 saves so far! Make that 11, another tame header from Evans. 2 minutes left. Athlone pushing on in injury time. Impressed with Hourihane, he has lots of time on the ball. We should be 5-0 up TBH. But it finishes 1-0. A win nonetheless.

It’s a bit tighter, 2 points from Galway in 4th and 3 from Cabinteely in 3rd as they both draw. Longford were the only other winners on the day, versus bottom-placed Wexford.

Our next game v U.C.D.(H) is in 2 weeks, so I’ll sneak a cheeky friendly in I think U.C.C. on the middle Friday, to keep the boys game fresh.

Our U19’s beat Galway U19 2-0, 17yo AMC David Keogh & 18yo AMC Shane O’Flynn with the goals.

PLAYER LEAVING

Carrick Hill has gone to Dundalk for £12k, possibly rising to £20k, plus a 40% sell-on fee from the next sale. I initially said no to £5k, and he lost his shit, so I drove Dundalk up a bit. Like a lot of youngsters he was a bit overrated IMO.

I’ve signed Daire Doherty through to the end of next season – He’s really come on this season.

David Evans in the First Division Team of the Week.

9th July – Friendly – Cobh Ramblers 3 (Doherty 15, 17, Ryan Keogh 28) U.C.C. (Dunne 31) 1 Att 119 (19 Away)

Lots of rotation and a really strong start, Doherty with a couple and a banger from Ryan Keogh. A bit of a bugger though, Hourihane with an Upper-Body Injury……. better not be a bloody Spinal!

Bollocks. Not as bad as it could have been but 3 months means that’s him for the season really. He was really progressing as well….

16th July – U.C.D. (H) – First Division

We welcome U.C.D. to St Colman’s Park knowing there’s a possibility of going 4th if there is a result in the Galway-Cabinteely match today. U.C.D. sit in 7th, 6 points behind us, on a poor run of form, only 1 win in 9 competitive matches going back to Mid-April.

Doherty is back up top after his suspension. Porter is back in the number 10 slot after Hourihane’s injury. Devine & Hurley partner in midfield, Hughes & O’Riordan at the back, and Phillips and Lewis are the wingbacks. U.C.D. go with a 4-1-2-3 DM.

FT Cobh Ramblers 6 (Doherty 9, Costelloe 14, 33, Evans 57, 81, O’Riordan 90+3) U.C.D. 2 (Melody 58, Mahdy 90+2) Att 358 (5 Away)

U.C.D. kick off in their all-white strip, and as usual look dangerous going forward. Pretty even early on. Then the highlight that lasted forever – constant interplay and probing from Cobh, leading to a Kane Lewis cross flicked into the top right-hand corner by Daire Doherty. Sensational stuff! 1-0 Cobh in the 9th minute. Massive pressure from Cobh. And it was 2 in the 15th minute – a Doherty corner scrambled clear – Costelloe on hand to poke it in. The boys are playing out of their collective skins today! So nearly 3 in the 18th minute, an Evans header skimming the bar. 68% possession after 20 mins. And it was 3 in the 33rd minute, a lovely header Costelloe header from an Evans cross, stunning play yet again. U.C.D. look shell-shocked. What a half of football – we go in 3-0 up. I’d go out on a limb and say that’s the best football I’ve seen from a team in FM20 so far.

More of the same please!! And we start well, Doherty heading over in the first couple of minutes. U.C.D. showing a bit more. But it was 4-0 in the 57th, David Evans unmarked on the edge of the area, received a divine pass from Devine and absolutely Thundercunted the ball just inside the right post from just inside the ‘D’. A bit sloppy though straight after, Melody scoring for U.C.D. with a close-in tap-in. 4-1, 58th minute. Fleming on for Lewis with 25 left. Slowing the game down a bit now. Kev taylor on for Phillips with 15 left. And it was 5-1(!!!!!) in the 82nd minute, Evans doing it again! A lovely placed shot from the edge of the area top right bins, feeding of a poor clearance from a Doherty free-kick. Both the wingers on hat-tricks. Cobh still pushing for more, loving this!!! It was however 5-2 in injury time, a Mahdy scissor kick from a ball over the top. It still wasn’t over – 6-2 in the 93rd minute, Ben O’Riordan getting on the act, a near post header from a Doherty corner. It finished 6-2, games like that makes me think we can go up! God knows how long the Key Highlights will be from that, I reckon about 6 minutes 🙂

In the play-off spots boys!!!! Cabinteely losing to Galway puts us 4th on GD. Athlone mauled Limerick 3-1 (Who we play next) as well, meaning Bray go clear at the top after beating Wexford, also 3-1. Finn Harps stay 5 points behind after beating Longford, U.C.D are now 9 points back on us with 8 games left.

