Ulster Quarter-final Beckons for Clinical U17s

U17 Soccer CCS

Crana College 0-3 CCS

CCS started well with Kieran Farren and Fionn McClure causing major headaches for Crana College on the wings. CCS were their own worst enemy at times, playing balls into a packed midfield when they had men in space. CCS also had Daniel Houghton to thank for keeping it 0-0 at half-time, making three great one-on-one saves from Crana counter-attacks.

CCS picked up the pace in the second half and continued to make chances in and around the box, with Darragh Deery and Dayton Cooke causing all sorts of problems for the central defenders. CCS took the lead from a Kieran Farren penalty following a hand-ball by the Crana centre-half from an Evan Tweed volley. CCS were unlucky not to double their lead when a 30-yard shot hit the crossbar; the keeper was well beaten. Dayton Cooke had two good chances to double the lead but a last ditch save from both the keeper and the post stopped Cooke. Dayton Cooke did eventually get on the score sheet, twice - two lovely finishes low past the keeper - one of which came from some great work by Mark Doherty down the right flank. Cade Cooke was unlucky not to have a penalty when he beat four men, only to be upended in the area. Daniel McCallion ensured it was a clean sheet for the CCS keepers with a low full stretch save.

Team: Daniel Houghton (Daniel McCallion), Joe Doherty (Mark Doherty), Tiernan Devine (Ciaran Doherty), Conor O'Donnell, Conor McGeoghegan (Oisin Hession), Jake Harkin, Dayton Cooke (Cade Cooke), Evan Tweed, Kieran Farren, Fionn McClure, Darragh Deery (Blaise Diver)

Personalised Sports Tops Unveiled at CCS

New Sports Jackets 2015Senior soccer squad sporting their new personalised tops

There's a big change happening in sports at CCS...and it's personal! From Monday, 7th December, all participants in sport will have the option to own an official school sports top embroidered with the school crest and personal initials. The top is not a compulsory purchase, but so far there has been a big response from the pupils. Still considering the top? Contact Mr. John Farren as soon as possible.

U17 Boys Soccer - St. Columba's Stranorlar 1-2 CCS

CCS put in a very hard shift to come away with victory on the banks of the Finn River in the first round of the Ulster Championship. CCS took the lead through Dayton Cooke after five minutes when a loose ball from a Kieran Farren free kick was finished through a crowded penalty area into the far corner. CCS's ability to play football was hampered by bad weather and a very heavy pitch. Resolute defending restricted St. Columba's to long range efforts ensuring CCS finished the half one up. 

CCS started the second half well and within ten minutes were 2-0 up when a Fionn McClure corner was headed home by Conor O'Donnell. CCS controlled the game and continued to keep St. Columba's restricted to long range efforts. CCS should have wrapped up the tie when Darragh Deery broke through, but he was unlucky to see shot cannon off the post. There was a nervous conclusion to the game; a long range effort was parried by Daniel Houghton and the St. Columba's striker was quickest to reacted, finishing high into net. CCS closed out the game thanks to some excellent defending and team work. Well done all.

Team: Daniel Houghton, Joseph Doherty, Ciaran Doherty, Conor O'Donnell, Conor McGeoghegan, Evan Tweed (Cade Cooke), Thomas Ramsey, Dayton Cooke (Jake Harkin), Fionn McClure, Kieran Farren, Darragh Deery. Subs not used: Daniel McCallion, Oisin Hession, Blaise Diver, Mark Doherty, Tiernan Devine.

Senior Boys Retain Donegal League Title

Wednesday, 11th November - A hotly contested Donegal League Final was won by 5 goals to 3 by Carndonagh CS, although it could’ve gone either way on the excellent playing surface in Drumoghill. After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Michael Langan fired home from close range for PCC after a scramble in the Carndonagh box. Carndonagh squandered a number of chances but finally equalised when Fionn McClure tapped home from close range. Within minutes, CCS went ahead with a stunning 40 yard effort from Brian McEleney. PCC replied strongly, firing cross after cross into the CCS box, and the pressure finally told with Jason McGee jumping to head beyond Daniel Houghton. A high ball into the box was CCS’s undoing again, with Lee McColgan heading home at the back post past a despairing Houghton, who seemed to slip on the wet surface. Carndonagh almost levelled matters on the stroke of half-time with McEleney skying over from 6 yards. Half-Time CCS 2-3 PCC

