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.