Airtricity U17 League


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The draw for the 2017 Mark Farren Cup 2nd Round was made in FAI HQ on Tuesday.

Derry City FC Under-17s have been drawn away to Monaghan/Cavan FP Under-17s, games to be played on 4th/5th of July.

The draw in full below –

Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers
Shamrock Rovers v Drogheda Utd
St Patrick Athletic v Bray Wanderers
Shelbourne v Longford Town
Limerick FC v Waterford
Kerry League v Cork City
Dundalk v Bohemians
Monaghan/Cavan FP v Derry City


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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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Mikey Sweeney came off the bench to fire Derry City Under-17s to victory against Finn Harps in the first round of the Mark Farren U17 Memorial Cup in Killygordon on Wednesday evening.

The former Swilly Rovers hitman finished off a perfect cross from Jack Parke at the near post, to register the only goal of the game as Gary Duffy’s side recorded their first win of the season.

Harps bossed possession and were the better team for much of the first-half but lacked a real cutting edge to seriously trouble Derry stopper Daniel Houghton, who produced a competent display between the posts.

Indeed, on another night the hosts could have been out of sight by the break but the lack of a clinical finish in the final third proved to be their downfall.

The nearest the home side came to scoring in the first period was from a Keelan McGill header which Houghton saved at point black range, the resulting phase of play finished with Niall McGinley heading onto the crossbar.

The Candy Stripes failed to trouble Harps net minder Joe Boyle in the opening forty-five but reappeared after the break with renewed vigour and lead by their talismanic captain Kieran Farren.

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Derry City U17 striker Mikey Sweeney in action against Athlone Town

The Derry City U17 development side played out a scoreless draw with Dundalk at Oriel Park on Sunday in matchday four of the SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division.

From their matches played to date, the young Candy Stripes have lost both home games against St Patrick’s Athletic and Athlone Town, while securing credible draws away to Shelbourne and now Dundalk.

The Lilywhites remain unbeaten in their opening five league fixtures and Gary Duffy’s side will be delighted to have come away from the County Louth venue with a point.

City also notched up their first clean sheet of the season and Duffy will now hope his new look squad can take confidence and build on their positive display against Dundalk going into the first of two games this week.

On Wednesday night, Derry travel to the Curragh, Killygordon to play North-West rivals Finn Harps in the first round of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup. Declan Boyle’s side have made a good start to their season winning three out of their opening four fixtures. Then next Saturday, May 6, Derry travel to United Park to face Drogheda United in matchday five of their SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division campaign.

The Derry City squad includes:  Daniel Houghton, Leannan McCann, Calum Boyle, Jack Clarke, Danny McGlynn, Shaun Gerard Leppard, Dylan Sheerin, Fionn McClure, Kieran Farren, Jack Parke, Conor McGowan, Daniel Ward, Mikey Sweeney, Caolan McLaughlin, Edward O’Reilly, Ethan Harkin, Kian McGarvey, Aaron McGurk, Jack Malone

Shelbourne 1-1 Derry City
Derry City 0-5 St Patrick’s Athletic
Derry City 0-1 Athlone Town
Dundalk 0-0 Derry City

1 – Kieran Farren


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Derry City U17s have been drawn away to north-west neighbours Finn Harps in the first round of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup. Tie to be played on Wednesday 3rd May in Killygordon.

Meanwhile, holders Bohemians will open their defence of the Cup with a home fixture against UCD at the Oscar Traynor Centre on Wednesday May 3 (7.30).

While St Patricks Athletic last season’s league champions who were denied a league and cup double when suffering a 2-0 defeat to their Dublin rivals in the inaugural final at Richmond Park have a first round tie against Cabinteely FC at IT Blanchardstown on the previous evening.

(First Round Fixtures)

TUESDAY MAY 2 (7.30)
St Patrick’s Athletic v Cabinteely FC, IT Blanchardstown Campus.

Bohemians v UCD, Oscar Traynor Centre.
Cobh Ramblers v Kerry League, St Colman’s Park.
Finn Harps v Derry City, The Curragh.
Longford Town v Galway United, City Calling Stadium.
Waterford FC v Wexford FC, RSC (7.0).


