Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

15 August 2009
Division 1
Arra Rovers
Matt McCullagh og
Clodiagh Rangers
Liam McCullagh
Mark Quinlan
John Ryan (Casey)
Clodiagh Rangers kicked off their league campaign in less than impressive fashion on Saturday last, with an away win to Arra Rovers. Arra rovers chose to play this fixture at the grounds of neighbouring club, Newtown Celtic, and the change of venue seemed to suit Clodiagh Rangers, who in recent years have found the pitch dimensions at Arra somewhat stifling.

Clodiagh Rangers settled early with the midfield quartet on top and largely bossing proceedings, but with little cutting edge to the play in the final third of the pitch. Doyle and Casey on either wing were taking full advantage of the wide open spaces of the Newtown venue pinning the home side back at every oppurtunity, but, failing to capitalize on possession and territory, Clodiagh Rangers were always going to be vulnerable on the break and disaster struck on the half hour when a deflected Arra shot left Ryan in the Clodiagh Rangers goal helpless. Arra, for once finding space in the middle third, threaded the ball into the inside right channel, and the attempted cut back ricocheted nastily past the keeper at the near post.

In the second half there was more purpose to the visitors approach play and Liam McCullagh was perhaps lucky to see a strike from outside the box find its way past the Arra keeper after an incisive run from centre field. Dispossessing his opposite number in the centre circle, McCullagh drove at the Arra rearguard and unleashed a tepid left foot shot from the edge of the area that squirmed underneath the Arra keeper to the relief of the visitors. Clodiagh piled on the pressure and the lead goal soon followed when the evergreen Declan Carr, showing his experience around the danger zone, nodded a cross down to Quinlan to who duly obliged with the finish from close range.

Arra changed personnel in midfield and rallied briefly with Clodiagh Rangers having to absorb some late pressure, but the Clodiagh Rangers backline dealt comfortably the challenge. Eamon Maher responded in kind and with the introduction of fresh legs, Clodiagh Rangers regrouped and killed off the tie with ten minutes remaining, when Mark Quinlan evaded the full back to square for John Casey, who capped a fine performance with a goal. Plenty of room for improvement for Clodiagh Rangers but the management will be satisfied with the three points.
James Ryan; Shane O'Dwyer, Matt Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer, Paul English; John Casey, Declan Carr, Liam McCullagh,Paul Doyle; Joe Cullagh, Mark Quinlan.
Patrick Purcell, Keith Ryan, Barry O'Loughlin.