Derry City’s inspirational captain, Ryan McBride died one year ago today. RIP



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Derry City Under-17s defeated Athlone Town 1-0 at Brandywell on the opening day of the SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division on Saturday afternoon.

The only goal of the game came in the 89th minute when substitute Evan McLaughlin scored directly from a corner kick to give Gary Duffy’s troops the perfect start to the new season.

We have uploaded extended clips and a few pictures from the game.

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With the first team having made their long awaited return to Brandywell Stadium in spectacular fashion during the week, this weekend sees the return of the SSE Airtricity underage season, with both Derry City Under-17 and Under-19 sides in action against Athlone Town.

The Under-19s missed out on a top four finish in the Northern Elite Division by just one-point last term, finishing behind Saint Patrick’s Athletic, and went on to suffer defeat against Shamrock Rovers in the Shield final.

A number of last year’s panel are now overage and have moved on, including former captain Sam Todd, who is currently on a season long loan at first division club Finn Harps.

City boss John Quigg has once again assembled a talented squad for the 2018 campaign with a number of players stepping up from last year’s Under-17 panel.

Goalkeeper Daniel Houghton, defender Kieran Farren and midfielder Jack Malone are schoolboy internationals and are currently involved in the Centenary Shield competition. All three are tremendous prospects and are expected to feature heavily in their first full year at this level.

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Preparations continue ahead of the 2018 underage season

Preparations are well underway for the start of the 2018 underage season, which is due to commence next weekend.

During the past week, a number of training sessions have been held at the newly refurbished Brandywell Stadium, as anticipation builds ahead of the big kick-off

We have uploaded a few pictures from training on Thursday evening.

Derry City U17s and U19s are both in action against Athlone Town on the opening weekend of the season. The U17s begin their campaign at home while the U19s will make the journey to Lissywollen for their opening fixture.

We hope to provide team news and goal updates from both games on twitter next weekend.

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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.


U19 Shield Final: Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Derry City


Derry City U19s completed their 2017 season with a 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers in the Shield final on Saturday afternoon.

Dean Dillon’s headed effort 3 minutes into the second half proved to be the decisive goal at Tallaght Stadium.

Attached is some random clips from the game. (select HD for best quality)

Derry City U19s: Jason McCallion; Rhys McDermott, Eoin Toal, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Connor Gormley, Cathal Farren, Shane McNamee; Dylan Devine, Sean McBride.

Subs Used: Matty Doherty, Paul Doherty, Noel Doherty.

Not Used: Luke Campbell.

U17 & U19 Shield Finals

Derry City U17 & U19 squads are both in action this weekend in their respective Shield finals.

Both matches will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Duffy’s U17 squad defeated Wexford FC in the semi-final and will travel to the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday to face Cabinteely FC in the final.

Derry City U19s under the management of John Quigg and Eddie Seydak, defeated Finn Harps 5-2 after extra time in a thrilling semi-final encounter with prolific striker Sean McBride netting a superb hat-trick. The U19s will play Shamrock Rovers on Saturday at Tallaght Stadium.

Best of luck to the players and management.

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Shield Final:

Cabinteely FC v Derry City, Carlisle Grounds, Saturday 4th, November, 3pm

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield Final:

Shamrock Rovers v Derry City, Tallaght Stadium, Saturday 4th, November, 2pm


Underage Update

It was a positive weekend for the Derry City development squads with all four sides securing wins in their respective competitions.

Derry City U19s had a fine 5-2 win over Finn Harps at Thornhill in the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity Shield competition.

Luke Neils fired Harps in front on 72 minutes before Sean McBride levelled matters with a superb 25-yard effort six minutes from time. The visitors thought they had the game won on 89 minutes when BJ Banda scored with a stunning strike from 35 yards to spark wild celebrations on the touchline.

But Harps will be bitterly disappointed they lost concentration from the restart when they failed to regroup and fell asleep. Within seconds City took advantage and were back on level terms when McBride tapped home his second from close range.

A three goal blitz in the first period of extra time stunned the visitors with City going in front for the first time when substitute Matty Doherty fired home a wonderful long range effort passed visiting keeper Jamie Bell. Moments later the game was finished as a contest when Ballybofey man McBride completed his hat-trick. McBride’s free-kick from near the touchline deceived everyone in the penalty area and ended up in the far bottom corner. 18-year-old McBride, who made his competitive debut for the Derry City first team recently against Finn Harps, brought his tally for the season to an impressive 19 goals in 22 games. Continue reading

Underage results week-ending October 22nd


Weekend underage results:

SSE Airtricity Under-15 National League Group 1:

Derry City 1-0 Longford Town

Michael Harris with the only goal of the game

SSE Airtricity Under-17 Shield Semi-Final:

Derry City 3-0 Wexford FC

Kian McGarvey, Caolan McLaughlin and Mikey Friel

(Derry will be away to either Bray Wanderers or Cabinteely FC in the final)

SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield Semi-Final:

Derry City 5-2 Finn Harps

Sean McBride 3, Matty Doherty 2 for Derry; Luke Nelis and BJ Banda on the mark for Finn Harps.

(Derry will be away to either Cabinteely FC or Shamrock Rovers in the final)

Ulster Senior League:

Fanad United 0-3 Derry City Reserves

Sean McBride, Cathal Farren (pen) & Aaron McGurk


McKinley joins up with Republic of Ireland Victory Shield Squad

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.

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Underage fixtures week-ending October 22nd

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

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

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


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


Cabinteely FC v Derry City

(Dates and times to be confirmed)


Under 19 Shield Draw


A: Cabinteely FC v Shamrock Rovers

B: Derry City v Finn Harps


Winner Semi-Final – (A) v Derry City

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

Underage fixtures week-ending October 15th

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)

Underage fixtures week-ending October 8th

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.


Underage Weekend Results

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

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

Underage fixtures

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

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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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)