Soccer

The Callum Report - Ulster Final

Carndonagh Community School 2018

Senior Soccer Ulster Final photo album

Senior Soccer Ulster Final
We all met in the Coffee Dock in the morning for a good gossip and a moan about sore legs. Corey noticed a missing Lorcan Bradley. “He’s likely counting sheep” says Jimmyroe. These allegations were soon to be thrown out when we all remembered that Lorcan can’t count. He wasn’t long turning up anyhow, still with sleep in his eyes and the curlers in his hair. Generosity was shown when Mark Spencer decided to boil the kettle and make us all a drop of tea, but tightness was to overrule generosity in the end up when he failed to produce any buns or biscuits and using 1 teabag to 5 cups.

The bus landed and the door bust open. No Seamus O’Donnell, it was Conor Susie. The Panicking started. “I hope he doesn’t start singing!” and “When Susie’s singing in the Persian, not even the draft will come in” were among a number of complaints made. We got away anyways after 10 minutes of convincing him to leave the guitar and his CD’s behind. We pulled into Centra, first man to the deli counter was Jimmyroe. To save time, Shane Glack got 3 of us to grab the corner of the deli and tip it into the bus for Ciaran. 

Fanad was a brave distance away so we needed music. I was DJ (not to be getting me mixed up with the other DJ (McGeoghegan), who unlike myself, nobody wants to listen to). There was some classics, from Shunie Crampsey to Daniel ODonnell, from Stormzy to Wheeler Walker. Songs like Wonderwall, and Oro Se Do Bheatha’ Bhaile. A special thanks to Aine 'n' Tara for lifting money in the supporters bus and having the patience to wait on Adam The Hatter’s mother to come late with Adam's booster seat and his dummy.

The warm-up had its usual antics - misplaced passes, complaints from Houghton and moans from Cade, who has finally been dropped after Mr. Cavanagh found sense and gave him his P45. Mr. Cavanagh named out the squad anyways, but we were missing our CB Jake. After the sound of “PLOMP” we weren’t long finding his whereabouts. Jake's hind was hugging the toilet bowl. There he was without sense nor toilet paper. We solved the problem by throwing in Brendan Lackin’s shinpads.

Photo of wee Corey celebrating taken by Gary Foy. Great shot, son!

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Girls Soccer - U15s Set Up Ulster Showdown with Scoil Mhuire

First Year Girls Soccer Carndonagh CS

The U15 girls football team had a hard fought 3-1 win in their Ulster Semi Final vs Loreto Letterkenny, 22nd January. The girls started the game in flying form and pressed Loreto all over the pitch. Sophie Murphy opened the scoring after 5 minutes, running onto a through ball and placing it in the corner of the net. Carn CS went 2-0 up on 15 minutes when Emma Devlin intercepted a Loreto kickout. The ball was laid off to Sophie Murphy who drove a powerful shot into the net from 25 yards. The girls played some excellent football in the 1st half and were unlucky to go in at half-time only 2-0 up after some excellent defensive work by the Loreto defenders and keeper.

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FAI Schools First Year All Ireland Futsal Championships

The First Year boys and girls played brilliantly in Waterford on Tuesday, 5th December but were up against some very tough teams. They kept their heads high and did the coaches and the school proud.


Boys Futsal Team

All Ireland Futsal Finals photo album

Boys:
The boys were competing against St Francis College (Rochestown, Cork), Good Counsel (New Ross, Wexford) and St Joseph’s (The Bish, Galway).

Game 1: Carndonagh CS 2-3 St Francis College
CCS had a great start and went a goal up, scored by Adam Duffy. On the stroke of half-time, CCS missed a great chance to go 2-0 up. St Francis hit on the counter attack with a well taken goal to level the game 1-1 at half-time. Kyran Cantwell was brought on and immediately caused havoc in the opponent's defence with his relentless pressing and work rate and he forced a mistake to put CCS 2-1 up with seven minutes to go. CCS held this lead until three minutes from time. But two quickfire strikes from St Francis marksman Harry Nevin secured a 3-2 victory over CCS.

