Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

19 October 2013
Youths Division 1
Clodiagh Rangers
TJ Butler
Niall Grant
Loughlin Ryan
Clodiagh Rangers Youths were again on their travels for the second week running and visited Ballymackey looking to add to the hard earned three points picked up the previous weekend. Both the playing surface and weather conditions held their end of the bargain in this thoroughly entertaining encounter that saw the visitors take all three points.

Clodiagh Rangers exploded into the game and took the lead after two minutes when the in form TJ Butler latched onto the end of an extrapolative ball from Loughlin Ryan, and tapped it around the keeper to tuck home from the tightest of angles.

Soon after it was two for the visitors after Niall Grant made the most of his licence to drive at the home defence when he converted from the spot for the second week running after being upended by the home keeper, who in addition to picking the ball from the net, received a yellow card for his indiscretions.

For the remainder of the first half, Clodiagh Rangers lived a charmed life and had to thank Patrick Bourke who produced a number of fine saves to deny the home side. However, Bourke could do nothing about the goal of the game from the Ballymackey winger who took the ball on his chest outside the area and volleyed home with some style.

The half time whistle was a welcome relief for the visitors who made two changes, with Enda Heffernan replacing the injured Patrick Bourke in goal and Dean Carew entered the fray replacing Connor Ryan. Shortly after the start of the second half the home side drew level from the spot after Heffernan was deemed to fall the advancing attacker, who dusted himself off to convert.

From this point on, the game evolved into a frantic contest of end to end football in which the young Clodiagh Rangers side came of age with the impressive centre half pairing of Toby Clancy and Jack Butler commanding the flow of the game with both game changing tackles and passes from deep in their own half.

The wining goal came after the impressive Michael Connors was fouled outside the area after one of his penetrating runs at the home defence, and with with resultant free kick, Loughlin Ryan unleashed an unstoppable free kick to rattle the net with five minutes remaining.

Clodiagh Rangers could have copperfastened the tie when substitute Rory Purcell's volleyed effort narrowly crept wide of the post.

This result will no doubt prove to be a great three points away from home with a number of stand out performances namely, Jack Butler, Aidan Carroll, Dylan Greene and man of the match Toby Clancy.
Patrick Bourke, Aidan Carroll, Jack Butler, Toby Clancy, Loughlin Ryan, TJ Butler, Connor Ryan, James Hammersley, Michael Connors, Dylan Grenne, Niall Grant.
Enda Heffernan, Dean Carew, Rory Purcell.