It’s almost like watching Arsenal – PearceyPlays #FM20 Season 4 – Part 34 – Cobh Ramblers – July 2022

Those Arsenal Lads knew how to grind out a 1-0

Welcome to July 2022. We have 5 games this month, all in the league, It’s worth discussing why (I think) the games have become like watching prime George Graham-era Arsenal, and why its working so well for us; a team that has no right being 6th after 22 games. What will July bring…

Derry is the tough game in there, but points are available in all 5 the way we are playing currently.

And how are we Arsenal 1-0-ing it? In my opinion this is down to the DM position in our 4-1-2-3 DM Wide.

The DM fills in the gap and we have a tight wedge of 7 players, making it very difficult to get through (3 Clean Sheets, only 3 goals let in in our last 6 League games). The only issue is this makes attacking more difficult – we are very reliant on the front 3, and our Striker (O’Neill) has been suffering from being too exposed. Do you Stick or Twist in this situation?? Personally I’m a Stick until our form changes.

3rd in Manager of the Month

A B from the board…

And so we are straight into our first match of the month.

1st July 2022 – Cork City (H) – Irish Premier Division

We welcome our local rivals Cork City to St Colman’s hoping to put one over them yet again – Our record against them is pretty strong – W2 D3 L1 – Knowing a win will put us just 2 points behind them in the table with 13 games left.

We welcome Scott Allardice into the side at DM (Half Back), with Bosun moving up to DLP(S) in central midfield, leaving Eoin to do Eoin things without having the pressure of playmaking. Curran gets an outing up top – he’s been moaning about not getting game time – here you go, fill yer boots. Fleming starting at right back. Quietly confident we can at least get a point here in front of a bumper (Mainly Cork) crowd. Cork start with a 4-4-1-1 – Debutant Morrow up top.

FT Cobh Ramblers 0 Cork City 2 (Morrow 12, Sheppard 65) Att 4,310 (3,680 Away)

Fuck right off game – Costelloe Red carded in the 3rd minute for absolutely nothing. Though apparently it’s for throwing an elbow – not something that gets an animation by the looks of it. Graydon coming off, Hurley into centre Mid as an enforcer-type. Dropping Enda Curran back in as an Shadow Striker as well. 12th minute – New Boy Allardice makes an absolute howler, passing back across the face of the goal straight to Morrow, who scores despite Higgins almost getting there... We’re still getting forward though, Porter forcing a good save from Ryan in the Cork net. Very tight for the rest of the half – 1-0 Cork at Half Time.

Allardice has had a bad debut – putting Lawal back as DLP(D) at the DM position, Allardice into Midfield as a Carillero. Nothing doing, just coming up to 60 minutes – Allardice off for Devine, CM(A) like Porter. 2-0 Cork in the 65th, Sheppard free at the near post to volley home a corner. Hughes looking shattered just coming up to 80 minutes – O’Riordan on for the last 10. The time ticks down, 2-0 Cork – 87 minutes with 10 men, that’s not too bad.

Only Sligo behind us picked up any points, and those against Galway, who look pretty doomed TBH. Dundalk now 12 points clear at the top.

No game now for 10 days, so time to get on the training field.

There are 13 games left πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Our U19’s lost 3-2 to Waterford U19’s, goals from Mike Hourihane & Patrick Walker.


Sligo offered Daire a contract as he was within 6 months of the end of his, so I countered. Daire signs for another 18 months, and I’m planning to get him involved a bit more (2* CA, 4/5* PA) as a PF or TM soon. Enda Curran was a mistake so I see Doherty & O’Neill as potentials for the future.

Costelloe now out for 3 games… Mihoubi will be getting a run as he’s been training well and progressing quickly. Plus he’s rapid (16’s Acc & Pac).

Good results for us before our game at Waterford on Sunday – Galway 20 points behind us with 12 games left for them, Shelbourne still 8 points back in 8th. We sit comfortably apart from everybody in 6th.

Just working our way towards the Waterford game – Stephen Bradley, ex-Shamrock Rovers manager has taken over at the Rec – He’s been out of football for 8 months. Also they lost their first leg in the Conference League 3-0 to Viitorul on Thursday 7th – It will be interesting to see whether they rest anybody against us as the home leg is on Thursday 14th.

Our U19’s beat St. Peter’s Athlone in a Friendly 2-0, goals from Ryan Graydon (Who can’t play against Waterford) and Daire Doherty – Graydon also got sent off, don’t think that carries over as a suspension as it was a friendly.

