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...

Corey scores as Ireland beat the Welsh

On Thursday, 25th April, the Irish schoolboy soccer team beat Wales 5-3 in a thrilling encounter at Home Farm. At one stage in the second half, CCS could boast that a quarter of the team were from the school with Jack Doherty, Lee McLaughlin and Corey McBride all on the pitch. Corey certainly went home happy, scoring Ireland's fourth (and his first International goal). The video above should kick in just as Corey is kicking in a cracking finish! If it doesn't, just head for about 1 hour 52 minutes...All the best to the lads as they continue to fly the flag for school and country.

Girls Soccer - Same Old CCS, Always Winning!

First Year Girls Soccer 2019

The 1st year girls recently advanced to the Ulster Final after a hard-fought comeback victory vs Loreto Letterkenny (2-1). They will play either Loreto Milford or Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in the final.

Match report: In a tight affair, Loreto Letterkenny started much the stronger. CCS were put under sustained pressure and after a scramble in the box, a Loreto player toe-poked the ball home. This was the wake-up call CCS needed. They begin to up the tempo and the game became a lot more even. An excellent ball over the top put Ailish Doherty through on goal and she finished expertly. Just before half-time CCS went 2-1 up after an excellent cross by Alanah Brennan was finished by Clara Gill at the back post. The scoreline was 2-1 at half-time. The CCS backline were excellent in the 2nd half and it was a really tight game, but CCS prevailed to win 2-1; an excellent win away from home against a strong Loreto Letterkenny.

U15 Soccer - First Half Blitz Puts Girls in National Picture

U15 Girls Soccer 2019

U15 Girls Soccer - Ulster Final 2019 photo album

(Many thanks to Shay McLaughlin (JM) Transition Year for the superb matchday photography.)

Our U15 girls are champions of Ulster after an excellent 4-2 victory over Loreto Letterkenny at Aileach FC. The girls put in an excellent shift from 1st minute to last with an inspired opening half paving the way to victory. The girls started the game well on top and had one or two openings for Emma Devlin and Ellie Long, stopped with some last ditch defending by the formidable Loreto defence. However, this all changed in the 10th minute when Sophie Murphy ran onto a well weighted ball over the top and drove a shot over the keeper and in off the crossbar. The girls were 1-0 up and well in command. Loreto battled fiercely and the CCS defence did well to hold them at bay after a bit of sustained pressure. CCS went 2-0 up five minutes before half time after Ellie Long guided home a pinpoint free kick from Katherine Doherty. Then in the last play of the half Sophie Murphy again outran the Loreto defence and stroked the ball to the net. The girls were 3-0 up at half time but were very calm and level headed during the break, knowing they would have to deal with an onslaught from Loreto in the 2nd half.

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