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The Derry City Under-17 development squad opened their 2017 SSE Airtricity League Northern Division campaign with a 1-1 draw against Shelbourne at the AUL complex, Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

Manager Gary Duffy travelled to the capital with a host of new signings, in what is virtually a new squad for the 2017 season. Only Carndonagh pair Fionn McClure and Kieran Farren form the 2016 panel were named in the starting eleven, with nine players making their competitive debuts at Under-17 level for the club.

A strike from Ali Reghba was cancelled out by Kieran Farren (pictured) volleying home to secure a point and to make it a solid start to the season for the Candy Stripes.

The Under-17 squad this year includes; Carndonagh goalkeeper Daniel Houghton, Dungloe quartet Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle, Danny McGlynn and Daniel Ward, former Swilly Rovers forward Mikey Sweeney and local lads Jack Malone, Aaron McGurk and Conor McGowan among others.

Duffy will now turn his attention to preparing his side to face St Patrick’s Athletic in their first home game of the new season, in what is sure to be a stern test for his new-look squad.

Derry City U17s: Houghton, Clarke, Harkin, Farren, Boyle, McGowan, Malone, Parke, McClure, Ward, Sweeney

SSE Airtricity Under-17 League
Northern Elite Division
Saturday, April 15th
Derry City v Saint Patrick’s Athletic
Venue to be confirmed.


Under 17s Drawn away to Monaghan/Cavan FP in Shield First Round

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sseDerry City U17s have been drawn away to Monaghan/Cavan FP in the first round of the end of season Shield competition.

Should Gary Duffy’s side defeat Monaghan/Cavan their reward will be a home tie in the quarter-finals against Drogheda United.

Derry and Monaghan/Cavan FP have clashed twice already this year, the Candy Stripes running out impressive 7-1 winners in April with the return meeting finishing in a 2-2 draw at Gortakeegan in August.



(Round One)

Saturday, October 15th

1 – Mervue United v Longford Town, Fahy Field, 2pm
2 – Athlone Town v Salthill Devon, Athlone Town Stadium, 2pm
3 – Shelbourne v Bray Wanderers, Tolka Park, 12pm
4 – Monaghan- Cavan v Derry City, Gortakeegan, 2pm

Sunday, October 16th

5 – Limerick v Kerry, Mounthawk, 2pm
6 – Cobh Ramblers v Wexford Youths, St. Colman’s Park, 2pm
7 – Cabinteely v Dundalk, Stradbrook, 2pm

Drogheda United have been awarded a bye.

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U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup – Quarter-final Draw

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3436122_heroa41THE draw for the Quarter-final Round of the SSE Airtricity U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup was made today.

The following pairings were made:

Cork City v St Patrick’s Athletic
Bohemians v Athlone Town
Cobh Ramblers v Shamrock Rovers
Sligo Rovers v Derry City

Games are to be played midweek August 16th and 17th

Mark Farren Memorial Cup Second Round Draw

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The draw was made on Thursday in the League of Ireland Office in Abbotstown by John McGuinness and Simone Flannery from the League of Ireland.

Games to be played on Monday, August 1st or Tuesday, August 2nd.

Mark Farren Memorial Cup Second Round Draw

Drogheda United v Athlone Town, United Park
Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps, Showgrounds
Cobh Ramblers v Waterford United, Colmans Park
Cork City v Limerick FC, Bishoptown
Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers, Carlisle Ground
Derry City v Salthill Devon, Brandywell
UCD/St Patrick Ath v Dundalk, TBC
Shelbourne v Bohemians, Tolka Park

Dates and times of the fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

SSE Airtricity U17 National League clubs named

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FAIThe Football Association of Ireland today named the clubs which will participate in its new SSE Airtricity U17 National League.

The new National League will provide another step on Ireland’s elite player pathway. Its establishment will bridge the gap between schoolboy football which runs up to U16 level and the SSE Airtricity U19 league which is now firmly established as a springboard for young talented players into adult football.

The SSE Airtricity U17 National League will offer elite players, many of whom will have graduated from the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme, their first opportunity to play in a national league, as well as a chance to train, practice and play at an elite level in this age group.

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