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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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Derry City U17s suffered defeat to Sligo Rovers in the semi-final of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup at Maginn Park on Monday evening.

Two first half strikes by Mark Byrne and Darren Collins gave Danny O’Leary’s side control of the contest at the break and despite their best efforts Gary Duffy’s outfit were unable to breach a resolute Rovers defence.

Sligo Rovers will be away to Waterford FC in the final.


A few pictures and a video of both goals below.

Derry City: Daniel Houghton; Danny McGlynn, Kieran Farren, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Kian McGarvey, Jack Malone, Jack Parke, Fionn McClure; Daniel Ward, Mikey Sweeney.

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A few pictures from tonight’s friendly fixture, which finished Institute 4-1 Derry City U19’s, goal’s from Kyle Curran Friel (2), Michael McCrudden and S.Curry. Derry’s scorer was Cathal Farren.

Derry City: Jason McCallion; Paul Doherty, Luke Campbell, Sam Todd, Matt Doherty; Adrian Delap, Evan Tweed, Connor Gormley, Shane McNamee; Cathal Farren, Sean McBride. Subs Used: Jack Malone, Noel Doherty, Dylan Devine.

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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

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

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


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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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Former Sligo Rovers forward Mikey Place, in action against Derry City U19s in 2016

Derry City’s recent signing Mikey Place is no stranger to the Brandywell, having been a thorn in the side of Derry City U19s in recent times.

In the space of seven days at the end of June 2016, Mikey scored six goals in two games against City in the SSE Airtricity U19 Northern Elite Division and in the second round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Below is a video of Mikey’s six goals.


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Ronan McKinley
Ronan McKinley

The Derry City U15 Airtricity League development squad have signed Ronan McKinley from Donegal Schoolboys Club Lagan Harps.

Ronan is from Newtowncunningham and is a current international for the Republic of Ireland U15s. He scored the third goal in 4-1 win against Norway during an invitational tournament in Prague earlier this year.

The Deele College student, can operate in a number of positions and will be a valuable addition to Justin Green’s squad when the inaugural U15 league kicks off next month.

He made his first appearance for City at the opening of the new pitch at Illies FC last weekend.




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Derry City U17s have been handed a home tie against Sligo Rovers in the Mark Farren Cup semi-finals.

The Candy Stripes have defeated Finn Harps, Monaghan/Cavan FP and Dundalk to qualify for the last four of the competition.

In the other semi-final, Waterford FC will host Shamrock Rovers. And whoever prevails in that tie will have the luxury of home advantage in the final.

Mark Farren Cup


1. Waterford v Shamrock Rovers
2. Derry City v Sligo Rovers

Dates and Times TBC


Game 1 v Game 2



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Derry City know the identity of two possible opponents in the semi finals of the Mark Farren Cup following the latest quarter final results.

Waterford FC and Sligo Rovers join the Candy Stripes in the last four following wins over St Patrick’s Athletic and Shelbourne respectively.

The remaining quarter final tie between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers is due to be played on August 1st.

With the semi-finals scheduled for midweek on August 8th/9th.

FAI Mark Farren Memorial Cup
(Quarter Final)

Waterford FC 2 – 1 St Patrick’s Athletic
Colm Whelan 2 (Waterford) Cian Higgins (St Patrick’s Athletic)

Derry City 5 – 2 Dundalk
Caolan McLaughlin 2, Jack Malone, Kian McGarvey, Mikey Sweeney (Derry City) Mark Traynor, Peter Shields ( Dundalk)

Sligo Rovers 2 – 0 Shelbourne
Mark Byrne, Darren Collins (Sligo Rovers)

FAI Mark Farren Memorial Cup
(Quarter Final)
Cork City v Shamrock Rovers, Bishopstown (7.15)



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Derry City U17s booked a place in the semi-finals of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup following a thrilling 5-2 win over Dundalk at the Vale Centre on Tuesday evening.

Two one down at the break, Gary Duffy’s men produced a superb second half comeback to blow the Lilywhites out of the water, scoring four goals without reply.