Sunday 10th July – First postponement of the save, Waterlogging in Waterford. The match will be on Monday 25th now, in-between the Galway & Shelbourne matches. Our next game is on the 15th at home to Derry.

Sligo stay 16 points behind with 12 games left for them – they’re 8 behind Shelbourne & Waterford. Dundalk stay 12 points clear.

Just checked the finances and after the Cork game we are just back in the black – just under 3 months of the season left, so with prize-money at the end of the season plus a potential FAI Cup run we should finish the season just in the black.


Bloody Sligo, sniffing around. Lyamine signs for 18 months as well.

15th July 2022 – Derry City (H) – Irish Premier Division

We welcome a Derry City team currently in 3rd on a run of 2 wins after losing 3-1 to Dundalk at the end of June. Last time they did us through 3 set pieces; I’m hoping for a better defensive effort this time round.

Going to try Allardice as the DLP today – though I looked at signing Lawal (Contract expiry within 6 months – He wanted Β£800/wk…) and he said his favourite position is DLP at DM so this might just be for this game. Mihoubi gets a go on the left with Costelloe out for 3 games banned, Melody on the right. Lewis starts at right back in place of Fleming. Curran gets another start, though if he doesn’t get involved I worry that his time at Cobh may be numbered. Derry start with a 4-4-2 (A lot of people saying this is OP this year).

FT Cobh Ramblers 2 (Lawal 63, Doherty 80) Derry City 0 Att 339 (57 Away)

Very high press early doors by Derry, playing out from the back turned off for now. Derry look the better going forward but Cobh is getting the majority of the possession. 39th minute – Kehoe injured, potential foot injury… Fleming on. 0-0 at Half Time.

Pulled our wingers back – Mihoubi likes that and Melody is fine as well – so we so 4-1-4-1 DM. The attendance today is poor – less that 300 Cobh fans in the ground. Very quiet coming up to 60 minutes – Getting Daire Doherty on for Curran as a PF(S), just want him to be a real nuisance. And he does so almost straight away. A Lewis long throw-in towards the near post, Doherty gets in front of the nearest defender, misses the ball but it deflects off of the defender straight to Lawal, who scores his 2nd of the season from 12 yards. Doherty is given the assist so it must have been a flick on with dodgy animation, even better πŸ™‚ 70 gone, Graydon on for Melody. 73rd minute, a big moment in the game – Harkin send off for two yellows after a lunge at Lawal after a spell of Cobh Keep-ball. And Cobh keep on keeping the ball, making it 2-0 in the 80th. A lovely spell of passing play, Porter slips the ball through to Graydon, a lunge from Devlin just cuts it out, but Graydon gets back on it, Rabona’s it across to Doherty, who guides the ball home from 12 yards. #Scenes, we’re beating one of the big boys yet again. And it’s that man Doherty! Time ticks down, and the boys keep on going forward. There’s some gorgeous passing going on. 2-0 it finishes, a superb 3 points.

You’d like to think we are pretty safe now – 34 points, 19 clear of 9th-placed Sligo with 12 games left. This results pulls Derry back towards Shamrock & Cork as well.

Alan Kehoe – Fractured Toe – 5-6 Weeks. Bugger, Alan had been a main-stay, but this will give more opportunity to Fleming & Lewis both starting together. Also Pierce Phillips may get a lifeline back into the team.

Had an interesting mail – Carrick Hill might be going to Watford for Β£170k – we have a 40% of profit clause with Dundalk for him… Might be a little bit of cash incoming soon.

Our U19’s drew 2-2 with Limerick U19’s, goals from Patrick Walker & Mike Hourihane.

Shamrock move up to 3rd after beating Cork – We have a chance to go to within 3 points of Cork if we can beat Galway next up. Shelbourne and Waterford 10 points behind us – 11 games left for Shelbourne, 12 for Waterford (Who won their home leg versus FC Viitorul but went out 4-2 on aggregate). Dundalk made it through versus Prishtina – they have Valerenga of Norway in the Champions league 2nd Qual Rnd. Shamrock beat Mosta (Malta) 5-2 in the Europa Conference Best Placed 1st Qual Rnd, they face Omonoia (Cyprus) in the next round. Sligo (Yes they were in Europe as they finished 4th last season) went out of the same competition 3-2 on aggregate to Suduva (Lithuania).


This time Derry sniffing around – Mike Hourihane signs for 18 months.

