Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

13 November 2011
Division One
Arra Rovers
Clodiagh Rangers
Denis McCullagh
Clodiagh travelled to Portroe on Sunday morning to take on division strugglers Arra Rovers and hoped to carry on the momentum gained from their morale boosting FAI Junior Cup victory over Cashel Town.

Clodiagh had a strong wind in their favour in the first half and assumed total territorial dominance but the weather conditions were proving as much of a hinderance as a help. Denis McCullagh worked some space for himself at the edge of the Arrra Rovers area to allow time for a shot that went narrowly over the bar.

Midway through the half, a move down the righthand side involving Paul English and John Dwyer culminated in a Colm Stapleton cross that was glanced over the bar by the head of Ailbe O'Donoghue.

Such was the pressure that Clodiagh Rangers were exerting that Matt McCullagh ventured forward from central defense and his deflected shot looped dangerously over the Arra Rovers crossbar. Arra Rovers posed a threat on the the counter attack, with centre forward Quinn in particular keeping the Clodiagh defence on full alert and forcing Adrian Cooke into saves on two occasions.

Clodiagh finally broke the deadlock just before the break to the welcome relief of the management with Denis McCullagh getting on the end of an Adrian Cooke clearance after Matt Ryan had knocked the ball through with a glancing header. Clodiagh turned in a disciplined second half performance to ensure that they left with all three points. Into a stiff breeze, Clodiagh were compact in defense, and held possession well in the centre of the park to prevent Arra Rovers mounting any sustained pressure on the Clodiagh Rangers goal.

Second half substitute, Tommy Stevens, nearly doubled the visitors advantage with fifteen minutes to play after he was played through by Denis McCullagh but the Arra Rovers keeper saved bravely at his feet to deny the young striker his first senior goal.

Clodiagh inevitably had to withstand some late pressure from their hosts, but held out for a fully deserved three points.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, James Murray, Paul English; Shane O'Dwyer, Denis McCullagh, Matt Ryan, John O'Dwyer; Colm Stapleton, Ailbe O'Donohue.
Tommy Stevens, Michael Browne, Shane O'Dwyer.