Honeymoon Period – PearceyPlays #FM20 Season 4 – Part 30 – Cobh Ramblers – March 2022

Welcome back to St. Colman’s Park for a (relatively) important month for Cobh. We’re playing some good football, we just need to keep picking up the points.

3 Away games after playing Derry City (6th). Galway is a must win I think, even this early on. It’s also the call before the storm – 8 games in April to come, plus a slightly concertina-ed schedule as its 2022 – We finish almost a month earlier than the 2021 season due to the World Cup in Qatar.

Think I’ve said how broken the above screen is, so I won’t go on about it again.

Really pleased with the dynamics this early in the season as well – Cohesion at Good already.

4th March 2022 – Derry City (H) – Irish Premier Division

We come into this match with the same record as Derry City but better by 1 goal. Should be a tight one.

With a game in just 3 days Lawal is having a day off, Devine in his place, with Hurley as the BWM. Lewis for Fleming, who’s not started the season well. Just looking to be competitive in a League we really don’t belong in yet. Derry start with a 4-4-1-1.

FT Cobh Ramblers 3 (Graydon 19, 85 Curran 83) Derry City 4 (Miskelly 1, Duggan 51, McGarvey 30, 82) Att 361 (56 Away)

23 seconds – Miskelly somehow bundling his way through before toe-poking it past Mylod. Very poor. Derry massively on top early on. But all it takes is a break, and it’s 1-1. Curran wins a clearance from Lewis, sees Graydon making a run from just inside the Cobh half, makes the pass and Graydon runs on goal, nobody within 20 yards of him, scoring well past Lawler from 8 yards. It should have been 2-1 Cobh soon after, a great Devine corner bouncing just outside the 6 yard box, Costelloe firing over from 8 yards. Better. Then Derry go 2-1 up, a long bomb finds Mcgarvey, who runs in, his initial shot saved but he somehow scores from an insanely tight angle on the rebound. The defensive lapses are worrying. Just before half time Ethan Devine picked up a wrist ligament injury – I won’t chance it. 2-1 Derry at HT.

Lawal on for Devine at HT. Put the rocket up them (The Ass. Man said to sympathise but the boys know they can do better). 49th minute, Down to 10, Phillips with a straight Red fro a lunge. FFS. Hurley off, Fleming on, Lawal to BWM(De) in defensive midfield, Wingbacks to Inverted, hopefully filling in the midfield a bit. 3-1 in the 51st, Duggan flicking a 12-yard header top bins from a free kick. Last sub just before 70, Meaded is looking shattered, Hughes on in his place, swaps sides with Collins. 4-1 in the 82nd, McGarvey getting in front of Collins and powering home a header. We get a consolation a minute later, ping-pong in the Derry box after a good Graydon run, Curran on hand to poke home from close range. 4-2. Hang on a minute! 85 gone, a near post lawal corner headed in by Graydon for his 2nd of the game to make it 4-3!! 5 minutes of normal time left. 88 minutes, down to 9 men, Lewis makes it both wingbacks gone after a second yellow for tripping Duggan…….. It finishes 4-3, we really need to sort ourselves out defensively, though I fear we’re never going to be good enough versus the better forward players.

I’d take 8th at the end of the season. Neither Sligo nor Galway seem to be able to buy a win at the moment. We’ve already played the top 3 in the table as well. Unfortunately we play 4th placed Waterford next, in just less than 3 days.

Our U19’s beat Wexford U19 2-0, goals from Daire Doherty & Mike Hourihane.

7th March 2022 – Waterford (A) – Irish Premier Division

The RSC, Waterford

This evening we make the trip East along the south coast to Waterford City to play a Waterford side currently in 4th. I used to live a couple of miles from the stadium so it’s a fond reunion – Waterford was a lovely place to live.

A good few changes this evening, mainly through necessity. Melody starts for Graydon, who can’t play against his parent club. Kehoe and Fleming are in as wingbacks in place of the suspended Phillips & Lewis. Bosun Lawal shores up Centre Mid a bit as a CM(S) in place of Devine and Hughes comes in to steady the defence in place of loanee Meade. Waterford start with a Positive 4-4-2

FT Waterford 1 (O’Leary 70) Cobh Ramblers 2 (Coll o.g. 33, Costelloe 52) Att 1,187 (61 Away)

A dry March evening here in the Sunny South-East. Cobh score in the 6th minute, a beautiful cross from Fleming met on the volley by Costelloe at the back post but unfortunately Costelloe was adjudged to have been offside – looked like by a yard or so. Such a shame as it was hell of a finish. Cobh on the front foot. Costelloe with another chance from a Fleming cross, this time heading over. Cobh in charge, and we go 1-0 up in the 33rd minute. Enda Curran saw his free kick saved by Connor, only for Coll to slide the ball into his own net (Trying to stop Hughes getting there first). 1-0 Cobh, and well deserved. And that’s how the half finished. Good stuff from the lads.

The boys are in good spirits as we start the second half. And we make it 2-0 in the 52nd minute, more lovely passing, Eoin Porter spraying the ball wide to Conor Melody, who exquisite cross from the byline found an unmarked and untracked Costelloe at the back post, heading home his 4th of the season. 60 gone, Curran on a booking so O’Neill comes in for the last half hour. And he should have scored almost immediately, Porter setting him free, Connor tipping over the bar. And out of nowhere it’s 2-1, a poor Mylod clearance pumped straight back in, O’Leary on hand to finish. We’d looked so strong at the back as well. Taylor on for Fleming, who was on a booking and a bit bushed. Last 10, Mihoubi on for Costelloe, have a run at them!! And fuck me, he gets a straight red for a horrible lunge almost immediately………. And it should have been 2-2, Kiernan firing over from 8 yards just after the Red. Can we hold on? Yes we bloody can!! A superb 3 points away from home!!

