Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Sunday 27th November 2016
2nd Division
Ballywilliam FC
Clodiagh Rangers B
og, Aidan White 2, Matt Stakelum(pen)
Birdhill hosted this thrilling encounter between a much improved Clodiagh side and mid table Ballywilliam.

Clodiagh's recent good form continued after last week's win over Borrisakane FC, with a strong squad making the away trip.

Clodiagh opened the scoring in the 16th minute when their relentless pressure forced an own goal after an in swinging corner by Jason Forestal was headed past the Ballywilliam keeper by his own defender.

But the away side failed to capitalise on the many good chances created in the early stages and Ballywilliam first drew level with a contentious penalty on 25 minutes and then swiftly took the lead with another penalty as John Ryan's last gasp goal line clearance was adjudged have been with his hand rather than with his head, this decision that left many Clodiagh Rangers supporters scratching theirs.

Ballywilliam went into half time with an inexplicable lead. Clodiagh manager Vincent Ryan's half time hairdryer treatment of his charges seemed to spark something and at the start of the second period a revitalised Clodiagh lay siege to the Ballywilliam goal.

Some fine saves from the home keeper masked a dominance by Clodiagh as Seamus Cullagh and Niall Shanahan orchestrated wave upon wave of attacks from midfield. On 56 minutes Aidan White finally breeched the home defence as he steered James Coffeys cross past a packed goal line to draw Clodiagh level. White then fired his team ahead in the 62nd minute when he latched onto Mattie Stakelums incisive through ball and superbly drilled a low and hard shot past the flailing keeper.

But as Clodiagh basked in the rare warm light of flowing football a speculative and rare long range shot from a Ballywilliam midfield player rebounded off the crossbar and struck Clodiagh keeper Philip McCormack in the back as he dived and dribbled across the line.

Ballywilliam could count themselves lucky to draw level with 17 remaining on the clock. They could count themselves even luckier to take the lead with 10 minutes left as a cross from the left wing swung wildly in the air and a wrong footed McCormack watched as the ball ended up nestled in the bottom corner.

A shell shocked Clodiagh launched a full scale assault on the Ballywilliam goal for the remainder of the game with and in the dying embers of the 90 Sean Stakelum's goal bound shot was brazenly handled by a defender and the referee pointed to the spot. Mattie Stakelum stepped up to score the resultant penalty to round off a fine personal performance and to give Clodiagh a well deserved point, making the long trip just about worthwhile, but surely the away side should have taken all the spoils.

The contented Clodiagh manager Vincent Ryan's comments after the game reflected a new found optimism in his Clodiagh side as he said he was "anxious to keep this squad together for the remainder of this season, have a good cup run and build for next season".
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.