Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

1 August 2010
Premier Division (Shield)
Clodiagh Rangers
John Ryan(Casey)
Joe Cullagh(2)
Billy Hayes
Eoin Ryan
Clodiagh Rangers 'A' kicked off the new season in Drombane last week with a victory against their Moneygall counterparts securing them a berth in the semi-finals of the Premier Division Shield.
With a number of new faces in the starting line-up, individuals were pushing to establish themselves for the season ahead and a bright opening for the home side was rewarded by an early breakthrough. Paul Doyle slipped the ball through to Mark Quinlan in the inside left channel, and John Ryan made no mistake from close range when the ball was squared to the edge of the six yard box.
Clodiagh Rangers pressed forward in search of a second but instead found themselves back on level terms when half an hour into the contest when the referee awarded a penalty for handball.
Billy Hayes duly converted for Moneygall. Buoyed by this turn of events, Moneygall began to assert some pressure on Patrick Lowry's goal, but the Clodiagh Rangers' keeper was equal to the task. Somewhat against the run of play, Clodiagh snatched the lead before half time when Joe Cullagh showed a clean pair of heals to the Moneygall defence and finished neatly past the keeper.
For much of the second half Moneygall failed to threaten the Clodiagh Rangers goal, no doubt deflated by the setback of going behind so close to half time. Clodiagh Rangers had a few half chances at the other end, but the game exploded into life on the hour mark when Patrick Purcell, on for first half casualty John Ryan, picked up a pass from Stephen Fewer and smashed an effort off the underside of the bar.
Joe Cullagh, showing good predatory instincts was on hand to convert the rebound and give the home team a two-goal cushion. This breathing space was short-lived however as moments later Eoin Ryan curled home a spectacular free kick for the visitors to set up a tense finish.
The Clodiagh Rangers defence held firm for the closing stages with Barry O'Loughlin in particular making a number of crucial blocks in the latter stages.
Patrick Lowry; Barry O'Loughlin, Declan Carr, Andrew Fogarty, Keith Ryan; Stephen Fewer, John Dwyer, Paul Doyle, John Ryan; Joe Cullagh, Mark Quinlan.
Patrick Purcell.