U17 Boys Soccer - CCS 2-0 Moville CC

CCSvMCCCCS took all three points on a wet and blustery day in Carn (Wednesday, 28th September). Goals from Captain Kieran Farren and Cade Cooke gave CCS a well-deserved win against a very resolute Moville team.

CCS would have been out of sight by half-time but for the heroics of the Moville keeper who made four point-blank saves. He also commanded the box for a number of corners that must have easily been in double figures by the break. Moville had the crossbar to thank for keeping a long range effort from Jack Doherty out of the top corner.

Daniel Houghton was finally needed when a long clearance broke to a surprised Moville striker who shot low, but couldn’t beat the CCS keeper.

CCS made a number of changes at the break and picked up where they left off in the first half. Shots from Fionn McClure, Kieran Farren, and substitutes Pearce McCarron and Cade Cooke were all well saved.

The deadlock was finally broken with ten minutes to go - a long individual run from midfield by Farren was finished low past the keeper from a tight angle. Within two minutes, CCS had doubled their lead when Cade Cooke was slipped through the middle, finishing low past the keeper. It was a hard earned result, but was nothing less than the lads deserved having stuck to the game plan throughout. Well done all.

Team: Daniel Houghton (Pauric O’Donnell), Mikey Friel (Lorcan Bradley), Conor O’ Donnell, Ciaran Doherty, Lee McLaughlin (Nathan McKinney), Fionn McClure, Kieran Farren, Jake Harkin (Jordan McLaughlin), Corey McBride (Pearce McCarron/Sean McCrron), Jack Doherty (Anthony Doherty), Luke Rudden (Cade Cooke)

Cathal, Sam and Mr. Cavanagh Feature in Senior Soccer Ad Campaign

Cathal Farren, Sam Todd and Mr. Martin Cavanagh have just gone primetime, having appeared on Bank of Ireland's advert for the senior soccer season. The polished ad features three Irish Internationals (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce and Wes Hoolahan), possibly a couple of future Internationals, AND of course one ex-International! The Inishowen lads refused to do any interviews, claiming to have used up all their cliches on the way down. At the end of the day, it's all about the football...

Senior Soccer Season Launched by All-Ireland Champs

Senior Soccer Abbotstown

On Tuesday, 30th August, Mr. Martin Cavanagh, Sam Todd and Cathal Farren travelled to the FAI's training HQ in Abbotstown, Dublin. Their itinerary for the afternoon included a meet-and-greet with the senior Irish squad and management. As guests of Bank of Ireland they officially launched the BoI sponsored FAI Schools Dr. Tony O'Neill Cup, currently in the hands of Carndonagh CS. There were whispers that a certain Mr. Keane was quietly looking for some managerial advice, but you'll have to ask Mr. Cavanagh about that...The boys certainly enjoyed the experience. They're pictured with Richard Keogh, Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pearce. Wes Hoolahan was overheard saying that you don't have to be tall to be a great footballer.

CCS Girls Shine in All-Ireland Inter-League Showdown

Inishowen Inter League Winners 2016Photo courtesy of Inishowen Ladies Soccer Facebook

Huge congratulations to our soccer stars, Aoife McColgan, Niamh McDaid, Shania McGonigle, Mary Doherty, Nicole Gordon, Lauren Cregan and Rachel McLaughlin, who were part of the All-Ireland U18 Inter-League winning squad on Sunday, 29th May. The Inishowen Ladies dramatically beat Metropolitan Girls League (Leinster) 4-3 on sudden-death penalties after an even game that finished 1-1. Match report courtesy of Donegal Sport Hub.

Annual Sports Awards. One Word...Focus.

Michael Murphy CCS

Annual Sports Awards 2016 photo album

On Wednesday afternoon, 25th May, one of the country's most highly-rated sportsmen visited CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. The "Man From the Glen" addressed all the pupils involved in school sports. During his speech, Michael reiterated the key ingridient for his development as an individual and a sportsperson...Focus. He advised young people to surround themselves with positivity and to concentrate fully on the matter at hand, at that moment in time, whether it's sport or study. There is no better role model for our pupils than Michael Murphy and we would like to thank him for his visit and his inspirational words.

Newly Crowned All-Ireland Champions Invited to Finn Park

CCS All-Ireland Champions 2016All-Ireland Senior Boys Soccer Champions 2016

Diarmuid Moyne, Evan Tweed, Mark Doherty, Brandon Browne, Keelan Doherty, Joe Mc Kinney, Declan Mc Laughlin, Christopher Mc Laughlin (F), Cathal Farren, Fionn Mc Clure, Tiernan Devine, Sam Todd, Martin Fiorentini, Ben Lafferty, Matthew Cavanagh, Brian Mc Eleney, Joshua Lafferty, Darragh Folan, Daniel Houghton, James Mc Kinney, Liam Gallagher, Ryan Diver, Kieran Farren; Manager: Mr. Martin Cavanagh

Watch the best of the All-Ireland Final action... (full match highlights to follow at Easter)

Finn Park Guest Appearance photo album

Watch the All-Ireland Final (full match)
(Disclaimer: One or two words used during the match may not be suitable for grown-ups. Watch at your own risk! Despite the odd choice word, the match was played to the highest standard of sportsmanship and both teams must be commended for their attitude to the game and to each other.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR BOYS SOCCER SQUAD WHO ARE NOW ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS…CCS beat Presentation Brothers College, Cork 2-1 in the National Final in Whitehall, Dublin on Friday, 11th March.

Full match report to follow, along with extended match highlights. For now, here’s a quick synopsis of one of the best days in CCS history…

CCS took the lead on 20 minutes – Cathal Farren leaving the Cork keeper standing with a coolly taken penalty. PBC levelled on the stroke of half-time after some head-tennis in the Carn box. The ball may or may not have crossed the line, but opinions were immaterial as the ref pointed to the centre-circle.

Half-time 1-1

The second half was a scrambly affair, and while CCS were clearly the better team, PBC had arguably the better chances. As full-time approached, either team could have won it, but neither did.

Full-time (90 mins) 1-1

PBC clearly weren’t looking forward to extra-time and there was no doubt that CCS were well ahead in fitness terms. The conditioning showed on six minutes, as some lovely one-touch football gave Christy Fildara a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box. His finish, low into the bottom corner, sent the CCS support into raptures; the writing was on the wall for PBC. But there was still one moment of concern with the final whistle approaching. Daniel Houghton, who had been something of a spectator during extra-time, was called into action at the death. His excellent save, low to his right, ensured that there was no penalty shoot-out. The scenes of celebration after the match have been forty years in the making. An All-Ireland title is finally ours! Well done to the squad and management, and thanks from all at CCS…

Result (after extra-time) CCS 2-1 PBC

(This match report was written from behind a video camera and may bear little or no relation to what actually happened. Proper match report to follow…)

Senior Boys All-Ireland Team