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)

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.