City took the lead on 9 minutes when the visiting keeper was penalised for carrying outside the area. Up stepped midfielder Jack Malone to thunder a low drive into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Derry almost doubled their lead within a minute when Finn McClure set up Aaron McGurk but the big striker’s left footed effort sailed over the crossbar.

Dundalk did manage to level the game four minutes later when captain Mark Traynor headed home a corner at the near post.

Before the Lilywhites went in front Derry had good chances of their own to score. A snapshot from 12 yards by McGurk was superbly turned round the post. Moments later Caolan McLaughlin was sent clear but shot straight at the keeper after great work on the edge of the box between McGurk and Farren.

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Derry City U15 players celebrate their Foyle Cup success with captain Callum Hassan lifting the trophy

The Derry City underage development squads brought the curtain down on another successful Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup, by lifting both the under-15 and under-17 titles and securing a third placed finish in the under-19 section.

Pride of place goes to Derry City under-15s who showed great qualities throughout the week on their way to glory. To come from behind in two group games, prevail in a penalty shootout and to come out on top in a tense final showed the mental toughness of the whole team.

In the group stages, the City youngsters had to dig deep in their opening two fixtures and showed great character and resilience to come from behind to secure maximum points. A long range free-kick from Caoimhin Porter and a late effort from substitute Michael Harris secured a 2-1 win over Carniny Youths in a feisty opening game. This was followed by another close victory over the Inishowen Youth League at Maginn Park. The hosts went in front direct from a corner kick on the stroke of half time but the City youngsters never gave in and rallied back to equalise through a Porter penalty and went on to claim all three points when former Swilly Rovers man Finnian O’Donnell calmly slotted home to seal another late win. An incredible 13-0 victory over Tobermore United followed to ensure that City finished top of their group with nine points from their three games.

The semi-final draw threw up a mouthwatering tie against local rivals Finn Harps. In a game of very few chances, the match didn’t quite live up to expectations with both sides cancelling each other out and it was from the spot that the Candy Stripes got the better of the Ballybofey side as they prevailed 5-4 in a penalty shootout. Finnian O’Donnell powered home the winning penalty to spark wild celebrations amongst the City contingent.

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A late goal from Michael Harris claimed victory for Derry City over Maiden City Academy in the Under-15 final of the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup.

A few pictures below.

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Adrian Delap puts Derry City 2-1 up against Dundalk


Airtricity U19 Northern Elite Division

Derry City Under-19s remain fifth in the Airtricity Northern Elite Division following an entertaining 2-2 draw against Dundalk at Oriel Park this afternoon.

The hosts dominated the early exchanges and deservedly went in front on 25 minutes. A long ball into the box from Emmett Hughes bounced kindly for the unmarked Jake O’Connor. The Dundalk forward managed to head past the advancing City keeper McCallion from twelve yards and into an unguarded goal.

The Candy Stripes drew level against the run of play on 35 minutes. After some great combination play with Shane McNamee, Derry’s talented winger Adrian Delap was nudged in the back by Hughes just inside the area. Ballybofey man Sean McBride duly dispatched the penalty to score his 12th goal in his last nine games.

Within two minutes Derry had turned the game on its head and went in front with a superb goal on the counter-attack. Stephen Duffy led the charge forward carrying possession from deep inside his own half, beating two men before laying the ball off to Delap on the halfway line. Delap continued his run on the outside after playing a one touch pass infield to McBride. After receiving a perfect return ball Delap showed great strength and pace to hold off the challenge from Hughes to roll the ball home into the far bottom corner past Dundalk keeper Lyons. (pictured)

In the second half the Lilywhites came close twice to equalising when Adam Finnegan’s header and Jack O’Keeffe’s shot were both superbly cleared off the line by City centre-back Connor Gormley.

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Congratulations to Derry City U19 captain Sam Todd on making his competitive first team debut this evening, coming on as a second half substitute against FC Midtjylland.

Sam is a commanding centre-back who is equally comfortable playing at left back and has been one of the standout performers for the Under-19s this season. His senior debut is just reward for all his hard work and commitment since signing for the club three years ago.

He joined Derry from his local club Carndonagh FC, turning out for Derry Colts in the NIBA National Youth League for the 2014/15 season before continuing his development by joining up with Derry City U19s in September 2015 for the start of the Airtricity National League interim season.

