Treaty Travel to take on Keegan’s Cobh Ramblers

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Harlain Mbayo of Cobh Ramblers in action against Conor Melody of Treaty United during their league clash last March.

Treaty United play their third league game in eight days tomorrow evening when they take on Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park (7.45).

It has been a tough week for the Limerick side which started brightly with a hard fought 0-0 draw with Galway United last week. However, Monday evening proved to be a much harder night with Cork City running out comfortable 0-5 winners at the Markets Field.

To add to the disappointing nature of Monday’s defeat, play-off rivals Wexford managed to secure a draw with Bray in injury time which allowed them to leapfrog Treaty into fifth position on goal difference. It does look as though the race for the final play-off place will go right to the end of the season.

The meeting between Cobh and Treaty will bring an interesting sub-plot with former Treaty Academy Lead Shane Keegan departing last week to become manager of the Rams and this will be his first game in charge of his new club.

However, all pleasantries will be laid aside when the teams renew rivalries. This is the third meeting between the two teams this season with both previous encounters ending in draws. In the first game at Colman’s Park, it ended in a 0-0 draw with neither side creating many clear-cut chances to win. In the most revcent meeting at the Markets Field, Treaty took an early lead thanks to a goal from Marc Ludden but Cobh responded and were leading 1-2 before Ludden scored his second penalty of the evening to equalise.

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Treaty will be hoping that Cobh do not get the new bounce that seems to inevitably envelope football clubs upon the appointment of a new manager.

Jack Brady is expected to be back between the posts when Treaty take on Cobh.

Tommy Barrett will be hoping to have the services of Marc Ludden and Enda Curran who both sat out the defeat to Cork while Jack Brady will be expected to regain his position in goals following a period as second choice to Conor Winn. Whether Barrett decides to revert to the 4-4-2 formation which has been deployed in recent weeks, remains to be seen and probably depends on the fitness of Curran to partner top scorer Dean George.

Barrett admits the game with Cobh will be tough but thinks his team can get a positive result on Friday night. : “It will be tough as I am sure they will get a new manager bounce. They will be looking at the result here tonight (0-5 loss to Cork) and they will think they can get at us. They have a really good squad and as I said previously, I tried to sign a couple of their players that can’t get in their starting 11. I back our lads to get a positive result down there. We have a good resilient group and they are very professional in their attitude.”

The Airtricity Women’s National League returns this weekend following a two week break when Treaty host title challenging Shelbourne at the Markets Field on Saturday (5pm). Shels are in great form under former Limerick FC manager Noel King and hold a five-point lead at the top of the table.

Treaty are currently cut adrift at the bottom which their solitary point coming from a home draw with Sligo Rovers. There are eight points separating Treaty and Cork City. Treaty were dealt a blow last weekend with the news that talented players Nicole Nix and Aine Walsh who were part of the team who won the U-17 league title with Treaty last season, have joined Wexford Youths.

To hear the view of Sporting Limerick soccer analyst Noel O’Connor on this week’s ‘Soccer Scene’ podcast ahead of the game, click on the link below:

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