Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

7 November 2010
Premier Division
Clodiagh Rangers
Paul Doyle 2
Derek O'Toole 2
Clodiagh Rangers 'A' and Rearcross 'A' made the most of the fine weather before the anticipated storm on Sunday afternoon last to play their weather postponed Premier League fixture from the previous Sunday.

On a sticky surface the home side settled quickly and largely dominated the opening half of this contest, but with little product on the scoresheet, a statistic that would later return to haunt the Drombane outfit.

Doyle and Quinlan were proving a handful for the Rearcross defence, and assisted by a Clodiagh midfield on the front foot carved out a glorious number of chances. Matt Ryan was twice denied an opening goal by the heroics of the Rearcross keeper and Gareth Foxton was unlucky not to mark an industrious first half performance with a goal of his own.

Inevitably the goal did come, and after good work from Steven Fewer on the wing, Paul Doyle placed his header in top corner. The half time break was a welcome respite for the visitors but it seemed to break Clodiagh Rangers momentum and the home team were unable to maintain the same control in the second half.

Eamonn Maher shuffled his personnel in an effort to breath fresh impetus into their play but the pressure eventually told on the Clodiagh defence when Derek O'Toole nodded home from close range to level the scores. Clodiagh Rangers restored their lead almost immediately when Paul Doyle raced onto a ball over the top to beat the keeper and score his second of the afternoon.

Clodiagh almost put the game beyond Rearcross when a splendid left wing cross was met at the back post by Fewer, only for his header sail narrowly over the bar. Clodiagh however surrendered their lead, and the three points, to a late goal for the second home fixture in succession, when a shot by O'Toole rebounded back off the post and rolled into the net off the hapless covering defender. In truth the home side were lucky to escape with a solitary point in the closing stages, with a mixture of luck and some wasteful finishing by the visitors, leaving the final score at two goals a piece.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, John Dwyer, Paul English;Steven Fewer, Michael Browne, Gareth Foxton, Matt Ryan; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Liam McCullagh, Denis McCullagh, Joe Cullagh