Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

13 December 2009
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
John Dwyer
Mark Quinlan
With a very strong squad travelling to Clonmore, Eamon Maher had advised his side against complacency, and this was evident in the first half display from the Drombane outfit.

On a difficult playing surface Clodiagh Rangers quickly established a foothold in the game and threatened the Clonmore goal on a number of occasions from set pieces. After twenty minutes John Dwyer was played through one-on-one with the Clonmore keeper for the first clear-cut chance of the game, but his effort was just wide of the mark.

Dwyer did not have long to wait for a second opportunity though, and when the ball fell to his feet from yet another Clodiagh Rangers corner, he buried the ball to the roof of the net with some aplomb.

Although Clodiagh Rangers were well on top, they were not having it all their way, and had Adrian Cooke to thank for maintaining their slender advantage on forty minutes, when he dived acrobatically to divert a well-struck Clonmore freekick. With the beginning of the second half, Clonmore started to retain possession better and put pressure on the Clodiagh Rangers defence. The defensive unit, putting in an accomplished display, managed to resist the Clonmore attack, and with the introduction of fresh legs from the bench Clodiagh Rangers pushed on in search of a second.

This came on the hour mark, courtesy of a Mark Quinlan solo effort, collecting the ball on halfway, out-pacing the centre-half, and dispatching beyond the Clonmore keeper. Clodiagh Rangers spurned two further glorious chances to make the game safe, but with a clean sheet at the other end of the pitch, the points were never in doubt in the closing stages.

This win puts Clodiagh Rangers top of the Division 01 by the slenderest of margains and looking forward to the arrival of Cloughjordan B' in Drombane next Sunday morning at 11.30.
Adrian Cooke, Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English, Matt Ryan, Declan Carr, Denis Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Eoin Shortt, Matt Ryan, Liam Mc Cullagh, Michael Browne, Keith Ryan.