Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 8th January 2017
Div 2
Borrisakane B
Clodiagh Rangers B
Brian Hanrahan
Eamon Cullagh
Pride was at stake in this keenly contested encounter at the impressive Borrisakane grounds on Sunday last.

A strong Clodiagh squad once again fielded against the struggling home side in this Division 2 league game.

Clodiagh started the stronger with the Borris keeper making a fine save to keep out an early close range shot from Paul Kennedy. Mattie Stakelum then came close with a fine header from Seamus Cullaghs corner. Against the run of play Borrisakane took the lead after an innocuous enough cross through the Clodiagh defence into confusion, with the ball eventually falling a striker who made no mistake from 9 yards.

Shell shocked Clodiagh then withstood a period of pressure and were lucky to get to half time only one goal down.

As usual a different Clodiagh emerged after the break and Clodiagh were unlucky not to equalise in the 54th minute when Seamus Cullagh's free kick struck the upright and minutes later Matt Ryan struck the crossbar.

On the 62nd minute Vincent Ryan brought on Brian Hanrahan and Eamon Cullagh up front in a match winning managerial masterstroke which first saw Brian Hanrahan brushing off three challenges and bursting through the Borrisakane defence to bury a bullet like shot past the flailing home keeper in the 78st minute.

The last ten minutes were a flurry of activity around the Borrisakane area with Daragh Brennan and Sean Stakelum making foraging runs into the box as Clodiagh pressed for a winner.

With the game looking like it was heading for a draw and as the referee put the whistle to his lips Matt Ryan's incisive through ball found its way to Eamon Cullagh on the edge of the box, his neat finish found the back of the net with literally the last kick of the game for the winner, to the relief of the Clodiagh faithful in the crowd.

Probably a deserved victory for the away side but Borrisakane must take some credit for what was a thoroughly entertaining game.
Robbie Hanrahan, John Ryan, Joe Cullagh, Mattie Stakelum, Sean Stakelum, Seamus Cullagh, Paul Kennedy, Matt Ryan, James Coffey, Pat Phelan & Jack Smith.
Eamon Cullagh, Brian Hanrahan, Ger Fogarty & Daragh Brennan.