Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

12 September 2010
Premier Division
Clodiagh Rangers
Joe Cullagh
Matt McCullagh
Eanna Jones
David Fennell
Mark Cahill
Clodiagh Rangers 'A' entertained Premier Division league rivals Blackcastle 'A' in Drombane on Saturday afternoon last in this rescheduled fixture.

Clodiagh Rangers were quickly out of the blocks and Joe Cullagh was unlucky not to break the deadlock within the opening five minutes. Stephen Fewer played an incisive pass into the inside right channel and Cullagh, racing clear, went agonizingly close to finishing the move but for the Blackcastle keeper to deflect his effort narrowly wide. Clodiagh Rangers were not to be denied however and moments later found the back of the net in clinical fashion. Mark Quinlan played an intelligent ball to Joe Cullagh on the edge of the area who cleverly spun the defender and finished with aplomb.

Clodiagh Rangers will not be happy with the manner in which they conceded the advantage to Blackcastle in fifteen minutes of madness midway through the half.

Firstly, sloppy defending from a corner allowed David Fennell to head home the equalizer. Shortly after Mel Mc Bride showed good pace and skill to create an opening for Eanna Jones to convert the lead goal from close range. To compound the home side's misery, a Jones snap shot from the edge of the area rasped home to leave, them trailing by two on the half hour mark. Clodiagh Rangers, finally stung to life, finished the half dominantly and narrowed the margin to one shortly before half time when a Matt McCullagh free kick from distance found it's way to the net.

Clodiagh Rangers, playing against the wind in the second half, started the second period brightly but were dealt a killer blow, when Clodiagh Rangers defender was very harshly adjudged to have handled a point blank shot thus denying a goal-scoring opportunity and was given a straight red card. Adrian Cooke pulled out a top drawer save to deny the visitors from the resultant spot kick and keep the home side in the tie.

Clodiagh Rangers worked hard to force an opening in the second half but against the elements and numerically disadvantaged, chances were at a premium. Clodiagh Rangers were left fuming not to be awarded a late penalty when John Dwyer was bundled over in the box while attempting to get on the end of a corner kick.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, John Dwyer, Paul English; Stephen Fewer, Gareth Foxton, Paul Doyle, Michael Browne; Joe Cullagh, Mark Quinlan.
Andrew Fogarty, Shane O'Dwyer.