Soccer

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

Final Preparations for THE Final - The Bonding Session!

Senior Boys All-Ireland Redcastle

 Derry City FC Legend, Ciarán Martyn (back row, far right) was on hand to welcome the CCS squad to Redcastle Hotel

All-Ireland Final Bonding Session photo album

Redcastle Hotel was a fine setting for the last and possibly most important piece of the preparation jigsaw...the pre-match bonding session! The squad took part in some light gym work, followed by the now standard sports-massage treatment from instructor, physio and teacher, Mr. Sam Bogan. Then it was off to the pool to chill-out for half an hour. Several of the group set up some kind of makeshift water volleyball court. The lads certainly won't be picking up any medals for volleyball...When the last few squad members were forcefully extracted from the sauna, it was time to eat. That particular pre-match meal won't be beat! The afternoon's activities were rounded off with an inspirational speech by Finn Harps manager, Ollie Horgan. Ollie takes a lot of the credit for Harps' revival over the last couple of years, so there's really no better man to have on your side. One point stood out from Ollie's oration - This is not just a game of football. For most, it's a once-off event that will bond friends for life. Don't let it pass you by...The elders amongst us will certainly appreciate those wise words. At this stage, little else needs to be said. It's now over to the talented young men of the senior soccer panel...

Senior Boys All-Ireland Soccer Final - Friday, 11th March, 2pm - Home Farm FC (Whitehall, Dublin)

The Race to be All-Ireland Champions is Under Way!

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The senior boys soccer team continued their All-Ireland Final preparations on Tuesday, 8th March when they took the gym's new suite of bikes for a spin! The boys were properly put through their paces by their instructor, Mr. Sam Bogan. Mr Martin Cavanagh has gone to great lengths to ensure that nothing is left to chance in advance of arguably the biggest soccer game involving the school in decades. You know it's a big deal when the media are calling you. On Tuesday, Johnny Craig from the Inish Times called by to interview several players and Mr. Cavanagh, while also taking a few photos for the two-page preview which will appear in this week's edition. CCS would like to thank Shane and Kevin of Doherty's Centra, Muff for their kind sponsoring of the matchday water.

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Shane Doherty of Doherty's Centra, Muff presents the team with a caseful of bottled water for the All-Ireland Final on Friday, 11th March.

Brennan's Pharmacy Comes to the Aid of CCS

Brennans Pharmacy Senior Boys

Brennan's Pharmacy recently contacted CCS with the kind offer of a complimentary First Aid kit in advance of the Senior Boys All-Ireland Soccer Final. The boys are up against Presentation Brothers College (Cork) at Home Farm Dublin, Friday, 11th March at 2pm. While we're very grateful to Brennan's Pharmacy, we obviously hope that the kit will remain unopened. A preview of the Final will follow later in the week...

Senior Boys Secure All-Ireland Final Spot

Senior Boys Soccer

Carndonagh Community School 3-0 Arklow CBS
Keelan Doherty (27), Christy McLaughlin (F) (58, 65)

CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL sealed victory in the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Dr. Tony O’Neill National Senior Cup semi-final on Thursday 25th February at the Peace Link, Clones following a sterling performance against Arklow CBS. CCS made an impressive start to the game thanks to the commanding presence of Sam Todd and Darragh Folan. Carn were first to show when a series of short passes ended with Cathal Farren having a shot which narrowly missed the far post. After 18 minutes Christy McLaughlin tested Gary Fennell in the Arklow goal with a shot but the net minder was equal to the challenge as he saved well from 18 yards out.

The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute after some good play from James McKinney and Cathal Farren was finished with a well taken volley from close range by target man Keelan Doherty. Arklow replied through their lively forward Darren Dempsey who crossed for Cian Li but Daniel Houghton made a crucial save to keep the scoreline in Carndonagh's favour with 10 minutes to the interval. The game was heading towards half time when an expertly planned corner routine was ruined by Christy Fildara's inability to follow some simple instructions.

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Senior Boys Crowned Comeback Champions of Ulster

CCS Senior Boys Ulster
Photo courtesy of www.DonegalSportHub.com

Ulster Senior Soccer Final
Carndonagh Community School Vs Loreto Milford
(Match report - Matthew Cavanagh, 5B)

Martin Cavanagh (manager) interview with Donegal Sport Hub

Twelve months on from a devastating Ulster Final defeat at the hands of Deele College, CCS rose from the ashes to claim a well-deserved victory over Loreto Milford in this year’s showpiece by two goals to one. In truth the gap should’ve been much greater as CCS showed far more desire and spirit than their opponents. The tone was set in the opening minute with Sam Todd skewing wide with a snap-shot following a corner. Wave after wave of CCS attacks followed with Milford goalkeeper Shane Graham keeping Brandon Browne and Cathal Farren at bay. Milford had excellent pace on the counter however and this told when Adrian Delap was upended in the box. The referee pointed straight to the spot and Connor Gormley put Milford into the lead, completely against the run of play. Half-Time CCS 0-1 Loreto Milford.

CCS came racing out of the blocks and within 30 seconds thought they had levelled through Keelan Doherty. The celebrations were short lived however as the linesman on the far side flagged for an offside in the build-up. CCS now had wind in their sails and the pressure grew too much for Milford as full-back Paddy Carr fouled Christopher McLaughlin to concede the games second penalty. Cathal Farren converted with consummate ease to level the scores. The introduction of Declan McLaughlin swung the game in CCS’s favour and it was McLaughlin himself who laid the ball off for Farren to fire home what turned out to be the winner. CCS survived a late Milford surge with James McKinney clearing a Gormley header off the line. A late break saw Declan McLaughlin have a top corner bound shot clawed away by Graham. The referee blew the final whistle soon afterwards and CCS were crowned U19 Ulster champions for the first time in 6 years. The team now face the Leinster champions on the 23rd February in the National Semi-Final and will hope to bring this vein of form even further. Full-Time CCS 2-1 Milford.