CCS under-17 boys progressed to the League Semi-final with a well-earned win away to Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. Played in glorious sunshine, Scoil Mhuire were quicker into the game as CCS struggled to get up to pace, having been delayed before kick-off. CCS had to deal with a number of corner kicks and a packed midfield in the early stages. Jonathan Toye was tested early on and pushed a close range header over the bar.
As the half progressed and the cobwebs were shaken away, CCS stated to command the park, making the short pitch look bigger than it was with excellent passing. CCS were unlucky not to score after 15 minutes when a Jack Doherty corner was met by the head of Conor O'Donnell on the penalty spot, but the keeper was well placed to catch the powerful header. Five minutes later it was 1-0 when the same players combined again; this time the keeper could only parry the shot into the net.
CCS took their eye off the ball in the minutes that followed and five min before half time it was 1-1. The whole team seemed to stand off and allow the Scoil Mhuire player pick his spot for a long range effort. bCCS should have been 2-1 up at half time, but Cade Cooke saw his chip-shot easily saved by the keeper.
CCS came out in the second half determined to play their own style and kept to the game plan as the half progressed. CCS had a number of chances and while Kieran Farren saw his free kick sail over the bar, he was well placed to pick up a loose ball in the penalty area to finish low following a well taken corner from Fionn McClure. CCS held on for the win thanks to a superb one-handed save from close range by keeper Jonathan Toye. Well done all.
Team: Jonathan Toye, Anthony Doherty(Lorcan Bradley), Jake Harkin, Ciaran O'Donnell, Nathan Logue(Ciaran Doherty), Mickey Friel, Kieran Farren, Jack Doherty(Adam McLaughlin), Fionn McClure, Luke Rudden(Pearse McCarron), Cade Cooke (Jordan McLaughlin). Subs not used: Sean McCarron, Nathan McKinney, Oran Raymond.