Airtricity U17 League


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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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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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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 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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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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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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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).

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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