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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Former Derry City under-19 captain Sam Todd has joined Donegal outfit Finn Harps on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old centre back will look to gain some valuable first-team experience by joining the SSE Airtricity League First Division club rather than continue to feature for Derry’s reserve side in the Ulster Senior League.

Todd was a key member of the under-19 panel during the 2017 season, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal.

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U19 Shield Final: Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Derry City


Derry City U19s completed their 2017 season with a 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers in the Shield final on Saturday afternoon.

Dean Dillon’s headed effort 3 minutes into the second half proved to be the decisive goal at Tallaght Stadium.

Attached is some random clips from the game. (select HD for best quality)

Derry City U19s: Jason McCallion; Rhys McDermott, Eoin Toal, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Connor Gormley, Cathal Farren, Shane McNamee; Dylan Devine, Sean McBride.

Subs Used: Matty Doherty, Paul Doherty, Noel Doherty.

Not Used: Luke Campbell.

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)

UNDER 19: Derry City 3-2 Galway United

Derry City advanced to the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield following a narrow but deserved 3-2 win over Galway United at the weekend.

Shane McNamee fired home the winning goal on 75 minutes with a great effort from the edge of the box. City’s other scorers were Rhys McDermott and Sam Todd.

The Candy Stripes will host Finn Harps in the last four of the competition.

In the other semi-final, Cabinteely FC entertain Shamrock Rovers with the winners having home advantage in the final.

A video of all the goals below –

Derry City: Tom McDermott; Rhys McDermott, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan, Matt Doherty; Connor Gormley, Evan Tweed; Adrian Delap, Dylan Devine, Shane McNamee; Sean McBride.

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

Derry City under-15s and under-19s are both in action on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Green’s under-15 side host top-of-the-table Sligo Rovers at Killea FC, Kick-Off is at 2.00pm.

The Derry City under-19 side entertain second in the table Sligo Rovers at Wilton Park.  

With Bohemians and Sligo Rovers having already qualified for the quarter-finals, the remaining two positions in the U19 Northern Division will be decided between Drogheda United, St Patrick’s Athletic, Derry City and Dundalk.

For City to qualify for the last eight they MUST defeat Sligo Rovers and hope Finn Harps beat Drogheda or St Patrick’s Athletic fail to win against Dundalk.

Sligo currently sit one point behind leaders Bohemians and will be desperate for the three points in their pursuit of the Northern Division title.

It’s all set up for a cracking final league game of the season, Kick-Off is at 2.00pm.

Under 15s –  HOME v Sligo Rovers – Killea FC – Saturday, 2pm

Under 19s –  HOME v Sligo Rovers – Wilton Park – Saturday, 2pm

Goal updates from the U19 game on @thejungleview from 2pm.

Man of the Match award for Delap

Well done to Derry City U19 player Adrian Delap on being presented with the Man of the Match award in the All Ireland Collages Final which was played at Markets Field, Limerick on Wednesday.

The Letterkenny Institute of Technology were beaten by Six in a row Champions Carlow IT 1-0 in the final.

Adrian has been an important member of John Quigg’s under-19 panel since making his debut in September 2015 and the promising winger is currently on the periphery of Kenny Shiels’ first team panel.