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Men’s Match Report: Cobh Ramblers (H)

Ebbe’s Edge: Securing Victory with Two Dean Ebbe Goals

Athlone were victorious in Athlone Town Stadium on the 26th of April 2024 winning 2-1 against Cobh Ramblers.

In fairness to Cobh, they were probably the better team in the opening exchanges but it was a poor start to the game. The first real chance of the game went the way of the visitors after 10 minutes when Charlie O Brien’s shot went wide of the post.

Athlone were dangerous with a long throw and had a chance of their own moments later but Dean Ebbe’s header was wide of the Cobh goal.

In what was a dull first half Athlone were beginning to press Cobh high up the pitch and were rewarded for that in the 41st minute when Dean Ebbe capitalised on Justin Eqauibor delaying on the ball and nicked it to find himself one on one with the goalkeeper. He rounded the keeper and took his time slotting the ball past two defenders on the line to put Athlone 1-0 up.

Athlone had a chance to double the lead just before half time but Carl Mujaguzi fired over the bar and the was the last action of the half.

The second half was a lot better than first with both teams attacking well. Athlone were lucky not to find Cobh level right after the restart when from a long throw they smashed the crossbar.

Athlone doubled the lead after 56 minutes with a brilliantly worked move. From an Enda Minogue goal kick eight passes later, they found the net. It was an excellent move that Dairo had obviously been working on. Going down the right hand side saw possession switched to Torre who had time and space and played a one two with Jamar and then crossed to Ebbe who got to the front post leaving Darragh Burke with no chance to double Athlone’s lead to 2-0.

The long throw from Cobh was causing lots of problems for the Athlone defence and in the 67th minute a throw in from Cian Browne on the right hand side wasn’t cleared far enough by Athlone and it was recycled by Cobh back to Browne who was on the right wing and his cross was controlled superbly by Brendan Frahill who fired the ball home from just inside the 18 yard box, it was a wonderful goal and Cobh were back in the game.

It was all Cobh for the last few minutes and only for two brilliant saves from Enda Minogue it could have been a share of the points but Athlone held out and claimed the victory.

Following match day twelve this result sees Athlone staying sixth and Cobh stay seventh in the table.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Jarlath Jones, Daniel McKenna ©, Ruben Candal (Gideon Tetteh 64’), Dean Ebbe (Jamal Ibrahim 82’), Jamar Campion-Hinds (Shane Forbes 71’), Carl Mujaguzi (Aaron Connolly 82’), Amardo Akeem Oakley, Brian Torre, Matthew Leal

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Oisin Duffy, Divine Izekor, Brendan Lauder, Ciaran Nolan

Bookings: Candal (45), Tetteh (69’), Jones (94)

508 Man of The Match: Dean Ebbe