Clodiagh
 Rangers F.C.
crest

FAI Summer Soccer School

www.summersoccerschools.ie

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

24th to 28th July 2017

28 January 2017
u14 SFAI National Cup (last 32)
Letterkenny Rovers
2-1(after extra time, 1-1 after 90 mins)
Clodiagh Rangers
Stephen Ferncombe
The long awaited trip to Letterkenny Rovers in Donegal took place last weekend for Clodiagh U14's and after a titanic struggle that went all the way to extra time the home side snatched victory in the dying minutes by 2-1.

The hosts started well and took an early lead after seven minutes with a low shot from eight yards.

Clodiagh found it difficult to get going and looked leggy with the long journey and unfamiliar surroundings possibly contributing to their malaise.

However they managed to keep Letterkenny at bay for much of the match and eventually carved out a few openings of their own as things wore on.

They levelled the tie ten minutes into the second half when Jamie Davern and Stephen Ferncombe combined to finish the ball into the roof of the net from close range. This was followed by Clodiagh's best spell of the match as Letterkenny were obviously rattled by the resurgent visitors.

The Drombane side were unable to get their noses in front though and had to then defend strongly in the last quarter as the hosts injected more energy into their efforts to find a winner.

With the game deadlocked extra time was called for with 20 minutes more to be played.

Clodiagh showed obvious signs of tiredness particularly in the second period with several players struggling to sustain their efforts.

However it looked increasingly like a penalty shootout was looming until two minutes from the end when Letterkenny's impressive central midfielder latched onto a sluggish attempted clearance and rifled home a fine shot from the edge of the area and win the match to the delight of the home contingent.

While disappointed with the late hammer blow and subsequent exit from the National Cup, Clodiagh can take great pride in the efforts of the squad to reach the last 32 in the country.

The players must also take great credit for the way they carried themselves in Letterkenny as they did their families and club proud.

All is not lost either as they face Fairview Rangers of Limerick in the South West Area semi-final play off this Sat in Drombane kick off at 12.30pm.
Team:
James Griffin, Sean Ryan, Danny Slattery, Oisin Treacy, Jason O'Dwyer, Sean Phillips, Luke Shanahan, Stephen Ferncombe, Charlie Yates, Jack Kennedy, Jamie Davern
Subs:
Mikey Griffin, Mike Ryan(Harry), Jack Ryan, Eoin Bourke and Eoin Noonan.