Soccer

FAI Schools First Year All Ireland Futsal Championships

The First Year boys and girls played brilliantly in Waterford on Tuesday, 5th December but were up against some very tough teams. They kept their heads high and did the coaches and the school proud.


Boys Futsal Team

All Ireland Futsal Finals photo album

Boys:
The boys were competing against St Francis College (Rochestown, Cork), Good Counsel (New Ross, Wexford) and St Joseph’s (The Bish, Galway).

Game 1: Carndonagh CS 2-3 St Francis College
CCS had a great start and went a goal up, scored by Adam Duffy. On the stroke of half-time, CCS missed a great chance to go 2-0 up. St Francis hit on the counter attack with a well taken goal to level the game 1-1 at half-time. Kyran Cantwell was brought on and immediately caused havoc in the opponent's defence with his relentless pressing and work rate and he forced a mistake to put CCS 2-1 up with seven minutes to go. CCS held this lead until three minutes from time. But two quickfire strikes from St Francis marksman Harry Nevin secured a 3-2 victory over CCS.

Game 2: Carndonagh CS 2-5 Good Counsel
The CCS boys started the game off very well again with Lee Coyle scoring in the first few minutes. However, Good Counsel took control and scored an equalizer before scoring from three consecutive corners to lead 4-1 at the break. Mr Doherty emptied the bench at half-time and added fresh legs with Sean O’Donnell in particular standing out. Sean O'D won a penalty which Sean O’Kane converted to make it 4-2. The boys continued to work hard but another goal on the counter attack ensured the final score was 5-2 to Good Counsel.

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U15 Boys Soccer - CCS 3-0 MCC

U15 Boys Soccer

It was a solid performance from the boys, who took the lead through Cian Burke after some good work from Shane McCaul, Gareth Bradley and Josh Diver. Despite MCC creating a few chances of their own and applying pressure in stages, the defence stood firm and Jack Nelson made sure nothing was getting past him in goals. The second half continued much the same, with Carn looking dangerous in attack and the defence seeing out any danger that came their way. CCS added another two goals from Gareth Bradley (wondergoal!) and a tidy finish from Rían Diver to secure the 3 points.

First Year Futsal - Clean Sweep in Ulster

First Year Futsal 2017

First Year Ulster Futsal Championships photo album

The 1st year boys and girls had a highly successful day at the Ulster Futsal Championships on Tuesday, 14th November, held in the Aura, Letterkenny. Both our boys and girls teams, who were representing Inishowen, faced off against the champions of Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.

Boys:
The 1st year boys were drawn in a group with Patrician High School Carrickmacross, St Patrick's College Cavan and St Columba's Stranorlar.

Game 1: Carndonagh CS 5-3 Patrician High School
CCS started the game very well and went a goal up in the first couple of minutes. However, a Carrickmacross shot that looked well short of the line was given as a goal, giving Patrican High School a way back into the match. A number of the Carn players lost concentration and began to argue with the referee. Patrician High School took control and scored two more goals to lead 3-1 at the break. The Carn CS lads came out with renewed vigour in the 2nd half and played with much more composure. Lee Coyle pulled an early goal back before Sean O'Kane got the equaliser. The lads could sense the momentum turning in their favour and further goals from Adam Duffy and Lee Coyle clinched a 5-3 victory after a superb 2nd half display.

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U15 Girls Soccer - CCS 3-0 St. Columba's

CCS U15 Girls Soccer

CCS 3-0 St Columba's photo album

Our U15 girls had their 2nd game of the season in the Ulster U15 Cup vs St Columba's Stranorlar. The girls welcomed Sophie Murphy back from injury but were missing the influential Katherine Doherty. The girls started the game excellently, pinning St Columba's back for long periods of the game and creating lots of chances. Erin McLaughlin was pulling the strings in midfield and Alaina Keogh and Jenna Harkin caused endless bother on the wings for the St Columba's full backs. The breakthrough came as Sophie Murphy finished expertly when well placed in the box. Carndonagh CS really piled on the pressure but the St Columba's keeper, who had an excellent game, kept them at bay. She made one excellent save from an Erin McLaughlin driven shot, tipping it onto the bar. The 2nd goal finally arrived when Alana Doherty ran onto a through ball and showed great composure to calmly slot it past the keeper. Carn CS were nearly caught with a sucker punch right before half time when sloppy play allowed the St Columba's 9 to run through. However, Kate McCallion showed great pace and determination to get back and make a tackle just before the number 9 pulled the trigger.

In the 2nd half Carndonagh CS played some of their best football of the season but could not find their way past the stubborn St Columba's defence. Erin McLaughlin thought she had our 3rd goal when her curling drive beat the keeper and was sailing into the far corner...only for a defender to head clear on the line. With 5 minutes to play, Erin McLaughlin finally got her goal with a neat toe-poke in off the post. The girls performed excellently throughout; they were defensively very sound, created lots of chances and will just need to ensure they take them the next day. Well done girls. The girls play local rivals Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in their next game.

Senior Soccer – The Callum Report(s)

On Thursday evening a few weeks ago, Mr. Cavanagh called upon all the men who would be interested in playing football the year for the seniors. There was a big hole to fill as the vast majority of last year’s team is off studying in college, off working in places such as Poundland (Cathal Farren) and others off filling cars with petrol (Dopey Devine). Then some are just lying in bed to dinnertime, getting up, watching daytime TV, telling as many people as he can about his Derry City career, and then back off to bed (former Captain Todd). Part-time footballer Conor Browne is living it up in Galway with his new bird he met at the Carn Cattle Show, treating her to tasty takeaways and long walks along Salthill Bay. James McKinney has gone missing and hasn’t been seen since Glengad lost to Illlies in the Cup last May. Evan Tweed however has taken his career to the next level; he now has learned to make coffee, where before he could only make tea...He now works in Café Bamba. And then you have Ciaran Jimmy Roe who hasn’t been seen since Doc's got a new Deli counter.

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First Years are First for Futsal in Inishowen

First Year Futsal 2017

First Year Inishowen Futsal photo album

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.

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