25th March 2022

Heather O'Sullivan and Aoibhinn Murray

Before kick-off, the Junior footballers were one game away from booking their place into a Connacht semi-final. Trying to stop them in their tracks was St Patricks College, Lacken Cross.

It was fair to say that the Roscommon CC team started better with scores coming from Ryan Dowling and Liam Naughten. The tides began to turn as Lacken Cross registered their first point on the scoreboard, however the flurry of scores was to be short lived. The clinical finisher Ryan Dowling wrong footed the opposition defender and popped the ball over the bar from afar. Some good interplay from Dylan Treacy and Kian Mulligan gave the opposition backline a headache leading to space being created for Dowling to add yet another score to his tally. The dominant spell, however, wasn’t to last any longer as the Mayo side broke forward and a low shot escaped goalkeeper Sean Allen's grasp and ended up in the back of the net. The lack of aggression from the RCC men allowed Lacken Cross to drive through the midfield area with ease. After an excellent interception by Izidro Ribas the RCC team came back to life with the team playing free-flowing fast-paced football and adding some more scores to their tally. Ryan Dowling continued his 100% free conversion rate with a wonderful strike which just curled between the posts. On the cusp of half time Lacken Cross scored a point after some shoddy defending left the full forward free on the edge of the area. RCC were thankful for halftime, they were able to rectify and discuss their errors and get a well-deserved break after a high intensity half hour. The halftime score read 1.6 to 1.5 in the Roscommon towns side favour.

RCC began the half as they meant to go on. Dylan Treacys pass cut through the defence and played in Ryan Dowling who's shot rattled the back of the net, a valuable score at the start of the half! This was until Lacken Cross dispossessed an RCC midfielder and on the counterattack managed to strike past the onrushing goalkeeper and score, making it a one-point game yet again. In response the RCC had points from Josh Mccormack, Liam Naughten and Conor Harris again allowing the team to sneak ahead. Emotions were running high as the RCC team were on the cusp of reaching the next stage of the competition. Dylan Treacy received a yellow card which slowed the game down allowing the players to catch their breath. A strong 10 minutes was needed to seal the victory and star man Dowling scored a signature curled point from just outside the area. In the dying embers of the game Lacken win a 45 with just three points separating the teams. The majority of the RCC team were back defending the goal but somehow Lacken Cross managed to get the ball into the net! Spectators and management were gutted that they managed to clinch a late equalizer. To extra time they went.

As disappointing as it was, the team needed to rally together and finish the match. They did just that with Ryan Dowling scoring yet another goal which was possibly the most important score of the game so far. Great defending from Izidro Ribas and Ashton Glancy assured that a semi-final place was guaranteed. While it was an entertaining fixture the team will look to improve as they play their next Connacht game on Monday the 4th of April.

 

 

25th March 2022

Roscommon Community College  3

Presentation College Headford    3

On Wednesday last, the RCC U19 boys’ soccer squad travelled to Headford in the hope of qualifying for a play-off place in the Connacht A1 Post-Primary School’s Soccer League. Going into the game RCC were hoping for both a win, and results in other games to go their way in the hope of qualifying for a play-off spot.

Despite having two or three injuries prior to the game, Roscommon travelled with a strong squad. They were up against a Headford team who had been very impressive throughout the league, making them favourites to qualify since match day one.

The game started slow for both sides. Much of first half was played in the middle of the park with Tyler Kelly, Feidhlim O’ Suillivan and captain Ryan Dunican seeing a lot of ball. Chances were scarce in the first forty-five minutes with both teams having very few shots on goal. This came down to the organised defensive work from both sides, particularly from the newly rearranged centre back pairing of Ben Sheriff and Daniel Gillooly of RCC. Both sides went in 0-0 at the break.

