Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

11 August 2013
Division One
Clodiagh Rangers
Colm Stapleton 2
Mark Quinlan
Michael Browne
Paul Doyle
Borroway Rovers
Paul Gould
Damien Grimes
David Keane
Clodiagh opened the league season against neighbours, Borroway Rovers in Drombane last Sunday and emerged victorious by the odd goal in nine in an exhilarating contest.

As usual of late, playing conditions were perfect and the home team settled into the game quickly with Colm Stapleton and Barry O'Loughlin combining well on the left side of the pitch.

This early pressure was converted into the games opening goal when Colm Stapleton found himself free inside the area and easily slotted the ball home underneath the advancing keeper.

Shortly afterwards, Mark Quinlan finished cleverly in front of goal when the ball fell kindly and he volleyed home from close range.

Borroway Rovers were relying heavily on the long ball, which the Clodiagh rearguard was well able to contend with.

Michael Browne put the gloss on a fine overall first half performance with a well-taken goal to put Clodiagh Rangers three goals ahead approaching the break after he sidestepped his way through the defence and slotted home.

Just before the halftime interval however Borroway Rovers pulled a goal back with a headed effort by former Clodiagh defender Paul Gould from a freekick that went low past Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers goal.

Almost straight from the kick off, Clodiagh Rangers worked the ball well from defence down the left and with Colm Stapleton placing the ball invitingly across the visitors area, Paul Doyle latched on to the end of it to delicately lift the ball over the advancing keeper in to the far corner.

This should have spelled the end of the game as a competitive fixture, but all credit to the visitors who pushed hard and were rewarded, albeit somewhat fortunately when an attempted defensive clearance ended up in the net.

Spurred on by this, Borroway scored again with a neat break away and emphatic finish from their front man, Damien Grimes. The home team found another gear and were happy to see Colm Stapleton latch onto a long pass, control it well and finish in style to make it 5-3.

With minutes remaining, the visitors brought the difference to the minimum again when David Keane scored direct from a corner kick.

Clodiagh Rangers eventually held out for the three points to kick start the season.

Adrian Cooke; James Murray, Greg Fewer, Matt Ryan, Barry O'Loughlin; Ger Grant, Gareth Foxton, Colm Stapleton, Michael Browne; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
John Ryan.