Soccer

Rod Houston Cup Winners Honoured at Assembly

CCS Girls Soccer Team Rod Houston Cup

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.

Rod Houston Cup Champions 2019

Rod Houston Cup Winners 2019

Rod Houston Cup 2019 photo album

Last year's First Year Girls National Cup winners have now been crowned Rod Houston Cup winners after a clean sweep at Lilleshall. Having already beaten Crompton House School Oldham (4-2) and Shenfield High School Essex (3-0), avoiding defeat to Welsh champions Ysgol Glan Clwyd would have been enough for CCS. But the girls don't do draws! They beat the Welsh side 3-1 to secure the Cup with hardly a moment's doubt. Huge congrats to all the girls and their families, some of whom travelled to Shropshire. No team can stay on the winning trail without a top management team. Great credit must go to Mr. Conor Doherty, Ms. Danielle Doherty and Mr. Kevin McCarron (and not forgetting Ms. Anita Doherty and Ms. Marie Houten), who have helped the girls fulfill their potential. Let the celebrations commence. Enjoy the flight home, and take it easy on the lemonade! 

Extern Third Space - The Brandywell Trip

Third Space CCS Brandywell

Third Space - TY Brandywell Visit photo album

Brandywell Stadium was the setting for the latest event organised by Extern's Third Space team. A group of thirty TYs from CCS togged out for a training session followed by a match against counterparts from Lisneal College. Derry City FC coach Donal O'Brien delivered an intense hour of training, after which City's 3G pitch saw a hugely entertaining contest that ended up with a Lisneal victory (and about 50 pupils on the pitch). The day out in the Maiden City was the latest in a series of engaging workshops delivered by Third Space, so far including healthy lifestyle initiatives, active team-building, storytelling and digital media. We're looking forward to finding out what else they have in store for TY2020...

Annual Sports Awards 2019

Annual Sports Awards 2019

Annual Sports Awards 2019 photo album

The Annual Sports Awards took place on Friday, 17th May. The guest speaker on the day was Michael Murphy. While it was great to have a Donegal-based sporting icon in attendance, the real star of the show was our own Mr. John Farren, who received what was tantamount to a lifetime achievement award. Mr. Farren was always quick to credit pupils and staff for their efforts over the years, and time had finally arrived to repay the compliment. Mr. Farren appeared to fight back a tear as Mr. O'Donnell delivered an emotional speech recounting his accomplishments in CCS and the wider community. We would like to bid Mr. Farren a fond farewell as he moves beyond CCS, leaving behind the legacy of a long-awaited Ulster Senior Championship title. Thank you JF!

Girls Soccer - National Final Awaits First Year Girls

First Year Girls 2019 Semi Final

Not since the glory days of the 90s has a girls team from CCS found themselves in a National Final. The First Years have finally broken the hoodoo this year and are now poised to appear in the showpiece against opposition from either Tipperary or Wexford. Yet another tense affair saw CCS beat Dominican College by the minimum scoreline, Aoife McCarron putting the ball in the back of the net, and putting CCS in the final. The details of that final are still TBA, but prep is already under way. Details as they become available...

Girls Soccer - First Years are Ulster Champions

First Year Girls Uslter Final 2019

First Year Girls Soccer - Ulster Final
CCS 1-0 Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

Ulster Final photo album

The First Year Girls Ulster Soccer Final took place Friday 3rd May at the immaculate Shamrock Park, Clonmany. On a pitch fit for the Premiership, CCS started the brighter, playing direct football that kept Scoil Mhuire facing their own goal for much of the half. The control was good and the passing was neat. However, it was probably the scrappiest moment of the game that led to the winning goal five minutes before the half, Clara Gill popping up with a definitive header after a brief game of head tennis in the box. The Buncrana girls got into things in the second half despite facing the breeze and CCS had to come up with the goods at the back on several occasions. They did that, and Scoil Mhuire were resigned to hopeful balls that the back four could sweep-up all day. As the match neared its conclusion, there wasn't an awful lot between the teams and the final whistle probably came at the right time for CCS. Mr. Conor Doherty and Ms. Marie Houten can take the credit for the tactics, but the girls on the pitch showed once again that they will not be beat on their day! Roll on Tuesday and another National Semi-final...And the REAL match report plus photos are on the way...