Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

Wednesday 11 April 2018
u15 North Tipp League
Nenagh AFC
Clodiagh Rangers
Stephen Ferncombe(5), Pat Ryan(2), Luke Shanahan

After a weather enforced three month break due to unplayable pitches, Clodiagh U15's finally got back in action last Thursday evening when they travelled to Brickfields to face main rivals Nenagh in what was in effect a title decider.

With Clodiagh in the driving seat having already beaten Nenagh at home in early January, it meant victory for the Drombane side would secure league honours.

Whatever concerns team management may have had about the long lay-off beforehand were quickly allayed with Clodiagh quickly out of the starting blocks playing some terrific football and putting the home side on the defensive from the start.

Within 16 minutes Stephen Ferncombe was celebrating a hat trick of goals following several passages of fine build up play particularly down the left flank where Jason O'Dwyer, Maidhc Fitzpatrick and Pat Ryan were causing serious problems for the Nenagh rearguard.

With Luke Shanahan absolutely lording it in the central midfield role it became obvious to all watching that this contest was quickly turning into a rout. Ferncombe notched his fourth goal on 22 minutes when he latched onto a fine through ball and headed past the despairing dive of Nenagh keeper Darragh Ryan.

To their credit Nenagh sprung to life for a spell after this and their danger man Hugo O'Hanluain didn't need to be asked twice when he picked up a loose ball 20 yards out and unleashed a piledriver to the far corner of Tom Purcell's net to make it 4-1.

Clodiagh made one change at the break withdrawing Sean Phillips who, despite struggling with a knee problem, had contributed well to his side's early dominance.

The second half turned out similar to the first with the visitors tormenting the Nenagh rearguard and further goals coming from the mercurial Luke Shanahan and a brace from the impressive Pat Ryan. Nenagh's attempts to manufacture a response were quickly subdued by a Clodiagh defence which was in no mood to give anything away.

With Luke Galvin and Oisín Treacy dominating in the centre it allowed Robert Doyle to pose further problems for Nenagh down the right flank and this he duly did with another eye catching performance from the talented Rossmore lad.

The hardworking Jamie Davern then made way for Jack Ryan to come on and he was soon followed by Jesse Maher, Mike Ryan Harry and Eoin Noonan as Clodiagh management rung the changes in the final 15 minutes. Nenagh then forced a rare corner and when the ball was swung in to the danger zone Roberto Ispalat was on hand to finish it to the net to make it 7-2. However, there was time for one more moment of magic from Stephen Ferncombe when he hit a thunderous shot from 25 yards to the roof of the net to take his personal tally to five and leave the final score 8-2.

This emphatic victory earns Clodiagh their third league title in four seasons and under team managers Pat Treacy and Billy Phillips they can now look forward with confidence in their attempts to add the U15 Cup to their trophy cabinet in the coming weeks.
Tom Purcell, Robert Doyle, Jason O'Dwyer, Oisín Treacy, Luke Galvin, Maidhc Fitzpatrick, Stephen Ferncombe, Luke Shanahan, Sean Phillips, Jamie Davern, Pat Ryan.
Jack Ryan, Mike Ryan (H), Jesse Maher and Eoin Noonan.