Henderson declares an end to Ramblers play-off hopes
Despite showing plenty of positives during Friday nights narrow 1-0 defeat away to Shelbourne at Tolka Park, Cobh Ramblers manager, Stephen Henderson declared post-match “we’re out of this, we’re not going for any play-offs” as the “Rams” fell to eighth place in the SSE Airtricity League First Division standings. Sitting thirteen points off fourth placed Bray Wanderers, who defeated a stubborn Wexford FC side 2-1 at the Carlise Grounds this weekend, Henderson remarked it was now the County Cork sides intention to use the remainder of the season to blood as many young players as possible and give youngsters a taste of first-team football at this level.
Only managing three wins from fourteen league matches to date, Cobh Ramblers fans may now begin to worry about some of the first-teams stand out performers of the last two seasons with the likes of Kevin Taylor, Denzil Fernandes and Jaze Kabia all making a name for themselves during Ramblers dream run of the EA Sports Cup final last season, which they narrowly lost out in to Derry City at the Brandywell Stadium.
With such a low position in the table at present, attendance figures will also be a worry for the powers that be at Cobh Ramblers, while off-field headlines regarding alleged suspicious betting patters during last weekends defeat at home to Limerick FC will not be helpful in that regard, even with the clubs quick reaction in contacting the Football Association of Ireland and requesting a full investigation into said reports.
Next up for Stephen Henderson’s charges is indeed a home tie against play-off hopefuls Bray Wanderers and despite ruling his team out of the play-off mix, Stephen Henderson will be confident of proving the doubters wrong given his young sides positive performance against title favorites Shelbourne, who the “Rams” of course beat earlier in the season, a testament to the quality Cobh Ramblers can produce on their day. However, it seems the 2017 First Division runners-up are now set for another long wait for a shot at promotion out of the “graveyard division.”