Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

16 October 2011
FAI Junior Cup (2nd Rnd)
Galbally United
Quinn Perry
Clodiagh Rangers
Owen Shortt
Paul Doyle

Clodiagh travelled to Galbally United on Sunday afternoon for a three o'clock kick-off in the second round of the FAI Junior Cup. The visitors packed the midfield and enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges allowing fullbacks John O'Dwyer and Barry O'Loughlin to press forward at every opportunity.

In fact, the opening goal emanated from the left back position with a neat interchange of passes between the afore mentioned O'Loughlin, Colm Stapleton and Matt Ryan releasing Paul Doyle down the inside left channel, before Doyle squared the ball to Owen Shortt to squeeze an effort past the Galbally United keeper at the near post.

The Clodiagh Rangers midfield were relishing the task and suffocated the home team of any space or time on the ball and thoroughly dominated the opening half with Doyle causing the Galbally United backline a lot of problems with his movement across the line.

Clodiagh Rangers doubled their advantage shortly after the half hour mark with John O'Dwyer making a timely interception to cut out a Galbally United through ball and feeding Denis McCullagh in the centre, who relayed the ball to his brother Liam, who in turn played a slide rule pass through to Paul Doyle to finish with with aplomb after rounding the Galbally United keeper.

Adrian Cooke had to be at his sharpest to deny Galbally United late in the half when he saved smartly from a distance strike.

Clodiagh Rangers surrendered territorial advantage to their hosts in the second half, but an assured defensive performance reduced Galbally United to speculative efforts from relatively safe range.

Twice Clodiagh Rangers almost extended their lead, first through Paul Doyle, who was turning in a man-of-the-match display, and secondly when Matt Ryan was desperately unlucky to see a well hit effort turned around the righthand upright.

With time running out Galbally United were thrown a lifeline when Quinn Perry went down theatrically in the area under a challenge from Cooke. Perry stepped up to take the penalty, which was brilliantly saved by Cooke, but Perry was fortunate with a favorable rebound and he gladly stroked the ball home at the second time of asking.

Clodiagh Rangers held out comfortably for the win and advance to the third round.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, Shane O'Dwyer, John O'Dwyer; Colm Stapleton, Denis McCullagh, Liam McCullagh, Matt Ryan, Owen Shortt; Paul Doyle.
Paul English, Shane O'Dwyer, Ailbe Donoghue, Tommy Stevens