Under 17: Derry City 3-1 Drogheda United

Derry City Under-17s had a comfortable 3-1 win over Drogheda United in their latest Northern Elite Division fixture at Brandywell on Saturday afternoon.

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Derry City underage fixtures for week-ending May 20.

Derry City underage fixtures for week-ending May 20.

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:
Derry City v Shelbourne, Saturday, May, 2pm.

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Northern Elite Division:
Derry City v Drogheda United, Brandywell, Saturday 19, May, 2pm.

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Elite Division:
Drogheda United v Derry City, United Park , Saturday 19, May, 2pm.

Ulster Senior League:
Cockhill Celtic v Derry City Reserves, Sunday 20, May, 2pm.

(all fixtures are subject to change at short notice)

On This Day: 64 years ago, Derry City lost 4-2 to Austrian side Admira Wien at Brandywell

This day 64 years ago, on Wednesday, May 19, 1954, Derry City went down 4-2 to Austrian side Admira Wien in an exhibition game at Brandywell to mark the Candy Stripes twenty-fifth year as a member of the Irish League.

Admira were one of the leading Austrian clubs for 40 years and the side that visited the Brandywell included eight full internationals.

The Austrians flew in from Vienna two days before the game to Nutt’s Corner and arrived in the city by bus. They trained on the Brandywell pitch for two hours the day before the game before exploring the Inishowen peninsula in the afternoon.

Such was the Interest in the fixture that one village in Donegal alone had requested one hundred tickets.

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McKinley included in Republic of Ireland Under-16 panel

Derry City’s Ronan McKinley has been selected in the Republic of Ireland Under-16 panel for the UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament in Sweden.

The Republic of Ireland, managed by Paul Osam, will play three games in the space of five days.

McKinley, a native of Newtoncunningham, has been in impressive form for Derry City Under-17s this season, scoring four goals in the opening seven games from his attacking midfield role.

They begin with a match against the hosts Sweden on Friday, May 18, before facing Austria on Sunday afternoon and finish with a clash against Turkey at Munkedal next Tuesday.

Well done Ronan, best of luck.

Republic of Ireland U16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Harry Halwax (Leixlip United), Dan Rose (Everton)
Defenders: Thomas Considine (Bohemians), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Mazeed Ogungbo (Arsenal), Conrad Egan-Riley (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Ronan McKinley (Derry City)
Forwards: Festy Ebosele (Bray Wanderers), Cillian Heaney (Sligo Rovers), Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos), Sean McGrath (Limerick), Ayodeji Sotana (Manchester United), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament
Friday, May 18th: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Lysekil, 6.30pm (5.30pm Irish time) 
Sunday, May 20th: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Stenungsund, 3pm (2pm Irish time)
Tuesday, May 22nd: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Munkedal, 11am (10am Irish time)

Underage results week-ending May 13

Derry City underage results for week-ending May 13.

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:
Dundalk 6-1 Derry City, Hoey’s Lane, Glenmuir FC, Sunday 13, May, 2pm.

Seán O’Donoghue, Jake O’Sullivan, Lee Cahill, Michael Soyemi x 3 (Dundalk)

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Northern Elite Division:
Finn Harps 2-1 Derry City, Finn Park, Saturday 12, May, 2pm.

Daragh Ellison x 2 (Finn Harps) Kian McGarvey (Derry City)

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Elite Division:
Derry City 2-2 Finn Harps, Brandywell, Saturday 12, May, 2pm.

Sean McBride x 2 (Derry City) Stephen Doherty and Jamie Browne ( Finn Harps)

Derry City: Jason McCallion; Rhys McDermott, Connor Gormley, Ethan Harkin, Conor Doherty; Noel Doherty, Jack Malone, Evan Tweed, Fionn McClure; Shane McNamee, Sean McBride.

Ulster Senior League:
Letterkenny Rovers 2-2 Derry City Reserves, Leckview Park, Wednesday 9, May, 7pm.

Adrian Delap and a Cathal Farren penalty on the mark for Derry.

Derry City XI: Daniel Houghton. Rhys McDermott. Ethan Harkin. Connor Gormley. Conor Doherty. Adrian Delap. Jack Malone. Evan Tweed. Shane McNamee. Cathal Farren. Sean McBride.

Ulster Senior League:
Bonagee United 3-1 Derry City Reserves, Dry Arch Park, Sunday 13, May, 2pm.

Michael Doherty x 2, Matty Harkin (Bonagee Utd)  Ethan Coll (Derry City Reserves)


  • Late McBride effort rescues a point for City.
  • Conor Doherty made his second appearance for Under-19s.
  • Jamie Browne had given the visitors a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.
  • Kian McGarvey nets his third goal of the season as Under-17s lose to a late goal in Finn Park.

U19 Northern Elite Division

Derry City 2-2 Finn Harps

Sean McBride scored a dramatic 90th-minute equaliser as Derry City U19s snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat against north-west rivals Finn Harps at Brandywell on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Stephen Doherty and Jamie Browne had given the Ballybofey side a 2-1 lead but with just seconds remaining a great piece of opportunism by McBride saw the 19-year-old capitalise on a defensive error to roll the ball home and deny his hometown club victory.