Keeping ahead of the ‘Kev’ Ratio – 7 pts from 6 games, frankly a superb start for Cobh in the Premier Division. Stay ahead all season and we shouldn’t be anywhere near relegation. Galway next up, a real 6-pointer as they are struggling with life without Conor Barry.

Ryan Graydon makes the Premier Division Team of the Week after his brace in the 4-3 loss versus Derry City.

Our U19’s beat Bray U19’s 2-1, James Hobbs (18yo STC) with a brace.

14th March 2022 – Galway Utd (A) – Irish Premier Division

We make the journey to Eamonn Deacy Park for the 4th time this save and we’ve never won there (L2 D1) so we know this is going to be a difficult game. That said Galway have had a really difficult start to the season, just one win (v Sligo Rovers, also in trouble). They’ve also let in 9 in their last 2 games… Expect a tough one.

Kehoe and Fleming keep Phillips and Lewis out after their Red’s, the only change is Graydon on the right wing – Conor Melody is a bit unlucky but Graydon has a lot of pace and I think he’s got a bit more to his game. Galway start with a 4-4-1-1.

FT Galway Utd 3 (Swan 38, 84, McAlavey 78) Cobh Ramblers 1 (Curran 31) Att 732 (32 Away)

A good exciting start with chances for both sides early on, Cobh in our light blue away shirt this evening. Galway with the majority of the game for the first 25, but none of their efforts were of any great quality. Cobh started forcing their way back into the game and took the lead in the 31st minute, nice interplay before a Costelloe cross flashed across goal, but was picked up by Graydon, who cut a ball back just behind Curran. He floated back to the ball (missing animation) and tucked the ball in the bottom right-hand corner. 1-0 Cobh. But it was 1-1 not long after, Kehoe dispossessed too easily, Swan laid through, scoring from 22 yards. That’s how the half finished.

The Galway pressing is causing us issues – we’re not getting rid of the ball quick enough. 60 minutes, Fleming off for Taylor (He’s on a 6.1!!!), Phillips on for Kehoe. 75, Melody on for Costelloe as an IW(A). Then calamity, 2-1 Galway, McAlavey with a cracker from the corner of the area from nowhere. FFS guys. It should have been 2-2 straight from the kick off, Curran’s shot saved in a flapping manner by Horgan. 3-1 in the 84th, Swan somehow breaking the offside trap to head in from 3 yards. That’s how it finished. So inconsistent.

Luckily Sligo lost again, but Shelbourne picked up points versus Cork City. We can’t afford to lose to Galway if we want to stay up. Shamrock Rovers away next up for us…

Bosun Lawal called up to the Ireland U19’s squad – he’ll potentially not miss any games as we have the international break as we are now in the Premier Division.

100 up versus Shamrock Rovers – currently on a 49% win percentage.

18th March 2022 – Shamrock Rovers (A) – Irish Premier Division

The Tallaght, Dublin, home to Shamrock Rovers

Tonight we make the 158 mile journey to Dublin 24 to play a Shamrock Rovers side currently in 2nd – its a bit of a free hit. Brian Sammon is starting regularly but has only scored twice so far, and David Evans has only played the once.

I’ve moved Porter a bit deeper to try and be the link between defence and attack a bit better, taking the emphasis off of Lawal and the BWM (Phillips today). Meade in for Collins, who is a bit tired, Melody for Graydon, O’Neill for Curran (A bit better in the air). Shamrock go with a 4-4-1-1 (Lots of 4-4-1-1’s in Ireland in FM20 I’ve noticed).

FT Shamrock Rovers 2 (Flynn pen 35, Grace 73) Cobh Ramblers 0 Att 2,410 (35 Away)

Not expecting anything much tonight, even a point would be massive. A slowish start, Shamrock Rovers having a header hit the post just coming up to 10 minutes gone. Nothing much until the 35th minute when Shamrock get a penalty – Phillips adjudged to have tripped one of the Shamrock Kavanagh’s. Flynn scored the penalty. 1-0 Shamrock.

Hurley on for Phillips at half time. 60 minutes, Graydon for Melody and Devine for Lawal. 2-0 in the 73rd, a deep free kick headed in by Grace – we’re just not good enough defensively against the better teams at set pieces. Shamrock down to 10 men for the last 10 due to an injury. Then we’re down to 10, Hurley for a second yellow……..Fuck this game. We’re just not good enough at this level, 2-0 it finished.

Of course Galway get another win to leapfrog us, though this does bring Shelbourne into the equation. Sligo are pretty awful at the moment.

That’s it for games this month, we have an international break, and I’m sure a few more bits before the end of the calendar month.

Our U19’s lost 2-1 to Galway U19’s, 18yo DC Kevin Gannon with the goal.

Bosun Lawal played 90 minutes in Ireland U19’s 2-0 win over Slovenia, 7.2 Av, played 37 minutes in the 1-0 win versus Northern Ireland U21’s (6.7) and got an assist (And a 7.1) v Croatia U19’s in a 3-1 win.

Our U19’s lost 3-2 to Waterford U19’s, goals from Mike Hourihane and 16yo AMC Anthony Fleming.

Kane Lewis – Blisters – 3-6 Days. Get a decent pair of boots!

And that’s that – 3 points from 4 games (A bit disappointed with the Galway result).

Seven league games next month, Sligo is a must-win, Shelbourne at least a draw, and in the others any points would be a massive bonus. Dundalk twice in 4 days will be horrible. Lastly here are the key highlights from the month. See you soon.

March 2022 Key Highlights

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