Airtricity U19 League

Underage fixtures week-ending October 22nd

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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

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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

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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


Winner Semi Final (A) v Winner Semi Final (B)

(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 Winner Semi-Final – (B)

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

Underage fixtures week-ending October 15th

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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)

UNDER 19: Shield Quarter-Final Draw

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Derry City have been drawn at home to Galway United in the quarter-final of the Under-19 Shield competition.

The Candy Stripes finished fifth in the Northern Elite Division and received a bye into the last eight of the competition.

Galway defeated Athlone Town 2-0 at the weekend with goals from former Derry underage player Declan Sharkey and 17-year-old attacker Ronan Manning.

The winners of the tie will be at home to Finn Harps or Shelbourne in the semi-final.  

Full draw:


14/10/2017 – Waterford 1-3 Shamrock Rovers, Regional Sports Centre, 1pm
14/10/2017 – Dundalk 0-3 Cabinteely, Oriel Park, 2pm
14/10/2017 – Derry City 3-2 Galway United, Wilton Park, 2pm
15/10/2017 – Finn Harps 2-1 Shelbourne, Curragh, 2pm


A: Cabinteely FC v Shamrock Rovers

B: Derry City v Finn Harps


Winner Semi-Final – (A) v Winner Semi-Final – (B)

(Dates and times to be confirmed)

UNDER 19: Derry City 2-1 Sligo Rovers

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Two goals from Dylan Devine handed Derry City U19s victory over Sligo Rovers in their final Northern Elite Division fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

  • Sligo took the lead on 18 minutes when Jack Keaney converted a penalty.
  • Dylan Devine has scored six goals in his last seven games for the U19s.
  • Sean McBride’s penalty in the 67th minute was saved by Sligo ‘keeper McGinty.
  • Defeat for Sligo means Bohemians lift the Northern Division title.
  • This result means Derry finish fifth in the Northern Division and will now enter the end of season Shield competition.

Derry City completed their 2017 SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Division campaign with a fine 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers at the weekend.

A goal in either half from in-form striker Dylan Devine was enough to give the Candy Stripes all three points at a blustery Wilton Park.

Going into the game City needed to defeat the Bit O’Red but also hope results elsewhere would go their way as they bid to secure a top-four finish and qualification for the national quarter-finals. Unfortunately, those results didn’t go in Derry’s favour and they will now take their place in the shield knockout competition.

The visitors had the better of the opening quarter with City keeper Tom McDermott called into action to make two smart saves from Finnian Brady and Liam Hughes. The opening goal arrived on 18 minutes when Sligo were awarded a penalty after referee Michael Connolly adjudged that Eoin Slevin was fouled just inside the area. Up stepped Donegal Town native Jack Keaney to roll the ball into the bottom corner.

City started to find their feet and began to assert more pressure on the Sligo rearguard.

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Underage fixtures

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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.


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A goal in each half from Daniel Grant and Ryan Graydon moved Bohemians one step closer to the Northern Division title.

Daniel Grant fired the visitors in front on 24 minutes after some great approach play by Eoghan Morgan.

Adrian Delap had City’s best chance in the first half when his attempted chip over the keeper from 20 yards was cleared off the line.

Substitute Dylan Devine struck the bottom of the post midway through the second half before the visitors wrapped up the points on 80 minutes when Ryan Graydon slotted past McDermott to move the gypsies one step closer to the Northern Division title.

Derry City U19s play their penultimate league fixture next weekend away to Longford Town.

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

Subs Used: Matty Doherty, Paul Doherty, Dylan Devine, Stephen Duffy.

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Two first half efforts from Sean McBride and Dylan Devine handed Derry City U19s victory over Finn Harps in the Northern Elite Division on Saturday afternoon.

  • Recent signing Tom McDermott made his second start for the Under-19s.
  • Sean McBride’s early goal took his tally for the season to fifteen.
  • Dylan Devine scored the winning goal in the 34th minute after a great counter-attack.
  • Shane McNamee was unfortunate to see two efforts turned onto the woodwork by Harps ‘keeper McCarron.
  • This result leaves Derry with an outside chance of making the national quarter-finals and they will need some big results in their final three games to secure a top four finish.

Derry City Under-19s hopes of securing a place in the national quarter-finals are hanging by a thread following a narrow 2-1 victory over Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

With games running out, the Candy Stripes will need results in their final three fixtures plus hope both Dundalk and Drogheda United drop points to secure a top-four finish. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that City are scheduled to play the top two in the division Bohemians and Sligo Rovers over the next few weeks.

The home side will have been disappointed to enter the half time interval 2-1 down having had the better of the first forty-five, with some poor defending proving costly for Joe Boyle’s men.

Derry took the lead in fortunate circumstances on 5 minutes. Shane Blaney, who made his senior debut for Finn Harps the previous night in Limerick, picked up possession on the eighteen-yard line. Blaney attempted to clear his lines but his laboured effort ricocheted off the in-rushing Sean McBride and rolled into the net past the stranded Harps ‘keeper McCarron.

The hosts responded well and equalised four minutes later after some superb play on the edge of the box. The City defence was carved open by some wonderful one-touch football from Dylan McCroary and BJ Banda before Alex Carolan was played through to calmly slide the ball past City ‘keeper McDermott.

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Dylan Devine scored two second half goals against Athlone Town U19s on Saturday

Five goals in the final twenty minutes helped Derry to a comfortable win over Athlone Town in the SSE Airtricity Northern Division fixture at the weekend.

  • Cathal Farren opened the scoring on 10 minutes after some great counter-attacking play by Delap and McBride.
  • Derry’s top performer Adrian Dealp played a major part in the first four goals before being substituted in the second half.
  • Sean McBride scored Derry’s fifth goal in the 75th minute to take his tally for the season to 13.
  • Derry move up one place in the table to fifth, one point behind fourth placed Dundalk.