Tom, Adam & Kane in the Premier Division Team of the Week.

First one of these I’ve had this save – Charlie Lyons leaving his agent. Most of my team are with him TBH. In fact a lot of the Irish Premier Division players are.

Charlie Fleming – Bruised Head – 3-6 Days. A shame, he was just starting to get back in the swing of things – this puts him out of the next 2 games.

So Carrick Hill moves to Watford. And we will be getting…

Β£40k rising to Β£62.5k πŸ™‚ Nice. Β£42k in the black now πŸ™‚

And we’ve had the first round draw for the FAI Cup

A superb draw first off – the Cobh derby at St. Colman’s Park, so should get a decent crowd in. Two Premier Division clubs definitely getting knocked out in this round. And 2 non-league clubs definitely going through.

22nd July 2022 – Galway Utd (A) – Irish Premier Division

We make the trip up to Eamonn Deacy Park to play a Galway side that has lost 12 straight in the League and just lost Carrick Hill, who was on loan there before being sold out from under. Get ready to be beaten, because FM…….

Moved to a 4-1-4-1 DM Wide with Doherty up top as the Pressing Forward after his showing last time out. The 2nd half was so successful against Derry (Yes, they were down to 10 men) that I’m going with the same tactic. Trying to give Mihoubi game time as well as he’s more than capable at this level. Phillips starts at Left back for the injured Kehoe. Galway go with a 4-3-3 Narrow… Going extremely wide I think, always seems to work well.

FT Galway Utd 1 (Gashi 77) Cobh Ramblers 0 Att 842 (40 Away)

In our light blue away strip versus the claret of Galway this evening. All quiet for the first 20 minutes, though Cobh have the possession and have had a fair few shots. A pretty dour half. 0-0 at the break.

Going positive for this 2nd half. Letting Lawal go to the DLP(D) DM role, Allardice up into midfield with Porter. Also moving the wingers up a bit. 60 gone, Fleming & Devine on for Lewis & Allardice, both on bookings. We’ve definitely had the better of the game, can we wear them down? Melody on for Mihoubi for the last 20. And then fuck you game!! First highlight to Galway, Gashi scores a thunderbolt from the edge of the area after a break. Un-fucking-believable. Attack! But it finished 1-0 Galway. So bloody predictable.

Sligo still 19 points back in 9th with 10 games left for them, but we are 9 back on Cork in 5th (With a game in hand though).

Right, lets’s bounce straight back versus Waterford on Monday.

A really good win for St. Pat’s versus Dundalk. 9 points difference at the top now with 10 games left.

Our U19’s beat Arklow 3-0, goals from Enda Curran and a brace from Brian Mulligan (19yo Left Winger)

25th July 2022 – Waterford (A) – Irish Premier Division

We make the trip to Waterford this evening 10 points above them, with them picking up a point versus Shelbourne (Who we play next) in their last game on the 17th. So they will have fresher legs, lets just see if we can get at least a point.

Quite a few unavailable – Allardice & Costelloe both banned (Allardice had 3 yellows at Bohemians, so the one in his last game carried over), Kehoe & Mylod injured, Graydon ineligible versus his parent club, Fleming a bit low in condition. Back to a normal 4-1-2-3 DM Wide, Hurley back in as a BWM, Taylor at left back as he suits it better than Phillips, O’Neill back up top. Waterford start with a 4-4-1-1 Positive.

FT Waterford 0 Cobh Ramblers 0 Att 1,373 (68 Away)

It’s a rainy night at the Rec, and Waterford start off the stronger. It’s quite quiet early on though. And it continues that way through the half. 0-0 at the break.

Like the first half Waterford start the stronger. 60 gone, Doherty on as a TM(S) up top, O’Neill off. 70 gone, Porter has been poor, Devine on. Last 10 – don’t usually do this but both Centre-Backs are shattered – O’Riordan for Hughes. Time ticking down rapidly. And with that it’s over. 0-0, pretty dour but another point.

Only us playing this evening. 10 games left, 10 clear of waterford (Who have a game in hand) and Shelbourne, 20 clear of Sligo in 9th, so (almost) mathematically safe with 30 points to play for. It will be nice to have a full team back at some point though.


Fan favourite David Evans comes in for the last part of the season from Shamrock Rovers. He’s back from a lower back stress fracture and he was available – If he can do anything like he did at the end of last season it will be a very nice signing.