The second half starting which much more pace. The introduction of Ryan Conlon asked a lot of questions of the Headford defence at the start of the half. Unfortunately, it was Headford who struck first. A foul committed by RCC in the box resulted in the home team converting the penalty kick to make it 1-0. However, RCC fought back and not long after some great build up play down the right wing from number 7 Fergal O’Rourke resulted in a perfect through ball for striker Ryan Conlon. From here Ryan sprinted past the Headford defence and hammered the ball into the back of the net, beating the keeper at his near post. Things got better for RCC as a mix up in the box from the home team resulted in the ball landing to Conlon who once again scored past the Headford keeper to give RCC a 2-1 lead. It looked as if luck was on the Roscommon school’s side as some great piece of play from Feidhlim O’ Sullivan in the middle of park laid the ball of to Fergal O’ Rourke who provided a perfect cross for Ryan Conlon. From here, Conlon connected with a perfect header to give RCC a 3-1 lead and complete an astonishing hattrick.

Nevertheless, luck started to go against the away team as two further penalty decisions in the second half proved costly. RCC could have little complains over the decisions as the Headford striker struck home both spot kicks. There was to be little time for anymore drama, with the match resulting in a final score of 3-3. Both teams fought very hard until the end giving everything they could on the pitch. Unfortunately, this was to be RCCs last game of the Connacht A1 League as they now finish 3rd in the table, marginally missing out on a playoff spot.  

The U19 boys’ soccer team can be proud of their hard work, devotion and commitment put into this season. After a seven-year absence from RCC soccer has made a positive return to the school resulting in additional age groups such as boys and girls hoping to set up soccer teams’ next season. Thanks to the U19 management of Mr. Gannon and Mr. Geary for all their dedication and planning with the team throughout. Special thanks to all the 5th and 6th year students that made this season possible.

 

 

Tyler Kelly and Aaron Garvey in Action vs Headford For Soccer Team

 

 

25th March 2022

Monday the 14th of March proved a great start to the week for Ms. Staunton’s Enterprise students both in First year and in Transition year. Congratulations to Sophie Kilcommins in first year who was crowned the overall winner in the County Junior Student Enterprise Awards 2022 with her business ‘Designer Denim’. Sophie offers customers creative and environmentally conscious customised denims that stand out from the rest by combining artistic and entrepreneurial skills in creative artistic prints to customers’ unique tastes.

Well done also to Transition Year student Jade Yeung who received first place in the ‘Innovation Special Category Award. Jade’s business offers customers customised nails for any occasion. All the nail artwork is done by hand with precision and intricate design detail. Well done to all the enterprise students and their teachers, Ms Carolan, Ms. Farrell, and Mr. Martin, who took part this year in the Student Enterprise Awards competition at Roscommon Community College. Best of luck to the business owners of Designer Denim and Jays Claws in the National Final in April.

 

18th March 2022

RCC:     4-15          Clarin College Athenry:  2-6 

RCC came into this game after a very successful Roscommon Schools campaign before the Christmas break. While they have yet to play their final, which is due to be played at a later date, they were unbeaten during the group stage. In a bonus, the RCC lads got the opportunity to showcase their talents in the wonderful surroundings of the Connacht Air Dome which was the first time a lot of these players had the chance of playing in. As this was their first game of 2022, it wasn’t clear if they would lose the momentum gained in that Connacht campaign, however the freshness approach adopted by Mr. Devaney and Ms. Fleming clearly paid dividends as they shot out of the blocks and raced into a quick lead registering the first 5 scores of the game in under 10 minutes.

With Joshua Donlon and Evan McNeil marshalling the Clarin College forwards at the back and Conor Carley and Jack Hayes providing the platform with primary possession in midfield, the young RCC forward line provided the ammunition to pull away in the first half with both Shallys, Marc and Luke grabbing a goal apiece. This left RCC with a comfortable lead at half time.

Several substitutions duly followed with Anthony Cox and Caileann Sheridan having a particularly big impact on the game. Another sub, Luke Hanley chipped in with a point while Marc Shally and the impressive Cormac Naughton rattled the net to increase the advantage. Clarin College, to their credit, never gave in and hit a purple patch of their own midway through the second half and hit back with two goals of their own but RCC remained calm and seen the game out towards the end to run out worthy winners and book a place in the next round of the competition where they will face the winners of Coláiste Mhuire Ballygar and Castlerea Community School.

