Derry City U15s will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games when they face St Patrick’s Athletic at the home of Ballyoulster United FC on Saturday afternoon.
The young City side head into this weekend’s penultimate Group One fixture
on the back of an impressive 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers in their last outing.
Derry went in front midway through the second half when Corey McLaughlin’s superb through ball found Oran Kelly to the left of the penalty area and the former Top of the Hill Celtic man made no mistake finding the bottom corner with an excellent finish.
Three minutes later, City doubled their lead when Callum Gillen took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot home from close range, taking his tally for the season up to 12.
McLaughlin’s driving runs from midfield were causing the opposition plenty of problems and the dynamic midfielder wrapped up the scoring when he drilled home from inside the area to ensure Derry would collect all three points and claim their first win in the elite phase.
Conor Loughrey’s charges have produced several top-class displays, controlling many games in phase two of the season but unfortunately, without getting the results their performances have merited.
The Candy Stripes will face strong opposition on Saturday but they can travel to County Kildare in a positive frame of mind following their recent showings against Dundalk, Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers.
In their previous meeting back in July, an under-strength City side fell to a narrow one-nil defeat, Dara McGuinness scoring the only goal of the game in the second half.
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The Inchicore outfit are expected to include a number of underage internationals in their panel, including cultured forward Ben Quinn, who joins Glasgow Celtic in January. Derry centre-backs Daithi McCallion and Bobby Deane will also need to keep a close eye on their highly-rated top scorer Thomas Lonergan.
St Pat’s had a comfortable 7-1 win over Finn Harps last time out and if they can accumulate six points from their remaining two games they will finish top of the group.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm.
Derry City U15 panel – Conor O’Neill, Charlie Byrne, Conor Moore, Oran Kelly, Shane Deery, Rory O’Donnell, Keenan McLaren, Daithi McCallion, Bobby Deane, Oisin Gallagher, Corey McLaughlin, Paul Johnston, Sean Carlin, Adam Duffy, Ryan Strunks, Emmett McCarron, Callum Gillen, Ryan McCreadie.
12 – Callum Gillen
8 – Paul Johnston
6 – Corey McLaughlin
5 – Ryan Strunks
4 – Oran Kelly
4 – Sean Carlin
3 – Adam Duffy
3 – Ryan McCreadie
2 – Bobby Deane
1 – Shane Deery
1 – Keenan McLaren
1 – Emmett McCarron