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17 July 2018 Venue Turner's Cross Attendance Referee Anthony Buttimer

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Cobh Ramblers
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Preston North End
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Cobh Ramblers vs Preston North End Match Preview

16 July 2018

The Lilywhites’ third game of their 2018/19 pre-season sees them in Ireland, to face Cobh Ramblers.

The game is being played, with a 7pm kick-off on Tuesday night, at Cork City’s Turner’s Cross, with the likes of Sean Maguire and Alan Browne returning to the ground they previously called home.

After a 60-30 minute split at AFC Fylde at the weekend; that could be reversed on Tuesday night, with the likes of Maguire and Browne, who came on at the hour mark at Mill Farm, selected to start against the League of Ireland second tier side.

Skipper Tom Clarke missed the weekend’s 6-1 win, along with Josh Earl, but the two travelled with the team to their Irish training camp and will be assessed to see whether they can return to action against a Ramblers side manager by Stephen Henderson, the brother of former PNE keeper Wayne Henderson.

Maguire’s return to Turner’s Cross will see the Irishman look to continue the form he has shown so far this summer, scoring five goals in just 75 minutes on the pitch in his two run outs so far, illustrating why he suggested after signing a new contract that there was plenty more to come from the No.24.

Those wishing to pay on the night at Turner’s Cross can do so, with tickets priced at €15 for adults, €10 for students and senior citizens and €5 for juniors.

iFollow PNE will be bringing continued pre-season coverage of the game, live from the ground, on air at 6.45pm, with Guy Clarke bringing live video coverage of the game.

You can sign up in the UK and Ireland for just £4.49 for the month and receive the coverage of this game, along with our remaining three pre-season fixtures against West Ham United (Saturday 21st, 3pm), Burnley (Monday 23rd, 7.45pm) and Oldham Athletic (Saturday 28th, 3pm).

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Match Reports

Cobh Ramblers 0 Preston North End 5

17 July 2018

Tom Barkhuizen got off the mark in pre-season, scoring a first half hat-trick, as North End made it 18 goals in three pre-season games with a 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.

Skipper Tom Clarke was also on the score sheet, along with Irishman Graham Burke – on his return to his homeland – as the Lilywhites recorded a comfortable victory at Turner’s Cross, the home of Cork City.

Barkhuizen scored two from the edge of the box, before Clarke headed home a third and then the PNE No.29 completed his treble by closing down the host side’s goalkeeper to make it 4-0 at the interval.

Burke scored an excellent free kick with seven minutes to go, to make it a good night for the green-clad side in front of a vocal following support, who had travelled across for the game.

It took only five minutes for the opening goal to arrive, as Barkhuizen collected the ball on left, drove inside to the edge of the box and fired a hard low effort into the corner of keeper Adam Mylod’s goal.

And the same man repeated the act with a similar second on 17 minutes. This time he picked the ball up about 45 yards out, drove forward, taking advantage of a ricochet before connecting right footed and directing the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

The third came on 39 minutes, as the visitors recycled a corner well, finding Billy Bodin, who crossed deep to the back post to where Clarke rose highest to head down and in off the goalkeeper, sneaking inside the left hand upright.

Barkhuizen made his hat-trick complete right on half-time, the high press forcing the goal as he closed down goalkeeper Mylod, getting a block in on the attempted clearance, the ball ricocheting off him and nestling nicely in the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

Cobh started the second half well with David Hurley driving goalwards, just wide of Declan Rudd’s left hand upright just before the hour mark, the time that brought 11 changes from North End, with the starting line-up from the win at AFC Fylde coming on to the Turner’s Cross pitch.

Chances continued to come for PNE after the alterations, Louis Moult finding the target from 22 yards, after some great movement and pass from Josh Harrop, only for Mylod to dive at full stretch to deny PNE’s No.9.

On the counter the Lilywhites also looked dangerous, Harrop broke down the right on 75 minutes, coming into a central area, finding Callum Robinson, who in turn squared the ball left to Burke, but he dragged his shot just wide of the left hand post.

But the former Shamrock Rovers man was not to be denied with seven minutes to go, Callum Robinson was brought down 20 yards out in a left hand channel and Harrop and Burke stood over it. Seemingly it was the No.10 to take it, but Burke took it quickly and powerfully, drilling the ball left footed into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Harrop almost added a sixth in the closing stages, finding the outside of the left hand post, after some good build up play involved Burke and Horgan, but it was to be five and another good work out for Alex Neil’s side.

PNE line-up (First 60 minutes): Rudd, Woods, Hughes, Pearson, Clarke (c), Storey, Bodin, Gallagher, Maguire, Browne, Barkhuizen.

PNE line-up (Last 30 minutes): Maxwell, Fisher, Johnson, Pearson, Huntington (c), Davies, Horgan, Burke, Moult, Harrop, Robinson.

Subs not used: Baxter, O’Reilly.

Cobh Ramblers line-up: A Mylod, Fleming, O'Riordan, McSweeney, Christopher, Taylor, Hurley, I Mylod, Hull, Kenny, Sh O'Connor. Subs: Hunt, Leonard, Kabia, Sadys, St O'Connor, Fernandes, Wall, Crowley, Trialist, Cronin.

Attendance: TBC

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

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Ticket News

Cobh Ramblers Fixture To Be Played At Turners Cross

3 July 2018

Preston North End’s pre-season friendly against Cobh Ramblers in Ireland on Tuesday 17th July will now be played at Cork City’s home ground, Turners Cross.

The match will still be played with a 7pm kick-off, but has been moved to allow the continued works on Cobh Ramblers pitch to be completed for their league schedule.

The move means a return to Turners Cross for Cork City hero and Irish international Sean Maguire, along with fellow former City man Alan Browne.

Other Irish players could also feature, with the likes of Daryl Horgan, who also played for the club for a spell and young midfielder Adam O’Reilly returning, as well as recent international debutant Graham Burke set to be involved.

Alex Neil’s squad will undertake a training camp in Ireland, as well as taking in the game before returning to complete their pre-season schedule back in England with the home friendlies against West Ham United (Sat 21st July, 3pm) and Burnley (Mon 23rd July, 7.45pm) and then finally with a trip to face Oldham Athletic at SportsDirect.Com Park on Saturday 28th July, with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets for the Cobh Ramblers game are now on sale and are available for Preston North End supporters online now – click here to book now.

Entry is priced at €15 for adults, €10 for students and senior citizens and €5 for juniors.

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