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UNDER 17: Derry City 4-0 Longford Town

Derry City U17 4-0 Longford Town U17

Derry City U17s had a comfortable 4-0 win over Longford Town in the Northern Elite Division on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Mikey Friel, Caolan McLaughlin (Pen) and Ronan McKinley had the Candy Stripes three goals to the good at the break. Substitute Dominic Dunne skilfully netted the fourth late in the second half.

Below is a quick upload of the goals scored by McLaughlin (Pen), McKinley and Dunne.

Derry City U17s: Leannan McCann, Jack Parke, Ronan Boyce, Callum Hassan, Shaun McDermott, Kian McGarvey, Aidan McHugh, Ronan McKinley, Evan McLaughlin, Caolan McLaughlin, Mikey Friel.

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UNDERAGE WEEKLY UPDATE – U17s secure a fine draw in dublin, U19s suffer heavy defeat

  •  Two-goal Jamie Hamilton inspires Bohs to victory at Brandywell
  •  Sean McBride notched his third goal in four games
  •  Bohs proved more clinical in front of goal
  •  A brace from Ronan McKinley secured U17s a draw with leaders Bohemians in Dublin

U19 Northern Elite Division

Derry City 1-4 Bohemians

Bohemians produced a highly efficient display to record an impressive victory over a disappointing Derry City outfit on Saturday afternoon in the Northern Elite Division.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks and with barely four minutes on the clock the Candy Stripes were behind. Jamie Hamilton found some space on the edge of the box and hit a sweet left-footed effort which cannoned off the post and into the net beyond the reach of City keeper McCallion.

Bohs continued to dictate the early stages with some nice precision passing and had a great opportunity to double their lead on 15 minutes. After some good work down the right flank by the wonderfully named Promise Omochere, the ball fell to Steven Nolan inside the area. He managed to evade Noel Doherty’s challenge before thundering a drive at goal but McCallion produced a fine save to keep the score at one nil.

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UNDERAGE WEEKLY UPDATE – City complete double win over Shels

The Derry City Under-17 and Under-19 development squads secured good wins over Shelbourne at the weekend.

  • Rhys McDermott’s goal on 9 minutes was enough to ensure Derry U19s collected all three points
  • City were denied a stonewall penalty when McBride was fouled on 34 minutes
  • The home side were wasteful in front of goal with the 1-0 scoreline flattering the visitors
  • Sean McBride has two goals and two assists from the U19s first three games this season
  • Parke and McKinley fire U17s to victory in Dublin

U19 Northern Elite Division

Derry City 1-0 Shelbourne

A Rhys McDermott effort early in the first half gave Derry City Under-19s a narrow 1-0 victory over their Shelbourne counterparts in the Northern Elite Division fixture played at Brandywell on Saturday afternoon.

The 18-year-old full-back headed home superbly from Sean McBride’s pinpoint cross after 9 minutes to hand City their first win of the season.

In truth, the margin of victory should have been greater for the home side but for some wasteful finishing by the City forwards who suffered a frustrating afternoon in front of goal.

The Candy Stripes made a blistering start to the game and carved out the first chance on 4 minutes when Sean McBride tested visiting keeper Jack Lydon’s reflexes after some great approach play by Dylan Devine.

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A throwback to the 1988 FAI Cup semi-final between Derry City and Longford Town.

Back then the semi-finals were played over two legs. Derry won the first leg 2-0 at St. Mel’s Park in Athlone and came out on top in the second leg at Brandywell by four goals to two, with goals from Jonathan Speak, Pascel Vaudequin, Owen Da Gama and John Cunningham.


Underage Cup first round draws

The draw for the First Round for the U15, U17 & U19 Cup competitions took place at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown last week.

Derry City Under-19s have received a bye in the first round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

The Candy Stripes record in the competition has seen the club knocked out at the second round stage on three occasions, twice in the quarter-finals and were beaten finalists in 2014/15 season when they went down 3-2 to UCD at the Belfield Bowl.

The First Round of the 2018 Enda McGuill Cup will see five games played with eleven teams receiving a bye into the second round.

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UNDERAGE WEEKLY UPDATE – U17s Draw, U19s suffer first defeat

  • U17s draw at home to St Pat’s Ath
  • McGarvey nets his 2nd goal in three games
  • U19s suffer second half collapse
  • International success for Houghton and Farren

U19 Northern Elite Division

St Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 Derry City

Derry City Uner-19s fell to their first defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon, going down 3-1 to St Patrick’s Athletic in their SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Elite Division fixture at IT Blanchardstown.

City manager Eddie Seydak made three changes to the starting eleven that drew with Dundalk last weekend. Jason McCallion started in goals with former Keadue Rovers defender Calum Boyle slotting in at left-back, while Northern Ireland schoolboy international Jack Malone was given his competitive Under-19 debut in midfield alongside Evan Tweed and City captain Connor Gormley.

