Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

14 October 2012
FAI Junior Cup
Clodiagh Rangers
Greg Fewer
Tommy Stevens
Thurles Town
Eoin Dorney
Padraic Fogarty 2
Michael Ryan

Clodiagh entertained premier league side Thurles Town ĎA' in the FAI Junior Cup at Drombane on Sunday afternoon.

Playing conditions perfect were for football, and the first half produced an enthralling contest, with Thurles Town flying out of the traps and setting a high tempo to the opening twenty minutes. The visitors got the opening goal that their play merited inside that period when Tommy Brophy squared a low ball from the end line for Eoin Dorney to convert from close range.

Clodiagh Rangers settled into the game after an opening period spent almost entirely on the back foot, and pulled themselves level on twenty five minutes. Barry O'Loughlin and Gareth Foxton combined to good effect on the left wing to open up the Thurles backline and force the concession of a corner. From the resultant set piece, Greg Fewer in the six-yard area met Paul Doyle's inch perfect cross emphatically, and his header left Coppinger with no chance in the visitors' goal.

Thurles Town hit the lead again after the half hour mark when Padraic Fogarty fired home from an acute angle after rounding the keeper. The visitors might have stretched their lead shortly afterwards when Robert Jordan found himself with space to shoot inside the area, but Adrian Cooke pulled off a terrific reflex save to turn the ball around the post.

In keeping with the nature of the first half, Clodiagh brought themselves level before the halftime interval. Denis McCullagh fed the ball through the Thurles Town backline to Ailbe O'Donoghue, and his square pass was well finished by Tommy Stevens, cutting in from the right.

Thurles Town started the second half in similar fashion to how they started the first and the pressure finally told on the Clodiagh Rangers goal, when Fogarty popped up to convert from close range to give them the lead for the third time. Clodiagh Rangers responded strongly to this setback and were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty on the hour when Ailbe O'Donoghue was bundled to the ground inside the box when through on goal, with the referee inexplicably awarding a corner instead. Adrian Cooke pulled off a top class save in the Clodiagh Rangers goal, tipping over an effort from distance to deny Jordan.

Thurles Town extended their lead with twenty minutes to play when a quickly taken corner kick found Michael Ryan in space at the edge of the area, and his rifled shot found the top corner. With fifteen minutes to play, Clodiagh almost grabbed a lifeline in the game when Barry O'Loughlin played Paul Doyle through on the left wing, and his whipped cross was met by a diving header by Tommy Stevens, but the ball flew agonizingly over the bar.

With time running out and the home team taking further risks to pull a goal back, Thurles Town fired two more goals to put a somewhat unfair complexion on the score line.
Adrian Cooke; Paul English, Greg Fewer, Matt McCullagh, Barry O'Loughlin; Tommy Stevens, Denis McCullagh, James Murray, Gareth Foxton; Paul Doyle, Ailbe O'Donoghue.
Andrew Quirke, Jason Forrestal.