As with hurling, Waterford has a long tradition of Association Football, and Mount Sion has a proud history in this regard also. Indeed, the school could currently lay claim to be the leading school in Waterford, given our fantastic successes in Munster at the highest level in both U-17 and U-19 age groups this year.
A fantastic recent addition has been our state of the art all-weather pitch. There have been numerous other successes over the years ( including a 1998 Munster title featuring future Irish senior international Noel Hunt ). Current Waterford FC stalwart and League of Ireland legend Kenny Browne is also a past pupil, while Paddy Barrett and Justin Croke among many others have also enjoyed representative success whilst attending Mount Sion CBS. Given the current crop of talent, this list will surely grow in the future.
Soccer in Mount Sion CBS has not always enjoyed an easy life from the infamous protest of May 1970 when 150 pupils staged a walkout as school authorities would not allow them use the school name in an All Ireland Secondary Schools final. To more recent times when numbers made competing quite difficult.
2018 was a landmark year for the school as we qualified for three Munster Finals and won all three.
However, we have always managed to compete quite well for a small school. Winning the 1998 Munster Senior Cup and winning that same cup again in 2018. We also won the Munster Junior Trophy in 2016. However 2018 was a landmark year for the school as we qualified for three Munster Finals and won all three. We cannot finish without mentioning the terrific contribution to soccer in our school over the last 30 years by Dominic Connolly. Without his energy and drive soccer may well have taken a backseat in Mount Sion C.B.S. but he pushed it on and we are seeing the rewards now.
The future of soccer is strong in Mount Sion and Mr. Nolan, Ms. Cuddihy and Mr. Keane will continue the great work already done.