McKinley joins up with Republic of Ireland Victory Shield Squad

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Good luck to Derry City’s Ronan McKinley who joins up with the Republic of Ireland Under-16 squad today for the 72nd Victory Shield tournament which takes place in Northern Ireland next week.

Ronan takes his place in the Irish squad alongside players from Arsenal, Manchester United and a number of other League of Ireland clubs.

The Republic of Ireland come into the tournament looking to defend the title they won last year in Scotland.

Paul Osam’s squad open the tournament on Monday, October 23rd with a game against the hosts Northern Ireland. On Wednesday 25th they face Wales at 11am before they play their final fixture against Scotland on Friday 25th at 1pm. All three games take place at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

The Deele College student played in recent friendlies against Romania and Brazil in preparation for next week’s tournament.

We would like to wish Ronan all the best as he continues to gain valuable experience with the Republic of Ireland international setup.

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Underage fixtures week-ending October 22nd

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Derry City underage fixtures for week-ending October 22nd.

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:
Derry City v Longford Town, Aileach FC, Saturday 21, October, 2pm

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Shield Semi-Final:
Derry City v Wexford FC, Vale Centre Greysteel, Saturday 21, October, 2pm

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield Semi-Final:
Derry City v Finn Harps, Thornhill, Saturday 21, October, 1pm

Ulster Senior League:
Fanad United v Derry City Reserves, Traigh-A-Loch, Sunday 22, October, 2.30pm

(all fixtures are subject to change at short notice)

UNDER 19: Derry City 3-2 Galway United

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Derry City advanced to the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield following a narrow but deserved 3-2 win over Galway United at the weekend.

Shane McNamee fired home the winning goal on 75 minutes with a great effort from the edge of the box. City’s other scorers were Rhys McDermott and Sam Todd.

The Candy Stripes will host Finn Harps in the last four of the competition.

In the other semi-final, Cabinteely FC entertain Shamrock Rovers with the winners having home advantage in the final.

A video of all the goals below –

Derry City: Tom McDermott; Rhys McDermott, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan, Matt Doherty; Connor Gormley, Evan Tweed; Adrian Delap, Dylan Devine, Shane McNamee; Sean McBride.

Underage results Saturday 14th October

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Today’s underage results:

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:
Mayo FC 0-3 Derry City
Dominic Dunne, Finnian O’Donnell & Ronan McKinley on the mark for Derry.

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Shield Quarter-Final:
Shelbourne 2-4 Derry City
Aidan McHugh, Mikey Friel, Jack Malone & Caolan McLaughlin with the goals.

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield Quarter-Final:
Derry City 3-2 Galway United
Rhys McDermott, Sam Todd & Shane McNamee with the winning strike for City.

Under 17 Shield Draw

Semi-Finals:

A: Bray Wanderers v Cabinteely
B: Derry City v Wexford

Final:

Winner Semi Final (A) v Winner Semi Final (B)

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

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Under 19 Shield Draw

Semi-Finals:

A: Cabinteely FC v Shamrock Rovers

B: Derry City v Finn Harps

Final:

Winner Semi-Final – (A) v Winner Semi-Final – (B)

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

Around This Time – 13th October

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OCT 13th 2002 – (15 years ago)

Greencastle native Gerard Gill became Derry City’s youngest player in League of Ireland football when he made his competitive debut coming off the bench in a 0-0 draw at home to Cork City. Gill was 16 years, 3 months & 3 days old.

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Willie Ross pictured before Patsy Gallacher's Benefit game at Celtic Park in 1932 - Celtic/Falkirk XI v Scottish League Select
Willie Ross pictured before Patsy Gallacher’s Benefit game at Celtic Park in 1932 – Celtic/Falkirk XI v Scottish League Select

OCT 13th 1934 – (83 years ago)

Willie Ross
Willie Ross

Eighty-three years ago today Derry City made one of its most important signings in it’s history when left back Willie Ross joined the Brandywell club from Scottish side Airdireonians.

Ross joined Airdire from junior side Shotts Battlefield but only made eleven first-team appearances in four seasons. He was released at the end of the 1933/34 season before taking a gamble and accepting an offer from City manager Billy Gillespie.

