Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

17 November 2013
Munster Junior Cup
Michael Costello
Clodiagh Rangers
Shane O'Dwyer
Tommy Stevens 2
Gerard Grant
Mark Quinlan
Clodiagh travelled to reigning Ricky Fogarty Cup champions, Cloughjordan, on Sunday afternoon for this third round Munster Junior Cup tie and progressed to the open draw stage of the Munster Junior Cup for only the second time in club history by claiming a premier league scalp for the second successive weekend.

Clodiagh Rangers started the game very well knocking the ball around with aplomb against their high flying opponents, and took a deserved lead after ten minutes when Paul Doyle crossed from the right and Shane O'Dwyer drifted to the back post to stroke home.

Despite difficult under foot conditions both teams continued to create numerous chances in an entertaining first half and Cloughjordan found an equalizer on the half hour mark when Michael Costello raced onto a through ball and rounded Adrian Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers goal to confidently slot home.

The visitors were unlucky not to regain the lead before the interval when a Tommy Stevens half volley flashed across the goal, but went agonizingly wide. Clodiagh started the second half with confidence and duly took the lead in the contest when Stevens stormed into the opposing area and his low shot taken early deceived the Cloughjordan keeper.

The away team continued to press for goals but were stung at the other end when second half substitute, Dean O'Meara, scored from close range on the hour to level the tie.

Cloughjordan were in the ascendency at this point and it took goal line clearances from both James Murray and Denis McCullagh to preserve parity. Clodiagh Rangers introduced fresh legs from the bench, and it had the desired effect when Gerard Grant timed his run into the area to perfection to get on the end of a Matt Ryan cross to put the Drombane outfit ahead for a third time.

With full time approaching, Clodiagh Rangers were undone by a great strike by Darren Killackey that Cooke could do little about in the visitors' goal and the Clodiagh rangers would have to go to extra time for the second week running.

In fading light both teams are to be commended for going in search of the winner and with the first period drawing to a close Clodiagh Rangers got the breakthrough.

The impressive Matt Ryan was the provider again, this time slipping a through ball for Mark Quinlan who showed the hallmark of a striker full of confidence by nonchalantly flicking the ball over the advancing keeper.

Ryan made it a hatrick of assists moments later, setting up Tommy Stevens who fired an unstoppable shot from inside the area to afford Clodiagh Rangers some breathing space.

The Clodiagh Rangers defence, marshalled by the Greg Fewer and Andrew Fogarty axis, proved impregnable in the closing stages sending the Drombane outfit into the open draw for the fourth round of the Munster Junior Cup.
Adrian Cooke, James Murray, Greg Fewer, Andrew Fogarty, Barry O Loughlin, Paul Doyle, Denis Mc Cullagh, Matt Ryan, Shane O Dwyer, Mark Quinlan, Tommy Stevens.
Gerard Grant, Paul English.