01 April ‘12, Barry Cup Semi Final, Clodiagh Rangers ‘A’ 1 vs Ballymackey ‘A’ 1 (5-3 pens) - Clodiagh Rangers ‘A’ advanced to the final of the Barry Cup in nail-biting drama in Drombane on Sunday morning.
Ballymackey ‘A’ were the opposition, and though Clodiagh Rangers had comfortably dealt with the threat from the Ballinrea men in the league encounter the previous Sunday, this contest proved to be a far tighter affair.
Clodiagh Rangers accelerated into an early lead when, in-form striker, Joseph Cullagh latched onto a long ball by Matt McCullagh to round the keeper and score. The home team were in charge for much of the opening half hour and had numerous chances to double their advantage, with Colm Stapleton and Michael Browne shaving either upright after being set-up by Shane O’Dwyer and Denis McCullagh respectively from the wide positions. Ballymackey grabbed themselves a lifeline minutes from the halftime interval when a rightwing cross found the head of a Ballymackey midfielder and Adrian Cooke in the Clodiagh rangers goal was left with little chance from close range. The second half was a very cagy affair with neither team willing to over-commit numbers in attack but yet, Clodiagh Rangers had further chances to increase their goal tally, not least with Denis McCullagh going agonizingly close with a diving header from a Joseph Cullagh knock-down. It was more of the same from Clodiagh Rangers in extra time, striking the woodwork on three occasions, with Joe Cullagh heading against the post, John O’Dwyer volley off the crossbar and a Gareth Foxton free kick hitting the post also.
Clodiagh Rangers were not to be denied from the ensuing penalty shootout however, and five successful spot kicks from Gareth Foxton, Matt McCullagh, John O’Dwyer, Paul English and Denis McCullagh, coupled with an Adrian Cooke save were enough to secure a place for the Drombane men in the Barry Cup final.
Team: Adrian Cooke; Barry O’Loughlin, Matt McCullagh, Matt Ryan, Paul English; Shane O’Dwyer, Michael Browne, Gareth Foxton, Denis McCullagh; Colm Stapleton, Joseph Cullagh. Subs: John O’Dwyer, James Murray, Liam McCullagh.
31 March ‘12, Youths League, Nenagh AFC Yts 3 vs Clodiagh Rangers Yts 2 - Clodiagh Rangers Youths travelled to Nenagh to take on table toppers Nenagh AFC on Saturday and while this was an evenly fought contest, succumbed eventually to an injury time winner. Darragh Larkin put the visitors in front early in the match with a well taken goal, but Nenagh AFC managed to get themselves back on terms with a scrappy goal shortly before halftime.
Nenagh AFC took the lead in the second half with an impressive strike from distance, but Clodiagh Rangers cancelled this out soon after when Paul Shanahan rose highest to head home a corner. Both teams pushed hard for a winner but with the game looking like it was heading for a draw, Nenagh AFC pulled a winning goal out of the bag in injury time with a toe poke finish after a goal mouth scramble from a long throw.