Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

20 December 2009
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Mark Quinlan
Paul Doyle
Cloughjordan B
In near freezing conditions in Drombane on Sunday last, Clodiagh Rangers A' played host to Cloughjordan B' in the last round of Division 1 fixtures before Christmas.
Having won the coin-flip, Cloughjordan opted to play into the breeze in the first half, and with the consequence of finding themselves under immediate pressure from a home-side looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table.
Clodiagh Rangers first clear-cut chance fell to Liam Mc Cullagh, who headed over the bar after well-judged cross from the right wing by Paul English.
After a further number of half-chances, Clodiagh Rangers took the lead on the half hour, when Mark Quinlan capitalized on a sloppy clearance by the Cloughjordan custodian, and held his nerve to finish with some confidence.

The remainder of the half was characterized by broken play and free kicks, with neither side creating any chances of note, and Clodiagh Rangers forced into an early substitution, with Andy Kinane replacing the injured Liam Mc Cullagh. After the break Cloughjordan managed to apply some pressure on the Clodiagh Rangers goal and had to be denied an equalizer from a free kick, by a fine save from Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers goal.

The home side, out of necessity rather than design, adapted a counter-attack strategy, and with the introduction of Michael Browne and Eoin Shortt threatened on occasion to expose the Cloughjordan rearguard further on the break. In fact, such a counter-attack was to prove the source of Clodiagh Rangers second goal, when breaking quickly from a defensive corner, Quinlan carried the ball down the right wing, and his low cross was met emphatically by Doyle to seal the points. Clodiagh Rangers dominated the remainder of the game and Declan Carr was unlucky to see a headed effort scrambled off the line, and Doyle saw a close range header graze the outside of the post. The win keeps Clodiagh Rangers A' top of the Division 01 by a single point with a two-week break for Christmas.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English; Liam Mc Cullagh, Declan Carr, Denis Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Eoin Shortt, Matt Ryan, Andy Kinane, Michael Browne, Keith Ryan.