Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

12 April February 2016
under 13 League
Nenagh AFC
Clodiagh Rangers
Stephen Ferncombe 2
Clodiagh U13's clinched the Premier Division title last Tuesday night in dramatic fashion in a tension filled encounter with Nenagh AFC in Brickfields. Clodiagh knew they needed three points to retain the silverware they won last season at U12 level while Nenagh only needed to secure a draw to remain firmly in contention for honours.

The home side were gifted a dream start with just two minutes on the clock when a speculative shot from outside the area somehow ended up in the Clodiagh net. Despite this early setback the visitors stuck to their task well and ten minutes later they were back on level terms when Jamie Davern whipped in an inviting cross and Stephen Ferncombe fired home from six yards. The rest of the first half was relatively even but neither side were able to carve open any clear cut chances to go ahead.

The second half was dictated by Clodiagh as they pinned Nenagh back for long spells but they were unable to convert their territorial dominance into goals as some last gasp defending and wayward shooting frustrated them and their management on the sideline. Then with less than three minutes remaining Luke Shanahan won a ball in midfield and he embarked on a penetrative run towards the edge of the area.

As the Nenagh defence closed in on him he slid a perfectly weighted through ball forward for Stephen Ferncombe to run onto and the hardworking midfielder showed great determination to get on the end of it and rifle home his second goal of the evening.

The visitors showed good composure in the dying minutes before referee Jimmy McCarthy called for the ball to end proceedings and trigger wild celebrations among the Clodiagh squad and management as well as their merry band of supporters.

The victory sees Clodiagh end the league campaign unbeaten for the second season in a row and great credit is due to the players and their manager Billy Phillips for steering this fine bunch of players to silverware once again.

Next up for Clodiagh is another clash with Nenagh in the domestic cup quarter final in a game that will have been played by the time this report is published.

They also look forward to an appearance in the U13 Cairdeas Cup Final against Newbridge Town on the May Bank Holiday Monday. Clodiagh U13's group photo taken after being presented with the league trophy:
James Griffin, Danny Slattery, Sean Phillips, Pat Ryan, Oisin Treacy, Luke Shanahan, Stephen Ferncombe, Jason O'Dwyer, Charlie Yates, Sean Ryan, Jamie Davern.
Mike Ryan(Harry), Jack Ryan and Eoin Noonan.