Cobh Ramblers and Dundalk into the Enda McGuill Cup Semi-Finals 

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Action from Dalymount

Cobh Ramblers will face Dundalk in the Under 19 Enda McGuill Cup Semi-Finals this week after they beat Bohemians 3-2 after extra-time at Dalymount Park. 

Dean Swords, a cracker from Ryan O’Regan and a winning goal from Gordon Walker gave the Cobh lads the victory.

Cobh’s Declan Coleman, “Yeah we’re very happy with the win. It was a hard fought battle and there were times in the second half we looked like we were going to leave it behind us.”

“That would have been disappointing after such a good first half display. But we rallied together again and in extra time I think we got back on top again, so I’m really pleased with how we played overall and the character we showed to come away with the win.”

“I think the semis will be this week so looking forward to that already and another test against a Northern Section opponent will be good for us.”

“Of course we would love to win at least one of the 2 trophies we’re in the hunt for, but we can’t get too excited yet as there’s still a lot to do before any celebrations.”

“Ultimately we’ll be judged on how well our players do when they’re given a chance with the first team and so far things are going well in that aspect too. That’s much more important than silverware at U-19 level, but of course players need to learn how to win games as well because that’s the most important thing when they make the step up in their careers.”

You can watch the Cobh Ramblers goals here, compliments of Dylan Forde;

Bohs boss Graham Lawlor was disappointed, “It’s not nice to lose any game but for it to happen in extra-time in a quarter final made it that much worse.”

“Cobh rightly deserved their halftime lead because we couldn’t get a foothold in the game. In the second half I felt we controlled things much better and even as we headed into extra-time I felt we had that extra bit in our side to go and win it. But that’s not always the case as you know in the cup, and a combination of poor finishing and defending saw us punished in the end.”

“I must give credit to Cobh because they never gave up and got their reward in the end. We were missing a few regulars for various reasons but I felt the lads who stepped up from the U-17s, Mitch Byrne and Alex Kelly were very good and a plus on an otherwise disappointing day.”

Check out some great photos from the game by Stephen Burke (@BohsABaldiemann)

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Cobh will meet Dundalk after they came from a goal down early to beat Drogheda United 5-1. While in the other semi-final Sligo Rovers will take on UCD.

Carlton Ubaezuonu scored a hat-trick for Dundalk, with Jack O’Keefe grabbing two.

Drogheda manager Derek Boyle said afterwards, “We’re disappointed in the manner in which we lost today, but I couldn’t be to hard on the lads as the last time they lost was ‪on May 6th.‬”

“We took the lead early with a good goal from Karl Fitzsimons. They got a penalty to equalise and got a second when we got caught trying to play out from the back.”

“I felt at half time we could still get back into it but 2 more individual errors gave them 2 more goals before they got their 5th.”

“In fairness to Dundalk they worked harder and were the better team overall on the day and I wish them all the best in the cup.”

Photo Credit: Stephen Burke (@BohsABaldiemann)