Date Time League Season
19 August 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

City edge Cork in entertaining Cork derby

A Ruairí Keating brace saw Cork City come from behind to defeat Cobh Ramblers 2-1 in an entertaining derby clash.

Similar to the cup game between the sides a couple of weeks ago, Cobh made a decent start to proceedings, enjoying a large spell of possession and plenty forays into the City box.
Former City player Pierce Phillips had the first chance on 12 minutes when he forced Harrington to tip the ball around the post.

Sean McGrath followed up with a volley which nearly sneaked into the top corner in what was a bright opening quarter from the Rams.

City’s best chance of the half came through Louis Britton on the half hour mark who put his shot over from close range.

Cobh responded in near perfect fashion moments later when Brendan Frahill was denied by a fantastic save from Harrington in what was a commanding first half performance.

The hosts continued their good work at the beginning of the second half when Conor Drinan was inches away from scoring after making a great run in behind the defence.

The Rams were finally rewarded for their efforts however in the 50th minute when Jake Heagarty got on the end of Charlie Fleming’s cross to send the home crowd into raptures.

That goal gave the game a much needed shot in the arm with Cobh attempting to push for a second which nearly came when Harrington spilled a shot before gathering.

Cian Bargary had a great chance to level the game when he had a two on one before his touch evaded just as he was running through on goal.

City would get their equaliser however just after the hour mark when Ruairi Keating slotted home after finding himself in acres of space inside the box.

To Cobh’s credit they didn’t let the equaliser deflate them and could have been ahead ten minutes later when Pierce Phillips was denied by an excellent Harrington save.

Despite their good work it was City and indeed Keating who struck again in the 81st minute when he headed home from Matt Healy’s corner to make it 2-1.

That goal proved to be the winner as City held on for their first win in three games to extend their lead at the top of the table.

  • Full time and City hang on for a narrow 2-1 win and a crucial three points to extend their lead to 7 at the summit.

  • 90'

    Healy booked for time wasting.

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on.

  • 90'

    Cobh keep pushing forward in search of an equaliser but are unable to create a clear cut chance as we head into injury time.

  • 86'

    Subs for Cobh as Liam Kervick and Ben O'Brien are on while Kevin O'Connor is on for Louis Britton.

  • 81'

    Keating makes it 2-1 and his second of the night as he heads home from a corner.

  • 77'

    Subs for Cobh as John Kavanagh is off for Luke Desmond, Dale Holland for Pierce Phillips aswell. Darragh Crowley and Hakkinen off for Barrry Coffey and James Doona for Cork.

  • 73'

    Harrington makes a great save from Pierce Phillips to keep the game level.

  • 62'

    Ruairi Keating levels after finding himself in acres of space before slotting home.

  • 60'

    Yellow for Ruairi Keating for back chat to the referee.

  • 58'

    Big chance for City there but Cian Bargary takes a heavy touch on a two on one.

  • 53'

    Harrington back up after going down from making a save. Game has really sparked into life after that goal.

  • 50'

    Cobh score through Jake Heagarty. A clinical finish to give them a deserved 1-0 lead.

  • 48'

    Conor Drinan inches away from giving Cobh the lead. He made a great run in behind the defence before fizzing a right footed effort just wide of the goal.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • Half-time in what has been a scrappy game so far. Shane Keegan will probably be the happier of the sides at the break.

  • 40'

    City beginning to take control of the game despite not creating anything of note in the past few minutes.

  • 32'

    Great save by Harrington to keep Cobh out at the other end.

  • 31'

    Louis Britton is inches away from putting City ahead but he puts it over.

  • 27'

    Scrappy last few minutes with not too much in the way of chances.

  • 21'

    Cobh will be happy with how they've done in the first quarter. They're enjoying plenty of posession and forays into the City box.

  • 13'

    Another great effort this time from Sean McGrath whose volley nearly sweaks into the top right hand corner.

  • 12'

    Close call for Cobh there as David Harrington has to get down and save Pierce Phillips' shot.

  • 8'

    Good move down the left from City which ends with a Louis Britton header that goes wide at the near post.

  • 3'

    First shot of the game comes from Cork's Matt Healy but it goes high and wide.

  • 1'

    Game on in Cobh.

  • Hello and welcome from a sunny St.Colman's park for the fifth Cork derby of the season between Cobh Ramblers and Cork City. Kick off is at 7.45 with team news on the way shortly.

Cobh Ramblers

22Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
11Conor Drinan Defender
Harlaib Mbayo Defender
2John Kavanagh 16 Defender
3Charlie Fleming Defender 70'
5Breandan Frahill Defender
34James O’Leary Defender
6Jason Abbott Midfielder
8Pierce Phillips 28 Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty Forward 50'
14Seán McGrath Forward
7Danny O’Connell Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh Forward
12Darragh O’Sullivan Connell Defender
13Gavin Ryan Goalkeeper
16Luke Desmond 2 Midfielder
17Justin Eguaibor Defender
19James McCarthy Defender
28Dale Holland 8 Midfielder
21Liam Kervick Midfielder

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper 50'
18Joshua Honohan Defender
6Ally Gilchrist Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen 22 Defender
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
15Matt Healy Midfielder 90'
11Cian Bargary Forward
9Ruairi Keating Forward 62', 81'
17Darragh Crowley 10 Forward
40Louis Britton 14 Forward
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
24Cian Murphy Forward
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder
10Barry Coffey 17 Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor 40 Defender
19Matt Srbely Midfielder
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
22James Doona 28 Midfielder
25Gordon Walker Defender

Past Meetings

(1st Round)
0 - 1
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Cork City

(Round 21)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Cobh Ramblers

(Round 12)
2 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Cork City

(Round 4)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 19)
4 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 10)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Cork City

(Series 1)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Cobh Ramblers


St. Colman's Park
Saint Colman\'s Park, Norwood Park, Cobh Urban, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, P24 F252, Ireland

Sam is an avid sports enthusiast who has been working in journalism since he was 16. Along with his work, he also plays tennis and is a Government and Political Science student at UCC. Most importantly of all however is that he's from Cork.