Ross served the club as player, manager, secretary and general manager and wrote his name into the fabric of Derry City when he managed the Candy Stripes to Irish Cup success in 1949 and 1964, Gold Cup winners 1964 and of course he led City to their only Irish League title in 1964/65.

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OCT 13th 1972 – (45 years ago)

Forty-five years ago today the Derry City board met on Friday 13th October 1972 and came to the decision to withdraw from the Irish League and all its other competitions.

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Underage fixtures week-ending October 15th

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There is a busy weekend of action ahead for Derry City’s underage sides with all age groups involved.

Justin Green takes his Under-15 squad to Solar 21 Park to face Mayo on Saturday looking to finish the final few games in the inaugural Under-15 League season on a positive note. Derry defeated Mayo 2-0 back in August with a second-half brace from Finnian O’Donnell. The young Candy Stripes haven’t won in their last five outings but they can take the positive experience gained so far this year into the new full season which is scheduled to begin in March 2018.

City’s Under-17 squad make the long journey to Dublin where they will face Shelbourne in the quarter-final of the Shield at the AUL Complex on Saturday. Gary Duffy’s outfit are unbeaten against the Drumcondra side this year, drawing 1-1 in the opening game of the season before running out deserving 5-1 winners in July with goals from Caolan McLaughlin, Kian McGarvey 2, Mikey Sweeney and Daniel Ward.

The Under-19 squad under the management of John Quigg and Eddie Seydak entertain Galway United from the Southern Division in the Shield quarter-final at Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon. Derry narrowly missed out on a top-four place on the last day of the season and will face a Galway side that may feature rising star Ronan Manning and former City underage player Declan Sharkey. The winners of this tie will have home advantage in the semi-final against either Finn Harps or Shelbourne.

Meanwhile, Derry City Reserves travel to Ramelton on Sunday afternoon to face Swilly Rovers in the Ulster Senior League, Kick-Off 2pm.

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:
Mayo FC v Derry City, Solar 21 Park, Saturday 14, October, 2pm

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Shield Quarter-Final:
Shelbourne v Derry City, AUL Complex, Saturday 14, October, 2pm

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield Quarter-Final:
Derry City v Galway United, Wilton Park, Saturday 14, October, 2.30pm

Ulster Senior League:
Swilly Rovers v Derry City Reserves, Ramelton, Sunday 15, October, 2pm

(all fixtures are subject to change at short notice)

UNDER 17: McLaughlin selected for Northern Ireland Squad

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Derry City’s Caolan McLaughlin has been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-17 squad for three European Championship qualifying games to be played in Malta at the end of this month.

Northern Ireland will face Switzerland, Belgium and hosts Malta between 26th Oct and 1st Nov as they bid to secure a place in the 2018 finals which will be held in England.

Caolan is in his first year at Derry and his selection is just reward after some impressive performances this season which has resulted in the attacking midfielder scoring 11 goals.

Manager Stephen Frail has chosen his 20 man squad with players from a mix of clubs including Ethan Galbraith who recently signed for Manchester United.

Full Squad –

Goalkeepers: Scott Pengelly (Linfield) Liam Hughes (Dungannon Swifts)

Defenders: Sam McClelland (Coleraine) Michael Glynn (Ballinamallard) Barney McKeown (Everton) Dean Corrigan (Ballinamallard) Ethan Warnock (Everton) Daniel Lafferty (Coventry)

Midfielders: Jack Scott (Linfield) Connor Farrelly (Celtic) Ben Wylie (Linfield) Ethan Galbraith (Man Utd) Andrew Whiteside (Coleraine) Christopher Conn (Glentoran)

Forwards: Callum Ferris (Portadown) Ben Wilson (Coleraine) Brandon Bermingham (St. Patrick’s) George Curran (Linfield) Chris McKee (Linfield) Caolan McLaughlin (Derry City)

Underage results week ending October 8th

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Caolan McLaughlin scored a brace in Derry’s comfortable 4-0 win against Monaghan/Cavan FP on Saturday.

Under-17s: Derry City 4-0 Monaghan/Cavan FP

Derry City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Under-17 Shield competition with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Monaghan/Cavan FP at Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon.

City almost opened the scoring on 25 minutes when Derry’s driving force in midfield Jack Malone unleashed a stinging 25-yard effort to the top corner but visiting keeper David Hayes produced a wonderful save to push the ball over the bar.

