Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

27 September 2009
Division 1
Kyle Denny
James Ryan og
Clodiagh Rangers
Denis McCullagh
Liam McCullagh
Mark Quinlan (2)
Keith Ryan
Clodiagh Rangers were on the road again on Sunday last, but this time with the short trip to local rivals Holycross for the morning kick-off in pleasant autumnal weather. Holycross' early play belied their lowly league position, as they pressed high up the pitch and caused some difficulty for the Clodiagh Rangers midfield to secure any useful possession.
In fact the home side enjoyed the lions share of the ball, and territory in the opening twenty minutes.
Clodiagh Rangers eventually settled into the game and began to carve out some half chances and the lead goal duly arrived after the half hour. Doyle showed good trickery on the wing, whose deep cross found Liam McCullagh at the back post, who selflessly set up Denis McCullagh to fire home the opener from close range.
Liam McCullagh was soon in the thick of it again, picking up possession in midfield and driving at the home defence, rounding two would-be tackles, and calmly finishing to the net. An early contender for goal of the season.
Clodiagh Rangers started the second half sluggishly and Holycross soon capitalized on a favourable offside call to claw their way back into the contest, when a Kyle Denny shot was deflected into the net. As in the first half however, Clodiagh Rangers soon found their rhythm again and with it the breathing room of a two goal lead.
McCullagh again found his way into the Holycross area, this time feeding Quinlan, who nonchalantly back-heeled the ball to the net. Quinlan was on target again moments later, this time racing onto a through ball, and converting the chance with the confidence you'd expect of a player who'd just netted his seventh of the season.
The contest was effectively over fifteen minutes from time when Keith Ryan marked an impressive substitute appearance with a goal, finishing off a neat passing move originating from defence.
Holycross produced some of their best football of the day in the closing stages of the game, and some late pressure resulted in a consolation goal, when a cross was deflected to the net by an attempted clearing header.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt Mc Cullagh, Shane O'Dwyer; Michael Brown, Denis McCullagh, Declan Carr, Liam McCullagh; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Keith Ryan, Patrick Purcell