Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
u14 South West Regional Final
Clodiagh Rangers
Stephen Ferncombe
Nenagh AFC
Kenny Lee 2
Clodiagh U14's protracted season finally came to an end last Tuesday night when they suffered huge disappointment in the SFAI Regional Cup Final against local rivals Nenagh at a sun drenched Drombane.

The previous Tuesday evening Clodiagh lost 1-2 to the same opposition in the North Tipp Cup Final in Templemore when they conceded a late goal minutes from the end of extra time to the delight of the Nenagh supporters from various parts of north-west Tipperary.

This time Clodiagh were determined for revenge and went ahead 18 minutes into the match when Stephen Ferncombe swivelled and fired home a low shot to the net from the edge of the area. Minutes later Clodiagh went 2-0 up with another Ferncombe effort only to be flagged for a very debatable offside decision against him.

With the home side fired up and playing like a team on a mission Nenagh were frustrated and limited to a few half chances in the first period.

Ten minutes into the second half Clodiagh were sure they'd stretched their advantage again when Stephen Ferncombe got on the end of a Luke Shanahan free kick to head the ball to the net only for the other linesman to flag for offside yet again. Nenagh came close to equalising minutes later with a fine header but it rebounded back off the crossbar and was cleared to safety.

The key moment of the match arrived 17 minutes into the second half when Kenny Lee beat the offside trap for Nenagh and as he bolted into the penalty area Oisin Treacy chased him down managing to just nudge ahead of him as the striker got set to pull the trigger and both players went to ground in a tangle of bodies.

The linesman immediately flagged for a foul on Treacy but the referee somehow saw fit to overrule his assistant and pointed to the spot to the dismay of the home support. Lee quickly recovered and stuck the spot kick away impressively past keeper James Griffin.

Nenagh responded well to this lifeline and began to look more threatening as they moved forward with more purpose. With ten minutes remaining a swift move down the right flank resulted in a low cross into the danger area and a good finish from the Nenagh striker to put the visitors 2-1 ahead.

Clodiagh gave it everything in the final stages to try salvage a draw but they also had to be wary of being hit with a sucker punch as James Griffin produced a top drawer save at the death to keep his goal intact. However it was not to be for the Drombane side as the referee blew the final whistle to end proceedings with very contrasting emotions expressed in both camps.

Congratulations to Nenagh on their success but what a shame this Regional Cup Final between North Tipp's finest will be remembered more for the controversial decisions rather than the quality of the football on show from both teams.
James Griffin, Sean Ryan, Oisin Treacy, Stephen Ferncombe, Jason O'Dwyer, Jack Kennedy, Luke Shanahan and Sean Phillips, Mikey Griffin, Danny Slattery, Jamie Davern, Mike Ryan (Harry), Jack Ryan, Eoin Noonan, Charlie Yates, Jesse Maher.