Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

28 February 2010
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Liam McCullagh
Clodiagh were back in league action on Sunday last in search of their first win of the calendar year with Clonmore the visitors.

Poor form of late has seen their title challenge falter, and recent elimination from the Tipperary Cup at the hands of Blackcastle ‘A', leaves them with that unenviable cliché of “focussing on the league”.

Though the surface in Drombane on Sunday was in near perfect condition, a strong wind sweeping from end to end took it's toll on the play, with both teams showing plenty of appetite to fight it out for the points. Clodiagh had the wind advantage in the first half but struggled to come the terms with the conditions and with the ball rarely on the ground failed to carve out any meaningful chances.

Clonmore used the offside trap to good avail and seemed content to defend in numbers in the opening period, determining that the second half might provide them with a better opportunity to attack.

Clodiagh applied a great deal of pressure on the Clonmore defence, with Barry O'Loughlin involved in much of their best play advancing down the wing from left back. It was a set piece resulting from one such move that provided the only real chance of the first half with Mark Quinlan going agonisingly close from a deflected free kick.

With the half time words of Eamon Maher ringing in their ears, Clodiagh Rangers took to the field for the second half, and while wind advantage had been reversed, Clodiagh Rangers adapted well and did not find themselves entirely on the back foot. In fact the home side started to find space behind the Clonmore backline that seemed non-existent in the first half, but the final ball continued to let them down.

Clodiagh Rangers were dogged in their pursuit of a lead goal and an accomplished display at the back provided Adrian Cooke with good cover in goal, who ably dealt with what Clonmore had to offer as an attacking threat.

With time running out and Clodiagh Rangers looking inevitably like dropping further points, Liam Mc Cullagh popped up with what proved to be the only goal of the contest. Collecting the ball outside the area, Mc Cullagh drove at the inside left channel, beat the defender and coolly slotted the ball beyond the Clonmore keeper with the assistance of the inside of the upright.

Clodiagh Rangers weathered the inevitable Clonmore onslaught in the closing stages and indeed were unlucky not to double their lead when John Dwyer rounded the Clonmore keeper, only to be undone by the covering defender.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, Declan Carr, James Ryan, Paul English; Michael Browne, Matt Ryan, Liam Mc Cullagh, John Dwyer; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Eoin Shortt, Matt Mc Cullagh, Keith Ryan.