Date Time League Season
25 July 2021 2:00 pm FAI Cup 2021

Match Report

Cobh deliver against Liffey in extra-time in Cup tie

Danny and Nathan O’Connell were the heroes for The Claret and Blue Army this afternoon as extra time was needed to separate Cobh Ramblers and Liffey Wanderers in the FAI Cup at the UCD Bowl.

Nathan’s strike early on in extra-time and Danny’s finish five minutes from time was enough to give Darren Murphy his first win as Cobh boss.

Ramblers started the game off the better of the two sides with midfielders David O’Leary and Darren Murphy taking setting the tempo from the off. Liffey Wanderers grew into the game and had a chance to open the scoring after the first quarter of an hour. 

Clayton Maher found Sean Noble with an excellent over the top through ball. Noble’s strike on the half volley went just over the Cobh net much to the relief of the First Division side.

Cobh Ramblers had chances of their own to open the scoring when Nathan O’Connell squared the ball to Killian Cooper but the striker struggled to get any proper connection on the cross.

On the stroke of half time Danny O’Connell played a fantastic through ball into Ian Turner. Turner opted to try and curl it around the on rushing Doyle but the Liffey man made a great stop to deny Turner. Neither side were able to make the break through before half time.

Cobh came out at a ferocious pace after the interval and Darren Murphy hit a rocket of a strike from 30 yards that bounced off the crossbar and back out. Substitute Ciaran Griffin was a handful for the Liffey side after he came on and almost opened the scoring when he met O'Leary’s corner but the forward wasn’t able to direct his header goal wards.

Neither side were able to make the break through during the 90 minutes and extra time was needed to separate the two teams.

Five minutes into extra time, debutant Nathan O’Connell picked up the ball just inside the Liffey half and drove at the heart of the Dublin sides defence before calmy slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past Lee Doyle to give Darren Murphy’s side the lead. Cobh thought that they had sealed the win just after the restart of extra time when centre back Brendan O’Riordan scored from close range, but the linesmen flag went up and the goal was disallowed.

Less than a minute after, Paul Mooney put a dangerous ball into the Cobh box and centre Dylan Roche fired home sending the Liffey fans crazy. Their joy was short lived as the linesmen flagged for offside and the goal was disallowed. Fionn Duggan was excellent going forward after he replaced Kavanagh in the second half.

The full back burst down the right wing and squared it to the lively Danny O’Connell who finished calmly to get his first goal for the Cork side and send his side into the last 16 of the FAI Cup and to give Darren Murphy his first win as Cobh boss.

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh 26 Defender
4Lee Devitt Midfielder
5Ben O’Riordan Defender
6Charlie Lyons Defender
7Ian Turner 23 Midfielder
9Killian Cooper Forward 35'
15David O’Leary Midfielder
16Darren Murphy 8 Forward 30'
18Danny O’Connell 14 Midfielder 114'
20Nathan O’Connell Midfielder 95'
Fionn Duggan Midfielder
8Pierce Phillips 16 Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty Forward
11Conor Drinan Defender
12Naythan Coleman Defender
14Stephen O’Leary 18 Midfielder
23Ciaran Griffin 7 Forward
26Fionn Duggan 2 Midfielder
  • 114'

    Goal and Cobh should be going through to the next round. Fionn Duggan\'s cross found Danny O\'Connell who smashed home from just inside the box

  • 109'

    And Liffey go down and score but it's given offside as well. Intense stuff here.

  • 108'

    Cobh put the ball in the back of the net courtesy of O'Riordan but it's ruled out for offside

  • 105'

    Half Time in Extra Time and Liffey Wanderers have just 15 minutes to turn the game around.

  • 104'

    Goalscorer Danny O'Connell is replaced by Stephen O'Leary.

  • 103'

    Adam Deegan replaced by Gray.

  • 100'

    Philips finds Griffin in acres of space but the Cobh striker tries to chip Doyle and it flies over the bar.

  • 95'

    Goal for Cobh, Nathan O\'Connell with a beautiful finish leaving Doyle with no chance.

  • 91'

    No changes for either side and we're back underway.

  • 90'

    Extra Time awaits us here at UCD. This one could go either way during extra time.

  • 90'

    O Callaghan booked for a late challenge.

  • 90'

    It just won't go in for Cobh, Philips and Griffin both denied by Doyle.

  • 84'

    Philips has a go from distance but it doesn't trouble the keeper. Just over 5 to go here still scoreless.

  • 83'

    Griffin with another chance for Cobh this time blocked by Roche.

  • 78'

    Duggan on for Kavanagh.

  • 78'

    Double change for Liffey as Gary Young and O'Callaghan replace Riddick and Maher.

  • 76'

    Riddick is booked for some afters with Brian O'Leary.

  • 75'

    Omobojor replaces Noble.

  • 73'

    Massive chance for Ramblers. O'Leary whips in a beautiful ball from a corner which finds the head of substitute Ciaran Griffin but he can\'t convert the header goalwards.

  • 68'

    Double change for the Cork side. Griffin and Philips replace Turner and Murphy

  • 67'

    Darren Murphy hits a rocket from 30 yards off the Liffey crossbar and back out.

  • 64'

    Wanderers struggle to clear their lines and the ball falls to Devitt on the edge of the Liffey area but the full back can't find the target.

  • 62'

    O'Riordan has a free header from a Cobh corner but the cetre back can't keep his effort down. Just under half an hour left to play.

  • 59'

    Dean Murphy booked.

  • 55'

    Cobh really putting the pressure on Liffey Wanderers now in this 2nd period. Nathan O'Connell and Killian Cooper linking up well.

  • 46'

    And we're back underway.

  • 45'

    Half Time here at UCD with the neither side yet to make the breakthrough.

  • 43'

    Danny O'Connell plays a wonderful through ball into Ian Turner who's effort is saved well by Doyle to keep I level.

  • 38'

    Nathan O'Connell gets away from Deegan down the Cobh left hand side. O'Connell squares it to Cooper who can't get enough of a connection on his shot.

  • 35'

    Cooper booked for a poor challenge on Roche .

  • 33'

    Turner races down into the Liffey Wanderers box on the counter attack but Curtis Murphy makes a great challenge to put a halt to the attack. Still scoreless.

  • 24'

    Liffey Wanderers are looking the brighter of the two sides so far. Dean Murphy coming close from a corner as Cobh failed to clear their lines.

  • 20'

    Sean Noble looking dangerous down the right hand side for Liffey Wanderers. Darren Murphy really dictating the play for Cobh though in the middle of the park.

  • 13'

    Clayton Maher finds Noble with an excellent ball in behind but the Liffey Wanderers' wideman can't find the target with his effort.

  • 9'

    Lyons climbs highest and wins his header at the front post for Cobh Ramblers but he can't direct his header on target.

  • 6'

    Couple of early corners for Cobhbut Liffey Wanderers are defending well with their high line

  • 1'

    And we're off here at the Bowl here in UCD.

  • 5 minutes until kick off here, both sides are on the pitch and ready to go.

  • Cobh Team: Barron, Kavanagh, O Riordan, Lyons, Devitt, O Connell, O Leary, Murphy, Turner, Cooper, O Connell.

  • Liffey Starting XI: Doyle, Deegan, C Murphy, D Murphy, Roche, Sheehan, Noble, Riddick, Doyle, Montgomery, Maher.

  • Just under 15 minutes to here until kick off. Team news to follow.


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Luke Delaney is a Final Year Journalism Student in DCU. Sports Reporter for Wicklow People and