Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

22 August 2010
Premier Division
Clodiagh Rangers
Mark Quinlan
Joe Cullagh
Benny Costello 3, 2 pen
Michael Costello
Kevin Kennedy
Clodiagh Rangers 'A' made their return to Premier Division league action on Sunday last in Drombane, with Cloughjordan 'A' their opponents, who finished last season in fourth spot.

The visitors dominated the early possession and their neat passing in the final third allowed them to create a number of scoring opportunities, but Adrian Cooke was equal to the task in the Clodiagh Rangers goal. Almost inevitably though the lead goal arrived for Cloughjordan inside the opening fifteen minutes when Michael Cleary bundled the ball home from close range after a cross from the left.

Clodiagh Rangers rallied after this setback and were back on level terms moments later courtesy of a Mark Quinlan solo effort. Countering swiftly from a defensive corner, Matt Ryan and Paul Doyle combined to feed Quinlan on the halfway line, and from there Quinlan beat the Cloughjordan defence for pace and slotted the ball beyond the onrushing keeper.

Clodiagh Rangers almost took the lead when a Matt Ryan header from a corner was headed off the line. The twenty minutes that followed however effectively ended any chance that the home side had of taking points from their opening fixture, with Cloughjordan finding the net three times in quick succession, the first of which was a penalty converted by Benny Costello.

Michael Costello and Kevin Kennedy made it four for the visitors with Cloughjordan's pace on the break proving problematic to the home team's defence. The half time team talk was made a little easier for the home team when five minutes before the interval, Joe Cullagh breathed fresh life into the contest. Picking up possession just outside the Cloughjordan area, Cullagh unleashed a shot that flew into the top corner.

Clodiagh Rangers made changes to personnel at half time with Gareth Foxton and Liam McCullagh coming on. Disaster struck for the home team in the opening stages of the second half when a mistimed tackle at the back lead to referee awarding a second spot kick of the afternoon to Cloughjordan and issuing a red card for an adjudged last-man tackle.

Benny Costello converted the spot kick to restore the three-goal advantage. Down to ten men, Clodiagh Rangers performed admirably in the second half and created a number of scoring chances with O'Dwyer and Doyle coming close with shots from distance. Joe Cullagh will count himself unlucky not to have added to his first half strike, when after rounding the keeper his shot from a tight angle ricocheted off the post and wide.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Declan Carr, Andrew Fogarty, Paul English; Stephen Fewer, John Dwyer, Matt Ryan, Paul Doyle; Joe Cullagh, Mark Quinlan.
Gareth Foxton, Liam McCullagh, Matt McCullagh, Keith Ryan.