Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

27 October 2013
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Mark Quinlan 2
Gerard Grant
Clodiagh travelled to Thurles to take on Borroway Rovers in this league clash on Sunday morning. Despite playing into a stiff wind, Borroway Rovers stunned the visitors with a goal from a set piece ten minutes into the contest. A direct free kick into the box was met by a flicked header just in front of goalkeeper Adrian Cooke leaving the Clodiagh Rangers custodian little chance.

The away team's riposte was immediate however and parity was restored almost directly from the restart. James Murray collected the ball at fullback and played a pass down the wing to Gerard Grant who cleverly cut the ball back to Mark Quinlan at the edge of the area, and Quinlan did the rest with a tidy finish into the bottom lefthand corner.

Quinlan doubled up moments later with a measured strike into the top corner from a free kick positioned centrally and about twenty yards from goal to give Clodiagh Rangers a one goal lead.

The visitors were rampant at this stage and the pressure produced another goal on the half hour mark when Paul Doyle fired a rasping effort from distance, and while the home team goalkeeper managed to parry the shot away, Gerard Grant was on hand to tap home to extend the lead to two.

Paul Doyle continued to trouble the home side with his pace and should have been awarded a penalty when he was unceremoniously pushed over in the box while through on goal but the referee failed to spot the incident.

A lacklustre close to the half saw little further goalmouth action and Borroway Rovers were probably content to reach the interval only two goals in arrears. Playing against the wind in the second half, the Drombane side dealt quite comfortably with the home team's attack and looked dangerous on the counterattack at the other end.

However Clodiagh suffered a setback with an hour played when the referee awarded a penalty to the home team for a handball infringement in the area. Despite Cooke saving the initial penalty kick, the Borroway forward followed up to tap home the rebound and reduce the deficit to one.

Clodiagh continued to hit their hosts on the break for the remainder of the half with Gerard Grant running his opposite number ragged on the wing but despite creating a waft of guilt-edged chances, failed to grab the goal that might have settled the contest.

Paul Doyle had another strong shout for a penalty waved away as he went tumbling under a challenge from the keeper, but the referee was again frustratingly uninterested. As the match entered the closing minutes disaster struck for Clodiagh Rangers when Borroway struck an equaliser to grab an improbable point and keep them above Clodiagh Rangers in the Division One table.
Adrian Cooke, James Murray, Matt Ryan, Greg Fewer, Barry O'Loughlin, Ger Grant, Michael Browne, Tommy Stevens, Shane O'Dwyer, Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Paudie Ryan, Matt McCullagh.