Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 5th February 2017
Tipperary Cup (last 16)
Cloughjordan B
Clodiagh Rangers B
Vincent Cullagh
Eamon Cullagh
An unlucky Clodiagh B crashed out of the on Sunday last.

In 30 first half minutes three wind and hill assisted goals by the home side gave an understrength Clodiagh a mountain to climb as they struggled to impose their passing game and failed to involve their midfield in early exchanges.

Some good defending by Joe Cullagh and John Casey and brave goalkeeping from Brian Hanrahan in the opening quarter kept the Clough forwards at bay but the resistance crumbled in the 21st minute when a long throw, Cloughs main attacking strategy, was headed home.

Another long throw soon after doubled the home sides lead to leave Clodiagh reeling and Brian Hanrahan cruelly exposed.

Yet another goal on the half hour mark for the home side seemed to be the jolt that Clodiagh needed and there began a period of dominance by the away that lasted until the final whistle.

Manager and striker Vincent Ryan began the revival in the 40th minute when he latched onto a cleared corner to strike a half volley sweetly into the roof of the net from 25 yards, it was no less than Clodiagh deserved to go in at half time with something to show for a decent 15 first half minutes.

The second half continued in this vein as Clodiagh used the wind to their advantage with both Sean Stakelum and Aiden White both coming close to clawing another goal back.

But it was the 62nd minute before Clodiagh managed to score again, Eamon Cullagh collected the ball at the edge of the box, dribbled past two flailing tackles before placing the ball low past the Clough keeper.

The final half hour saw a slew of chances for both sides as Clodiagh pressed for an equaliser and Clough tried to consolidate the win.

Alas the scoring in this game had finished but not for the want of chances in what ended up as an exciting final 15 minutes, with Clough drawing a fine save from the Clodiagh keeper from a free kick and Clodiagh failing to finish a number of gilt edged opportunities.

A disappointed Clodiagh left without maybe a deserved chance at extra time and penalties, but on balance it could be said that home sides clinical first half scoring spree was the difference between the teams and this is what really wins matches, best of luck to Cloughjordan in the quarterfinals.
Brian Hanrahan, John Ryan, Joe Cullagh, Mattie Stakelum, Keith Ryan, Pat Phelan, Vincent Ryan, Aidan White, Seamus Cullagh, Sean Stakelum and Eamon Cullagh.