Published: Monday, 14 March 2016 23:38
All-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.
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…)
Published: Thursday, 10 March 2016 18:54
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)