Disappointing end to a promising season:Interview with Cobh Rambers u19 boss Declan Coleman

View from the Press box at St Colman's Park, the home of Cobh Ramblers. (Picture Andrew Horgan.)

A season of progress has ultimately ended in disappointment for the Cobh Ramblers under 19’s.

After deservedly finishing top of the Southern Elite Division, Cobh set up a home quarter final with St Patricks Athletic for a place in the final four of the National League Cup.

But a Michael Cregan strike midway through the first half was enough to separate the sides and ensured Cobh finished their campaign earlier than they would have hoped.

“It was very disappointing. We just didn’t reach the level’s that we’ve reached all season, we didn’t deserve to go through on that performance,” was the blunt assessment of manager Declan Coleman shortly after full time.

“We didn’t keep the ball as well as we’re capable of, we didn’t win the ball back as well as we’re capable of and we didn’t create chances. I can’t think of any chances we created and that’s not like us.”

“We had plenty of possession but it was just what we did with the possession was brutal and that’s disappointing because we’re a lot better than what we showed today. But you can’t rely on what you’ve done all season to help you in a knockout game, that’s disappointing.”

Disappointment was the general feeling around St Colman’s Park as the players trudged back to the dressing room following this defeat but it shouldn’t take away from the progress the side has made this term.

View from the Press box at St Colman's Park, the home of Cobh Ramblers. (Picture Andrew Horgan.)
View from the Press box at St Colman’s Park, the home of Cobh Ramblers. (Picture Andrew Horgan.)


Ramblers won 11 of their 18 games this season, losing just three whilst averaging almost exactly two goals a game in the process.

That form hasn’t gone unnoticed by the first team manager Stephen Henderson, who spoke to the team in the dressing room afterwards and may again call upon some of the players for next season.

“We’ve had a very good season, I don’t think many people would have had Cobh as Southern section champions,” added Coleman, who is set to join Henderson’s coaching season next term.

“But I would have had us as one of the favourites going into the quarter finals and as favourites for the whole thing.

“We played Bohemians in the cup and they topped the Northern Section and it thought we deserved to win that game. We played U.C.D twice, who are now playing in Europe and they only got a point off us.

“So over the course of the season, we have been very, very good. We have reached some great performances levels.I’ve enjoyed it, I’m sure the lads have enjoyed it, we’ve all improved a lot.

“I’ve improved as a coach, the players have definitely improved and that’s been positive, it’s great for the club. Today were gutted but the future is definitely bright, we’re all going in the right direction.”

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