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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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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


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)

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


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