The deadlock was broken on 41 minutes when City centre-back Ronan Boyce headed across goal to Inishowen man Mikey Friel who made no mistake converting from two yards to net his fourth goal in his last three games.

Derry doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half when Friel was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. Caolan McLaughlin stepped up to calmly roll the ball past Hayes.

The home side continued to dominate possession and wrapped the game up as a contest on 65 minutes when Jack Malone waltzed his way into the box before firing a deflected shot past Hayes.

Caolan McLaughlin finished the scoring by tapping home his 11th goal of the season on the stroke of full time.

Gary Duffy’s side travel to Dublin on Saturday to play Shelbourne in the last eight of the competition with the winners having home advantage against Wexford or Athlone in the semi-final.

Derry City U17s: Daniel Houghton; Jack McLaughlin, Ronan Boyce, Danny McGlynn, Calum Boyle; Jack Parke, Jack Malone, Daniel Ward, Fionn McClure; Caolan McLaughlin, Mikey Friel.

Subs Used: Ethan Harkin, Adian McHugh, Adam Taggart, Kian McGarvey, Aaron McGurk.

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Around This Time – Massacre at the Brandywell

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Derry City made history twenty-eight years ago today – 8th October 1989 – when they defeated Galway United 9-1 at Brandywell to record their biggest winning margin since they entered the League of Ireland in 1985.

The Candy Stripes having won the League of Ireland Premier Division title for the first time the previous season had one of the strongest teams in their history and made light work of the Tribesmen who included some familiar names in their starting eleven.  

In nets for the visitors was Donegal Town native and former Finn Harps and Derry City goalkeeping coach Declan McIntyre. Former Saint Patrick’s Athletic manager and outspoken media pundit Pat Dolan lined up in the Galway defence. Johnny Glynn who was part of Pat Fenlon’s backroom staff at the Brandywell in 2007 played upfront while the well-travelled Paul McGee, who appeared 13 times for Derry in 1990, played in a midfield role.

Derry were in cruise control at the break leading 4-0 with goals from John Coady, Alex Kristic, Felix Healy and Paul Doolin and went on to score another five in a rampant second half display. Kristic scored twice to complete his hat-trick with Sion Mills man Jonathan Speak demonstrating his predatory instincts, netting three times in just over four minutes.

A video of all the goals can be seen below –

The Candy Stripes all time record winning margin in a competitive fixture occurred in December 1964 during their only league championship winning season in the Irish League. Derry fired ten goals past hapless Cliftonville at Brandywell to record a 10-1 victory with goals by Fay Coyle 4, Joe Wilson 2, Matt Doherty 2, Ronnie Wood and Jimmy McGeough with one apiece. Fay Coyle finished top scorer for Derry with 34 goals that year. Indeed, Coyle scored 79 goals in three seasons for Derry putting him in the top ten City scorers of all time.

Underage fixtures week-ending October 8th

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Derry City under-15s and under-17s are both in action this weekend.

Justin Green’s under-15 side travel to Gortakeegan to face Monaghan/Cavan FP on Sunday, Kick-Off is at 2.00pm. The City youngsters have four games remaining in the shortened 2017 season before a review process takes place ahead of the full season starting in March 2018.

Meanwhile, Gary Duffy’s Under-17 squad welcome Monaghan/Cavan FP to Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Shield competition. The winners will be away to Shelbourne in the quarter-finals on Saturday 14th October. 

Under 15s –  AWAY v Monaghan/Cavan FP – Gortakeegan – Sunday 8th October, 2pm.

Under 17s –  HOME v Monaghan/Cavan FP – Wilton Park – Saturday 7th October, 2pm.

 

UNDER 19: Shield Quarter-Final Draw

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Derry City have been drawn at home to Galway United in the quarter-final of the Under-19 Shield competition.

The Candy Stripes finished fifth in the Northern Elite Division and received a bye into the last eight of the competition.

Galway defeated Athlone Town 2-0 at the weekend with goals from former Derry underage player Declan Sharkey and 17-year-old attacker Ronan Manning.

The winners of the tie will be at home to Finn Harps or Shelbourne in the semi-final.  

