CCS Wins Donegal Sports Star Award - Best Sports School 2016

Donegal Sports Star Award 2016

WATCH Donegal Sports Star Award presentation video

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).

U17 Boys Soccer - Royal & Prior 0-8 CCS

U17 Boys Soccer Royal Prior

Played on a crisp, dry day in Raphoe, it took CCS twenty minutes to break the deadlock. But once they did they took complete control of the match and went on to a comprehensive win against a very well drilled and resolute Royal & Prior team.

CCS tested the keeper after 10 minutes when a Fionn McClure free-kick was turned around the post by the keeper. Five minutes later Pearse McCarron burst through and saw his shot parried away. CCS scored their first on 20 minutes when a Jordan McLaughlin cross was collected by Luke Rudden who finished into the right hand corner past an outstretched keeper.
CCS pressed but were nearly undone by a counter-attack; Jonathan Toye was well placed to deal with the long range effort. Within 2 minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when a high, looping cross from Pearse McCarron found Luke Rudden, who switched the ball to confuse the last defender before curling the ball past the keeper.

Within 2 minutes it was 3-0 when Pearse McCarron chased a back-pass before taking the ball off the keeper to slot home from close range. CCS saw out the first half with some excellent passing play, with Mikey Friel linking up well with midfielders and defenders.

Royal and Prior took the fight to CCS at the start of the second half and Daniel Houghton had to be wide awake in the CCS goal as Royal and Prior tried to pull one back. However, it was 4-0 after 10 minutes when a Cade Cooke corner was met by Luke Rudden who saw his shot deflected into the net. While CCS rang the changes, the goals kept coming. Number 5 came when a headed clearance from the keeper was picked up by Fionn McClure who finished from 40 yards. Shortly afterwards, Cade Cooked passed to captain Kieran Farren who saw his powerful shot slip under the keeper. A short time later the same two players linked up, but this time Farren was the provider when he bounced a low ball through to Cooke who finished low past the on-rushing keeper.

Number 8 came with 15 minutes left on the clock when a cross to the back post was met by Adam McLaughlin who managed to loop the ball over the keeper into the far corner.

CCS wrapped things up by keeping the ball in a passing game that involved every CCS player on the pitch on several occasions. Well done all.

Team: Jonathan Toye (Daniel Houghton) (Oran Raymond), Anthony Doherty (Sean McCarron), Jake Harkin, Connor O’Donnell, Nathan McKinney (Adam McLaughlin), Mikey Friel, Kieran Farren, Fionn McClure, Jordan McLaughlin (Lorcan Bradely), Luke Rudden (Nathan Logue), Pearse McCarron (Cade Cooke).

Under-17 Boys Soccer : Scoil Mhuire 1-2 CCS

U17 Boys Soccer Carndonagh CS

CCS under-17 boys progressed to the League Semi-final with a well-earned win away to Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. Played in glorious sunshine, Scoil Mhuire were quicker into the game as CCS struggled to get up to pace, having been delayed before kick-off. CCS had to deal with a number of corner kicks and a packed midfield in the early stages. Jonathan Toye was tested early on and pushed a close range header over the bar.

As the half progressed and the cobwebs were shaken away, CCS stated to command the park, making the short pitch look bigger than it was with excellent passing. CCS were unlucky not to score after 15 minutes when a Jack Doherty corner was met by the head of Conor O'Donnell on the penalty spot, but the keeper was well placed to catch the powerful header. Five minutes later it was 1-0 when the same players combined again; this time the keeper could only parry the shot into the net.

CCS took their eye off the ball in the minutes that followed and five min before half time it was 1-1. The whole team seemed to stand off and allow the Scoil Mhuire player pick his spot for a long range effort. bCCS should have been 2-1 up at half time, but Cade Cooke saw his chip-shot easily saved by the keeper.

CCS came out in the second half determined to play their own style and kept to the game plan as the half progressed. CCS had a number of chances and while Kieran Farren saw his free kick sail over the bar, he was well placed to pick up a loose ball in the penalty area to finish low following a well taken corner from Fionn McClure. CCS held on for the win thanks to a superb one-handed save from close range by keeper Jonathan Toye. Well done all.

Team: Jonathan Toye, Anthony Doherty(Lorcan Bradley), Jake Harkin, Ciaran O'Donnell, Nathan Logue(Ciaran Doherty), Mickey Friel, Kieran Farren, Jack Doherty(Adam McLaughlin), Fionn McClure, Luke Rudden(Pearse McCarron), Cade Cooke (Jordan McLaughlin). Subs not used: Sean McCarron, Nathan McKinney, Oran Raymond.

TY Trip to Lansdowne Road (Ireland v Georgia)

TY Ireland v Georgia

TY Trip to Lansdowne Road photo album

On Thursday, 6th October, forty-five TY students set off from CCS for Ireland v Georgia. A quick pit-stop in the Blanchardstown Centre allowed the students to refuel before heading out to the Aviva Stadium for the World Cup qualifier. While the game was a poor spectacle, the students had a great time getting fully involved in the chants and cheers. Donegal native Seamus Coleman not only scored but managed to assist himself for the goal!!! The students were great ambassadors for the school and while it was late home on Friday morning (2am), the majority made it to school the following day. Well done all.

Senior Girls Soccer - CCS 2-0 Deele College

CCS Deele LadiesThe senior ladies kicked-off the season with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Deele College on Wednesday, 5th October. A fantastic team-worked goal finished by Shania McGonigle, and an own-goal were enough to see the ladies through. The scoreline may have read 2-0, but as Mourinho himself said this week, "It could have been 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time, 6-0 at the end of the game, but the result was 2-0; that's football". It was a real team performance from start to finish. CCS stopped Deele crossing the halfway line in the first half, with only a couple of opposition raids in the second. The squad can be proud of their performance as they look forward to their final group match next week against Milford. With news filtering through that local rivals Moville have pulled out of the competition, the girls are more focused than ever, believing that this is their year. If they can replicate a performance like Wednesday's next time out, they'll find themselves in another Ulster Semi-final.

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)