The EA Sports Cup first round takes place this week as Cobh Ramblers host Limerick at St. Colman’s Park on Tuesday night.
Both sides suffered heavy defeats in their opening game of the season and will be looking to get back on track with a win here.
The Rams were beaten 3-0 by a strong UCD side on Saturday but were 3-2 winners against Limerick when the sides met last month in a pre-season friendly. Shane O’Connor will be facing his former side competitively for the first time and will be hopeful of getting one over his old teammates.
Cobh remain without the injured Darren Murphy (Snr) and Peter White for the clash. Cobh boss Martin Cambridge is expected to rest a number of players for the game as they face Athlone on Friday in the league. Some of Stephen Bermingham’s u-19 players are set to make the step up. Chris McCarthy, Adam O’Sullivan and David King are some who may feature in the home squad.
Limerick come into the game after a 3-0 loss to Bohemians at Jackman Park, yet Martin Russell’s young squad will be quietly confident of leaving Cork with a win. The club have won the tournament on three occasions, most recently in 2002 and a good run this season would be a welcome boost to the side.
Defenders Paudie O’Connor and Robbie Williams will both be rested while Colm Murphy remains out injured. Sean Russell may return to the squad following illness and Vinny Sullivan could make his full Limerick debut on Tuesday. This is the first of two trips to Cork this week as they meet Cork City on Friday at Turner’s Cross.
Neither of these sides had the best start to the season and a win here would be a big boost ahead of tough away trips this weekend. Whilst neither club is expected to win the competition, this game offers a real chance of progression and a cup run will be a big benefit to whoever leaves St. Colman’s with the win.
Injured: Darren Murphy (Snr), Peter White
Injured: Colm Murphy
Doubtful: Paudie O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Seán Russell
Betting odds: Cobh Ramblers : 12/5 , Draw: 23/10 , Limerick FC: Evens, according to paddypower.com.
Venue: St. Colman’s Park
Thomas Stafford, Pundit Arena
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