Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

16 January 2011
Premier Division
Clodiagh Rangers
Nenagh Celtic
Clodiagh Rangers 'A' entertained reigning Premier Division title holders Nenagh Celtic 'A' in Drombane on Sunday morning last and were hoping to re-ignite their faltering league campaign with a positive result.

As has often been the case this season, the Drombane outfit enjoyed a bright start to the game and unsettled their exhaled opponents, bringing a high level of intensity to the opening exchanges. Michael Browne from the left, and Paul English from the right both whipped in dangerous crosses causing panic in the Nenagh defense and forcing an early sequence of corners.

Nenagh Celtic were proving dangerous on the counter-attack, but Clodiagh were largely comfortable in dealing with the threat, with John Dwyer turning in a commanding performance at centre-half. Clodiagh Rangers were unlucky not to take the lead shortly before halftime when a Paul English cross was seized upon by Mark Quinlan in the box, but his control and snap shot went the wrong side of the far post.

After the interval it was more of the same from the home side, with the midfield axis of Liam McCullagh and Matt Ryan dictating affairs, the later playing Denis McCullagh through in the inside right channel, but his shot was pulled wide of the far post. Clodiagh had a shout for a penalty on the hour when Mark Quinlan was tripped in the box, but the referee waved play on and Matt Ryan saw his shot blocked by a despairing defensive block.

Nenagh Celtic then enjoyed the lion's share of possession for the remaining half hour as Clodiagh Rangers visibly tired and began to concede a series of dangerous set pieces. The defensive line held tight however as a barrage of set piece crosses rained into the box with Adrian Cooke pulling off a smart save from a deflected shot to deny Nenagh Celtic a lead goal. Clodiagh held out in the end for a much deserved, and much welcome point in their battle to avoid the drop zone.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, John Dwyer, Paul English; Michael Browne, Liam McCullagh, Matt Ryan, Denis McCullagh; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Joe Cullagh, Gareth Foxton