Carndonagh Community School in driving seat at Rod Houston Cup



Rod Houston Cup

Schools Association Football International Board (SAFIB)

First Year Girls National Cup Champions (U14)


Carndonagh Community School make it two wins from two in Rod Houston Cup

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Conor Doherty’s side have blitzed the opposition in the Home Nations Tournament in Lilleshall this week. Carndonagh Community School have impressed in their debut appearance at this level converting eight goals in two games, only conceding twice.

The Irish crew have just the Welsh outfit Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Saint Asaph to entertain tomorrow. A win or a draw will see them capture the title.


Carndonagh defeated Oldham’s Crompton House School 4-2 yesterday afternoon in the opening game of the three day tournament.

Crompton played well throughout the opening period and it ended 2-2 at half time. Aoife McCarron and Alana Brennan were the Carn goal scorers in the first 30 minutes.  

Then Carndonagh turned on the style with Aisling Doherty smashing home to make 3-1 five minutes in.

Crompton’s secret weapon was Olivia Shaw’s lethal throw-ins but the Donegal defence stood strong in the second half.

Ailish Doherty increased their goal tally to four with only four minutes remaining.

Ellie Long, Clara Gill and Alanah Brennan were exceptional for the Donegal school.  

CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL | Suzie Lafferty, Imogan Diver, Aisling Doherty. Fiona Doherty, Samantha McLaughlin, Julie Grant, Alanah Brennan, Ellie Long, Ciara Gill, Courtney Gallagher, Ailish Doherty.


Shenfield High School overcame Welsh side Ysgol Glan Clwyd, 2-1 in the other outing of the evening which left the top two facing off this morning.


Carndonagh made the perfect start to proceedings with Ailish Doherty netting after just two minutes. The youngster doubled her tally on four minutes. Doherty had a great opportunity for her hat-trick but scorned the chance early on. The Essex powerhouses, Shenfield hit the crossbar and ended the half 2-0 down.  

Ailish Doherty was in splendid form and the scholar ensured her hat-trick two minutes into the restart with a great run down the left wing to slot past the English keeper.

Alana Brennan converted two minutes later to make it 4-0.

The English keeper Amye Swinney had a busy afternoon and created some exceptional saves to keep the score-line down.  

The other fixture saw Ysgol Glan Clwyd take the lead on 21 minutes but Crompton House School fought back to equalise just before the interval, 1-1. A late winner from Crompton three minutes from time shattered the Welsh dreams as the Oldham girls snatched it 2-1 in a highly entertaining encounter.


Carndonagh will be in confident mood heading into their final encounter which will see them up against Ysgol Glan Clwyd.

The Welsh girls will be determined to secure a win tomorrow after two very narrow defeats to their English counterparts.

The other game has Shenfield High School, Essex take on their neighbours Crompton High School, Oldham which will make for an interesting conclusion to the tournament. Both games will kick off at 10.30am.

As well as the Rod Houston Cup, the Nigel Brown trophy will be presented to the Player of the Tournament following the conclusion tomorrow afternoon.







Wednesday, October 2


Carndonagh Community School 4-2 Crompton House School


Shenfield High School 2-1 Ysgol Glan Clwyd


Thursday, October 3


Shenfield High School 0-4 Carndonagh Community School


Crompton House School 2-1 Ysgol Glan Clwyd


Friday, October 4


Carndonagh Community School vs Ysgol Glan Clwyd


Shenfield High School vs Crompton House School



CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOLSamantha McLaughlin, Suzie Lafferty, Ellie Long, Ailish Doherty, Imogen Diver, Seaneen Crumlish, Cora McCaul, Alanah Brennan, Aisling Doherty, Fiona Dohery. Clara Gill, Aoife McCarron, Erin Grant, Niamh Devlin, Jenna Gallagher, Julia Grant, Rachel McLaughlin, Courtney Gallagher

TEACHERS Conor Doherty, Kevin McCarron, Danielle Doherty