A slight issue – Fleming and Evans now banned for the Limerick game after 4 Yellows across the season.

LOAN SIGNING

Anthony Meade

  • 19yo DC
  • 6ft 4in
  • Joins from Cork City

The squad were worried about the squad depth at centre-back after Hill’s move to Dundalk, so in comes Anthony Meade from Cork until the end of the season. Amazingly good Mentals for a 19yo, he will be the main back-up to Hughes & O’Riordan.

Our U19’s lost 1-0 to Shamrock Rovers U19’s.

Just the 6 guys in the First Division Team of the Week 🙂

A home draw versus Longford (It could have been worse) – 3 all-Premier-Division draws is good for the 2nd round if we can get there. Interestingly this draw means we play Longford twice in 4 days in August.

Our U19’s beat Newmarket Celtic 6-1, goals from David Evans, Eoin McCormack, 2 from Steven Nolan and 2 from Dean Ebbe.

PLAYER LEAVING (END OF SEASON)

Ryan Keogh is going to Derry City at the end of the season – offered a new contract but he wanted £130/wk – he has good potential but I can’t see him getting in the team any time soon.

30th July 2021 – Limerick F.C.(A) – First Division

We face a Limerick side coming off of a loss to Athlone (3-1) in their last game, plus no win in the league in the last 3, after a very strong start to the season. We come into the game with no losses in 7 competitive matches. No doubt it will be a tough one.

Unchanged apart from Dean Ebbe on the left wing as a wide target man – David Evans is suspended for Yellows. Start as you left off v U.C.D. lads 🙂 Limerick start with a 4-4-2. Let’s do this!!!

FT Limerick F.C. x (Metz 34) Cobh Ramblers x (McCormack 78) Att 1,698 (40 Away)

A real big-match atmosphere here tonight, and a positive start from Cobh on the super-narrow pitch. A good, open game, but it was 1-0 Limerick in the 34th minute, Metz beating Hughes, running in ans scoring past a static Mylod. We are missing Evans out on the right today. Feels like one of those games. 1-0 Limerick at HT.

Turner on for Ebbe at HT, playing as a normal Winger. Also going a bit more positive. Again, good open play at the start of the half, Cobh getting stuck in to the task at hand. Nearly-was in the 55th minute, an O’Riordan header saved, Hughes hitting the outside of the post with the rebound. And Hughes was subbed in the 64th, new loanee Meade coming on – Hughes was on a booking and looking a bit dodgy TBH. McCormack the last throw of the dice in the 74th – need something else up top. And that’s what we got!!!! 78th minute, a lovely ball over by Costelloe puts McCormack through, and he strokes it home past/under O’Shaughnessy in the Limerick goal. 1-1, 12 minutes left to get the win!!! Pushing, pushing, pushing!!!!!! But it finished 1-1. We’ll take it, another game dominated though…

Still 4th!! 1 Point clear of a Cabinteely side falling off of form a bit, Athlone winning again!! Galway pick up a vital 3 points for them versus Longford and Bray pull 5 points clear at the top with 7 games left with their 3-1 win v Finn Harps.

And most probably the last action of July – Our U19’s beat Kerry U19’s 2-0, a brace from 17yo AML Stephen Cunningham.

So to next month – 3 or 4 games, depending on whether we beat Longford in the cup or not.

2 League wins please, especially the Cabinteely game, which is a proper 6-pointer. Not many games left now, feeling really positive about this side now!! Lastly we have a roundup of the key highlights from 3 league games this month below. See you soon.

Key Highlights from July 2021