Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

21 August 2011
Division One
Bridge United
S. Hickey (2)
Clodiagh Rangers
Ailbe O'Donoughue (2)
Clodiagh embarked on their promotion quest away to Bridge United on Sunday last in Birdhill.

Clodiagh were still smarting from their early exit from the divisional shield but had to absorb the early pressure from the home side as Bridge United enjoyed the territorial advantage in the opening moments.

The Drombane team settled into the game however, and after a warning effort from Paul Doyle, took the lead shortly after with a neat finish from Ailbe O'Donoghue to open his account for the season.

Clodiagh Rangers dominated the remainder of the half but didn't threaten the Bridge United keeper, and were made to pay shortly before the interval when Shane Hickey capitalized on a loose ball from a corner to leave the sides level at the break.

The second half was a very even contest with both sets of players committing to full-blooded tackles around the centre of the field. Clodiagh Rangers nosed in front around the hour mark when Denis McCullagh carried the ball into the opposition area and teed up last season's prolific youth striker, Ailbe O'Donoghue, for his second of the game.

Clodiagh Rangers had chances to extend their lead, with perhaps the best chance falling to Colm Stapleton at the back post, after terrific build-up play by man-of-the-match Paudie Ryan on the right, but the resultant volley skinned the top of the bar. With time running out Bridge United pulled themselves level, when Shane Hickey rose highest to head home a dangerous left wing cross. The home side almost snatched all three points in injury time but for a marvelous save from Adrian Cooke in the Clodiagh Rangers goal.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, Shane O'Dwyer, Paul English; Shane Dwyer, Matt Ryan, Denis McCullagh, Paudie Ryan; Paul Doyle, Ailbe O'Donoghue.
Colm Stapleton, Owen Shortt, James Murray.