 

Squad: Cailean Sheridan, Oisin Hynes, Evan Allen, Jack Hayes, Evan McNeil, Daniel

McCormack, Conor Carley, Joshua Donlon, Cormac Naughton, Luke Fannon, Eoghan

Morris, Conor Mulligan, Anthony Cox, Gigi Constantin, Thomas Monaghan, Oisin

Kelly, Peter Cunningham, Michael Hanley, Ethan Keogh, David Glancy, Luke Shally,

 

Jamie Lohan, Rory Connolly, Marc Shally, Luke Hanley.

 

 

18th March 2022

By Heather O'Sullivan and Aoibhinn Murray

On home soil the RCC U19 Boys Soccer team faced Clarin College Athenry. Following torrential conditions the night before, it was always going to be an uphill battle for both teams. Athenry started brightly, constantly challenging goalkeeper Ewan Clarke, however some heroic goalkeeping denied the opposition an early lead.  With the weather conditions worsening, stylish tiki-taka football was certainly not on the agenda with plenty of long balls being played hoping to catch out the opposition.  Athenry got their breakthrough when a mix up within the RCC defence left the Athenry winger unmarked and able to finish into the top corner. The Roscommon side never dropped their heads and slowly began to settle into the game. The intensity of pressing improved and shots from Miguel Arthur and Eoghain Gilleran challenged the away Keeper, but the breakthrough was yet to come. Suddenly, RCC winger Norbert Papuga burst through the middle and won a free kick. The resulted free kick was beautifully placed in the top corner of the net by Cormac Mee making it one goal apiece. However, against the run of play Athenry added another goal to their tally after a quick counterattack. Approaching half time, a long ball caught out the away team's defence and a handball in the box led to a stonewall penalty being awarded to the RCC. The spectators were anxiously waiting for the penalty to be taken and another impressive strike from Cormac Mee meant RCC were back in the game. Tyler Kelly the maestro in midfield created a fantastic chance before half time but the shot was comfortably saved by the opposition keeper. The momentum the home side had was halted by the half time whistle but after a physically demanding 45 minutes many players were happy to recover and catch their breath.

Roscommon started strongly with Eoghan Gilleran managing to get a long range passes up top to striker Ryan Conlon.  After some nice interplay between the Athenry midfielders an incisive pass cut through the defence leaving the Athenry striker with only the goalkeeper to beat. He did just that rounding the keeper and slotting home into the empty net. Soon after, substitute Paddy Fallon turned the defender and passed the ball into Conlon who had his low driven shot saved. Following the attack Athenry exploited the empty space and managed to score past Clarke. Ryan Conlon, the impact sub, took a risk and shot from distance. The goalkeeper fumbled the ball, and it ended up in the back of the net. This left the score at 5-3 in Athenry's favour, but the comeback was most certainly on. Out of nowhere, Conlon received the ball on the half turn just past the halfway line. He spotted the goalkeeper off his line and attempted an audacious effort comparable to Patrick Schick's goal in Euro 2020 VS Scotland. The team went wild as he reduced the deficit to just one goal in such spectacular fashion. Athenry then swiftly dashed the home sides dreams scoring after a fantastic reflex safe from Ewan Clarke.  That is until the man of the minute Ryan Conlon completed his second half hattrick with a beautifully curled finish which took everyone by surprise. With the momentum firmly behind the Roscommon team it felt inevitable that the equalizing goal would come. In the dying embers of the game Roscommon won a corner. With everyone in the box including the goalkeeper Ewan Clarke, the cross unfortunately ended up being cleared away and the final whistle blew.

No side deserved to lose the game, and it will be a difficult pill to swallow for the RCC team who were on many occasions close to getting at least a point out of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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