The 19-year-old is also a product of the hugely successful Inishowen Youth & Schoolboys Academy and is the latest in a long line of players to proudly represent Derry from the Inishowen Peninsula.

Well done Sam.


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Derry City Under-17s have been drawn against Dundalk in the quarter final of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup.

The Candy Stripes have defeated Finn Harps and Monaghan/Cavan to reach this stage and will have home advantage against the Lilywhites on Tuesday July 24 or Wednesday July 25, date to be confirmed.


FAI Mark Farren Memorial Cup
(Quarter Finals)

Sligo Rovers v Shelbourne
Cork City v Shamrock Rovers
Waterford FC v St Patrick’s Athletic
Derry City v Dundalk.

Ties to be played Tuesday July 24/Wednesday July 25.


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U19 Enda McGuill Cup Result

Derry City 2-3 UCD

Derry City U19s lost out 3-2 to UCD in tonight’s Enda McGuill Cup 2nd round tie.

Sean McBride (pen) and Shane McNamee were on the mark for City. Conor Crowley, Yoyo Mahdy and Neil Farrugia scoring for the Students.


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Derry City U19 striker Sean McBride scored his 10th goal in seven games against Sligo Rovers

Derry City Under-19s suffered defeat in their latest SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division fixture, going down 2-1 to a strong Sligo Rovers side at the Sean Fallon Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The home side struck twice in five second-half minutes with efforts by Liam Hughes and Fintan Boroto to close the gap on leaders Bohemians to two points.

City were missing their influential captain Sam Todd but were boosted by the return from injury of Republic of Ireland schoolboy international Connor Gormley. The Candy Stipes also gave a full debut to former Dungloe Town and Keadue Rovers defender Calum Boyle.

The first half hour was a tight affair with both sides trading half chances but Derry dominated the final fifteen minutes and really should’ve taken a lead into the half time interval.

After receiving possession from Stephen Duffy 30 yards from goal, Ramelton man Shane McNamee held off a challenge from two defenders before cutting inside and unleashing a powerful shot which bounced in front of the diving Sligo keeper McGinty before rebounding back off the post.

Three minutes later City striker Sean McBride capitalised on a poor back pass. The Ballybofey man showed great tenacity to win a 50-50 challenge with the outrushing keeper, the ball fell kindly for the 18-year-old but his shot hit the chest of a covering defender, which was a real let off for the Bit O’Red.

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U17 Northern Elite Division

Derry City Under-17s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers in today’s Northern Elite Division fixture.

The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead before half-time thanks to strikes by Darren Collins & Niall Morahan.

Derry pulled a goal back when Caolan McLaughlin converted a penalty (video below) eleven minutes from time but despite pushing hard in final few minutes, the Candy Stripes couldn’t force an equaliser.

Derry City Under-17s next fixture is away to Monaghan/Cavan FP in the 2nd round of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup.

Derry City: Leannan McCann; Jack Clarke, Shaun Gerard Leppard, Ethan Harkin, Fionn McClure; Kian McGarvey, Adam Taggart, Kieran Farrren, Caolan McLaughlin, Daniel Ward, Aaron McGurk.

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Derry City Under 19s have been handed a tough draw in the 2nd round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

The Candy Stripes will have home advantage against Southern Elite Division outfit UCD, in what is a repeat of the 2014/15 final. On that occasion, the Students prevailed in a five goal thriller at the Belfield Bowl, running out winners by three goals to two.

The only other meeting between these sides took place in October 2016 when a single strike from Simon Power, 15 minutes from time, secured a 1-0 win for the students at the quarter final stage of the National League.

UCD are currently leading the Southern Division with 21 points from ten games played.

Confirmation of the dates and times for the 2017 Enda McGuill Cup 2nd Round fixtures are below.

Current Derry City first team star, Ronan Curtis celebrates his goal in the 2014/15 Enda McGuill Cup final against UCD.


Enda McGuill Cup (Round Two)


Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers, Athlone Town Stadium (7.30).

Bohemians v Cabinteely FC, IT Blanchardstown (7.30).

Drogheda United v Finn Harps, United Park (7.30).

Wexford FC v Cork City, Ferrycarrig Park (7.45).


