Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

20 September 2009
Division 1
Cloughjordan B
Gareth Russell
Clodiagh Rangers
Paul Doyle
Liam McCullagh
Mark Quinlan
Clodiagh Rangers travelled to league leaders, Cloughjordan ‘B', on Sunday afternoon last, and left with all three points after a thoroughly satisfying victory in a heated contest, with both sides fortunate to to finish the game with the full compiment of players.
The natural terrain, combined with a slight wind, lead to the inevitable outcome of “a game of two halves”.
The home side enjoyed some territorial advantage in the first half, but Clodiagh Rangers crisper passing meant it was the visitors who looked more likely to score early on.
Cloughjordan however managed to break the deadlock first, with Gareth Russell tapping home from close range amid some disarray in the Clodiagh Rangers defence.
The second half saw Clodiagh Rangers turn the screw on Cloughjordan, and after weathering the early storm, the home side finally cracked on the hour mark.
Paul Doyle judged the flight of a freekick from deep to perfection, and with the ball dropping over his shoulder connected with a looping volley to send the ball beyond the keeper to the net.
More Clodiagh Rangers pressure produced the lead goal that the visitor's play demanded, and when it arrived it was a goal worth waiting for. Liam McCullagh, cutting in on the inside right channel, stroke a sweet half volley that dipped into the top corner leaving the keeper helpless.

With their noses in front, Clodiagh Rangers played with a more compact style, happy to hit Cloughjordan on the break, and the defence coped well with what the home side threw at them, with Barry O'Loughlin in particular excelling at left back.
Clodiagh Rangers secured the victory with ten minutes remaining when Mark Quinlan pounced to score his fifth of the season and give Clodiagh Rangers the breathing space needed to close out the game.
A pleasing afternoon's work for Clodiagh Rangers, taking maximum points to lift them to second in the table, and who travel to Holycross for next Sunday's league fixture.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English; Michael Brown, Denis McCullagh, John Dwyer, Liam McCullagh; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Shane O'Dwyer, Keith Ryan.