Galway United are back on the road this week as they travel south to St Colman’s Park to take on third-placed Cobh Ramblers on Friday evening, kick-off is at 7:45 pm.
The Tribesmen are looking to continue their great run of form which has seen them string together four wins in a row, with clean sheets in each of those victories. Should United win on Friday, they would extend their unbeaten run to 10 without defeat.
Cobh Ramblers, however, will be looking to put a halt to United’s unbeaten run as they enter this fixture in impressive form of their own having won four games on the bounce themselves, with a notable win against second-placed Waterford two weeks ago.
WHO ARE COBH RAMBLERS ?
?: Cobh Ramblers are based along the coast in County Cork, just outside of Cork City itself and they play in St. Colman's Park, with a capacity of 4,000 spectators.
⚽️: They currently sit in third place in the SSE Airtricity Men's First Division with 35 points.
?: A key player for them this season is Wilson Waweru, who is on loan from United. This means he won't be able to feature for them in Friday's game.
?: One to watch for Friday is definitely Alec Byrne, who signs for the Rams on Thursday and has played previously with Cork City and Treaty United. He is dominant in midfield and may make his debut in Friday's game against United.
STATS CENTRE ?
This will be our 69th game v Cobh Ramblers - 35 wins 15 draws and 18 defeats.
It will be our 51st meeting with them in the First Division, which is more than any other club!
We've won 27 of those Division 1 meetings with 10 draws and 13 defeats.
Shane Keegan, now in charge of the Rams, was Galway United's manager for 59 matches with 18 wins, 21 draws, and 20 defeats between 2017 and 2018.
Player milestones for Friday's game are as below, providing that they feature in the game:
Conor McCormack: 80th appearance for United
Rob Slevin: 20th appearance for United
Evan O'Connor: 10th appearance for United
We spoke to Senior Men's Manager John Caulfield earlier in the week and he highlighted the difficulty of this fixture and how his team must be at their best to earn a victory on Friday:
“Cobh are on a brilliant run of form and we know how difficult it is against them. We know that if we put in a performance like we did last week, we won’t win the game, and we have worked hard this week to rectify that."
PREVIOUS MEETINGS ?
Galway United 1-0 Cobh Ramblers
The last time the two teams went head-to-head only one goal separated the sides. Vincent Borden’s second-half volley was enough to earn United all three points on that occasion after a hard-fought 90 minutes in Terryland.
Cobh Ramblers 0-2 Galway United
Their first meeting of the season took place on matchday five of the season, with the Tribesmen coming out on top on that night also. Vincent Borden scored from a set piece 10 minutes before the break to give United a 1-0 lead at halftime before Ronan Manning grabbed his first of the season in the second half to seal the three points for the visitors.
2023 SQUAD ⚽️
Brendan Clarke, Conor O’Keeffe, Regan Donelon, Rob Slevin, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Stephen Walsh, Mikie Rowe, Rob Manley, David Hurley, Ronan Manning, Callum McNamara, Alex Rutter, Vincent Borden, David Tarmey, Francely Lomboto, Evan O’Connor, Colm Horgan, Conor McCormack, Darren Clarke, Ed McCarthy, Aaron Neary, Steven Healy, Mikey McCullagh, Oisin O’Reilly, Ibrahim Keita, Wassim Aouachria.Aodh Dervin.
TOP SCORERS ?
David Hurley – 12
Vincent Borden – 8
Stephen Walsh – 8
Ed McCarthy – 4
Ibrahim Kieta – 4
Francely Lomboto – 4
NEXT HOME GAME ?
Galway United Senior Men's take on Bangor Celtic in the first round of the Sports Direct FAI Cup on Saturday the 22nd July at 5PM.