Full draw:

Quarter-Finals:

14/10/2017 – Waterford 1-3 Shamrock Rovers, Regional Sports Centre, 1pm
14/10/2017 – Dundalk 0-3 Cabinteely, Oriel Park, 2pm
14/10/2017 – Derry City 3-2 Galway United, Wilton Park, 2pm
15/10/2017 – Finn Harps 2-1 Shelbourne, Curragh, 2pm

Semi-Finals:

A: Cabinteely FC v Shamrock Rovers

B: Derry City v Finn Harps

Final:

Winner Semi-Final – (A) v Winner Semi-Final – (B)

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

UNDER 17: Shield Quarter-Final Draw

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Derry City have been drawn away to Shelbourne in the SSE Airtricity U17 Shield quarter-finals.

The Candy Stripes are due to face Monaghan/Cavan FP this weekend in the final tie of the first round. If City defeat the Football Partnership they face a trip to the capital to play Shelbourne in the last eight of the competition.

The Drumcondra side defeated UCD 2-1 on Saturday to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Derry recently completed their league season going down 2-1 to Sligo Rovers at the Sligo Showgrounds.

Should City progress to the semi-finals they will have home advantage against the winners of the Wexford v Athlone Town tie.

The full draw:

Quarter-Finals:

14/10/2017 – Sligo Rovers 3-4 Bray Wanderers, The Showgrounds, 2pm
14/10/2017 – Shelbourne 2-4 Derry City, AUL 2pm
14/10/2017 – Wexford 1-0 Athlone Town, Ferrycarrig Park, 2pm
15/10/2017 – Limerick 0-1 Cabinteely, UL, 2pm

Semi-Finals:

A: Bray Wanderers v Cabinteely
B: Derry City v Wexford

Final:

Winner Semi Final (A) v Winner Semi Final (B)

Underage Weekend Results

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Underage Results Weekend Sunday 1st Oct

Under-15s: Derry City 0-3 Finn Harps

Derry City fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Finn Harps at Aileach on Saturday afternoon.  The visitors led 2-0 at the break with goals from Luke Rudden and Carlos O’Reilly with Frankie Campbell completing the scoring ten minutes from time. The weekend results see Derry remain third in Group One with only four games left to play. The Candy Stripes are scheduled to play Monaghan/Cavan FP at Gortakeegan next weekend.

Under-17s: Sligo Rovers 2-1 Derry City

A first-half brace from Jack O’Connor was enough to ensure Sligo Rovers defeated Derry City U17s for the third time this season. City managed to score a consolation goal ten minutes from time through Mikey Sweeney. The young Candy Stripes finish the season ninth in the Northern Division and will now turn their attention to next weekend’s tie against Monaghan/Cavan FP in the first round of the Shield competition.

Ulster Senior League: Derry City Reserves 7-0 Finn Harps Reserves

Derry City Reserves recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Finn Harps Reserves on the opening day of the 2017/18 Ulster Senior League season. Derry were 4-0 up at the break with efforts from Adrian Delap, a brace from Sean McBride and Matty Doherty netted from the spot. McBride went on to complete his hat-trick before Matty Doherty notched two more for his treble and end a miserable afternoon for the Ballybofey outfit.

UNDER 17: Shield Draw

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Derry City have been handed a home draw against Cavan/Monaghan FP in the end of season U17 Shield competition.

Gary Duffy’s outfit will be familiar with their opponents having played Cavan/Monaghan three times already this year, drawing twice in the league and winning the third during extra time in the Mark Farren Cup.

The tie is scheduled to be played on  Sat 7th Oct.

The full draw is –

Derry City v Monaghan/Cavan FP
Kerry v Limerick
Athlone Town v Longford Town
Shelbourne v UCD
Bray Wanderers v Drogheda United
Cobh Ramblers v Wexford

Cabinteely and Sligo Rovers have received byes to the quarter-finals

UNDER 19: Derry City 2-1 Sligo Rovers

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Two goals from Dylan Devine handed Derry City U19s victory over Sligo Rovers in their final Northern Elite Division fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

  • Sligo took the lead on 18 minutes when Jack Keaney converted a penalty.
  • Dylan Devine has scored six goals in his last seven games for the U19s.
  • Sean McBride’s penalty in the 67th minute was saved by Sligo ‘keeper McGinty.
  • Defeat for Sligo means Bohemians lift the Northern Division title.
  • This result means Derry finish fifth in the Northern Division and will now enter the end of season Shield competition.

