Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

24 January January 2010
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
James Ryan
Robert Quinlan

Clodiagh Rangers played host to neighbours Holycross ĎA' in Drombane on Sunday last in a top versus bottom clash with the playing surface in near perfect condition.
Clodiagh Rangers played most of the opening ten minutes in the Holycross half, with the home side eager to make amends for points dropped on their previous league outing.
Neat passing movements around the edge of the visitors' area created a number of shooting opportunities, but as was to prove a recurring theme for the match, shots from distance rarely troubled the Holycross custodian.
Set pieces have been an important platform for Clodiagh Rangers throughout the season and they took the lead inside the opening twenty minutes when Matt Ryan headed a Paul Doyle corner back across the six-yard line for James Ryan to finish from close range.
Holycross rallied after the concession of the goal and began to retain possession better in the Clodiagh Rangers half, having a sequence of set pieces of their own, and putting pressure on the home defence.
Holycross got back on terms before the half-time interval when Kyle Denny managed to reach a ball over the top from Gerry Ryan before the onrushing Adrian Cooke, and when Denny tumbled the referee did not hesitate to award the spot-kick, that Robert Quinlan duly converted.
Eamon Maher introduced Liam McCullagh for the second half and Clodiagh Rangers reasserted a stranglehold on the game, creating chance after chance, with the manager left tearing his hair out as each one in turn went a begging. On the hour mark, Paul English played the ball to Mark Quinlan in space on the edge of the area, and his resulting shot cannoned off the top of the crossbar.
Moments later Eoin Shortt, who was giving the full back a torrid time, squared for Quinlan to sweep the ball to the net, but on this occasion his effort was ruled out by the referee who adjudged the ball to have crossed the end-line.
Clodiagh Rangers had countless further chances to take all three points from the match with Eoin Shortt, Paul Doyle and Michael Browne all going agonizingly close, but despite the best efforts of the home team, they could not find a way past the Holycross keeper.
More points dropped for Clodiagh Rangers ĎA', but much credit must go to a Holycross side who turned in a performance that belied their lowly league position.

Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Paul English; Paul Doyle, Matt Ryan, Denis Mc Cullagh, Andy Kinane; Eoin Shortt, Mark Quinlan.
Liam McCullagh, Michael Browne, Keith Ryan.