Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

29 November 2009
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Paul Doyle
John Dwyer
Arra Rovers
John Hogan
Not since the second week in September, when they entertained Ballymackey, have Clodiagh Rangers A' played at home. And with the Clodiagh Rangers B' fixture falling foul to the weather, the first team welcomed Arra Rovers to a cold and windswept Drombane for this Division One fixture.

With maximum points from the three preceding away fixtures Clodiagh Rangers were determined to make the most of home advantage and keep the pressure on Thurles and Nenagh at the summit. Clodiagh Rangers played with a strong breeze in their backs in the first half, which condensed the play in the Arra Rovers half, making it difficult for Arra Rovers to relieve the pressure.

A lead goal for the home side seemed inevitable, and when it arrived it was courtesy of a fine individual effort by Paul Doyle.

Doyle received the ball with his back to goal, turned his man, and after a probing dribble across the Arra Rovers area, placed the ball in the bottom corner beyond the keeper.

Clodiagh Rangers continued to press, with Denis McCullagh on the left wing in particular finding gaps in the visiting defence. After having a rasping effort tipped over the bar, McCullagh turned provider for Clodiagh Rangers' second goal. After beating the fullback for pace, McCullagh whipped in a cross to the near post that deflected off the hapless defender to the net for a two-goal lead.

However, despite continuing to dominate the half Clodiagh Rangers failed to further threaten the Arra Rovers goal and the visitors nearly dragged themselves back into the contest when a counter-attack found the Arra Rovers attacker one-on-one with Adrian Cooke, but Cooke got down well to save.

Into the second half, and with the respite of the winter breeze in their favour, Arra Rovers consolidated their position in the game. Clodiagh Rangers did however manage to get the insurance goal they sought on the hour mark, when last season's player of the year, John Dwyer arrived late in the box to covert a Denis McCullagh cross.

Arra Rovers managed to grab a consolation goal in the closing stages when John Hogan capitalized on a defensive error to slot home from close range.

A Clodiagh Rangers A' win, and Nenagh Town B' failure to beat Borrisokane away, means that Clodiagh Rangers A' have leapfrogged Nenagh Town B' into second, with the two clashing in Drombane next Sunday morning at 11.30.
Adrian Cooke; Barry O'Loughlin, James Ryan, Matt McCullagh, Paul English; Denis McCullagh, John Dwyer, Declan Carr, Liam McCullagh; Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan.
Michael Brown, Matt Ryan, Keith Ryan.