29th July 2022 – Shelbourne (A) – Irish Premier Division

We make the trip to Dublin in really indifferent form – Only 2 goals scored in the last 5 league games, but DLWLD over those games, only letting in 3. I’m at a bit of a loss as to why the goals have dried up completely; it’d be nice to get a goal or 3.

Costelloe (Back after the 3-match ban for the Elbow incident) & Evans back together (Just missing Brian Sammon) & Allardice back after his ban for Yellows. Meade in for Collins, who is a bit tired. I see Lewis & Evans still have the right-side relationship from last season πŸ™‚ This should be interesting. Shelbourne start with a 4-2-3-1 Wide, man-for-man with us.

FT Shelbourne 2 (E. Brennan 24, O. Brennan 77) Cobh Ramblers 2 (Meade 2, O’Neill 87) Att 635 (42 Away)

Away strip this evening versus the all-Red of Shelbourne. And Cobh go 1-0 up in 93 seconds! and a goal from a player I would never have expected. Eoin Porter with a deep free-kick, dead centre of the pitch, floats one in just outside the Shelbourne left goalpost, and centre-back Anthony Meade flicks a header past McCabe from 12 yards-or-so. A great start. Though I expect Shelbourne to come out at us now. We are getting some good possession, David Evans already showing touches and positioning like last season. Costelloe is making a nuisance of himself as well. And then a Shelbourne goal from nowhere. Higgins gets rid of the ball a bit to quickly – Boylan collects it, thumps it forward and Brennan scores a wonder-goal on the volley over his shoulder, left footed from just inside the box. 1-1. Whatever. And he scores again a few minutes later, but was a smidge offside. It’s a good open game, would be surprised if it ends 1-1. The half does end 1-1 though, all to play for.

The second half starts and David Evans nearly scores a wonder-goal after 25 seconds – running it all the way inside and across the face of the box before forcing a huge save by McCabe. Just got that feeling that we’re not going to get anything out of the game today. And then Lawal goes and gets sent-off for a second yellow… (I shit you not) – 47 minutes gone FFS. Porter off, Hurley on, 2 DM’s. The boys get us to 60 mins with no further issues though. Both Lewis & Meade are shattered though – Fleming and O’Riordan on for the last half hour. Pressure from Shelbourne as we go into the final 20, I’m trying to slow the game down as much as I can. But we can’t hold them. 2-1 in the 75th minute, Oscar Brennan unmarked from a corner. OK, back to more attacking tactics. And we only go and get an equaliser!!! 87th minute, Hurley gets on the end of a headed clearance and pings a gorgeous 40-yard ball between the 2 Shelbourne centre-backs, O’Neill runs on and score beautifully from the edge of the area, his first in 10 matches! 2-2, 3 minutes of normal time left. Shelbourne now shaky at the back – Evans swinging in a deep free-kick and McCabe nearly missing the ball entirely, ending up tipping it over. Time almost up, and Shelbourne have the ball in the net – Eoghan Brennan again, but he’s offside again. And it’s over. 2-2, a superb point after another silly red card. We are really tough to beat

Sligo get their 4th win of the season versus Waterford, and St. Pat’s move to within 6 points of Dundalk at the top of the table with a good win versus Cork, who are 7 points above us now in 5th with 9 games left.

That’s the games for the month done, just a few days left of the calendar month to get through.

National A Licence bagged – lets see if I can get permission to do the Continental C…

Cool. Next one underway. Current reputation – 25% πŸ™‚

Our U19’s beat UCD U19’s 6-0, goals from James Hobbs, a brace from Mike Hourihane and a hat-trick from John O’Brien.

Quite the match on Saturday 30th – Dundalk scraping past Galway, 10 v 10 for 74 minutes!!

More sendings-off on Sunday 31st.

And with that July 2022 is done. A weird old month, feeling a bit disappointed TBH.

LWLDD – The Cork City game was disappointing due to Dara Costelloe getting himself sent off after just 3 minutes, The Galway game was disappointing as we bossed it but got sucker-punched, the Waterford game was disappointing as it was so dour and the Shelbourne game was disappointing as we were bossing that until Lawal got himself sent off… 5 points from 5 games though – I’d have taken a point a game at the start of the season!

August sees 5 (Most probably 6) games with the Cobh Wanderers cup game a almost-certain win. Sligo is the only league game we should get at least a point from; the other 3 are versus 1st, 2nd and 4th in the table…

Lastly here are the key highlights from the games this month. See you soon.

July 2022 Key Highlights

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