Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

22 August 2009
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Mark Quinlan
Liam McCullagh
John Ryan(Casey)
Joe Cullagh
Thurles Town
Pat Lawlor
Robert Jordan
Tom Kirby (3)
AN Other
Clodiagh Rangers played their first home fixture of the season in near perfect conditions in Drombane on Saturday evening last with local rivals Thurles Town the opposition.

Clodiagh Rangers struck first blood in this high scoring affair when Paul Doyle went on a mazy run through the Thurles Town defence to set up Mark Quinlan to net the opener.

Thurles Town were restored to parity in somewhat fortunate circumstance when an attempted clearance ricocheted to the net off Pat Lawlor, and soon ofter took the lead when Robert Jordan, given time and space outside the area, drilled a near perfect shot into the top corner.

Clodiagh Rangers, perhaps feeling agrieved to be in arrears against the run of play, piled pressure on the visitors goal and reaped the rewards when Liam McCullagh netted, after Thurles Town failed to deal with an initial cross into the box.

The away side however, went quickly back into the lead, when a swift counter attack down the right flank resulted in a deep delivery to the back post that Tom Kirby was on hand to head home.

Thurles Town went further ahead when a wicked deflection on a weak shot left Cooke rooted to the spot and the home side two down inside the first half.

Clodiagh Rangers rallied and won a number of corners in quick sucession and shortly before the interval pulled a goal back when John Dwyer rose highest to nod the ball down to John Casey who finished with aplomb.

Into the second half, and the goals continued to flow, though unfortunately for the Drombane outfit it was Thurles Town who were finding the net with greater fluency. Tom Kirby struck twice early in the second half for Thurles Town, firstly to head home a corner, and later to convert from close range after good approach play from the right.

Clodiagh Rangers dominated the last quarter of the game, and substitute Joe Cullagh opened his account for the season with a typical poachers finish with ten minutes to go when the ball dropped to his feet in the six yard box. Clodiagh Rangers pushed hard for the goal that might have made it a tense finish for the visitors but without further dividend in front of goal.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer, James Ryan; John Casey, Declan Carr, Liam McCullagh,Paul Doyle; Patrick Purcell, Mark Quinlan.
Shane O'Dwyer, Joe Cullagh.