The Derry City U19 development squad kept their hopes of securing a top-four finish alive by recording an emphatic 7-0 victory over Athlone Town at the Curragh, Killygordon on Saturday afternoon.

It only took the home side ten minutes to score the all-important opening goal with a superb counter-attack. After some tremendous work by the tenacious Adrian Delap to win possession in the full back position. The talented winger carried to the halfway line before sending Sean McBride clear down the right flank. McBride squared a pass to the unmarked Cathal Farren who had the easy task of converting past Lydon at the back post.

The visitors responded with a Paul Costello free-kick from 20-yards but City keeper McCallion was equal to the challenge. Derry had a let off on 29 minutes when an effort from Sam Nolan from six-yards was cleared off the line by Matt Doherty.

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City players celebrate Shane McNamee’s winning goal

Derry City U19’s claimed their first win in five games after a late Shane McNamee goal gave them a fine 2-1 win over Shelbourne in the SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division at the AUL Complex on Saturday afternoon.

City made four changes to the side that agonisingly lost to a last minute goal against St Patrick’s Athletic last time out. Jason McCallion, Luke Campbell, Noel Doherty and Connor Gormley all coming into the starting eleven.  

Derry were quick out of the traps and took the lead with their first effort on five minutes. McNamee picked up possession in acres of space midway inside the Shels half. With the outside of his right foot the Ramelton man picked out the run of Cathal Farren. Taking once touch to control, Farren took aim from just inside the penalty area. His shot took a wicked deflection off the Shels full-back Peter Adigun to send the ball spinning high past the stranded home keeper Ryan O’Neill.

City almost doubled their lead within seconds of the restart. Adrian Delap took advantage of some poor control by Adigun and robbed the full-back of possession. Delap scampered forward to the edge of the area and squared a pass to the unmarked McBride. But the City striker, who had a frustrating afternoon in front of goal made a poor connection and his shot went high of O’Neill’s crossbar.

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Former Sligo Rovers forward Mikey Place, in action against Derry City U19s in 2016

Derry City’s recent signing Mikey Place is no stranger to the Brandywell, having been a thorn in the side of Derry City U19s in recent times.

In the space of seven days at the end of June 2016, Mikey scored six goals in two games against City in the SSE Airtricity U19 Northern Elite Division and in the second round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

Below is a video of Mikey’s six goals.


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Congratulations to Derry City U19 captain Sam Todd on making his competitive first team debut this evening, coming on as a second half substitute against FC Midtjylland.

Sam is a commanding centre-back who is equally comfortable playing at left back and has been one of the standout performers for the Under-19s this season. His senior debut is just reward for all his hard work and commitment since signing for the club three years ago.

He joined Derry from his local club Carndonagh FC, turning out for Derry Colts in the NIBA National Youth League for the 2014/15 season before continuing his development by joining up with Derry City U19s in September 2015 for the start of the Airtricity National League interim season.

The 19-year-old is also a product of the hugely successful Inishowen Youth & Schoolboys Academy and is the latest in a long line of players to proudly represent Derry from the Inishowen Peninsula.

Well done Sam.

Man of the Match award for Delap

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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.


Under-19s Fixtures Announced

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IMG_0274_1Derry City Under 19’s first game in Section 3 of the 2015 Interim U19 League will be away to Dundalk on weekend ending 06/09/2015. Following the trip to Oriel Park, City will have two home fixtures against Sligo Rovers and Finn Harps. John Quigg’s side will also face Drogheda Utd and Letterkenny Rovers in a short season of ten league games before the transition to a summer league in 2016.

The top two placed teams in each Section will qualify for the Quarter-Final Knock-Out stages of the Competition, along with the two best third placed teams.

Day Date Comp Oposition Venue Time   Res
TBC Weekend 06/09/15 League Dundalk Oriel Park 2pm    
TBC Weekend 13/09/15 League Sligo Rovers Home – Venue TBC TBC    
TBC Weekend 20/09/15 League Finn Harps Home – Venue TBC TBC    
TBC Weekend 27/09/15 League Drogheda Utd United Park TBC    
TBC Weekend 11/10/15 League Letterkenny Rvs Home – Venue TBC TBC    
TBC Weekend 18/10/15 League Dundalk Home – Venue TBC TBC    
TBC Weekend 25/10/15 League Sligo Rovers Showgrounds, Sligo TBC    
TBC Weekend 01/11/15 League Finn Harps Finn Park TBC    
TBC Weekend 07/11/15 League Drogheda Utd Home – Venue TBC TBC    
TBC Weekend 22/11/15 League Letterkenny Rvs Leckview Park TBC    

Under-19: Derry City in Section 3 of 2015 Interim League

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Untitled-1Derry City U19’s will compete in Section Three of the 2015 Interim Under-19 League, which gets underway on the weekend of 23rd August.

The Candy Stripes will face Drogheda United, Dundalk, Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, and Sligo Rovers – playing them home and away in a 10 game league.

Last season, Derry City finished second in the Northern Elite Division, runner’s-up in the Enda McGuill Cup and narrowly lost the National League Final to St Patrick’s Ath by three goals to two.

The league is split into three sections and will run until the weekend of 22nd November, followed by the Knockout Phase of league quarter final, semi final and final.

A full fixture list will be announced in due course.

Section 1 Section 2 Section 3
Bray Wanderers Athlone Town Derry City
Cobh Ramblers Bohemians Drogheda United
Cork City Galway United Dundalk
Limerick FC Longford Town Finn Harps
UCD St Pat’s Ath Letterkenny Rovers
Waterford United Shamrock Rovers Sligo Rovers
Wexford Youths Shelbourne