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.

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