Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

17 February 2013
Barry Cup
Clodiagh Rangers
Denis McCullagh
Paul Doyle
Nenagh Celtic B
Clodiagh began the defence of their title against Nenagh Celtic 'B' in Drombane on Sunday morning in this round two tie.

Conditions were clear but windy, and the home team played into a stiff breeze in the first half and were forced to defend for large periods but Adrian Cooke was largely untested in goal.

At the other end, Clodiagh might have had an early opportunity to take the lead when the Nenagh Celtic defender clattered into Paul Doyle inside the area, but the referee declined to award what should have been a certain penalty.

Clodiagh struck first blood in the contest when Denis McCullagh reacted the sharpest to finish from close range, after the Nenagh Celtic keeper could only parry a Gareth Foxton shot from distance.

The visitors started the second half strongly and Adrian Cooke had to be alert between the posts to deny them an equalizer. Clodiagh were incensed when yet another penalty appeal was waved away by the referee ten minutes into the second half, with James Murray this time the victim of what can only be described as an assault by a Nenagh Celtic defender in the penalty area.

The incident seemed to galvanize the Drombane side and they went on to dominate the remainder of the game with Rob Sheehy and Denis McCullagh controlling the tempo of the game in the centre.

James Murray, John Ryan, Paul Doyle and Matt Ryan all went close to doubling the advantage, before Paul Doyle eventually put the tie to rest on the cusp of injury time with a decisive freekick effort from the edge of the area to see the holders safely through to the semi-final stages.
Adrian Cooke; Paul English, Greg Fewer, Matt McCullagh, Barry O'Loughlin; Gareth Foxton, Rob Sheehy, Denis McCullagh, James Murray; Paul Doyle, John Ryan.
Matt Ryan, Ailbe O'Donoghue, Owen Shortt, Jason Forrestal.