The much anticipated top of the table clash between Clodiagh U13’s and Nenagh AFC ended in stalemate in Drombane last Saturday morning.
The home side had the better of the first half and carved out several decent chances before winning a penalty after 20 minutes. However the Nenagh keeper earned his stripes by beating away Luke Shanahan’s effort and followed up with another fine stop from Stephen Ferncombe who had pulled the trigger on the rebound. Minutes later Charlie Yates worked his way in off the left flank but was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.
Nenagh came more into the match in the second half and asked some serious questions of the Clodiagh rear guard. In fact they thought they had broken the deadlock eight minutes in when keeper James Griffin kept out a fine header only for the ball to be poked home from an offside position in the ensuing scramble, but luckily for Clodiagh the referee was sharp to spot the infringement. At the other end the impressive Nenagh net minder was again called into action on successive occasions to keep out good headers from Oisín Treacy and Luke Shanahan following dangerous set piece deliveries.
In the end it finished 0-0 and both sides had to settle for a point each. As the away side Nenagh will feel happier with the outcome and it looks like they now have the edge in the title race. They have two winnable games in hand to come against a struggling Holycross side which should take them a point clear of Clodiagh facing into a second contest with the Drombane side in Brickfields in a few weeks’ time with one hand on the league trophy.
Clodiagh U9’s took part in another enjoyable Blitz in Nenagh last Saturday afternoon with plenty of good football played by both teams and in keeping with earlier happenings between the clubs, very little separating the teams in the matches played.
Clodiagh Rangers FC, like many in the local community last week, were both shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Willie Kennedy MCC as a result of a road accident. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Betty, daughters Elizabeth and Mairéad, son Jer and extended family on their sad loss. Go ndéana Dia trocaire air.