Cobh Ramblers v Waterford FC, St Colman’s Park (7.30).

Derry City v UCD, Wilton Park (7.0).


Limerick FC v St Patrick’s Athletic, University of Limerick (7.30).


Dundalk v Bray Wanderers, Oriel Park (7.45).


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Confirmation of the dates and times for the 2nd Round of the Mark Farren U17 Cup.

Derry City defeated local rivals Finn Harps in the first round courtesy of a second half effort from Mikey Sweeney.

They must now make the trip to Gortakeegan where they will play Monaghan/Cavan FP in the second round on Tuesday 4th July at 7.30pm.


Tues 4th July Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers Lecarrow 7.15pm
Tues 4th July Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda United Tallaght TBC 7.30pm
Tues 4th July Monaghan – Cavan v Derry City Gortakeegan 7.30pm
Tues 4th July Shelbourne v Longford Town AUL Complex 7.30pm
Tues 4th July Limerick v Waterford UL 7.30pm
Wed 5th July Dundalk v Bohemians Oriel Park 7.30pm
Wed 5th July Kerry v Cork City Mounthawk Park 7.30pm
Wed 5th July St Patrick’s Athletic v Bray Wanderers IT Blanchardstown 8.00pm


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Derry City U19 striker Sean McBride, scored his 7th goal in five games in a 2-1 defeat to Bohemians at the weekend.

The Derry City U17 and U19 development squads both suffered defeat to Bohemians in their respective Airtricity League fixtures at the weekend.

John Quigg’s Under-19 squad narrowly lost 2-1 to Bohs at a rain-soaked IT Blanchardstown. Ballybofey man Sean McBride continued his good form, netting his seventh goal in five games, to give the visitors an early lead. The 18-year-old, a student at St Columba’s College in Stranorlar, has now scored a total of 30 competitive goals for City in the Airtricity U17 and U19 leagues since signing from his local club Cappry Rovers in 2015.

The home side fought back strongly in the second half and equalised on 66 minutes through a Steven Nolan effort before sealing the win five minutes from time when Cian Fay converted from the spot to send the Gypsies two points clear at the top of the Northern Division table. Derry drop down to fifth place with fifteen points from their opening eight games, four points behind the Phibsborough outfit.

Meanwhile the Under-17s, under the management of Ronan O’Donnell and Hugh Harkin, went down 3-0 to Bohemians at Wilton Park. The home side created the better chances in the first period with Aaron McGurk and Fionn McClure both going close to breaking the deadlock. But City found themselves one down at the break when Mitch Byrne converted a corner from close range on the stroke of half time. The Gypsies doubled their advantaged on 65 minutes when Liam McGrath slotted home from twelve yards following a flowing move down the right flank.

Jimmy Mowlds’ outfit completed the scoring deep into stoppage time when Ryan Hart was left unmarked in the box and he calmly finished past Houghton to put some gloss on the final score. Derry remain in the bottom three in the Northern Division with six points from their opening seven games.

The underage leagues now enter their mid-season break and will return to action on Saturday 24th June, when Derry face Longford Town at both Under-17 and Under-19 level.

DERRY CITY U17s: Daniel Houghton: Dylan Sheerin, Danny McGlynn, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Fionn McClure, Adam Taggart, Jack Parke, Edward O’Reilly; Daniel Ward, Aaron McGurk. Subs Used: Conor McGowan, Jack Clarke, Shaun Gerard Sheppard, Caolan McLaughlin.


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Results from this weekend’s  Under-19 Northern Elite Division


Northern Elite Division
Athlone Town 0 Drogheda United 2 (Lee Partridge, Stephen Meaney)
Derry City 2 (Cathal Farren, Adrian Delap) Finn Harps 0
Dundalk 2 (Jack O’Keeffe, Aaron Townley) Longford Town 1 (Conor Cummins pen)
Shelbourne 7 (Jordan Kelly 2, Sean Cronin 2, James Browne, Dylan Grimes, Ali Reghba) Monaghan-Cavan FP 0
St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Bohemians 1 (Jamie Hamilton).


