Glorious Double Success for CNI Soccer Teams

Coláiste na hInse scooped a magical double in early February by winning both the Under 15 and Under 17 North-East League titles in one week.

On Monday, the Under 17s faced off against Coláiste Rís, Dundalk in Oriel Park. In a tight encounter, both teams struggled to create chances in a match dominated by the defences. With the game remaining goalless after 100 minutes, penalties ensued. The Coláiste's penalty takers each held their nerves to score from twelve yards, whilst goalkeeper Darren Rowley saved two penalties from Coláiste Rís to ensure a 4-3 win.

There was similar drama on the Friday as the Under 15s faced St. Mary's Drogheda for the second time this season. After a 1-1 draw earlier in the year, the teams were once again inseparable. St. Mary's threatened from set pieces, while CNI proved more incisive from open play. However, as with the Under 17s, a goalless match and extra-time led to penalties once again. History repeated itself CNI maintained their cool to emerge as champions.

Both teams now progress to the Leinster Champions' League competition, with quarter-final matches due to be played after mid-term. Furthermore, the First Year soccer team are hoping to emulate the success of the Under 15 and under 17 teams as they have also qualified for the North-East Leinster final, where they will play Ardgillan College, Balbriggan.