Ulster Final - CCS 1-0 St. Eunan's (Match Report and Player Ratings)

CCS Senior Boys

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The preparations for the final began with a ‘light’ session on Thursday evening after school. There were rumours floating about the school like a bad smell all day that there was to be a special guest appearing to provide a bit of inspiration before the big game. There were all sorts of names being mentioned from Ollie Horgan to Tony Boyce, from Christy Fildara to Liam Gallagher. Nobody had a clue. When we got there anyways and the only special guest we could see was Conor Browne (2nd training session this year).

The session went well with two great goalkeepers on show. But there was one major disaster, Captain Todd pulled up with a sore heel. He went down like a man shot by a sniper. Well, that night there were candles being lit, rosaries being said, men going to mass who hadn’t been to mass since their confirmation, anything we could do to get Todd back fit and well. In the end it took a late night call from myself to put matters right; six simple words “Pain is temporary, Success is permanent”.

The next day the boys were all sitting in the Coffee Dock waiting. There were men biting nails, there were knees shaking. No sign of Sam. The bus was loaded up, seatbelts on, still no Sam. Just as Seamus O’Donnell was about to turn the key, there he came through the gate, gear bag in one hand, tuna salad in the other. Benny Doherty said, “How’s the heel?”, the atmosphere, it was as tense as a game of cards. “It’s like a brand new foot” he said. Well that was the go-ahead the bus driver needed to hit the road.

The bus pulled into Centra for some light refreshment on the way. Before the wheels had stopped, Ciaran Jimmy Roe had the head in the deli counter. There was little or nothing left for the rest of us! Carn came into the game as underdogs, after the bookies heard Houghton got the shout for goals. He only got it because Mr. Cavanagh heard I was carrying a sore back. Deery was given the chance up front and McKinney got the nod over John Downes. There was four at the back, two playing across the middle, three wandering about near the front and one man up top on his own. Hession, McBride and the Doherty twins were all dropped to the bench after oul stories coming from China that Shanghai SIPG were throwing in a €20 million bid for them. Benny ended the rumours by saying “I’m scared of flying”.

Eunan's started strong; stronger than Carn anyways. Carn were playing like an over 40s team. There was misplaced passes, slips, stray shots. Anything that could go wrong went wrong. Eunan's nearly got the breakthrough when a woeful bit of defending resulted in Devine being left on his hindquarters (his excuse was his laces were loose). The Eunan's forward had a go from outside the ‘D’. Houghton plucked her out of the sky and tipped her over the crossbar. Wee Corey Mc Bride said “you’d swear Clark Kent was in goals”. Thankfully the referee blew the whistle for half time and the boys went inside. Tweed said in an interview after the match, “I don’t like Mr. Cavanagh's cross face”. The half-time show was similar to the first half, bad shooting and some fine goalkeeping.

The second half started similar to the first - BAD! It got that bad that Mr. Cavanagh called on Hession to warm up. There was something just not right with Hession, he was panicking. We all thought it was the pressure of the final. It turned out to be he forgot his Shockwaves in the house and was forced to play with bad looking hair. Mr. McConway even offered him his cap, but then realised that his own needs were greater! There was a couple of major talking points, one being our linesman for the day, Christy Fildara who couldn’t tell if the ball was in or out on certain occasions. Once, the ball went into the next field and he still was unsure. It was a long second half with Eunan's on top. Thankfully Houghton had the rescue gloves on and Carn stayed in the match. Eventually a goal came. Derry City man, Cathal Farren crossed a ball that was returned by McClure, and then met by the RIGHT foot of Captain Todd who nearly sent the 6'10" giant of a keeper in through the net. At this stage, Mr. Cavanagh then brought on Clonmany Shamrocks wonderkid Jack Doherty to see the game out. Jack got more yellow cards than touches but his presence proved invaluable. 

Carn won it by the skin on their teeth. Todd lifted the Cup. He is a man of few words but managed to give a nice speech (I think), ‘tis a pity we couldn’t hear him with the wind. Semi-final of the All Ireland to be played on the 7th of March. Carn will play the winners of the Connacht final.


Daniel Houghton: 8/10 For the first time this year he played well. Few dodgy kicks though, should be catching instead of punching.

Lee McLaughlin: 7/10 Solid game from the full back. Had O'Donnell in his pocket.

Tiernan Devine: 6/10 Gasping for air from the start, will struggle in this year’s Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.

Sam Todd: 8/10 On Tuesday he was like something that fell off the Lourdes bus. A few words of wisdom and he was back to himself.

James McKinney: 7/10 Can’t buy experience. Kept the whole back-four right.

Cathal Farren: 7/10 Like a lighthouse in the desert (brilliant but useless!!).

Kieran Farren: 7/10 Solid game. Didn’t even get booked!

Mikey Friel: 7/10 Started well, but when he got bad he got ‘injured’.

Evan Tweed: 7/10 See Cathal Farren comment.

Fionn McClure: 7/10 Forgets to take the ball with him times. Missed a clean sitter, claims it was a good save...

Darragh Deery: 6/10 Played better out on the wing. Lucky not to be taken off. Must improve.

Oisin Hession: 6/10 Should have scored when clean through. Must be the hair? (Get it sorted.)

Jack Doherty: 6/10 1 tackle, 1 booking.

Brendan Doherty: Told to warm up, that’s as far as he got.

Callum Harley: Out injured.

John Downes: Drank all the water on the bench.

Jake Harkin: One for the future!

Conor Browne: Told a few good jokes on the sideline.

Cade Cooke: Togged out well.

Wee Corey McBride: Unlucky not to get on.

Joe Doherty: Managed to do 35 kickups on the sideline.

Ciaran Jimmyroe: Ate too much in Centra to be useful.

Match report by Callum Harley

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.