Derry City completed their 2017 SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Division campaign with a fine 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers at the weekend.

A goal in either half from in-form striker Dylan Devine was enough to give the Candy Stripes all three points at a blustery Wilton Park.

Going into the game City needed to defeat the Bit O’Red but also hope results elsewhere would go their way as they bid to secure a top-four finish and qualification for the national quarter-finals. Unfortunately, those results didn’t go in Derry’s favour and they will now take their place in the shield knockout competition.

The visitors had the better of the opening quarter with City keeper Tom McDermott called into action to make two smart saves from Finnian Brady and Liam Hughes. The opening goal arrived on 18 minutes when Sligo were awarded a penalty after referee Michael Connolly adjudged that Eoin Slevin was fouled just inside the area. Up stepped Donegal Town native Jack Keaney to roll the ball into the bottom corner.

City started to find their feet and began to assert more pressure on the Sligo rearguard.

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Underage fixtures

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Derry City under-15s and under-19s are both in action on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Green’s under-15 side host top-of-the-table Sligo Rovers at Killea FC, Kick-Off is at 2.00pm.

The Derry City under-19 side entertain second in the table Sligo Rovers at Wilton Park.  

With Bohemians and Sligo Rovers having already qualified for the quarter-finals, the remaining two positions in the U19 Northern Division will be decided between Drogheda United, St Patrick’s Athletic, Derry City and Dundalk.

For City to qualify for the last eight they MUST defeat Sligo Rovers and hope Finn Harps beat Drogheda or St Patrick’s Athletic fail to win against Dundalk.

Sligo currently sit one point behind leaders Bohemians and will be desperate for the three points in their pursuit of the Northern Division title.

It’s all set up for a cracking final league game of the season, Kick-Off is at 2.00pm.

Under 15s –  HOME v Sligo Rovers – Killea FC – Saturday, 2pm

Under 19s –  HOME v Sligo Rovers – Wilton Park – Saturday, 2pm

Goal updates from the U19 game on @thejungleview from 2pm.

McKinley features for Ireland Under-16s

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Derry City’s Ronan McKinley, number 6 front row

Ronan McKinley from Newtoncunningham featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s in two friendly games against Romania at the National Training Centre in Buftea during the week.

The team, managed by Paul Osam, lost 3-1 in the opening encounter on Tuesday and narrowly went down 2-1 to the hosts two days later.

McKinley is a prominent member of the Derry City Under-15 development squad having only recently joined the Candy Stripes in July.

Ronan played most of the opening fixture in a central midfield role before being replaced in the 75th minute. On Thursday the Irish lads were in front at the break but Romania fought back to secure a 2-1 win, with the Deele College student completing the full 90 minutes in a wide midfield berth.

The City youngster will also be part of the Irish U16 squad to face Brazil U15s at the AUL complex next Wednesday.

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UNDER 19: DERRY CITY 0-2 BOHEMIANS

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A goal in each half from Daniel Grant and Ryan Graydon moved Bohemians one step closer to the Northern Division title.

Daniel Grant fired the visitors in front on 24 minutes after some great approach play by Eoghan Morgan.

Adrian Delap had City’s best chance in the first half when his attempted chip over the keeper from 20 yards was cleared off the line.

Substitute Dylan Devine struck the bottom of the post midway through the second half before the visitors wrapped up the points on 80 minutes when Ryan Graydon slotted past McDermott to move the gypsies one step closer to the Northern Division title.

Derry City U19s play their penultimate league fixture next weekend away to Longford Town.

Derry City: Tom McDermott; Rhys McDermott, Eoin Toal, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Evan Tweed, Connor Gormley, Matt Doherty; Shane McNamee, Sean McBride.

Subs Used: Matty Doherty, Paul Doherty, Dylan Devine, Stephen Duffy.

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USL: SWILLY ROVERS 2-5 DERRY CITY RESERVES

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USL League Cup – Group A

Swilly Rovers 2-5 Derry City Reserves
Jack Malone, Dylan Devine (3), Calum Boyle

A youthful Derry City Reserves outfit defeated Swilly Rovers 5-2 in the USL League Cup this afternoon.