Game 2: Carndonagh CS 2-5 Good Counsel
The CCS boys started the game off very well again with Lee Coyle scoring in the first few minutes. However, Good Counsel took control and scored an equalizer before scoring from three consecutive corners to lead 4-1 at the break. Mr Doherty emptied the bench at half-time and added fresh legs with Sean O’Donnell in particular standing out. Sean O'D won a penalty which Sean O’Kane converted to make it 4-2. The boys continued to work hard but another goal on the counter attack ensured the final score was 5-2 to Good Counsel.

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U15 Boys Soccer - CCS 3-0 MCC

U15 Boys Soccer

It was a solid performance from the boys, who took the lead through Cian Burke after some good work from Shane McCaul, Gareth Bradley and Josh Diver. Despite MCC creating a few chances of their own and applying pressure in stages, the defence stood firm and Jack Nelson made sure nothing was getting past him in goals. The second half continued much the same, with Carn looking dangerous in attack and the defence seeing out any danger that came their way. CCS added another two goals from Gareth Bradley (wondergoal!) and a tidy finish from Rían Diver to secure the 3 points.

First Year Futsal - Clean Sweep in Ulster

First Year Futsal 2017

First Year Ulster Futsal Championships photo album

The 1st year boys and girls had a highly successful day at the Ulster Futsal Championships on Tuesday, 14th November, held in the Aura, Letterkenny. Both our boys and girls teams, who were representing Inishowen, faced off against the champions of Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.

Boys:
The 1st year boys were drawn in a group with Patrician High School Carrickmacross, St Patrick's College Cavan and St Columba's Stranorlar.

Game 1: Carndonagh CS 5-3 Patrician High School
CCS started the game very well and went a goal up in the first couple of minutes. However, a Carrickmacross shot that looked well short of the line was given as a goal, giving Patrican High School a way back into the match. A number of the Carn players lost concentration and began to argue with the referee. Patrician High School took control and scored two more goals to lead 3-1 at the break. The Carn CS lads came out with renewed vigour in the 2nd half and played with much more composure. Lee Coyle pulled an early goal back before Sean O'Kane got the equaliser. The lads could sense the momentum turning in their favour and further goals from Adam Duffy and Lee Coyle clinched a 5-3 victory after a superb 2nd half display.

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U15 Girls Soccer - CCS 3-0 St. Columba's

CCS U15 Girls Soccer

CCS 3-0 St Columba's photo album

Our U15 girls had their 2nd game of the season in the Ulster U15 Cup vs St Columba's Stranorlar. The girls welcomed Sophie Murphy back from injury but were missing the influential Katherine Doherty. The girls started the game excellently, pinning St Columba's back for long periods of the game and creating lots of chances. Erin McLaughlin was pulling the strings in midfield and Alaina Keogh and Jenna Harkin caused endless bother on the wings for the St Columba's full backs. The breakthrough came as Sophie Murphy finished expertly when well placed in the box. Carndonagh CS really piled on the pressure but the St Columba's keeper, who had an excellent game, kept them at bay. She made one excellent save from an Erin McLaughlin driven shot, tipping it onto the bar. The 2nd goal finally arrived when Alana Doherty ran onto a through ball and showed great composure to calmly slot it past the keeper. Carn CS were nearly caught with a sucker punch right before half time when sloppy play allowed the St Columba's 9 to run through. However, Kate McCallion showed great pace and determination to get back and make a tackle just before the number 9 pulled the trigger.

In the 2nd half Carndonagh CS played some of their best football of the season but could not find their way past the stubborn St Columba's defence. Erin McLaughlin thought she had our 3rd goal when her curling drive beat the keeper and was sailing into the far corner...only for a defender to head clear on the line. With 5 minutes to play, Erin McLaughlin finally got her goal with a neat toe-poke in off the post. The girls performed excellently throughout; they were defensively very sound, created lots of chances and will just need to ensure they take them the next day. Well done girls. The girls play local rivals Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in their next game.