While Ireland was waiting for Storm Lorenzo, the FA Youth Soccer Academy and Centre of Excellence at Lilleshall, England, was experiencing the Carndonagh Hurricane which blew away the Welsh and English champions.
Carndonagh Community School All-Ireland First Year Girls Soccer Champions were invited to represent their country in the prestigious Rod Houston International Tournament and took up the challenge after a hectic round of fundraising by the coaches, parents and community. There was a tremendous response to the appeal with the belief that our girls not only deserved the chance to represent their country but also that this was a team with huge potential having won a highly competitive All-Ireland Championship. Only one other Irish team has ever won the Rod Houston tournament so this was a massive challenge. With hopes high they set off with Coach Mr. Conor Doherty and teachers Mr. Kevin McCarron and Ms. Danielle Doherty. A number of parents also went in support hoping that history would be made. The girls were involved in three epic battles throughout the competition and it was a real, whole squad effort with every girl starting at least one game and everyone playing in two of the three games.
On Wednesday Carndonagh defeated English National Runners- Up – Cromton School 4-2. On Thursday they demolished Shenfield High School – the English National Champions 4-0. On Friday the Carndonagh girls accomplished the dream by beating the Welsh National Champions – Ysgol Glan Clwdy 3-1 and were crowned SAFIB Rod Houston Cup Champions for 2019. They arrived home to a rousing welcome in the school at 1.30am on Saturday morning having done their school, their community and their country proud. What wonderful ambassadors and role models for their fellow pupils.