The school competes in Inter School’s Competitions, we also run internal leagues in various sporting codes, thus providing an outlet for the sporting talent of our students . As you can clearly see you will always be on the go playing and representing your school which is a great honour. Our teachers are optimistic about the future for our soccer in the school this means there will be great effort put into your children to make them progress to there full potential.
Senior Boys League
Hard luck to the Senior boys soccer team who lost 4-3 on penalties in their league 1/4 final on Thursday March 5th 2015.
The boys senior team got their campaign off to a great start with a convincing win of 4-1 over St McCartan’s. They now look forward to the new year with a local derby with Castleblayney college.
FAIS – POST PRIMARY – FUTSAL- FIRST YEAR BOYS
ULSTER GLORY FOR OUR LADYS
Our Lady’s Castleblayney are Ulster Futsal Champions.
This first ever Ulster Soccer title for the school was earned after a hugely exciting Ulster Finals day in the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross on Thursday last, 29th November.
Having won the Monaghan Section two weeks previously this highly talented squad went on to represent their school and county against the Donegal and Cavan champions and 2 fantastic displays saw them come out on top to ensure that they now progress to represent Ulster in the All Ireland Finals which are to be held in Gormanstown on Weds 5th December where they will play the winners of Connacht, Munster and Leinster.
A day of high drama, huge commitment, and competitive action saw OLSS up against the Cavan champions, Breifne College in their first game. The physically smaller Monaghan side started brightly as they worked very well as a unit and had the Cavan school under pressure with their fast skilful movement. Kian O Connor in the OLSS goal was having a relatively quiet time but disaster struck for the Monaghan boys midway through that opening period when in spite of their superiority in the possession stakes they were rocked by a breakaway Cavan goal to find themselves in arrears. This only seemed to further inspire the Monaghan Champions however as they laid siege to the Cavan goal with David Hanley up front, ably supported by Eli Ward causing the Cavan defence all sorts of problems. But half time arrived with OLSS still trailing to that solitary score.
They set about the second half determined to get themselves back into the game and their pressure had to tell and tell it did as David Hanley got the Monaghan boys back on level terms soon after the restart. Buoyed by their goal they continued to press forward at every opportunity and they were soon to get the lead goal their all round play deserved and again it was David Hanley who found himself in the right place at the right time to get the all important goal. Cavan tried hard to get back into the game but Tiernan Duffy and Gavin Kelly at the back were impassable with Kian O Connor in goal being rarely troubled and so Our Ladys saw out the remainder of the game to claim a very important victory.
Our Ladys then got to catch a glimpse of their next opponents in action when Royal School Cavan played Donegal side St Columbas College, Stranorlar. This was a closely fought game as well with the Donegal side eventually emerging as 3-2 winners meaning that Our Ladys needed to win their final game against St Columbas to lift the Ulster title.
Taking to the court the physical difference between the sides was very much in evidence with St Columbas unquestionably holding the upper hand, but a whirlwind start from a sharper and very skilful Monaghan outfit rocked the Donegal boys back on their heels. David Hanley gave the Castleblayney side the lead in the 3rd minute before doubling their advantage 2 minutes later. Francis McGeough then added to the score-line minutes after being introduced into the fray and with halftime fast approaching Eli Ward gave OLSS what turned out to be an unsurmountable lead with goal number 4. St Columbas, Stranorlar which is the alma mater of former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and known countrywide as a very strong soccer school were shocked by the fantastic teamwork and killer instinct of the Monaghan school, who’s first half performance was a joy to watch.
The second half proved to be a more cagey affair with Our Ladys quite content to hold what they had and hit St Columbas on the break. No more goals followed until with 2 minutes to go St Columbas pulled one back before netting another consolation goal in the dying seconds of the encounter. The shrill blast of the final whistle saw unbridled joy on the faces of the OLSS panel who had become Ulster Champions, a first Ulster Soccer title for the mid -Monaghan school.
Our Ladys now proudly go on to represent their school, county and province in the All Ireland finals which will be held on Weds 5th December in Gormanstown College in Co Meath. There they will face the Leinster champions – Dublin Oak Academy from Bray in Co Wicklow, Munster champions – Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee and Mayo school Ballinrobe Community School.
Best wishes to this excellent group of young players who can approach the All Ireland series in great confidence and who can be rightly proud of their achievements to date in becoming Ulster Champions.
Our Ladys First Year Futsal Panel: Kian O Connor, Gavin Kelly, Tiernan Duffy, Eli Ward, David Hanley, Francis McGeogh, Kevin McCooey, Callum Blanche, Killian Ruddy, Steven Beattie, Colin Merrick.
Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney won the Monaghan Second Level Schools Boys First Year Futsal Championship with a highly convincing display in the final in the Phoenix Centre, Carrickmacross on Thursday 15th November which saw them overcome a gallant Monaghan Collegiate side .
This was the Blayney schools second time to enter the competition and saw them repeat their feat of 3 years ago to emerge as winners in Co Monaghan and they now go on to represent the county in the Ulster Finals in 2 weeks time against the winning schools from Donegal, Cavan and Inishowen.
The outcome of the final of this highly skilful indoor soccer game, which has been played by the likes of Lionel Messi himself, was never in doubt from the moment OLSS surged into an early lead and a strong and skilful Blayney outfit went from strength to strength as the game progressed to emerge as well deserved winners.
This 5 a side game is known to improve the technical ability of young players and based on this display OLSS can approach the Ulster Finals in confident mood with a highly talented group of young players who have shown a high level of skill, tactical awareness and commitment.
Best wishes to the boys who will take on the best in Ulster in the finals which will be held in the Phoenix Centre on Thursday 29th November with the winners going on to represent the Province in the All Ireland finals on December 5th.
FAIS ULSTER SCHOOLS CUP – U14
OUR LADYS PROGRESS TO FIRST EVER ULSTER QUARTER FINAL
ROYAL SCHOOL CAVAN 0-5 OUR LADYS SECONDARY SCHOOL
It started off on Wednesday last when the first year boys won the Ulster Futsal title, a first ever soccer title for the school. Next up it was the turn of the girls who made history when Our Ladys fielded a girls soccer team for the first time at Ard na Greine in Cavan. Finally as the second part of a double header at the Cavan venue against Royal School Cavan, the U14 Boys took to the pitch to see if they could earn a place in the Ulster ¼ final and join the Boys Senior team at Ulster level, a feat never before achieved by the school.
And join them they did after a convincing victory over a courageous Cavan side. Having survived a scare against Virginia in their last game, having been misfiring in front of goal, OLSS started off as if they had a point to prove and had the game all but sewn up in the first 10 minutes as they raced into an unassailable 3 goal lead. First to hit the target was striker Michéal Bannigan in the 3rd minute when he raced on to a decisive through ball from midfield and showed great composure to chip the advancing goalkeeper from the edge of the area to put the visitors ahead.
Strike partner Kyle Plummer then got in on the act within 60 seconds to give the Monaghan school a dream start when he converted a cross from the right from Bannigan to double their advantage.
Things were to get even better for Our Ladys 5 minutes later when goal number 3 arrived and what a goal it was. Under pressure in their own defence David Hanley played a brilliant clearance down the right touchline for Michéal Bannigan whose pace took him to the Royal School end-line before he sent in an excellent delivery which was finished to the net first time by strike partner Kyle Plummer for a goal that would have graced any game at any level. 3 nil up Our Ladys seemed to take their foot off the pedal but a resolute back-line of Ruaidhri Farrell, Cathal Kerr, Thomas Geehan and Ben McNee were able to withstand anything that their opponents could throw at them and provided great cover for Kian O Connor in goals.
The midfield quartet of James Wilson, Eli Ward and wide men Aaron Courtney and David Hanley were the architects of some lovely flowing moves as OLSS looked very comfortable and they put the game out of reach in the 25th minute with goal number 4 with striker Bannigan getting his second with another lovely finish.
OLSS continued to create chances throughout the second half but the Cavan defence stood firm until midway through the half when a great run from Eli Ward saw him burst through the home side back line before coolly slotting home from 12 yards for what proved to be the last goal of the game.
An excellent victory for OLSS which now sees them await their opponents in the Ulster quarter final draw, a game which will be played after Christmas and a game which this team can look forward to with confidence.
Team: Kian O Connor, Ben McNee, Ruaidhri Farrell, Thomas Geehan, Cathal Kerr, James Wilson, David Hanley, Eli Ward, Michéal Bannigan, Kyle Plummer, Aaron Courtney.
Subs used – Tate Donnelly, Joe Mooney, Hugh McGinn, Caolan Carragher, Kian O Reilly, Lukas Abromavicius, Cormac McKenna.
OUR LADYS, CASTLEBLAYNEY 4-3 VIRGINIA VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
Our Ladys’ Castleblayney advanced to the next round of the FAIS U14 Ulster Schools Cup on a wet and windy Tuesday last, courtesy of a 4-3 victory over a strong Virginia side at the Carrick Rovers pitch in Carrickmacross.
OLSS started brightly in their first outing of the season and with Eli Ward and James Wilson pulling the strings in midfield they had an overworked Virginia defence under constant pressure in the early stages with Michéal Bannigan and Kyle Plummer looking sharp up front. The Blayney side created numerous chances as Virginia were finding it difficult to get out of their own half but an in form net minder kept OLSS at bay until the
11th minute when a quick break from Our Ladys after a corner to Virginia saw a sweeping move down field end up with wide midfielder Aaron Courtney being played in on the left and he made no mistake from 15 yds to put the Monaghan outfit in front.
