Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

17 October 2009
Munster Junior Cup
Andy Murphy 2
Clodiagh Rangers
Mark Quinlan
On Saturday evening last, under floodlights in Rearcross, Clodiagh Rangers ĎA' tackled Rearcross ĎA' in the Munster Junior Cup first round. With Clodiagh Rangers chasing promotion, and Rearcross struggling for form in the Premier League a close match was anticipated.
Rearcross made the early running in this game, with the home side settling into the game quicker, and creating all the early chances. Rearcross took the lead inside twenty minutes when Andy Murphy raced onto a Liam Ryan through ball to finish past Ryan at the second attempt.
Matt Ryan and Denis McCullagh slowly began to get the upper hand in the midfield and sprayed the ball left and right to Dwyer and Brown on the wings who troubled the Rearcross backline.
After a neat passing move through the middle, Brown squared the ball to Paul Doyle on the edge of the square who cannoned a shot off the crossbar. Clodiagh Rangers failed to reach parity by half time, but resumed the second half in complete control of the play.
Doyle, Quinlan and Dwyer each had shots at the target, and when the equalizer came, it had an air of inevitability about it.
Mark Quinlan finishing to the net after a goalmouth scramble to reach the ten goal mark for the season. Clodiagh Rangers continued to press for a winner but were caught by a sucker punch when Rearcross wrestled the lead back with a fine individual dead ball effort by Murphy from the edge of the area.
With the introduction to proceedings of Andy Kinane, Clodiagh Rangers poured everything forward for the last fifteen minutes in a vein effort to force extra time. Both fullbacks, O'Loughlin and English, found themselves in advanced positions and had a go at the target, but Rearcross held out for victory, and right of passage to the next round.
A disappointing outcome, but Clodiagh Rangers ĎA' have to pick themselves up for the visit to Clonmel Celtic next Sunday for the FAI Junior Cup second round, with kick-off at 2.30.
James Ryan; Barry O'Loughlin, Declan Carr, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English; Michael Brown, Denis McCullagh, Matt Ryan, John Dwyer; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Andy Kinane, Keith Ryan.