Athlone Town head south this Saturday 18th March to take on Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers who presently are positioned in 4th place just one point behind Athlone Town having drawn 2 and won 1 of their 3 games so far this season.
That 4th place could be so much more for Cobh having surrendered leads in two of their three games with last minute goals against both Wexford and Shelbourne.
Athlone lost their 100% start to the season last weekend when they were defeated 3-0 at home to local rivals Longford. This game showed that despite the new signings they still lack a clinical finisher as they created enough chances to secure a win.
Following Friday nights games a win for Athlone Town would see them go top or a draw joint top of the division while a win for the home side would see them go joint top so there is plenty to play for this early in the season.
Cobh Ramblers whether you play them at home or in St Colmans Park are always a difficult game and the stats show that. Since 1994 the teams have played on 54 occasions with Cobh winning 29, Athlone Town 13 with 12 of the games ending in draws.
On the goals front is is Cobh who again head this scoring 85 to Athlone Towns 54.
Trips to Cobh have always been a difficult place to get points with Athlone winning only once in St Colmans Park since 2007 with that win coming in the 1st Division winning season of 2013. Previous to that win there are only two other wins since 1994 with them occurring in 2000 and 2001 with Cobh having won 17 games with 6 ending in draws. Since 1994 in the 26 games played Cobh have scored 47 goals at home compared to Athlones 23 which includes a couple of big wins. These results show it will be no easy task for Athlone to come away with any result this Saturday night.
At the time of this article Athlone Town have made no injury news available while Cobh Ramblers will field without Darren Murphy, Cian Kingston and Ian Mylod are all out while both Dean Swords and Ryan Hogan are doubtful.
Despite the lack of official news rumours continue to persist around the League of Ireland and the town that Athlone have signed a further 4 or 5 players two of which are strikers so we could be in for some surprises in the starting 11 come match time.
Kick off in St Colmans Park is scheduled for 3.00pm