2 minutes later and OLSS were to surge further ahead courtesy of a brilliant goal from midfielder James Wilson who spotted the Virginia keeper off his line and his audacious chip from all of 30 yards sailed over the keeper before nestling in the back of the net to give Our Ladys a 2 goal cushion. If Our Ladys thought they were going to have it their own way they were mistaken as the remainder of the half saw the visitors try and edge their way back into the game but OLSS still were creating the better chances but to no avail as they failed to add to their 2 goal advantage before the interval.
The second half saw the back 4 of Cathal Kerr, Thomas Geehan, Dillon Duffy and Ruaidhri Farrell who had looked very solid throughout the opening 35 minutes come under ever increasing pressure and it was game on just 3 minutes into the half when Virginia halved the deficit. Buoyed by this the Cavan side threw everything at Our Ladys but the defence stood firm and as the half progressed it was Our Ladys who eventually gained the upper hand with David Hanley looking dangerous down the right. OLSS eventually restored their 2 goal cushion with 15 minutes remaining with another wonder strike from James Wilson who stepped up to rifle home a free kick from 25 yards into the top corner. The Monaghan school looked to have made the game safe with 10 minutes left when that man Wilson found the net again for his hat-trick after he won the ball in his own half before a surging run saw him round the Virginia keeper before rolling the ball into the empty net. 4-1 ahead the Blayney school looked safe but Virginia had other ideas as they reduced the deficit with 2 minutes to go. With 2 minutes of added on time played Virginia then shocked Our Ladys with a very well taken goal to leave the minimum between the teams but Our Ladys saw out the remainder to earn a very good win and see themselves just one game away from a first ever Ulster ¼ Final appearance. Next up for OLSS is a game against either Royal School Cavan or Bawnboy to determine who advances to that ¼ final and with their first game under their belts the Blayney School can approach this game with confidence.
OLSS: Kian O Connor, Cathal Kerr, Ruaidhri Farrell, Thomas Geehan, Dillon Duffy, James Wilson, David Hanley, Eli Ward, Michéal Bannigan ( Evan Comiskey 38), Kyle Plummer ( Hugh McGinn 60), Aaron Courtney ( Caolan Carragher 55). Subs – Cormac McKenna, Lukas Abramovicius, Joe Mooney, Kian O Reilly, Tate Donnelly, Ben McNee.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING AT OLSS
SCHOOL FIELDS FIRST EVER GIRLS SOCCER TEAM
ROYAL SCHOOL CAVAN 3-2 OUR LADYS SECONDARY SCHOOL
It is now official – Girls Soccer is up and running in Our Ladys!
Our Ladys fielded a girls soccer team for the first time ever on Monday 3rd Dec when an U17 team took to the field at Ard na Greine in Cavan to take on Royal School Cavan to make sporting history in the school.
This was a game in which the result was of secondary importance but the girls put in a very good performance against a more experienced home side and were in the game right up to the final whistle. This was the majority of the girls first game of soccer and they showed
signs that with coaching and a bit more experience that they have every chance of moving up the ladder.
On a bitterly cold day the girls took to the immaculate pitch in Cavan not really knowing what to expect but they acquitted themselves well throughout the first half. Going behind to a goal midway through the half they did not give up and a brilliant solo effort from Muireann Atkinson which saw her receive the ball in midfield and ghost past about 4 of her opponents before finding the net from 15 yards saw them go into the interval on level terms.
The second half started well as a number of chances were created but Cavan were to regain the lead 10 minutes in before adding to their advantage 5 minutes later. OLSS fought back and striker Alanna O Donohue halved the deficit with a well taken goal which set the stage for an exciting finish to the game.
Try as they might the girls could not get back on level terms with substitute Katie McNally going close with a minute to go but the game ended with the girls still behind. Overall it was a great experience and can only be built upon and with almost all the girls being eligible for the same age group next year the future is undoubtedly bright for Girls Soccer in OLSS.
Louise Kearney, Caoimhe Courtney, Neasa Kelly, Emma Heavin, Margaret Sheridan, Aoife Duffy, Muireann Atkinson, Emma Lacey, Jessica Cullen, Alanna O Donohue, Muireamm McHugh – Subs –Katie McNally, Cliona McDonald, Nadine Rice.
The Senior boys soccer team qualified for the quarter finals of the Ulster FAIS Cup after a comprehensive 7 -2 win against St Aiden’s Cootehill. They now face St Clare’s College Ballyjamesduff in the last eight.