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Derry City Under-19 Squad 2018

Derry City Under-19 and Under-17 development squads were both in league action at the weekend. The Under-19s played host to Dundalk on Saturday afternoon and the Under-17s made the trip to County Louth to take on the Lilywhites at Oriel Park on Sunday.

  • U19s open new season with a draw
  • Two debutants named in U19 starting XI
  • McBride continues were he left off last year, scoring City’s opening goal
  • Kian McGarvey impresses as U17s go down 3-1 at Oriel Park

Under-19s: Derry City 2-2 Dundalk

Following the postponement of their opening fixture against Athlone Town almost three weeks ago, Derry City Under-19s finally got their season up and running at the weekend against Dundalk.

The City starting eleven included two debutants in defence. Goalkeeper Daniel Houghton, formerly with Carndonagh FC and centre back Ethan Harkin, who previously played for Keadue Rovers have both been promoted from last year’s Under-17 panel.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after just five minutes.

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Derry City’s Adrian Delap selected in Irish Colleges Squad

Former Derry City U19 player Adrian Delap has been selected in the Irish Colleges and Universities squad for next Monday’s friendly international with Scotland at Oriel Park.

Adrian joined the Candy Stripes from Letterkenny Rovers and made his debut for the U19s away to Dundalk in September 2015.

City first team manager Kenny Shiels handed the 19-year-old his senior competitive debut three weeks ago as a second-half substitute in Derry’s 5-0 win over Limerick FC.

The talented winger was also named Derry City U19 player of the year for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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Jack Parke scored both goals against Dungannon

With no league fixture this weekend, the Derry City Under-17 squad made the trip to Belfast on Sunday to play two games at the Billy Neill football pitches.

Gary Duffy’s outfit have made a positive start to their SSE Airtricity League campaign with an opening day win over Athlone Town last weekend and continued their good form by winning both games this morning, scoring five goals in the process.

In their opening game, the Candy Stripes defeated Dungannon 2-0 with Jack Parke (pictured) scoring both goals.

This was followed by a fine 3-0 win over Cliftonville with Dominic Dunne, Sean Duffy and Kian McGarvey on the mark for City.

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Former Derry Under-19 player Rory Holden

Former Derry City Under-19 star, Rory Holden, has made an impressive start to his career at Bristol City.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Championship club in August 2017, and has caught the eye with some excellent displays with the club’s U23 side.

Holden featured in Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Liverpool U23s in the Premier League cup and received a glowing report from the coaching staff following another polished performance.

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Opening Day Fixtures

Derry City team from 1929

As Kenny Shiels prepares to take his Derry City squad to Waterford for the opening fixture of the 2018 season tomorrow evening and with the club edging ever closer to its 90th anniversary, we have delved through the archives to pick out some notable opening day fixtures from days gone by.

August 22, 1929: Irish League Fixture – Derry City 1-2 Glentoran – First competitive game in senior football

The Derry City story began on August 22, 1929, when the Brandywell club played its first competitive game in senior football against Glentoran FC. On that historic afternoon, an attendance of around 7,600 witnessed City fall to defeat against their Belfast opponents.

Derry were managed by the charismatic Joe McCleery, a native of Lurgan, and lined out with eight full-time professionals in their starting eleven.

But it was one of the part-timers, Peter Burke, who was based in Buncrana at the time, had the honour of scoring City’s first goal in competitive football when he fired home on the half hour mark. The visitors responded superbly in the second half when centre forward Fred Roberts netted twice to secure all three points for the East Belfast side. Continue reading



Former Derry City under-19 captain Sam Todd has joined Donegal outfit Finn Harps on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old centre back will look to gain some valuable first-team experience by joining the SSE Airtricity League First Division club rather than continue to feature for Derry’s reserve side in the Ulster Senior League.

Todd was a key member of the under-19 panel during the 2017 season, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal.

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Ronan Hale

Ronan Hale pictured with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in the 2015 Northern Ireland U17 Cup Final.

Ronan Hale became the latest signing for Derry City during the week as manager Kenny Shiels continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

The Belfast native joins the Candy Stripes on a six-month loan deal from Birmingham City.

The 19-year-old is no stranger to scoring goals against his new club having netted a hat-trick for Crusaders against Derry Colts in the 2015 Northern Ireland Under-17 Cup Final.

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Ulster finish second in FAI Schools Inter-Provincials

2017 Ulster Schools – Picture credit FAI Schools

Derry City had three representatives in the Ulster schools panel that finished second in this year’s FAI Schools Inter-Provincials.

Daniel Houghton (Carndonagh Community School),  Ethan Harkin (Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair) and Fionn McClure (Carndonagh Community School) are all prominent members of Gary Duffy’s Under-17 panel.

Ulster started well on Friday when they defeated Connacht 3-0, but lost 4-0 to Munster on Saturday.

They finished with a 2-2 against Leinster this afternoon.

Leinster lift the title following a win over Munster and draws with Ulster and Connacht.