For the third year running, Carndonagh Under-17 ladies have won the Ulster Schools Soccer Final. It was a comprehensive victory in the end; CCS keeper Aoife Mc Colgan never really got tested. The final score was 2-0, but the scoreline doesn't reflect the overall performance. The Carndonagh girls dominated all over the pitch and could have been four goals up by half-time. With some excellent pressure down the right from Saorise Farren and Caitlin Devlin, the girls won a corner. The corner was whipped in by Niamh McDaid, laid off by Shania McGonigle and drilled home by Mary Jane Doherty to give the girls a well-deserved lead. Their supremacy continued throughout the half with some outstanding one-touch football. The Deele girls were unable to keep up. With Clare McCarron and Rachel McLaughlin in the centre of defence, and Cathy and Mary Doherty pulling the strings, the girls were excellent to watch. The teamtalk at half-time was simple - “more of the same”. The team got its just rewards early in the second half when the ball came through the midfield with Tara O'Connor getting involved. Eventually the ball was slipped to the ever impressive Eirn McLaughlin (Fildara) who smashed it home from close range. With the introduction of Caoimhe Devi, Mary T. McLaughlin, Laura Devlin and Cliona Gibbons the team grew stronger and finished the game in style. 'Best player' on the day was too close to call because this was a team effort, and with the winners of Leinster waiting in the wings it will take exactly that to get through to the All-Ireland Final. Last year we managed to win three Ulster Finals and know now what it will take to progress. Photo album to follow...
Mr. S. Bogan (manager) and L. Cregan (assistant coach)