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Shelbourne 1-2 Cobh Ramblers

Updated: Friday, 26 Oct 2007 22:49

Shelbourne 1-2 Cobh Ramblers

Shelbourne and Cobh Ramblers met for the fourth and final time this season at Tolka Park and for the second time this year Cobh won.

Cobh came into the game second place in the standings while the promotion hopes of their opponents Shelbourne, who were fifteen points adrift, had evaporated quite some time ago.

Although Dermot Keely's team have improved on their early season form quite considerably, their displays of late had been patchy and they came into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Finn Harps.

The prospect of promotion may have slipped through their grip quite some weeks ago, but even so the Reds took the game to Cobh, with whom they had drawn with twice earlier in the year.

Although Cobh managed to mount a couple of counter-attacks in the early stages, it was Shelbourne who created the majority of the goal chances.

With six minutes gone Anto Flood broke clean through on goal but Cobh Ramblers goalkeeper James McCarthy sprang into action and saved with his feet.

Less than sixty seconds later James Chambers accelerated through the Cobh rearguard before he drove the ball, low and hard, across the face of goal and wide.

Cobh finally threatened twelve minutes in after a weaving run from Gareth Cambridge down the right hand side, the ball eventually fell invitingly for Kieran O’Reilly who headed narrowly wide.

Shelbourne went close again through a dipping free from Marc McCulloch, before Chambers blazed wide with an equally hopeful attempt.

That was pretty much it until Alan Carey smacked a free-kick over the Shelbourne crossbar.

Then, with the half set to end in deadlock Anto Flood put the home side in front.

Following a cross field ball from the left flank, Flood stroked the ball home from 30 yards after Cobh goalkeeper McCarthy had raced from his line.

It didn't take long for Cobh to equalise, Graham Cummins gathered the ball fifteen yards out and set-up O'Reilly for the simplest of finishes.

Cobh pressed for a winner which they got after Cummins steered an Alan Carey cross to the top corner of the Shelbourne net.