Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

17 January January 2010
Division 1
Brian Freeman
Alan Kenneally 3
Clodiagh Rangers
Eoin Shortt
Mark Quinlan

Clodiagh Rangers ĎA' travelled to Ballinrea on Sunday last, to take on Ballymackey in the latest round of the Division 01, after a considerable lay-off enforced by the recent arctic weather.
Clodiagh Rangers played most of the football in the opening half hour and applied pressure on the Ballymackey goal without carving out any clear-cut chances. The Clodiagh Rangers midfield were well on top and it was not surprising that the goal, when it arrived, emanated from a fluid passing move that concluded with Paul Doyle slipping the ball into the path of Eoin Shortt, who kept his cool to lift the ball over the advancing keeper to open his account for the season.
Ballymackey found themselves level soon after however, when the Clodiagh Rangers defence failed to deal with a long punt from midfield, though there was more than a suspicion of a foul on the defender, and Alan Kenneally finished to the net to make it one-one.
Clodiagh Rangers were undeterred by this setback and launched further attacks on the Ballymackey goal, with John Dwyer having a rasping effort cannon off the frame of the goal. Clodiagh Rangers restored their one goal before the break in somewhat fortuitous circumstances, when a Mark Quinlan cross from deep deceived the Ballymackey keeper and ended up in the net.
Uncharacteristically of late, Clodiagh Rangers pressed the self-destruct button in the second half and soon found themselves chasing a game that they were in control of in the first half. Almost instantly Ballymackey equalized, capitalizing on a rebound from a free kick to bundle the ball to the net.
Clodiagh Rangers, stung by the concession of an early goal tried to respond in kind immediately, but without effect and with disastrous consequences as Ballymackey struck on the counter-attack with lead goal converted by Kenneally.
Eamon Maher introduced Andy Kinnane and Michael Browne from the bench and the fresh impetus provided allowed Clodiagh Rangers to regain the territorial advantage that they enjoyed in the first half.
Clodiagh Rangers created chance after chance in a second half, hindered by a plethora cynical time-stoppages, with Eoin Shortt, Matt Ryan and Denis McCullagh coming agonisingly close to equalising.
Ballymackey made certain of the three points with minutes left when Brian Freeman found the net in almost identical circumstances to Quinlan's first half strike.
A bitterly disappointing defeat for Clodiagh Rangers ĎA' and damaging to their prospects of promotion, but they will have to pick themselves up for the visit of neighbours, Holycross FC, to Drombane next Sunday morning at 11.00.

Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English; Paul Doyle, Matt Ryan, Denis Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer; Eoin Shortt, Mark Quinlan.
Andy Kinane, Michael Browne, Keith Ryan.