Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

18 September 2011
FAI Junior Cup
Clodiagh Rangers
L. McCullagh (3)
Paul Ryan (2)
Ailbe O'Donoghue
Burncourt Celtic
Chris Platt

On All-Ireland day in the Capital, Clodiagh Rangers 'A' entertained Burncourt Celtic 'A' in the opening round of the FAI Junior Cup.
Though the sun was shining in Drombane, the home team played with a strong wind advantage in the first period and pegged their South Tipperary opponents into their own half for the majority of the half.
Clodiagh Rangers had struck the post twice before the inevitable breakthrough came on twenty minutes when a sweet passing move involving Denis McCullagh, Paul Ryan and Ailbe Donoghue was finished to the net by Liam McCullagh at the second attempt after his first effort rebounded off the upright.
McCullagh added a second goal moments later when he struck a tidy volley past the Burncourt Celtic keeper after an incisive run into the area. Paul Ryan made the advantage three just after the half hour mark when he curled home a fine free kick effort from twenty yards.

Five minutes before the break Ailbe O'Donoghue grabbed a fourth goal for the Drombane side, knocking the ball to the net from close range after neat play from Paul Ryan on the wing.
The opening to the second half was an entirely different affair with Burncourt Celtic putting intense pressure on the Clodiagh Rangers goal and getting their reward when Chris Platt finished past Adrian Cooke after an initial save by the keeper.

Cooke pulled off a great save moments later, diving full stretch to his left to prevent Burncourt Celtic closing the gap further. Clodiagh Rangers weathered the early storm however and gradually began to impose themselves on the game again and restored their four-goal lead when Paul Ryan struck his second of the game capitalizing on a goalkeeper error to maximum effect.

Clodiagh Rangers introduced substitutes Matt Ryan and Colm Stapleton into the action and the home team continued to threaten the Burncourt Celtic goal.

Man of the match, Liam McCullagh completed his hatrick before being replaced by Shane Dwyer with quarter of an hour to play. There was still time for Clodiagh Rangers to find the net again with substitute Dwyer unlucky to see a headed effort ruled out for offside.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, Shane O'Dwyer, John Dwyer; Paul Ryan, Liam McCullagh, Denis McCullagh, Paudie Ryan; Paul Doyle, Ailbe O'Donoghue.
Matt Ryan, Colm Stapleton, Shane Dwyer