Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

25 September 2011
Division 1
Rory Mousney
Clodiagh Rangers
Paul Doyle
John Dwyer
Clodiagh were back in league action on Sunday last and travelled to a wind and rain swept Ballinree to take on Ballymackey.

Clodiagh played against the wind in the first half but still managed to dominate the territorial possession in the opening half hour, and with the conditions making it difficult to carve out any scoring chances there was little goal mouth action of note to report on in the first half.

Paul Ryan was a constant menace on the left wing and seemed capable of getting behind the Ballymackey defence at will and very nearly found the net on twenty minutes when a cross come shot drifted narrowly beyond the back post.

The home team managed to disrupt the Clodiagh Rangers play in the latter stages of the half with the visitors finding themselves on the receiving end of a few hefty tackles, but Ballymackey failed to find a way beyond the Clodiagh Rangers defence and Adrian Cooke was sweeping up any ball played over the top of the back four.

Clodiagh Rangers cranked up the pressure on the their hosts in the second half and the breakthrough goal arrived before the hour mark. Paul Doyle received Colm Stapleton's pass in the Ballymackey area and skipped past the right back before shooting across the keeper to the bottom right corner with his left foot.

Clodiagh Rangers will feel aggrieved not to have stretched their lead as successive efforts from Liam McCullagh and man of the match, Paul Ryan, skinned the upright.

Ballymackey shuffled their playing personnel with fifteen minutes to play and it seemed to have the desired effect as Adrian Cooke was at full stretch to deny an almost certain equalizer from twenty yards. Clodiagh Rangers failed to heed the warning and moments later found themselves on level terms as Rory Mounsey rose highest to head home a cross from a left wing freekick for Ballymackey.

Clodiagh Rangers exhausted the remainder of their substitutes in an effort to rescue the three points and it was Tommy Stevens who came up trumps in injury time, cleverly drawing a freekick in a dangerous location under a clumsy Ballymackey tackle.

John O'Dwyer's fiercely whipped freekick took a deflection off the top of a Ballymackey head and deceived the keeper to allow Clodiagh Rangers a lucky escape with all three points.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, Shane O'Dwyer, John O'Dwyer; Paul Ryan, Denis McCullagh, Liam McCullagh, Matt Ryan; Paul Doyle, Colm Stapleton.
Shane O'Dwyer, Owen Shortt, Tommy Stevens.