Date Time League Season
14 March 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Cobh grab late win in Athlone

Cobh won an absolutely crazy game in Lissywollen tonight, coming out on top after two goals in injury time.

Athlone thought they’d won it in the 82nd minute through debutant Carlton Ubaezuono, but Danny O’Connell and Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh saw the visitors took the points.

Cobh had to overcome early adversity on this one. Brendan Frahill had to go off after clashing heads with Quincy Nkansah and bleeding profusely just six minutes in.

Whitmarsh however gave them something to cheer about in the 14th minute. A long ball over the top sent him through on goal and he slotted right by Micháel Schlingermann to give Ramblers the lead.

Cobh had a men sent off ten minutes later when Luke Desmond shoved Stephen Kenny high following a coming together. Athlone pressured for the rest of the half and were rewarded.

On the absolute brink of half time, Glen McAuley and Thomas Oluwa, who had looked dangerous throughout, linked up for Athlone’s first. McAuley chipped it to the back stick and Oluwa all alone headed it by Donoghue. Great timing from Athlone.

The second half didn’t have a tempo for a long time but it started to change in the 68th minute when Glen McAuley got himself sent off for an altercation similar to the earlier one with John Kavanagh. He’ll be a miss for Martin Russell’s men given how he was playing.

Athlone started to pepper Cobh with chances in the last fifteen and this paid off. In the 82nd minute, Oisin Duffy chipped a cross into Carlton Ubaezuono on his debut who chipped it over Donoghue first time to give Athlone their first lead of the night and what they thought was three points.

It was not to be this simple. Athlone couldn’t manage to keep their heads and Cobh to their credit kept going, eventually being rewarded.

A chipped ball into the box let Danny O’Connell give chase and he got there right before Schlingermann to draw Cobh level.

Astoundingly, Cobh won it in the 94th minute when a wayward Thomas Oluwa clearance inside the box caused headers back and forth all over the place. Whitmarsh found himself right in front of goal and headed in, sending the Cobh bench into ecstacy.

Athlone face a tough challenge at home to Galway Friday. Cobh will look to follow up this first win against Bray at home.

  • 94'

    Goal! Whitmarsh wins it at the death!

  • 90'

    Four minutes.

  • 90'

    Goal! Danny O'Connell slips it in to get Cobh level again!

  • 82'

    Goal! Debut boy Ubaezuono taps in an Oisin Duffy cross to give Athlone the lead!

  • 80'

    Athlone are peppering Cobh with late chances. Could be an interesting final ten.

  • 77'

    Habing sends a decent effort just over.

  • 71'

    Edogun appeared to be fouled bearing down on goal but the decision goes against him. Potentially game changing call from the ref.

  • 68'

    Another red. McAuley gets his marching orders after lashing out at Kavanagh. 10 men a piece now.

  • 66'

    Drinan slips O'Connell through and he's one on one with Schlingermann in the box, but his effort is tame and straight at the Athlone goalie.

  • 65'

    Kenny sets McAuley through and he hits a low range cross, but there's no one to meet it.

  • 60'

    At the hour mark. Not really a tempo to this half.

  • 51'

    Daly takes a quick corner in and has a strike. O'Donoghue palms behind.

  • 49'

    An Ubaezuono cross from the left meets Edogun in the area but he can't keep it down. Great chance.

  • 46'

    Cobh get us back underway.

  • 45'

    Goal! A McAuley cross finds Oluwa at the back stick who puts Athlone level on the brink of half time.

  • 45'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 42'

    Athlone cross bounces across the face of goal. No town player managed to get a touch.

  • 35'

    Glen McAuley bursts forward and drives an effort at goal, but it's straight at O'Donoghue who collects with ease.

  • 32'

    An Athlone attack breaks down after Nkansah commits a foul on the edge of the area. Gets a yellow for his troubles.

  • 24'

    Wow! Luke Desmond is off for Cobh after shoving Kenny in the face following a challenge. Left the ref with no choice.

  • 20'

    Kenny whips in a free and Edogun meets it at the back post, but can't keep his header down.

  • 14'

    Goal! A long ball over the top finds its way to Whitmarsh who slots by Schlingermann.

  • 8'

    Ben O'Riordan comes on. Nkansah can continue however.

  • 8'

    The blood is gushing out of Frahill, he won't continue.

  • 6'

    Game delayed due to a clash of heads between Nkansah and Frahill.

  • 3'

    Oluwa makes an early dangerous run into the Cobh area but the visiting defence deals with his ball across.

  • 1'

    Athlone get us underway.

  • Teams come out. Kickoff imminent.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Conditions should be alright for this one. It's chilly but no signs of wind or rain. Hopefully it stays that way.

  • Hello and welcome to for coverage of tonight's first division clash between Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you on tonight's proceedings.

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann Goalkeeper
3Derek Daly Defender
4Noah van Geenen Defender
6Jackson Hulme 20 Midfielder 61'
7Stephen Kenny 24'
8Quincy Nkansah 27 Midfielder 32'
10Glen McAuley Forward 68'
11Thomas Oluwa Forward 45'
14Success Edogun 22 Forward 25'
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
30Andrew Skerritt Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder
17Sami Clarke
20Gary Armstrong 6 Forward
22Youri Habing 14 Midfielder
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
26Cameron Mulready
27Carlton Ubaezuonu 8 Midfielder 82'

Cobh Ramblers

22Andy O’Donoghue Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh 19 Defender
5Breandan Frahill 4 Defender
7Danny O’Connell Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh Forward 14', 89', 90+4'
10Jake Hegarty 15 Forward
11Conor Drinan 14 Defender
16Luke Desmond Midfielder 24'
24Issa Kargbo Defender
28Dale Holland Midfielder
35Harlaib Mbayo Defender
30Darragh Burke Goalkeeper
4Ben O’Riordan 5 Defender
6Jason Abbott Midfielder
14Seán McGrath 11 Forward
15Jack Larkin 10 Midfielder
17Justin Eguaibor Defender
19James McCarthy 2 Defender
23Ciaran Griffin Forward
27Alan Happi Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 27)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 18)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Athlone Town

(Series 9)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 12)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 3)
3 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Athlone Town


David Connolly


Athlone Town Stadium
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