Senior Soccer - CCS v Scoil Mhuire - Mooney's View!

Senior Boys Soccer 2018-19On a wet and wild Thursday afternoon in Carndonagh, CCS made light work of Scoil Mhuire in this entertaining game. The boys from CCS started brightly in their Yellow tops and nearly all Blue shorts (O'Donnell refuses to change from his lucky Liverpool shorts that he has had since 6th class!) Scoil Mhuire could be forgiven for thinking they were playing against the mighty Newcastle United as the CCS boys got ripped into them. There will no doubt be tougher days ahead for the reigning All Ireland Champions but it was a great start to the campaign. 

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Lunchtime Futsal Leagues Back on the Menu

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Result: 1B 2-1 1C

The 'Crua's' were in flying form as 1B won the opening game of the Lunchtime Leagues. Under the watchful eye of Liam Doherty Crua and Damien Duffy, 1B raced into an early lead. Owen Doherty Crua (younger brother) of manager Liam scored the 2 goals that put 1B in control. 1C managers Ben Curley and Coran Donaghey rang the changes and Ellie Long pulled a goal back but it was too little too late for 1C. 1B progress to the semi finals were they will play 1A.

Result: 1A 2-2 1D 
1A won 3-2 after sudden death penalties

Our 2nd quarter final in the Lunchtime Leagues was an unforgettable one. Transition year students Brian Houghton and Shay McLaughlin (Jimmy Mickey) took charge of 1D and were bullish about their chances of going all the way. 1A under the tutelage of Athena McLaughlin and Laura Doherty had less to say and were letting their players do the talking on the pitch. This was an enthralling end to end game with chances galore at both ends. The game was finely balanced at 1-1 with 5 minutes left when Aoife McCarron of 1A dispossessed a defender and rifled a shot into the top corner. It looked like 1A would hold out but some inspired substiutions by Gaffer Houghton led to 1D taking over. With 10 seconds left and 1D laying siege to 1A's goal, a deflected shot deceived Danny Diver in the 1A goal and the scores were level at 2-2. The game went to a penalty shootout and after some inspired saves, the shootout went to sudden death. All the pressure was on Manus Doherty, who tucked away an excellent penalty to scenes of delight in the crowd. 

1A progress to the semi finals to play 1B on Monday, October 1st. 

Next week sees 1E vs 1F on Monday lunchtime and 1G vs 1H on Tuesday lunchtime.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

The semi finals will be played the following week. Well done to all involved.

Annual Sports Awards 2018

CCS Sports 2018

PHOTO ALBUM - Carndonagh CS Annual Sports Awards 2018

On Friday, 11th May, the Áras welcomed the most successful group of athletes ever assembled in CCS for the Annual Sports Awards. With the stage weighed down by silverware, a conveyor belt of teams and individuals took to the stage for certificates, medals and mementos recognising their many and varied achievements. Treasa Doherty - past-pupil, Donegal Football star and Carn woman - was on hand to do the presenting. She outlined the values that are critical to achievement at the top level, highlighting 'dedication' as key to getting the best out of yourself, regardless of silverware. She did lament the lack of Saturday lie-ins. But such sacrifices must be made! Members of the Senior Boys Soccer squad (once again National Champions) and the Mackey Cup winning Gaelic Football squad were each presented with a display photo for the mantlepiece. There were Ulster titles all over the place with First Year soccer and futsal (boys and girls) taking many of the plaudits. Some big futures there. (Remember, DEDICATION!)...The afternoon was rounded off with the ‘Inishowen Tours Outstanding Prospect in Sport Award'. The worthy recipient of that prestigious accolade was Daniel Houghton, now a two-time National senior boys soccer champion and an International goalkeeper. We'll endeavour to publish the full list of titles secured throughout the year, if we can remember them all. Overall, 2017-18 will be remembered as the most successful year to date for sport in CCS.

Champions! - The Callum Report & Full Highlights

Massive Deflections 'n' Sweet Connections
“no shoulda’s, no coulda’s and no woulda’s”
Wednesday, 25th April 2018

5.00am – The alarm bell rings. I feel I’m only after getting into the bed. I am as mad as a box of frogs. Usually the only time I’m up this early is if I’m falling in the door from Tul Na Ri or up to use the toilet. It’s too early for me. Head’s busting.

6.30am - A 15 minute run in the road listening to Seamus Fildara reminiscing about the time he met Big Tom in Culdaff Arms. The boys all gather in the Coffee Dock to we get a head count, a drop of tea and a scratch. For the second time this year we have no Wee Corey McBride. Nobody can understand where he went as Lorcan Bradley swore he saw him earlier on. It turns out he was trapped in a cubicle and couldn’t reach the door handle.

7.00am - Kevin Bradley twists the key of the bus and rallies out the gate. A bus packed with nervous men and a horrible smell of Old Spice deodorant coming from Brendan Doherty. Every traffic light on the Glentogher road is red. A horrible start to the day and to make the morning even worse I have Oisin Hession in one ear talking about all the trophies Clonmany FC won in the 90s and in my other ear is Daniel McCallion snoring.

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Senior Boys Soccer - Irish Champs...Again!

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All-Ireland Senior Soccer Final - Video Highlights (Preview)

The post-match report will have a lot to say about preparation, camaraderie, honest effort, Inishowen generosity and a SUPERB pass-and-move performance from CCS. (And if it's written by Callum Harley, it'll also have some hilarious one-liners...) There'll be extended highlights available by the long weekend. For the time-being, enjoy the 5-minute digest of another great day for sport in Carndonagh Community School. Congrats once again to Mr. Cavanagh and his All-Ireland Champions.

Senior Boys Ready for Whitehall Showdown

Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Dr. Tony O’Neill Senior National Cup Final
Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone vs Carndonagh Community School
Home Farm FC, Whitehall
Wednesday, April 25, KO 1pm

All Ireland Senior Soccer Squad 2018

Senior Soccer - All Ireland Final Prep (photo album)

The senior soccer class of 2018 will seek to summon the spirit of 2016 when they take to the Whitehall pitch on Wednesday. The lads have brushed aside all-comers until now, but they know that nothing can be taken for granted as the final hurdle nears. Mr. Martin Cavanagh knows the score at this stage, having guided the seniors to glory two years ago. So, once again, nothing has been left to chance. On Tuesday, all squad members reported to the Ballyliffin Lodge for a therapeutic hour in the Spa complex. With legs relaxed, the boys moved to the dining room for dinner. It was back to work after that, with Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan taking charge of a brief but hugely informative training session. But it was his post-training speech that will no doubt ring loudest in the ears of the current squad. "Tomorrow is about true camaraderie. School football...there's nothing else like it in the ANY level. This is as good as it gets. Don't let it pass you by." And with that, there is only one more word to be said...Ready!

Mr. Cavanagh, the senior soccer squad and travelling fans would like to offer a huge thanks to Doherty Centra (Muff), The Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa, Inishowen Tours (Noel Doherty) and, once again, Ollie Horgan for their invaluable support in the lead-up to the All-Ireland Final.