Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 8th February 2015
Ricky Fogarty
Clodiagh Rangers
Colm Breen
Paul Doyle(pen)
The first round of the Ricky Fogarty Cup saw these premier rivals meet in Latteragh on Sunday morning last.  

Both sides lacked the urgency and competitive edge you would expect from a cup tie in the early exchanges. Clodiagh suffering the hangover of two recent narrow league defeats were tentative at best with their early efforts.

Sallypark were not long in taking advantage when a powerful run from the home front man David Young was matched by an equally powerful finish to leave the Clodiagh keeper Adrian Cooke with no chance.

His strike partner David Keogh was not to be outdone in the scoring department and his incisive run evaded the Clodiagh cover. His composed finish nestled softly in the bottom left hand corner.

At the other end Joe Cullagh was proving a real handful for the home defence. However his finishing could not match his industry or endeavour. More careless passing in Clodiagh's half presented Keogh with a guilt edged chance but a post kept the deficit at two at the break.

Early in the second half Shane O Dwyer saw a shot sail over the bar after a fine run. Midway through the half Colm Breen finally brought the tie to life from a Clodiagh perspective when he was first to react to a Joe Cullagh knock down in the Sallypark penalty area.

The goal gave added impetus to Clodiagh's play and within minutes the awarding of a fortuitous penalty gave Paul Doyle the chance to level the cup tie. He duly obliged.

With extra time looming Clodiagh's luck deserted them when a delicate O Dwyer lob rebounded from the crossbar into the keeper's arms. With one of the last plays of the game Sallypark midfielder Kieran Ryan saw his measured free kick sail narrowly over.

It looked as though extra time would also fail to separate these two sides but with time almost up, home  centre half rose highest and headed home to leave Clodiagh deservedly feeling hard done by.

Adrian Cooke, James Murray, Greg Fewer, John Leahy, Barry O Loughlin, Paul Doyle, Gareth Foxton, Denis Mc Cullagh, Shane O Dwyer, Colm Breen and Joe Cullagh.