Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 22nd March 2015
Premier League
Clodiagh Rangers
Brian Carroll
Nenagh AFC
Clodiagh Rangers welcomed Premier League leaders Nenagh AFC to Drombane in their penultimate league fixture on Sunday morning last knowing three points would set them on their way to becoming league winners.

Against the odds, Clodiagh managed to take a point from the tie, underlining their progress made by the team since their promotion back to the top tier this season.

The home side resisting the urge to tempt fate, set up conservatively from the outset. The approach reduced the well fancied Nenagh outfit to a number of speculative drives from distance in the opening exchanges with Clodiagh using their limited supply of possession in the middle of the park intelligently to release the pace of Joe Cullagh and David Considine, with the latter missing narrowly after taking advantage of some careless play at the back when his effort found Aaron Savage well placed to save with ease.

On the half hour mark it was route one rather than guile that saw Nenagh take a deserved lead. Aaron Savage claimed a corner kick and delivered instantly to his front man Dan Dalton, who showed great control to evade the attentions of Greg Fewer and sweep his shot home past Adrian Cooke.

Nenagh started the second half as they finished the first and continued to probe through the centre looking for the second goal that would ensure the three points.

However they were thwarted on numerous occasions by the bravery and skill of the Clodiagh keeper Adrian Cooke who was aided by an able and alert back four. Clodiagh's obdurate rearguard combined with Nenagh's profligacy in front of goal always gave the home side a chance of an equaliser and it duly arrived on the hour mark.

A sweeping move ended with the concession of a corner which was taken by Mark Quinlan who found Brian Carroll, who had been dominant in the air all day, and crashed home a super header from the resultant corner kick.

With any points dropped by Nenagh allowing their bitter rivals Nenagh Celtic the chance to get back into the title race, Clodiagh were forced to double their efforts in defence in the closing exchanges.

Murray and Considine both clearing off the line to keep Clodiagh on level terms and allowing them to hold out for a hard earned point.
Adrian Cooke, Michael Browne, James Murray, Brian Carroll, Greg Fewer, Mark Quinlan, Gareth Foxton, Denis McCullagh, David Considine, Paul Doyle and Joe Cullagh.
Alan Tierney