In the same week that Tom Brady closed a chapter in sport, CCS opened one. There's hurling silverware in the school today - The Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling Casement Shield. Here's how it happened...
Carndonagh CS 3-17
St. Aidan's Cootehill 3-10
CCS started well with the help of a strong breeze, racing into a 1-6 to no score lead; the goal coming from Ruairi Crossan, with Captain Cian Doherty contributing 3 points from play. Not resting, CCS effectively looked to win the game in the first half and took the break leading by 10 points. Half-time: 2-10 to 1-3 (points from Sean O'Donnell, Ruairi Crossan and Michael Noone).
The second half was a different story. Cootehill initiated their comeback attempt with gusto, clawing their way to a 4-point deficit. But it wasn't to last. The introduction of Michael McCarron put life into the CCS forward line and he set up Danny Diver and Sean O'Donnell for crucial scores. The Shield was sealed with a goal from Davin McLaughlin. Final score: 3-17 to 3-10. Ruairi Crossan crossed the line with a fine tally of 2-6. A genuinely great team performance. But let's not for one minute underestimate the influence of the coaching staff - Mr. Luke White and Mr. Declan McCarron, both goalies of high repute, and now with coaching medals on the CV. Some say they can snap hurls in two without using their knees, although no one has any meaningful evidence...What we do know is that Carndonagh Community School are Danske Bank Ulster Schools Hurling Casement Shield winners for 2022. Now lads, put the hurls down and take two steps back...Job done for now! Huge congrats to all involved. It really was a great day for the Parish!