Derry were three up at half time with goals from Jack Malone, Dylan Devine and Calum Boyle before the hosts reduced the deficit to 3-2. Devine (pictured) went on to complete his hat-trick scoring twice in the second half to secure the win for the Candy Stripes.

Following Derry’s 4-2 win over Fanad United last weekend, a draw in two weeks time against Cockhill Celtic will ensure City top the group.

Derry City Reserves: Daniel Houghton; Jack McLaughlin, Rhys McDermott, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Paul Doherty, Jack Malone, Caolan McLaughlin, Kian McGarvey; Dylan Devine, Aaron McGurk.

Subs: Mikey Sweeney, Jack Parke, Adam Taggart, Ronan Boyce.

McKINLEY TRAVELS TO ROMANIA WITH IRELAND UNDER-16s

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Derry City’s Ronan McKinley travels to Romania with the Republic of Ireland U16s on the 17th of September where they will play two friendly fixtures.

Ronan has only recently joined the Candy Stripes and scored twice on his under 15 competitive debut two weeks ago against Longford Town.

McKinley from Newtoncunningham, was on target for the Republic of Ireland under 15s when they defeated Norway 4-1 at an invitational tournament in Prague earlier this year.

All the best to Ronan.

Republic of Ireland U16 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazuna (Shamrock Rovers), Jimmy Corcoran (Cherry Orchard)

Defenders: Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Bray Wanderers), Timmy Sobowale (Villa FC), Conor Power (St Patrick’s Athletic), Tega Agberhiere (Waterford), James Furlong (Bray Wanderers)

Midfielders: Brandon Holt (St Patrick’s Athletic), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Seamus Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Kian Leavy (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Forwards: Festy Obsele (Bray Wanderers), Conor Carty (St Francis), Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Patrick Moore (St Kevin’s Boys)

UNDER 19: FINN HARPS 1-2 DERRY CITY

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Two first half efforts from Sean McBride and Dylan Devine handed Derry City U19s victory over Finn Harps in the Northern Elite Division on Saturday afternoon.

  • Recent signing Tom McDermott made his second start for the Under-19s.
  • Sean McBride’s early goal took his tally for the season to fifteen.
  • Dylan Devine scored the winning goal in the 34th minute after a great counter-attack.
  • Shane McNamee was unfortunate to see two efforts turned onto the woodwork by Harps ‘keeper McCarron.
  • This result leaves Derry with an outside chance of making the national quarter-finals and they will need some big results in their final three games to secure a top four finish.

Derry City Under-19s hopes of securing a place in the national quarter-finals are hanging by a thread following a narrow 2-1 victory over Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

With games running out, the Candy Stripes will need results in their final three fixtures plus hope both Dundalk and Drogheda United drop points to secure a top-four finish. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that City are scheduled to play the top two in the division Bohemians and Sligo Rovers over the next few weeks.

The home side will have been disappointed to enter the half time interval 2-1 down having had the better of the first forty-five, with some poor defending proving costly for Joe Boyle’s men.

Derry took the lead in fortunate circumstances on 5 minutes. Shane Blaney, who made his senior debut for Finn Harps the previous night in Limerick, picked up possession on the eighteen-yard line. Blaney attempted to clear his lines but his laboured effort ricocheted off the in-rushing Sean McBride and rolled into the net past the stranded Harps ‘keeper McCarron.

The hosts responded well and equalised four minutes later after some superb play on the edge of the box. The City defence was carved open by some wonderful one-touch football from Dylan McCroary and BJ Banda before Alex Carolan was played through to calmly slide the ball past City ‘keeper McDermott.

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UNDER 15: DERRY CITY 2-0 MAYO

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Action from Derry City U15s 2-0 win over Mayo
Action from Derry City U15s 2-0 win over Mayo
  • Ryan McCaul had the honour of scoring Derry’s first goal in the  Airtricity Under-15 League last weekend in Longford.
  • Republic of Ireland U15 International Ronan McKinley notched two goals in the 4-1 win at the City Calling Stadium, with Eoin Logue netting the fourth in stoppage time.
  • Finnian O’Donnell netted twice in the second half to defeat Mayo on Saturday.
  • This result leaves Derry with maximum points from their opening two games.

