Clodiagh Rangers 'A' 0 - Rearcross 'A' 1
Rearcross were on their travels for the third consecutive league game when they were in action Saturday evening in Drombane against top of the table Clodiagh Rangers. It was Clodiagh, who are back in Division 1 after plying their trade in the Premier Division last year, who settled quickest in the game and created a number of half chances early on but not too much to bother Jim Caplis in the Rearcross goals. Rearcross also started to settle into the game and came close through a number of moves involving Darragh Kennedy, David O Toole and Michael O Gorman, with the latter unlucky with a shot from outside the box on 25 minutes. Clodiagh started to dominate the game after this and were saved a number of times by the cat like Jim Caplis in goals. Rearcross can be very grateful to Caplis to reach the break at 0 0. Rearcross weren't at the level that they started the season with in the first half and after some stern words of encouragement from management a different Rearcross emerged for the second half. Patrick Deegan and Kieran Devitt were introduced at half time and both players went on to have a big impact on the game. The Rea boys flew out of the traps in the second half and continuously ran at the Clodiagh defence, a common sight watching this team play this year, and Clodiagh were looking for answers. A great move down the right in the 55th minute saw Kieran Devitt find himself in behind the Clodiagh rearguard but he unfortunately dragged his shot wide. Clodiagh also had a couple of counter attacks in the second half but the Rearcross defence stayed strong like they have all season so far. The decisive moment of the game came in the 75th minute when Patrick Deegan picked up the ball just inside the Rearcross half, went on a determined run through the heart of Clodiagh and send a thunderbolt from all of 30 yards to leave the Clodiagh goalkeeper with no chance and to drive the Rearcross crowd into delirium. Rearcross battened down the hatches after this and saw the game out comfortably. Man of the match must go to Jim Caplis who was outstanding in the first half and single handedly kept Rearcross in the game. Its 4 out of 4 for Rearcross in the league so far, a start I'm sure manager Declan O Toole is very happy with.
Rearcross 'A': Jim Caplis, Tommy Lyons, Mark Hogan, Eamonn Devitt, Eamonn Wade, Darragh Kennedy, Greg Kennedy, Davy O Toole, Rob Harrington, Liam Ryan, Michael O Gorman.
Subs: Declan O Toole, Kieran Devitt, Patrick Deegan, Tommy Ryan Luke.
Referee: Alec McCormack
Report compiled by Eamonn Devitt