Date Time League Season
31 July 2022 4:00 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

FAI Cup Report: Cobh Ramblers v Cork City

Ruairí Keating’s excellent season continued as he scored the only goal in a tense cup tie which was mired with off the field incidents.

Despite their underdog status, it was Cobh who made the brighter start through Luke Desmond and Jake Heagarty in particular.

Indeed, Heagarty nearly put the Rams ahead in the 13th minute when his right footed effort was tipped around the post by Jimmy Corcoran.

Desmon could have had a penalty for Cobh five minutes later when he was upended in the box. The appeal was waved away however by referee Ray Matthews.

Despite being second best for much of the first half, it was City who took the lead in the 27th minute through Ruairí Keating who took advantage of some slack Cobh defending to run in behind the defence from a free kick to slot home.

This goal was the last piece of action which the crowd would see for 12 minutes due to a disturbance in the crowd along with a fence falling in the City away end forcing a lengthy stoppage.

Eleven minutes of injury time were played after the restart with the atmosphere understandably flat after the off-field incidents.

City started the better side in the second half. Two early shots on target were followed by a number of corners with Keating coming closest from a header in the 56th minute.

Cobh’s first chance of the half came from captain John Kavanagh made a good run down the right wing before cutting in a curling a shot just over the bar.

Much like the first half, there was a lull in the middle third with Cork in relative control of the game despite their narrow lead.

Try as they might, Cobh were unable to level the game despite a late flurry with City seeing the game out to progress to the second round draw on Tuesday.

  • FT and City go through after a fiery contest on and off the pitch.

  • 90'

    A late flurry from Cobh is eventually repelled by City

  • 90'

    Holland nearly levels the game for Cobh but Corcoran does welll to get down and tip the ball wide.

  • 90'

    5 added minutes.

  • 89'

    Franco Umeh on for Coffey.

  • 86'

    More flares which have thankfully not disrupted the game in this instance.

  • 83'

    James Doona on for Dylan McGlade for City.

  • 79'

    Ben Whitmarsh on for Darren O'Connell.

  • 71'

    Bit of a lull in the game again as City look to be in control despite only having a one goal lead.

  • 62'

    Srbely and Bolger on for Murphy and Britton for Cork.

  • 60'

    We resume.

  • 60'

    Another stoppage after a flare thrown by the Cobh supporters finds its way onto the pitch.

  • 56'

    Another chance for City there through Ruairi Keating's header. City have had a number of corners in the last couple of minutes as they look to kill off this tie.

  • 51'

    City have started the better in the second half with two shots on target already.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • Teams back out for the second half.

  • Half-time. An incident filled game off the pitch while the action on it has not matched it. City lead 1-0.

  • 45'

    More appeals for a City penalty after Keating goes down but to no avail. Atmosphere has understandably gone a bit flat since the restart.

  • 45'

    11 additional minutes to be added for all the stoppages.

  • 42'

    Appeals for A city penalty are dismissed. Would have been soft.

  • 39'

    Finally back underway. Around half an hour played so far.

  • 31'

    Lengthy stoppage after the goal after some crowd trouble with a fence falling down along with some flares entering the pitch from the City end.

  • 27'

    From the free kick Ruairi Keating sneaks in behind the defence and slots it home. Poor defending there from Cobh for what was a very preventable goal.

  • 26'

    Yellow card for Cobh's Jason Abbott for a late challenge on Barry Coffey.

  • 22'

    A dangerous corner falls to Dale Holland at the edge of the box but the former City player can't keep the ball down. Goal kick.

  • 18'

    Appeals for a Cobh penalty after Desmond is tripped, would have been soft if that was awarded at first glance.

  • 13'

    Jake Heagarty nearly puts Cobh ahead but his right footed curling shot into the bottom corner is saved by Jimmy Corcoran.

  • 12'

    Someone has been removed by the crowd which is about the most exciting thing to have happened so far in the first 12 minutes.

  • 6'

    Luke Desmond with the first shot of the game for Cobh as the ball goes high and wide.

  • 3'

    Good start from Cobh who looked to be going about this game in a positive manner.

  • 1'

    Game on.

  • Teams out onto the pitch. Full house here in Cobh.

  • Atmosphere beginning to build here in Colman's Park for the derby. Should be a cracker.

  • Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the the Cork derby between Cobh and Cork City in the first round of the FAI Cup. Kick off from St.Colman's Park is at 4 with team news on the way.

Cobh Ramblers

30Darragh Burke Goalkeeper
Harlaib Mbayo Defender
2John Kavanagh Defender
5Breandan Frahill Defender
11Conor Drinan Defender
12Darragh O’Sullivan Connell 9 Defender
34James O’Leary 3 Defender
16Luke Desmond Midfielder
6Jason Abbott 14 Midfielder 26'
28Dale Holland Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty Forward
3Charlie Fleming 34 Defender
8Pierce Phillips Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 12 Forward
13Gavin Ryan Goalkeeper
14Seán McGrath 6 Forward
17Justin Eguaibor Defender
19James McCarthy Defender
23Ciaran Griffin Forward
25Michael McCarthy Defender

Cork City

20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
18Joshua Honohan Defender
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
7Dylan McGlade 22 Midfielder
10Barry Coffey 34 Midfielder
15Matt Healy Midfielder
19Matt Srbely 24 Midfielder
9Ruairi Keating Forward 27'
17Darragh Crowley Forward
40Louis Britton 8 Forward 43'
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
8Aaron Bolger 40 Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Forward
13David Harrington Goalkeeper
22James Doona 7 Midfielder
24Cian Murphy 19 Forward
25Gordon Walker Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender
34Franco Umeh 10 Forward

Past Meetings

(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

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