Derry City continued their positive start to the new Airtricity U15 League with a 2-0 win over Mayo at Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Candy Stripes left the City Calling Stadium on the opening day of the season with a fine 4-1 win last weekend and made it maximum points from their opening two fixtures with a deserved win over Mayo on Saturday.

Former Swilly Rovers striker Finnian O’Donnell produced two deadly finishes in the second half to secure all three points.

The first goal came on 63 minutes when O’Donnell jumped highest to expertly head home a superb cross from the right flank by Caoimhin Porter.

Ten minutes later Finnian notched his second, firing high into the roof of the net after the visiting ‘keeper parried a long-range effort by Evan McLaughlin.

He almost scored his hat-trick moments later but headed Oran Brogan’s tantalising cross wide of goal.

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UNDER 19: DERRY CITY 7-0 ATHLONE TOWN

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Dylan Devine scored two second half goals against Athlone Town U19s on Saturday

Five goals in the final twenty minutes helped Derry to a comfortable win over Athlone Town in the SSE Airtricity Northern Division fixture at the weekend.

  • Cathal Farren opened the scoring on 10 minutes after some great counter-attacking play by Delap and McBride.
  • Derry’s top performer Adrian Dealp played a major part in the first four goals before being substituted in the second half.
  • Sean McBride scored Derry’s fifth goal in the 75th minute to take his tally for the season to 13.
  • Derry move up one place in the table to fifth, one point behind fourth placed Dundalk.

The Derry City U19 development squad kept their hopes of securing a top-four finish alive by recording an emphatic 7-0 victory over Athlone Town at the Curragh, Killygordon on Saturday afternoon.

It only took the home side ten minutes to score the all-important opening goal with a superb counter-attack. After some tremendous work by the tenacious Adrian Delap to win possession in the full back position. The talented winger carried to the halfway line before sending Sean McBride clear down the right flank. McBride squared a pass to the unmarked Cathal Farren who had the easy task of converting past Lydon at the back post.

The visitors responded with a Paul Costello free-kick from 20-yards but City keeper McCallion was equal to the challenge. Derry had a let off on 29 minutes when an effort from Sam Nolan from six-yards was cleared off the line by Matt Doherty.

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MARK FARREN CUP SEMI-FINAL

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The first semi-final in the 2017 Mark Farren cup between Derry City and Sligo Rovers will take place on Monday August 7th at Maginn Park, Buncrana, KO 6.30pm.

The winners will be away in the final to whoever prevails in the second semi-final tie – Waterford FC v Shamrock Rovers

MONDAY AUGUST 7
FAI Mark Farren Memorial Cup
(Semi Final)
Derry City v Sligo Rovers, Maginn Park (6.30)

TUESDAY AUGUST 8
FAI Mark Farren Memorial Cup
(Semi Final)
Waterford FC v Shamrock Rovers, RSC (7.30)

LATE MCNAMEE STRIKE FIRES CITY TO VICTORY

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City players celebrate Shane McNamee’s winning goal

Derry City U19’s claimed their first win in five games after a late Shane McNamee goal gave them a fine 2-1 win over Shelbourne in the SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division at the AUL Complex on Saturday afternoon.

City made four changes to the side that agonisingly lost to a last minute goal against St Patrick’s Athletic last time out. Jason McCallion, Luke Campbell, Noel Doherty and Connor Gormley all coming into the starting eleven.  

Derry were quick out of the traps and took the lead with their first effort on five minutes. McNamee picked up possession in acres of space midway inside the Shels half. With the outside of his right foot the Ramelton man picked out the run of Cathal Farren. Taking once touch to control, Farren took aim from just inside the penalty area. His shot took a wicked deflection off the Shels full-back Peter Adigun to send the ball spinning high past the stranded home keeper Ryan O’Neill.

City almost doubled their lead within seconds of the restart. Adrian Delap took advantage of some poor control by Adigun and robbed the full-back of possession. Delap scampered forward to the edge of the area and squared a pass to the unmarked McBride. But the City striker, who had a frustrating afternoon in front of goal made a poor connection and his shot went high of O’Neill’s crossbar.

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