Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

6 April 2014
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
James Murray
Mark Quinlan
Paul Doyle
Arra Rovers

Clodiagh Rangers welcomed Arra Rovers ‘A' to Drombane for their final home fixture of the season.

The weather and playing conditions were ideal for this fixture, with our groundsman Keith Ryan to be commended for the latter in light of recent adverse weather conditions.

Despite a number of positional changes, the home side started the game where they left off the previous week in attacking form and were keen to try and put down an early marker in this contest.

The first quarter of the game saw the home side dominate proceedings but could not find a breakthrough as the visitors rearguard stood strong and restricted the home side to a solitary effort from distance.

Clodiagh cranked up the pressure a notch and forced the visitors into the concession of a number of corners in quick succession that resulted in the opening goal. James Murray rose highest to meet Mark Quinlan's corner delivered from the left hand side and powered his header to the back of the net.

Arra Rovers response to the concession of the goal belied their lowly league position and were soon rewarded for their endeavours as they equalized from a rapid counter attack when their front man was cleverly played through and emphatically finished beyond Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers' goal.

Refusing to heed the warning, the home side nearly found themselves in arrears at the interval with Arra Rovers enjoying a purple patch and were very unlucky to see an effort from distance go agonizingly wide.

Clodiagh Rangers emerged from the halftime break with stern words ringing in their ears from manager, Eamonn Maher, and redoubled their efforts in the second period.

Marshalled by Greg Fewer and Brian Carroll, and flanked by Barry O'Loughlin and Paul English, the Clodiagh defensive quartet turned in an exemplary second half performance and provided the platform for the hosts to go about securing three valuable points.

Despite the woodwork denying Mark Quinlan and Paul Doyle in succession and the Arra Rovers goalkeeper pulling off a number of saves, the home team were undeterred and eventually took the lead in some style.

In maintaining his fine run of from of late, Mark Quinlan took control of the ball on the right wing and cut past three players, before emphatically hammering the ball home passed the despairing goalkeeper to crack the visitors' defensive resilience.

Moments later the lead was doubled as Quinlan refused to allow the competition for the Club's “Golden Boot” to cloud his judgement as he squared for strike partner, Paul Doyle, to fire home form close range.

Second half substitutes Gareth Foxton and Tommy Stevens both came close to scoring in the final few minutes, but the home team were content to finish out the game on top and take another three points towards the promotion push. Next up for the Drombane men are trips to Clonmore and Nenagh Celtic in the coming week to determine what tier in the North Tipperary League they'll play in next season.
Adrian Cooke, Paul English, Brian Carroll, Greg Fewer, Barry O'Loughlin, James Murray, Andrew Fogarty, Denis McCullagh, Shane O'Dwyer, Mark Quinlan, Paul Doyle.
Tommy Stevens, Gareth Foxton, Keith Ryan.