Rangers F.C.

FAI Summer Soccer School

Pat Treacy, (087) 9543238.

23th to 27th July 2018

22 January 2010
Division 2 Youths
Clodiagh Rangers
James Horan(2)
Shane O'Dwyer
Ailbe O'Donoghue
S. Kinane
S. Lenihan
Clodiagh Rangers Youths entertained local rivals Rearcross Youths in their last league fixture of the season, and with the league title already destined for Drombane, Clodiagh Rangers Youths were able to relax and enjoy the game and in doing so played some attractive football.

As per normal, there was an abundance of talent available from which to pick the starting eleven, a welcome headache for the management duo of Eamonn Maher and Adrian Cooke. With the onus on the starting eleven to impress, Clodiagh Rangers started strongly with Shane O'Dwyer putting in a prominent performance on he left wing and causing all sorts of problems for the Rearcross rear guard.

After another foray down the left wing Shane O'Dwyer was awarded a free kick next to the touchline, which he took himself and provided James Horan with the easy task of heading home from close range after delivering an inch perfect cross.

Clodiagh Rangers maintained a high tempo and pushed forward in search of further goals, with the strike partnership of Tommy Stevens and Ailbhe O'Donoghue causing mayhem in the final third of the pitch.

As a result of the pressure put on the Rearcross defence, a wayward clearance landed at the feet of James Horan and from 25 yards, Horan expertly placed the ball in the top corner for what must surely be a late contender for goal of the season. The home team piled on the woe for Rearcross when Shane O'Dwyer grabbed a third goal shortly afterwards when he finished from close range after a scramble in the box.

The Clodiagh Rangers management made wholesale changes at the start of the second half but this did not seem to impede the fluency of their attack. Ailbhe O'Donoghue grabbed the fourth when he cooly rounded the goalkeeper and slotting the ball home from what seemed to be an impossible angle to take his tally for the season to ten and surpass strike partner Tommy Stevens in the goal scoring charts. Rearcross came into the game late in the second half and were awarded a penalty when Pat Stapleton was adjudged to have been taken down, which Shane Lenihan converted.

This did little to dampen the party mood amongst the Clodiagh Rangers squad and the celebrations well and truly began when began Shane Kinanne finished an impressive move to grab Clodiagh Rangers fifth of the day. Clodiagh Rangers captain, James Murray, was presented with the Division 2 League Cup by Ger Kennedy after the game in front of jubilant players and supporters to cap a great day for the club with a successful return to Youths Competition after a short absence.
Jack Coffey; Jack Spillane, Seamus Armstrong, James Murray, Paul Shanahan; Shane O'Dwyer, Diarmuid Grant, Ciaran Shortt, James Horan; Ailbe O'Donoghue, Tommy Stevens