Both our Boys and Girls 1st year Futsal teams had an excellent day at the Inishowen Secondary Schools Futsal tournament held at Aileach FC Astro Pitch.
The Carndonagh CS girls were up against Crana College first. Two goals from Emma Devlin and one from Chloe Lacey had them 3-0 up at half time. In the 2nd half Katherine Doherty and Alaina Keogh completed the scoring to ensure a 5-0 victory.
Next up they played against Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. The girls put in an exceptional performance in this game and Lorinne Green and Alaina Keogh scored two spectacular goals to give the girls a great start. The hardworking Emma Devlin added two more before the break to give the girls a 4-0 lead at half-time. Scoil Mhuire put it up to the girls in the 2nd half but Yasmin Crumlish was a very calming presence in goals, ensuring they couldn't find a way back into the game. Chloe Lacey popped up with two clinical finishes in the second half to make the final score 6-0 to Carndonagh Community School. This ensured the girls reached the Ulster Futsal finals on November 14th and Mr Conor Doherty and Ms Anita Doherty were delighted with their efforts.
The boys were up next and they watched Crana College and Scoil Mhuire play out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first game. The Carndonagh CS boys played Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in their first game and came out with all guns blazing. Kyran Cantwell ran himself to a standstill up front and ended the first half with a hat trick. Adam Duffy finished off an excellent team move at the break. In the 2nd half Carndonagh made use of their strong bench and substitutes Lee Coyle and Aaron Porter scored a brace each before Sean O'Kane rounded off the scoring with an excellently taken half-volley. The final score was 9-0 and it was an excellent team performance with all 10 squad members contributing well.
The 2nd game was against Crana College and the boys knew that a draw or a win would take them through to the Ulster Finals. Carndonagh had a frustrating start to the second half with the Crana College keeper pulling off some excellent saves and their defence frustrating Carndonagh's attacks. Carndonagh were quite sloppy in the first few minutes and an excellent Crana College move ended with an excellent effort crashing off the Carndonagh post. This seemed to wake the Carn CS boys up and the boys scored 4 goals in 4 minutes; a cheeky flick by Kyran Cantwell from a cross was the pick of the bunch. Adam Duffy scored two goals and Lee Coyle got the other to ensure a 4-0 lead at the break. In the second half Crana College began to tire and Carndonagh again showed their strength in depth as they began to dominate proceedings. Substitutes Ryan McLaughlin x2, Sean O'Donnell, Lee Coyle and Aaron Porter got in on the goals. In a rare foray forward Jamie McKinney rounded off the scoring to make it a 10-0 victory. The scoreline doesn't reflect the excellent effort Crana College put in for long periods of the game. It was an excellent squad performance reflected in the fact that every member of the squad played and 8 out of the 9 outfield players got on the scoresheet. Mr Conor Doherty and Ms Anita Doherty were delighted with the teams' performances, as well as their behaviour on and off the pitch, and eagerly await the Ulster Finals in November.