Mooney's View: CCS v Deele College

Match report by Carndonagh Community school's no. 1 sports correspondant, Liam Mooney (5C)

The game started poorly and that was matched by the lines on the pitch that were done the previous day by Kieran Farren and Jake Harkin. In the opening exchanges Carn made several dodgy passes, especially from Nathan Logue who seemed to forget who he played for. Deele made a couple of contentious tackles but Rudden managed to match this with a pretty tasty tackle himself. Controversy struck midway through the half when linesman Darragh O’Connor failed to raise his flag for a CCS throw in (it’s unlikely he will ever get that job again).

As the game progressed Mikey Friel was released down the wing several times but unfortunately for him, his first touch was like a trampoline. The first real chance of the game came when the Deele keeper cleared the ball from the edge of his box only as far as Owen McLaughlin who shot from distance, only to be denied by some quick backtracking from the keeper. A big chance fell to Conor O’Donnell after this and he managed to score a beautiful point, one they'd be proud of over in Foden, but this wasn’t the time for that.

The poor passing continued into the second half which was even strange by Carn’s standards and now Deele were actually starting to play some football. This pattern continued for the whole half and with 10 minutes to go a certain Deele goal was prevented after a poor catch from Padraig O'Donnell resulted in a goal line scramble, but after some daydreaming in the box Jake Harkin managed to finally clear it. Many people thought Carn would get better after this, but let’s just say the people were wrong. The game ended 0-0 and went straight to penalties, much to the amazement of the apparently injured Wee Corey and Lee McLaughlin. Kieron Farren was 1st to step up and he dispatched his penalty in empathic fashion. After Deele scored their penalty Jack Doherty was next to step up for Carn and he…Missed! The pressure of this was only increased when Deele took the lead in the shoot-out. A fired-up Rudden was next to step up and he fired his penalty into the back of the onion bag. Then Padraig O'Donnell saved a Deele penalty, but hope was soon quashed again when Mikey’s penalty was saved. With Padraig O 'onnell saving the penalty that would have won Deele the game, it was left to Alex McFadden to hand Carn the advantage in the shoot out...But???? Yeah, he missed! Clearly Carn hadn’t been practising their penalties, like a certain international team…Oh wait, that record ended at the World Cup in the summer, so now it’s just us.

As you can gather, Deele ended up winning the shoot-out which ended Carns hopes of winning the Donegal League.

Player Ratings
Padraig O'Donnell: 7 - only player to come out of game with his reputation intact.
Michael Doran: 6 - defended well, needs to contribute going forward.
Fionn Mc Clure: 6 - not to his usual standard.
Jake Harkin: 6 - one great clearance, otherwise a quiet game.
Kieran Farren: 6 - The lines on the pitch matched his performance - poor.
Nathan Logue: 5 - Nathan is thinking of moving to Deele College. He has already played 1 game for them this year!!
Jack Doherty: 5 - Missed a sitter; missed a penalty. Bring back Brendan. 
Conor O'Donnell: 5 - What a fantastic GAA player this man is. He can take a point from anywhere. Pity he was supposed to be playing Soccer!!
Eoin McLaughlin: 6 - Nearly scored. Nearly played well. Nearly needs to improve.
Mikey Friel: 5 - His second touch today was always a tackle! Missed a penalty. Poor day at the office.
Luke Rudden: 7 - Worked hard. Made a lot of new friends in Deele. They were talking all game!
Pearse McCarron: 5 - Scored his penalty. Should have put himself about a bit more.
Alex McFadden: 5 - Missed a penalty. A criminal offence. Sea Rovers is his next stop.
Jack Fildara: Keep training
Damien Duffy: Keep training
Adam Hatter: Keep training
Dan McCallion: Turn up to training
Wee Corey: Man up. Injured???
Lee McLaughlin: See Wee Corey’s comment.

Next Step: If the boys are to make any progress this year, then performances like today must not be repeated. Onwards and upwards from here on in.

Liam Mooney