Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

20 November 2010
Division 2 Youths
Eanna Dooley
Clodiagh Rangers
Tommy Ryan
James Horan

Clodiagh Rangers Youths travelled to Borrisokane's new grounds last week knowing that avoiding defeat would effectively wrap up the Division Two title for the Drombane side with a fixture to spare.
The Clodiagh Rangers management team were in confident mood with a strong squad making the journey but wary of a rejuvenated Borrisokane side that had lifted themselves into second place in the league and also into contention for the title themselves.
In near perfect underfoot conditions, Clodiagh Rangers set about the game with clear intent on taking all three points. As has been the case for the majority of the season, the forward duo of Ailbe O'Donoghue and Tommy Ryan were proving a handful for their hosts, taking turns to drop off and combine with their midfield to launch attacks through the centre of the opposing defence.

It was little surprise then that it was this axis that provided the opener when O'Donoghue crossed to the unmarked Ryan, who coolly finished beyond the Borrisokane keeper. The Clodiagh management urged their side to attack in a bid to take further advantage of their early dominance, not that it was needed as the young Clodiagh Rangers outfit were showing an appetite for more goals. The visitors doubled their lead before the half time interval when James Horan arrived right on cue at the back post to slot home from close range after a sustained period of pressure.

Into the second half and the home side began to get to grips with the game and forged a number of chances for themselves which they failed to take much to the relief of the travelling support. However, Borrisokane were not the only side guilty of wastefulness in front of goal and Clodiagh Rangers spurned their chance to make the game safe from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark. Clodiagh Rangers were awarded a penalty after Tommy Ryan was taken down when one on one with the home keeper.
Ryan dusted himself off to take the spot kick but the Borrisokane keeper was equal to the task. Spurred on by this, the home side pushed on, but with Seamus Armstrong, Paul Shanahan, Jack Spillane, Ciaran Shortt and Diarmaid Grant all in top form chances were far and few between for Borrisokane. The home side set up a grand finale when their advances were eventually rewarded with an Eanna Dooley strike about ten minutes from time.

Clodiagh Rangers redoubled their efforts and should have made the game safe when they were awarded a second penalty, but on this occasion Diarmaid Grant couldn't find a way past the Borrisokane keeper. With subsequent results elsewhere going their way Clodiagh Rangers' victory sees them crowned Division Two Champions with a home fixture remaining. With Tommy Ryan and Ailbe O'Donoghue both on nine goals for the season this fixture provides the platform for a straight shootout for the club golden boot.
James Coffey; Jack Spillane, Seamus Armstrong, James Murray, Paul Shanahan; Sean Coffey, Diarmuid Grant, Ciaran Shortt, James Horan; Ailbe O'Donoghue, Tommy Stevens
Aaron Lewis, Shane Kinane, D. Sheridan, Joseph Lowery, Ger Grant.