- Published: Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:38
You may be forgiven for looking twice at the photograph. It wasn't taken today or yesterday. The youngsters in the photo (including Mr. Joe Higgins and Mr. John Farren) represented CCS in the now infamous Ulster Vocational Schools Championship Final in 1996. (Ask your uncles about that one!) Twenty-two years later, CCS are back in the final, once again marshalled by Mr. Farren. It's a superb reflection on the current crop considering that CCS no longer has the robust skills of Eastern Inishowen to call upon these days! This year's semi-final was a remarkable game that Mr. Farren describes below. Everyone at CCS wishes the lads all the best in the final. Do it for the boys of '96...
The U16 girls took on a strong, attacking side in Coláiste Ailigh on Tuesday, 23rd November. Both teams had difficulties on a sodden pitch. Ailigh ran out winners in the end, although the CCS ladies put in a good performance. That wraps things up for the U16s. The Management would like to thank all the girls for their dedication to both training and matches since September.
The TYs started with a strong side. Shaun McCarron caused trouble for the ageing legs of the teachers. Luke Davy was a standout player in the first half. Sam Bogan played very well for the teachers and held the ball well. The teachers got off to an early lead. However, as the game continued, they began to drop off the pace as their fitness was tested. Going in at half-time, the TYs looked better despite being quite far behind.
At half-time, I talked to David McGonigle who said “We are unstoppable going forward. However, it’s the simple things we’re messing up. I think we have a chance to win this game. It’s there for the taking!” I asked him, “Are there any leaders in this team?” “Yes…I am!”, he said. “I inspire everyone around me.” (He was subbed at half-time.) He noted that the standout players in the first half were Robert Mullally, Tony Meehan and Adam McFeely.
As the second half started, the TYs looked better with Shane Owen causing trouble. As a corner-forward, he instantly scored a goal, followed by a point. The supporters behind the goal sang “Shane Owen’s on fire…Your defence is petrified!” He continued to cause mayhem. His teammates had this to say…”He’s a legend!”…“It’s simple math. Give the ball to Shane and he will score.” (Meanwhile…) The game ended with the teachers winning; Sam Bogan scored one final goal to add to his tally, ensuring that he walked away with the Top Goalscorer Award. His final goal came from David McGonigle giving the ball away. David really let his team down with that one. (Never mind the fact that the Teachers were leading by about 25 points at that stage…) If the game would have lasted just a little bit longer, there’s no doubt in my mind that the TYs would have won. You have to keep in mind that the Teachers couldn’t put forward a full team and had to use senior pupils. The TY pupils ran to Shane Owen after the final whistle and lifted him high above their heads, as he is a true force of nature. I asked him for a few words after the game, but he said he didn't want to talk about it...Hero!
– Paul Shiels, TYA
Commiserations to Aoife McColgan and Niamh McDaid who represented Donegal in the Division 1 Final on Sunday, 7th May. The girls were part of a hugely valiant effort to dethrone perennial champions Cork. The Rebels were on the back foot for large parts of the contest, but eventually pulled through by a solitary point. Donegal may have lost the battle, but in our eyes the CCS girls are an inspiration to all young players, both boys and girls, in CCS. The commitment and dedication that the two girls put in all year helped them to get this far. They are a credit to the school. It was great for the local supporters who turned up in Dublin on Sunday to chat with the girls after the match. They were obviously very disappointed, but were also philosophical in defeat, demonstrating the true sporting attitude they possess. It's back to the study books for both girls now as they prepare for the Leaving Cert in a few weeks' time...
CCS secured Best Secondary School at the 2016 Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, 27th January at Errigal Hotel. The school came out tops in a category including Abbey Voc., Coláiste Cholmcille, Loreto Letterkenny and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. 2016 certainly was a standout year for CCS. The All-Ireland senior boys soccer title was the highlight of highlights. The new wellbeing centre was furnished with an impressive suite of spin bikes, treadmills and rowing machines. There was silverware in golf, and advances in rugby, Gaelic football, camogie and cross-country running. Mr. John McGuinness accepted the award on behalf of everyone who contributed to and participated in sports in CCS throughout 2016. Also to be honoured on the night were current Third Year pupil Lughán Devenny (Under-15 Sportshall Athletics Team) and past pupil Labhaoise Clarke (Special Recognition - Boxing).