- Published: Monday, 21 December 2020 20:32
Two great wins were secured yesterday for our CCS football teams. First up were Mr Mullally's U15s with an excellent 1-0 win over St Pat's Cavan in a very tight game. Darragh Douglas got the winner early in the second half to seal qualification for the U15 Ulster Semi Final.
Next up were Mr Dermot Doherty's First Year Boys who had a rip-roaring encounter with a Deele College team that they just couldn't put away. CCS lead three times during the game, with two goals from Tiernan Ruddy and one from Nathan McDaid. But Deele kept coming back, levelling the game three times. The game finished 3-3 AET and went to penalties. CCS scored all five penalties and GK Daniel McDaid made an excellent save to put our first years through to the Ulster Semi Final. Well done to players and coaches.
Mr. Conor Doherty was the toast of CCS at the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, 31st January, taking home the Best Secondary School Sports Teacher award. Mr. Doherty was competing against three other teachers from Letterkenny and Milford. Around thirty parents, pupils and staff from CCS were in attendance. Huge congrats to Mr. Doherty.
While Ireland was waiting for Storm Lorenzo, the FA Youth Soccer Academy and Centre of Excellence at Lilleshall, England, was experiencing the Carndonagh Hurricane which blew away the Welsh and English champions.
Carndonagh Community School All-Ireland First Year Girls Soccer Champions were invited to represent their country in the prestigious Rod Houston International Tournament and took up the challenge after a hectic round of fundraising by the coaches, parents and community. There was a tremendous response to the appeal with the belief that our girls not only deserved the chance to represent their country but also that this was a team with huge potential having won a highly competitive All-Ireland Championship. Only one other Irish team has ever won the Rod Houston tournament so this was a massive challenge. With hopes high they set off with Coach Mr. Conor Doherty and teachers Mr. Kevin McCarron and Ms. Danielle Doherty. A number of parents also went in support hoping that history would be made. The girls were involved in three epic battles throughout the competition and it was a real, whole squad effort with every girl starting at least one game and everyone playing in two of the three games.
On Wednesday Carndonagh defeated English National Runners- Up – Cromton School 4-2. On Thursday they demolished Shenfield High School – the English National Champions 4-0. On Friday the Carndonagh girls accomplished the dream by beating the Welsh National Champions – Ysgol Glan Clwdy 3-1 and were crowned SAFIB Rod Houston Cup Champions for 2019. They arrived home to a rousing welcome in the school at 1.30am on Saturday morning having done their school, their community and their country proud. What wonderful ambassadors and role models for their fellow pupils.
Last year's First Year Girls National Cup winners have now been crowned Rod Houston Cup winners after a clean sweep at Lilleshall. Having already beaten Crompton House School Oldham (4-2) and Shenfield High School Essex (3-0), avoiding defeat to Welsh champions Ysgol Glan Clwyd would have been enough for CCS. But the girls don't do draws! They beat the Welsh side 3-1 to secure the Cup with hardly a moment's doubt. Huge congrats to all the girls and their families, some of whom travelled to Shropshire. No team can stay on the winning trail without a top management team. Great credit must go to Mr. Conor Doherty, Ms. Danielle Doherty and Mr. Kevin McCarron (and not forgetting Ms. Anita Doherty and Ms. Marie Houten), who have helped the girls fulfill their potential. Let the celebrations commence. Enjoy the flight home, and take it easy on the lemonade!
Brandywell Stadium was the setting for the latest event organised by Extern's Third Space team. A group of thirty TYs from CCS togged out for a training session followed by a match against counterparts from Lisneal College. Derry City FC coach Donal O'Brien delivered an intense hour of training, after which City's 3G pitch saw a hugely entertaining contest that ended up with a Lisneal victory (and about 50 pupils on the pitch). The day out in the Maiden City was the latest in a series of engaging workshops delivered by Third Space, so far including healthy lifestyle initiatives, active team-building, storytelling and digital media. We're looking forward to finding out what else they have in store for TY2020...