Conor McDonald lost his 100% record in the league in August as Cobh Ramblers fell to two defeats in the Airtricity First Division and were knocked out of the Ford Cup 1st Round by Premier League opponents.
McDonald’s first game of the month was against table-topping Shelbourne who lead the way in the First Division by five points. It was the new manager’s first big test since joining in late June after an unbeaten spell throughout July.
It took 39 minutes for the first goal of the game to be registered for Shelbourne but they quickly doubled their lead within two minutes with goals from Darragh Noone and former Rams striker Jaze Kabia just before the break.
Ian Turner pegged Shelbourne back with a penalty on the hour mark but Shelbourne reasserted their dominance over Cobh within ten minutes as Kabia bagged his brace and another was scored by Alex O’Hanlon to make it 4-1 heading into the final twenty minutes.
Cian Leonard scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute for Cobh but even that was tainted two minutes later by Lorcan Fitzgerald making it 5-2 to Shelbourne.
A ten day gap between their next league fixture led Cobh to mull over their first loss under McDonald but they bounced back with a 2-0 win over high-flyers Longford Town all thanks to a Cian Leonard double in the second half.
McDonald’s debut in the Ford Cup came along with an early exit as they took Premier League outfit Finn Harps to penalties in a scoreless draw in which they were beaten 5-3 due to a David Hurley miss.
Due to a break in competitive fixtures, Cobh Ramblers lined up a friendly against local rivals Cobh Wanderers at St. Colman’s Stadium in which they ran out 4-3 winners.
Perhaps the biggest embarrassment for McDonald so far in his reign came against bottom of the table Wexford who had only won a single game all season prior to running out as 2-0 winners in the league as Conor English and Andrew Wall secured three points against Cobh at Ferrycarrig Park.
Despite all the results this month, this still leaves Cobh in sixth place and have now not budged in league position in all of McDonald’s 64 days in charge of the club with only five games now remaining in the season, all but ruling out any chance of Cobh exchanging positions with any club higher than 7th place.
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And it sure feels good
I'd certainly like to think so!
Thanks mate! Admittedly I just tried creating a physical likeness of McDonald's FM appearance on FIFA Career Mode and I just screenshotted the images that FIFA creates and made the rest with filters etc.
As Scott would say 'FUUUUUUUMIN'