Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

9 August 2009
Division 1 Shield
Clodiagh Rangers
Matt McCullagh
Clodiagh Rangers first competitive outing of the season came in the form of this Division 1 Shield fixture against Ballymackey.

Clodiagh Rangers started brightly and a new look midfield of Liam McCullagh and John Dwyer were supplying the ammunition for John Casey and Patrick Purcell on the wings.
Clodiagh Rangers peppered the Ballymackey goal with shots from distance but never really troubled the Ballymackey keeper and failed to carve out any clear chances for Joe Cullagh and Keith Ryan up front.
And is often the case in such circumstances, the visitors were left rueing their complacency in front of goal when Ballymackey stung the visitors on the break with the opening goal, somewhat against the run of play.

A long clearance out of defence was not dealt with by the Clodiagh Rangers back four, and the resultant shot bounced awkwardly off the turf and evaded James ryan's outstretched arm in the Clodiagh Rangers goal.

Clodiagh dominated the remainder of the half but without ever really piercing the Ballymackey rearguard much to the concern of Clodiagh Rangers manager, Eamon Maher, who introduced Paul Doyle and Mark Quinlan to the proceedings in the second half and the visitors immediately set about the home team's goal with greater menace.

The breakthrough finally came when a speculative effort from distance by Matt McCullagh found the net. Ballymackey failed to effectively clear their area from a corner and McCullagh was on hand to volley the ball to the net.

Despite going close with several further efforts through Joe Cullagh, Mark Quinlan and John Casey, Clodiagh Rangers never suceeded in getting the lead that their play deserved.

Ballymackey proved flawless from the spot in the shootout and progress to the semi-finals leaving Clodiagh Rangers wondering how they let this one slip away.
James Ryan; Shane O'Dwyer, Matt Mc Cullagh, Declan Carr, Paul English, John Casey, John Dwyer, Liam McCullagh, Patrick Purcell, Joe Cullagh, Keith Ryan.
Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.