Northern Division Top Scorers

11 Jack O’Keeffe (Dundalk)
9 Cian Fay (Bohemians)
7 Aidan Keena  (St Pat’s Ath)
7 Cathal Farren (Derry City)
6 Sean McBride (Derry City)
6 Stephen Meaney (Drogheda United)
5 Gareth Doherty (Finn Harps)
5 Cian Flynn (Dundalk)


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MAY 22nd 2007 – (10 years ago)

Pat Fenlon resigned as Derry City manager on Tues 22nd May 2007 citing personal reasons.


MAY 23rd 2003 – (14 years ago)

Derry City lost 5-1 to Shamrock Rovers in a League fixture at Richmond Park.

Derry took the lead on 13 mins through a deflected Gary Beckett free kick but Rovers fought back to score five second half goals from Stephen Gough (2) and a hat-trick from James Keddy.

Derry City – Forde, McCallion, McCrystal, McLaughlin, Hutton, Friars, Doherty (McCready 85), Martyn, McGlynn, Beckett (Mullen 88), Moran (Gill 82).


MAY 25th 2012 – (5 years ago)

Derry City defeated Finn Harps 4-0 in the second round of the F.A.I. Cup with goals from Stephen McLaughlin 2, Rory Patterson and Barry Molloy.

Derry City: Gerard Doherty; Dermot McCaffrey, Simon Madden, Shane McEleney, Ryan McBride; Ruaidhri Higgins, Barry Molloy, Owen Morrison, Stephen McLaughlin; Patrick McEleney, Rory Patterson Subs not used: Eugene Ferry, Brian McGroary, Matthew Crossan, Ryan Curran.


MAY 26th 1989 – (28 years ago)

28 years ago Derry City striker Liam Coyle made his International debut for Northern Ireland in a one nil defeat to Chile at Windsor Park, Belfast. Coyle came on as a substitute for Jimmy Quinn on 64 minutes.

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Derry City U19s defeated Finn Harps 2-0 at Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon, thanks to first-half strikes from Cathal Farren and Adrian Delap.

With Republic of Ireland Under 19 manager Tom Mohan keeping a keen eye on proceedings from the sideline, Derry opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a long range effort from Cathal Farren, his 7th goal in 7 games, before doubling their advantage on 41 minutes. Adrian Delap was sent clear down the right flank after playing a superb one-two with Cathal Farren. Delap continued his run into the box before calmly sliding the ball under Harps keeper McCarron.

The Candy Stripes more than deserved the three points and have won their last four games against Athlone Town, Drogheda United, Monaghan/Cavan FP and Finn Harps.

This win moves City above Bohemians and St Patrick’s Ath – who face each other on Sunday – into third place in the table with fifteen points from seven games.

Next weekend Derry play their final fixture before the mid-season break, when they travel to Dublin to face Bohemians.

DERRY CITY: Mark McElhinney; Noel Doherty, Paul Doherty, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Ronan Wilson, Evan Tweed, Matty Doherty; Cathal Farren, Sean McBride.

FINN HARPS: Lee McCarron, Zach Brolly, Michael Doherty, Ciaran Kelly, Paul Ferry, Jordan Ryan, Ryan Finn, Gareth Doherty, Liam Walsh, Oran McConnell, Alex Carolan.

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Today’s U19 Results

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Results from today’s Under-19 Northern Elite Division

Drogheda United 4-1 Shelbourne Mark Doyle, Karl Fitzsimons 2, Lee Partridge Jordan Kelly
Monaghan-Cavan  FP 0-8 Derry City Sean McBride 4, Matty Doherty 3, Cathal Farren
Finn Harps 1-4 St Patrick’s Athletic Liam Walsh Aidena Keena 3, Josh Hogan
Bohemians 4-2 Dundalk Cian Fay 2, Ryan Graydon 2
Adam Finnegan, Cian Flynn

Northern Division Top Scorers

10 Jack O’Keeffe (Dundalk)
9 Cian Fay (Bohemians)
7 Aidan Keena  (St Pat’s Ath)
6 Cathal Farren (Derry City)
6 Sean McBride (Derry City)
5 Stephen Meaney (Drogheda United)
5 Gareth Doherty (Finn Harps)
5 Cian Flynn (Dundalk)