Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

7 February 2010
Barry Cup
Clodiagh Rangers
0-0(3-4 penalty shootout)

Clodiagh Rangers ĎA' played host to Ballymackey in Drombane on Sunday last in the Barry Cup quarter final, and although Eamon Maher had a depleted squad to pick from, revenge was on the menu following their recent defeat to Ballymackey away in the league.

Clodiagh Rangers were in determined mood, but with recent defeats fresh in the mind, were loathe to throw too many bodies forward in attack. The midfield pairing of Ryan and McCullagh quickly imposed themselves physically on their Ballymackey counterparts and supplied their wings with plenty of ammunition.

McCullagh played Mark Quinlan though early in the half and he was unlucky to see his shot fizz past the far post. The keeper next denied Quinlan when he found himself one on one moments later following good work from Matt Ryan in the centre. Adrian Cooke was next called into action in the Clodiagh Rangers goal to react sharply to a distance strike that seemed destined for the net.

Keith Ryan, turning in an accomplished performance at right back, released Paul Doyle on the right to send in a low cross for James Ryan, whose subsequent volley beat the keeper but was swept off the line by the covering defender. Ryan was pleading with the referee moments later for a penalty, when he was awkwardly cut down in the box by an ill-timed challenge, but the referee ignored the appeals.

Clodiagh Rangers put their first half frustrations aside, knowing that at nil-nil they were still very much in the cup-tie. Ballymackey managed to apply more pressure to the Clodiagh Rangers defence in the second half, particularly from set pieces, but Cooke continued to impress between the posts. Clodiagh Rangers had their best chances of the second half from set pieces also and almost took a deserved lead when a Declan Carr looping header hit the face of the crossbar.

As the half progressed,extra time and subsequent penalties looked increasingly likely, as neither side wanted to risk elimination that would accompany the concession of a late goal. And so it was that after a stalemate extra-time period, penalties would have to separate the sides, just as it had back in September in the corresponding shield fixture. Despite the best efforts of Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers goal, Ballymackey emerged victorious, 4-3 from the full compliment of penalties.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Declan Carr, Matt Mc Cullagh, Keith Ryan; James Ryan, Matt Ryan, Denis Mc Cullagh, Eoin Shortt; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Andrew Quirke.