CCS came racing out of the blocks after half-time, with two quick-fire tap-ins from Cathal Farren turning the final on its head. The blistering pace of CCS substitutes Declan McLaughlin and Christopher McLaughlin stretched the game, which gave CCS the upper hand throughout the second half. PCC came close to equalising with a clever Lee McColgan free-kick which was expertly tipped around the post by Houghton. CCS extended their advantage through James McKinney, his deflected effort sealing CCS’s status as Donegal champions for the second successive year. Both sides will hold much hope for their upcoming Ulster Cup campaigns judging by this performance. Full Time CCS 5-3 PCC

Previously...The senior boys soccer team are now through to the Donegal League Final in an effort to retain the cup they won last year. They beat St. Columba's Stranorlar 3-1 on Tuesday, 3rd November. The squad is pictured wearing their new kit sponsored by Doherty's Centra Muff. Well done to the lads and we wish them all the best in the Final. Match photos to follow...

CCS Senior Boys

U15 Boys Soccer : CCS 4-1 Scoil Mhuire

Thursday, 5th November - The U15s had a hard-fought yet comfortable win in the end against Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. The Buncrana side took the lead after 30 minutes when C.C.S, who were dominant throughout, lost concentration when defending a corner kick and conceded a soft goal. The home team went in 1-0 up at the break. A slight change of formation and the introduction of Nathan McKinney made a real difference in the middle of the field. Luke Rudden linked up well with Corey McBride on the right hand side and the continuous pressure resulted in a corner kick early in the second half. Mickey Friel landed a captain's contribution, drawing the teams level by pouncing on some unconvincing defending. Carndonagh dominated proceeding from then onwards and took the lead through an amazing effort for McBride. His 30-yard free kick swirled through the air at high speed and smacked off the crossbar at the top right hand corner before crossing the line. Exceptional! Speaking of exceptional, Luke Rudden's second half performance was just that! His second goal was the cream of the crop as he flicked the ball up to himself before hitting a looping volley from 25 yards out, leaving the goalkeeper with nothing to do but watch it sail over his head and into the net. Solid performances from the back five and the midfield made this result possible. Hard work on the right wing and his free kick tekkers earned Corey McBride the MOTM award.

U17 Boys Soccer : Come back anytime! CCS recovery stuns Moville CC...

Playing into the wind, CCS started the game well and were unlucky not to score early on. Kieran Farren played Darragh Deery though, however his shot was touched wide by the keeper. CCS controlled the game until the 30th minute with well saved efforts from Fionn McClure and Dayton Cooke. Moville took the lead from a wind assisted free kick from twenty yards out.

Five minutes later it was 2-0 when a cross-come-shot was touched onto the post by Daniel McCallion; Moville reacted quickest to slot home. Darragh Deery was unlucky not to pull one back before the break but his shot was saved at point blank range.

A quick start to the second half saw CCS score in the second minute when Kieran Farren made a good run down the wing; his shot was saved and rebounded to Dayton Cooke who slotted home. Two minutes later CCS were level when Fionn McClure laid the ball off for Farren to finish into the top corner.

The recovery was complete when Carn took the lead five minutes later - a shot from Kieran Farren rebounded to Fionn McClure, who slotted home. Carn pushed on for another couple of goals but saw a number of shots saved or go narrowly over.

It was a great result and comeback all round, including two goal line clearances from Conor O'Donnell and Conor McGeogeghan, along with a number of great saves from Daniel McCallion. Well done all!

Team: Daniel McCallion, Joseph Doherty (Cathal McLaughlin), Calvin O'Donnell (Tiernan Devine), Conor O'Donnell, Conor McGeoghegan, Fionn McClure, Thomas Ramsey (Oisin Hession), Evan Tweed, Dayton Cooke (Jake Harkin), Kieran Farren, Darragh Deery (Joseph Diver).