Derry City Under-19 striker Sean McBride put in a man of the match performance to help the Candy Stripes to a comprehensive 8-0 win over bottom of the table Monaghan/Cavan FP at Gortakeegan on Saturday afternoon.
Monaghan/Cavan FP 0-8 Derry City
The Republic of Ireland schoolboy international delivered a clinical display in front of goal, playing a part in seven of the eight goals scored. McBride scored four and added three assists to help send the Candy Stripes to a record breaking win, securing their biggest winning margin since the inception of the Under-19 league in 2011.
Substitute Matty Doherty also played his part in the emphatic victory, scoring a fine second half hat-trick, with Cathal Farren also getting his name on the score sheet.
Derry made three changes to the side that defeated Drogheda last time out. Under-17 captain Kieran Farren came in to replace Sam Todd who was on first team duty. There was also a starting role for Paul Doherty at centre half and goalkeeper Jason McCallion came in for his second competitive appearance.
Derry completely dominated the first half but had to wait until the 34th minute to open the scoring. McBride whipped in a pin point diagonal cross to the feet of Cathal Farren at the back post. The Carndonagh man made no mistake, taking one touch and converting to register his twentieth goal for the Under-19s.
Three minutes later City doubled their advantage, Stephen Duffy sent Ronan Wilson clear with a sublime return pass on the edge of the box. Wilson squared a cross across the face of goal to the unmarked McBride, he adjusted his feet to fire a left footed shot high into the top corner giving the keeper no chance.
The win was secured just before the half time break when McBride scored his second, steering home a Noel Doherty cross from six yards into the bottom corner.
There was no let-up in the second period, with the Candy Stripes dominating possession, the goals kept coming. The first effort after the break resulted in McBride completing his fourteen-minute hat-trick. Farren fed a through ball to McBride inside the box, the Ballybofey man showed great determination to muscle the defender off the ball before firing a thunderous shot high into the roof of the net at the keepers near post.
Minutes later substitute Matty Doherty continued his recent good form by netting his first of the afternoon. Fellow sub Shane McNamee found McBride on the edge of the area, his first time reverse pass between two defenders sent Doherty clear to coolly finish into the far bottom corner.
Doherty doubled his tally with a wonderfully executed goal on 67 minutes. A speculative effort from McNamee ricocheted off McBride’s chest fortunately into the path of Doherty. With one touch to control the talented forward displayed superb technique by expertly chipping the ball delicately over the goalkeeper from 25 yards for goal number six.
McBride, a student at St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar headed in another beautifully weighted cross by Noel Doherty on 74 minutes before the rout was completed in injury time when Ronan Wilson fed Matty Doherty down the left, he waltzed his way into the box past two defenders before finishing low into the bottom corner.
Derry remain fifth in the table with twelve points from their opening six games, four points behind leaders Sligo Rovers. Derry City U19s next fixture is at home to North-West rivals Finn Harps on Saturday, 20th May.
Derry City: Jason McCallion; Noel Doherty, Kieran Farren, Paul Doherty, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Evan Tweed, Ronan Wilson, Stephen Duffy; Cathal Farren, Sean McBride.
Subs Used: Matthew Duffy, Matty Doherty, Shane McNamee.
Meanwhile, Derry City U17’s produced a superb fightback to come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Monaghan/Cavan FP on Saturday. Second half goals from former Dungloe Town centre half Ethan Harkin and an equaliser from Conor McGowan rescued a point for Gary Duffy’s side, who are still searching for their first home win but remain unbeaten away from home. The Under 17’s are away to Finn Harps at the weekend.