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
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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.

U17 Girls Soccer - Three-in-a-Row in Ulster

U17 Girls Ulster Final 2016

Donegal Sport Hub interview with CCS manager, Sam "The Special One" Bogan

For the third year running, Carndonagh Under-17 ladies have won the Ulster Schools Soccer Final. It was a comprehensive victory in the end; CCS keeper Aoife Mc Colgan never really got tested. The final score was 2-0, but the scoreline doesn't reflect the overall performance. The Carndonagh girls dominated all over the pitch and could have been four goals up by half-time. With some excellent pressure down the right from Saorise Farren and Caitlin Devlin, the girls won a corner. The corner was whipped in by Niamh McDaid, laid off by Shania McGonigle and drilled home by Mary Jane Doherty to give the girls a well-deserved lead. Their supremacy continued throughout the half with some outstanding one-touch football. The Deele girls were unable to keep up. With Clare McCarron and Rachel McLaughlin in the centre of defence, and Cathy and Mary Doherty pulling the strings, the girls were excellent to watch. The teamtalk at half-time was simple - “more of the same”. The team got its just rewards early in the second half when the ball came through the midfield with Tara O'Connor getting involved. Eventually the ball was slipped to the ever impressive Eirn McLaughlin (Fildara) who smashed it home from close range. With the introduction of Caoimhe Devi, Mary T. McLaughlin, Laura Devlin and Cliona Gibbons the team grew stronger and finished the game in style. 'Best player' on the day was too close to call because this was a team effort, and with the winners of Leinster waiting in the wings it will take exactly that to get through to the All-Ireland Final. Last year we managed to win three Ulster Finals and know now what it will take to progress. Photo album to follow...

Mr. S. Bogan (manager) and L. Cregan (assistant coach)

Man Utd Trip 2015

Man Utd Trip 2015

Man Utd Trip 2015 photo album

On Saturday, 19th December, a group of thirty-two 1st and 2nd year students set off for the annual Old Trafford Trip. The result was a 2-1 win for Norwich City. While the result wasn't what was hoped for, the group made the most of their time in and around the ground after the game. They had an overnight stay in Leigh Sports Village before travelling to Walsall v Port Vale. As the group disembarked the bus at the League One Bescot Stadium, police questioned Mr. Havlin as to whether or not the tour was sponsored by Hollister. The group took time out of their trip to pose for a photo with former Blackpool manager and Sky Sports pundit, Ian Holloway before entering the ground. The result was a 2-0 win for the home team. The group then visited Cheshire Oaks Outlet for a bit of shopping before heading home. A big thank you to Mr. O'Kane, Mr. John Collins, Mr. Niall Havlin and Ms. Anita Doherty for making the tour possible.

(Ed. Well, that's another year without fitting in the long-promised Leeds match. They won, of course! But let's be honest, at the end of the day, the Man U and Walsall games threw up a couple of nice results. And we have to remember that it's all about the kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The banter was good. "The funniest thing ever" happened at least six or seven times a day. But the burning question remains unanswered - "Who's Travis?"...That was the Man Utd Trip 2015. Might be nice to see a European game at Old Trafford next year. What you reckon, Mr. Humphries? I know Thursday night probably doesn't suit everyone...)

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.