It takes character, hard work, skill and preparation to win a semi-final as underdogs and make it to the first senior national cup final in a club’s history. This is just what Cobh Ramblers FC achieved on Monday afternoon against Dundalk at St. Colman’s Park. Perhaps what displays the team’s character so vividly is that in the preparation for this crucial game, with so much on their minds, they took the time out to wear our t-shirts support PHA Ireland in raising awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension sufferers and the daily challenges they face. I think we can all agree they struck some fine sporting poses in our Association’s t-shirts and we offer our immense gratitude to their manager Stephen Henderson and the team who, with Christine Coakley’s tremendous endeavour made this photo shoot and publicity happen in the run up to the game. Everybody likes to contribute to a winning team so we hope perhaps wearing the t-shirts brought the Rams some good luck, not that they needed it by the sounds of the after-match reports with descriptions like ‘heroics’ and ‘the underdogs were disciplined without the ball and purposeful on it’. Ramblers can rest assured we’ll be cheering them to the best of our ability when they meet Derry City in the EA Sports Cup final. If you want to understand the particular issues Pulmonary Hypertension sufferers deal with on a daily basis including the ‘Rising Cost of Breathing’ please visit this link.
Our thanks to Sean Truscott Photography and Christine Coakley for the images above.