Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 3rd December 2016
2nd Division
Clodiagh Rangers B
Mattie Stakelum
Clodiagh's impressive run of form continued this weekend against league winners Gurtagarry.

A strong Clodiagh made the short journey and were very unlucky to not take a share of the spoils against runaway league champions Gurtagarry with a decent performance against a very confident home side.

After Gurtagarry were presented with the league trophy the game began in a high tempo and continued to the last kick of the game.

This was a match that only a few weeks ago Clodiagh would have lost well but a new found aggression and assertiveness has given a different complexion to the Drombane team.

Clodiagh took the lead in the 27th minute after a period of sustained pressure yielded a goal when Mattie Stakelum's clever freekick sailed past the stationary home goalkeeper.

The away side maintained the high pressing tempo until half time but unfortunately couldn't add to their deserved lead with Aiden White and Niall Shanahan both coming close in the final minutes of the first period.

The thought of a spoiled coronation party led to an angry Gurtagarry emerging in the second half and began to take control in midfield with Matt Ryan and Paul Kennedy struggling to repeat their first half dominance.

The regular forays forward by full backs Sean Stakelum and John Ryan became rarer as Clodiagh found themselves penned into their third of the field. Jack Smith became an isolated figure up front, surviving on scraps.

Finally in the 64th minute Clodiaghs resistance broke after a good sequence of passing paid off for Gurtagarry when a low shot fizzed past Niall Grant to level the match.

Clodiagh seemed to awaken after this and began to create the odd good chance as when substitute Daragh Brennan saw his 78th minute effort deflected wide for a corner.

Both teams appeared to settle for a share of the spoils as the game wound down but in the 88th minute a lucky deflection from a hopeful punt forward saw the Gurtagarry forward with only Niall Grant to beat, although Grant narrowed the angle the striker got his shot away, only to see it hit the post but rebound off the unlucky Joe Cullagh into the Clodiagh net.

On balance, Gurtagarry displayed a championship winning pedigree, and maybe just deserved the win, but Clodiagh ran them uncomfortably close of this occasion.

It was a disappointing result for manager Vincent Ryan, but he can definitely take a lot of positives from the Clodiagh performance in this enthralling and fast paced match as the season comes to a close.
Philip McCormack, John Ryan, Joe Cullagh, Mattie Stakelum, Sean Stakelum, Seamus Cullagh, James Coffey, Jason Forestal, Niall Shanahan, Aidan White, Jack Smith
Eamon Cullagh, Vincent Ryan, Dave McCormack, Paul Kennedy.