CCS Girls Shine in All-Ireland Inter-League Showdown

Inishowen Inter League Winners 2016Photo courtesy of Inishowen Ladies Soccer Facebook

Huge congratulations to our soccer stars, Aoife McColgan, Niamh McDaid, Shania McGonigle, Mary Doherty, Nicole Gordon, Lauren Cregan and Rachel McLaughlin, who were part of the All-Ireland U18 Inter-League winning squad on Sunday, 29th May. The Inishowen Ladies dramatically beat Metropolitan Girls League (Leinster) 4-3 on sudden-death penalties after an even game that finished 1-1. Match report courtesy of Donegal Sport Hub.

Annual Sports Awards. One Word...Focus.

Michael Murphy CCS

Annual Sports Awards 2016 photo album

On Wednesday afternoon, 25th May, one of the country's most highly-rated sportsmen visited CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. The "Man From the Glen" addressed all the pupils involved in school sports. During his speech, Michael reiterated the key ingridient for his development as an individual and a sportsperson...Focus. He advised young people to surround themselves with positivity and to concentrate fully on the matter at hand, at that moment in time, whether it's sport or study. There is no better role model for our pupils than Michael Murphy and we would like to thank him for his visit and his inspirational words.

Newly Crowned All-Ireland Champions Invited to Finn Park

CCS All-Ireland Champions 2016All-Ireland Senior Boys Soccer Champions 2016

Diarmuid Moyne, Evan Tweed, Mark Doherty, Brandon Browne, Keelan Doherty, Joe Mc Kinney, Declan Mc Laughlin, Christopher Mc Laughlin (F), Cathal Farren, Fionn Mc Clure, Tiernan Devine, Sam Todd, Martin Fiorentini, Ben Lafferty, Matthew Cavanagh, Brian Mc Eleney, Joshua Lafferty, Darragh Folan, Daniel Houghton, James Mc Kinney, Liam Gallagher, Ryan Diver, Kieran Farren; Manager: Mr. Martin Cavanagh

Watch the best of the All-Ireland Final action... (full match highlights to follow at Easter)

Finn Park Guest Appearance photo album

Watch the All-Ireland Final (full match)
(Disclaimer: One or two words used during the match may not be suitable for grown-ups. Watch at your own risk! Despite the odd choice word, the match was played to the highest standard of sportsmanship and both teams must be commended for their attitude to the game and to each other.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SENIOR BOYS SOCCER SQUAD WHO ARE NOW ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS…CCS beat Presentation Brothers College, Cork 2-1 in the National Final in Whitehall, Dublin on Friday, 11th March.

Full match report to follow, along with extended match highlights. For now, here’s a quick synopsis of one of the best days in CCS history…

CCS took the lead on 20 minutes – Cathal Farren leaving the Cork keeper standing with a coolly taken penalty. PBC levelled on the stroke of half-time after some head-tennis in the Carn box. The ball may or may not have crossed the line, but opinions were immaterial as the ref pointed to the centre-circle.

Half-time 1-1

The second half was a scrambly affair, and while CCS were clearly the better team, PBC had arguably the better chances. As full-time approached, either team could have won it, but neither did.

Full-time (90 mins) 1-1

PBC clearly weren’t looking forward to extra-time and there was no doubt that CCS were well ahead in fitness terms. The conditioning showed on six minutes, as some lovely one-touch football gave Christy Fildara a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box. His finish, low into the bottom corner, sent the CCS support into raptures; the writing was on the wall for PBC. But there was still one moment of concern with the final whistle approaching. Daniel Houghton, who had been something of a spectator during extra-time, was called into action at the death. His excellent save, low to his right, ensured that there was no penalty shoot-out. The scenes of celebration after the match have been forty years in the making. An All-Ireland title is finally ours! Well done to the squad and management, and thanks from all at CCS…

Result (after extra-time) CCS 2-1 PBC

(This match report was written from behind a video camera and may bear little or no relation to what actually happened. Proper match report to follow…)

Senior Boys All-Ireland Team

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!

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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.

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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...