Final Preparations for THE Final - The Bonding Session!

Senior Boys All-Ireland Redcastle

 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)

The Race to be All-Ireland Champions is Under Way!

IMG 2247

The senior boys soccer team continued their All-Ireland Final preparations on Tuesday, 8th March when they took the gym's new suite of bikes for a spin! The boys were properly put through their paces by their instructor, Mr. Sam Bogan. Mr Martin Cavanagh has gone to great lengths to ensure that nothing is left to chance in advance of arguably the biggest soccer game involving the school in decades. You know it's a big deal when the media are calling you. On Tuesday, Johnny Craig from the Inish Times called by to interview several players and Mr. Cavanagh, while also taking a few photos for the two-page preview which will appear in this week's edition. CCS would like to thank Shane and Kevin of Doherty's Centra, Muff for their kind sponsoring of the matchday water.

IMG 2389

Shane Doherty of Doherty's Centra, Muff presents the team with a caseful of bottled water for the All-Ireland Final on Friday, 11th March.

Brennan's Pharmacy Comes to the Aid of CCS

Brennans Pharmacy Senior Boys

Brennan's Pharmacy recently contacted CCS with the kind offer of a complimentary First Aid kit in advance of the Senior Boys All-Ireland Soccer Final. The boys are up against Presentation Brothers College (Cork) at Home Farm Dublin, Friday, 11th March at 2pm. While we're very grateful to Brennan's Pharmacy, we obviously hope that the kit will remain unopened. A preview of the Final will follow later in the week...

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.

Read more: Senior Boys Secure All-Ireland Final Spot

Senior Boys Crowned Comeback Champions of Ulster

CCS Senior Boys Ulster
Photo courtesy of

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)