The U15 girls football team had a hard fought 3-1 win in their Ulster Semi Final vs Loreto Letterkenny, 22nd January. The girls started the game in flying form and pressed Loreto all over the pitch. Sophie Murphy opened the scoring after 5 minutes, running onto a through ball and placing it in the corner of the net. Carn CS went 2-0 up on 15 minutes when Emma Devlin intercepted a Loreto kickout. The ball was laid off to Sophie Murphy who drove a powerful shot into the net from 25 yards. The girls played some excellent football in the 1st half and were unlucky to go in at half-time only 2-0 up after some excellent defensive work by the Loreto defenders and keeper.
Mr Conor Doherty warned the girls that Loreto would throw everything at them in the opening 10 minutes of the 2nd half. This proved to be the case with the Carndonagh defence holding firm. Jenna Harkin and Aimee Porter in particular stood strong in the Carn defence. Carn gradually took control of the 2nd half and in truth were quite wasteful in front of goal after creating some good chances. With 10 minutes left, a Loreto player was fouled on the counter-attack just outside the Carndonagh box. The Loreto player hit an unstoppable free-kick right into the top corner of the net, leaving Caoimhe Doherty with no chance. Suddenly it was 2-1 with just under 10 minutes left and Loreto’s tails were up. They laid siege to the Carndonagh goal for the next 5 minutes. However, the Carndonagh defence remained resolute. With 2 minutes left, Emma Devlin collected the ball from a throw-in and laid it off to substitute Alaina Keogh. Alaina nutmegged the Loreto defender and Erin McLaughlin (Fildara) placed a 25 yard strike into the far corner of the net to wrap up the game. It was a very good team performance, but the girls know they will have to up their performance again when they take on local rivals Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in the Ulster Final.
Carn CS team: Caoimhe Doherty, Chaylee Greene, Jenna Harkin, Aimee Porter, Kate McCallion, Katherine Doherty (Lackin), Alana Doherty (tim), Erin McLaughlin (Fildara), Emma Devlin, Sophie Murphy, Ciara Harkin: Substitutes: Alaina Keogh, Chloe Doherty, Ella McGonigle, Katie Harkin, Shania McCloskey, Caitlin Kelly, Lorinne Greene