Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

30 March January 2014
Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
Paul Doyle
John Ryan
James Murray

Clodiagh Rangers made the long trip to Ardcroney on Sunday looking to make it back to back victories in the league at the business end of the season. Despite the poor conditions of late, the home side should be commended for the standard of the playing surface at their playing fields and recent refurbishment of their changing facilities.

In keeping with recent form, Clodiagh Rangers exploded out of the starting blocks and threatened from the very start of proceedings with a number of opportunities which either went narrowly wide or were well saved by the home 'keeper, Paddy Reddin, who was impressive throughout.

The best of these early chances fell to Paul Doyle, Mark Quinlan and Barry Maher who must, despite the early stage of the game, have been beginning to think it was going to be one of those days. The deadlock was however broken on twenty minutes when Paul Doyle finished from close range after Mark Quinlan displayed some impressive footwork to beat his marker and square the ball from the end line.

The visitors were awarded the opportunity to double their advantage shortly afterwards when the referee deemed Barry Maher's early cross to have been handled inside the area. Paul Doyle's effort was well saved by the in-form Reddin and the chance was squandered. Undeterred, Clodiagh Rangers pressed for a second goal before the interval and Brian Carroll was unlucky to see his headed effort from a corner tipped over from close range.

Carroll, and defensive partner Greg Fewer, were relatively untroubled at the other end with Andrew Fogarty busying himself in a defensive role in midfield, ensuring that the visitors went into the break one goal to the good. The second half continued in similar fashion and saw Gareth Foxton pulling the strings in the middle of the park and was at the heart of much of Clodiagh's attacking play, however a second goal was proving elusive and Ardcroney were refusing to throw in the towel.

As it transpired two second half substitutions by Eamonn Maher proved decisive with both John Ryan and James Murray registering on the scoresheet following their introduction on either wing. James Murray doubled the visitors' lead midway through the half when he showed good awareness to follow up a long distance strike from Paul Doyle, which was initially well saved, but Murray was on hand to slot home from from inside the box.

Ardcroney rallied briefly after this setback, and a resolute Clodiagh Rangers defensive quartet was finally breached when the home side headed home a corner kick with quarter of an hour to play. John Ryan made sure of the three point however with ten minutes to play when he got on the end of an inch perfect Mark Quinlan cross to power home his finish from close range.

Man of the match, Quinlan, was unlucky not to get his own name on the score sheet late-on, but more importantly the three points secured lifted Clodiagh Rangers to within five points of third-placed Borrisokane in the League standings.
Adrian Cooke, Paul English, Brian Carroll, Greg Fewer, Barry O'Loughlin, Barry Maher, Andrew Fogarty, Gareth Foxton, Shane O'Dwyer, Mark Quinlan, Paul Doyle.
James Murray, John Ryan.