Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 27th September 2015
Premier Division
Clodiagh Rangers
Shane O'Dwyer
Paul Ryan
Paul Doyle
Thurles Town
Robert Jordan
Stevie Coppinger
Clodiagh breathed some much needed life into their faltering league campaign to make it 4 points from their last 2 matches as they overcame local rivals Thurles Town thanks to a drama filled second half.

The first half saw both sides move the ball around with confidence and carve open a slim number of chances with Barry Ryan and Stevie Coppinger both going close for Town with Paul Ryan and Joe Cullagh seeing their efforts go the wrong side of the post for the home side to see the game scoreless at the break.

Shane O'Dwyer was handed a new role out on the right hand side of midfield and was a constant thorn in the visitor's side and he was rewarded for his hard work when he cut in from the right and danced into the penalty before curling a left footed effort the ball past the reach of Davey Coppinger in the 55th minute.

Shortly afterwards Town had the opportunity to level matters from the penalty spot, but Adrian Cooke dived to his left to stop Robert Jordan's tamely stuck effort.

Jordan made ammends 10 minutes later when the ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the box and he found the bottom left hand corner of the the net with a well directly snap shot.

Both sides continued to push forward in search of some much needed league points and it was Clodiagh who took the lead again in the 70th minute when Michael Brown squared for Paul Ryan to volley home from the edge of the six yard box.

Only 5 minutes later, Town were once again awarded a penalty which saw James Murray picking up his second yellow reducing the Drombane outfit to ten men. However Murray's blushes were spared when Cooke once again dived to his left to save, what was, this time a firmly struck Barry Ryan penalty.

However, Clodiagh failed to heed the warning when Stevie Coppinger ran at the home defence and his low effort across the face of the goal somehow creeped in off the far post with only 10 minutes remaining.

The home side, despite being reduced to ten men continued to push forward and not long after Shane O'Dwyer rattled the visitors crossbar with a free kick, Paul Doyle managed to create space just outside the area to shoot from all of 20 yards, and his effort found the roof of the net.

Clodiagh managed to shut up shop for the reamaining 10 minutes and hold on for the points despite some neat build up play from Thurles.

Best for Clodiagh were Adrian Cooke, Shane O'Dwyer and Paul Ryan.
Adrian Cooke, Barry O'Loughlin, James Murray, Brian Carroll, Greg Fewer, Paul Ryan, John Ryan(Casey), Shane O'Dwyer, Michael Browne, Joe Cullagh, Paul Doyle
Patrick Lowry