Airtricity U19 League


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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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A few pictures from tonight’s friendly fixture, which finished Institute 4-1 Derry City U19’s, goal’s from Kyle Curran Friel (2), Michael McCrudden and S.Curry. Derry’s scorer was Cathal Farren.

Derry City: Jason McCallion; Paul Doherty, Luke Campbell, Sam Todd, Matt Doherty; Adrian Delap, Evan Tweed, Connor Gormley, Shane McNamee; Cathal Farren, Sean McBride. Subs Used: Jack Malone, Noel Doherty, Dylan Devine.

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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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Derry City U17s booked a place in the semi-finals of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup following a thrilling 5-2 win over Dundalk at the Vale Centre on Tuesday evening.

Two one down at the break, Gary Duffy’s men produced a superb second half comeback to blow the Lilywhites out of the water, scoring four goals without reply.

City took the lead on 9 minutes when the visiting keeper was penalised for carrying outside the area. Up stepped midfielder Jack Malone to thunder a low drive into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Derry almost doubled their lead within a minute when Finn McClure set up Aaron McGurk but the big striker’s left footed effort sailed over the crossbar.

Dundalk did manage to level the game four minutes later when captain Mark Traynor headed home a corner at the near post.

Before the Lilywhites went in front Derry had good chances of their own to score. A snapshot from 12 yards by McGurk was superbly turned round the post. Moments later Caolan McLaughlin was sent clear but shot straight at the keeper after great work on the edge of the box between McGurk and Farren.

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Adrian Delap puts Derry City 2-1 up against Dundalk


Airtricity U19 Northern Elite Division

Derry City Under-19s remain fifth in the Airtricity Northern Elite Division following an entertaining 2-2 draw against Dundalk at Oriel Park this afternoon.

The hosts dominated the early exchanges and deservedly went in front on 25 minutes. A long ball into the box from Emmett Hughes bounced kindly for the unmarked Jake O’Connor. The Dundalk forward managed to head past the advancing City keeper McCallion from twelve yards and into an unguarded goal.

The Candy Stripes drew level against the run of play on 35 minutes. After some great combination play with Shane McNamee, Derry’s talented winger Adrian Delap was nudged in the back by Hughes just inside the area. Ballybofey man Sean McBride duly dispatched the penalty to score his 12th goal in his last nine games.

Within two minutes Derry had turned the game on its head and went in front with a superb goal on the counter-attack. Stephen Duffy led the charge forward carrying possession from deep inside his own half, beating two men before laying the ball off to Delap on the halfway line. Delap continued his run on the outside after playing a one touch pass infield to McBride. After receiving a perfect return ball Delap showed great strength and pace to hold off the challenge from Hughes to roll the ball home into the far bottom corner past Dundalk keeper Lyons. (pictured)

In the second half the Lilywhites came close twice to equalising when Adam Finnegan’s header and Jack O’Keeffe’s shot were both superbly cleared off the line by City centre-back Connor Gormley.

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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.


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U19 Enda McGuill Cup Result

Derry City 2-3 UCD

Derry City U19s lost out 3-2 to UCD in tonight’s Enda McGuill Cup 2nd round tie.

Sean McBride (pen) and Shane McNamee were on the mark for City. Conor Crowley, Yoyo Mahdy and Neil Farrugia scoring for the Students.


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Derry City U19 striker Sean McBride scored his 10th goal in seven games against Sligo Rovers

Derry City Under-19s suffered defeat in their latest SSE Airtricity Northern Elite Division fixture, going down 2-1 to a strong Sligo Rovers side at the Sean Fallon Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The home side struck twice in five second-half minutes with efforts by Liam Hughes and Fintan Boroto to close the gap on leaders Bohemians to two points.

City were missing their influential captain Sam Todd but were boosted by the return from injury of Republic of Ireland schoolboy international Connor Gormley. The Candy Stipes also gave a full debut to former Dungloe Town and Keadue Rovers defender Calum Boyle.

The first half hour was a tight affair with both sides trading half chances but Derry dominated the final fifteen minutes and really should’ve taken a lead into the half time interval.

After receiving possession from Stephen Duffy 30 yards from goal, Ramelton man Shane McNamee held off a challenge from two defenders before cutting inside and unleashing a powerful shot which bounced in front of the diving Sligo keeper McGinty before rebounding back off the post.

Three minutes later City striker Sean McBride capitalised on a poor back pass. The Ballybofey man showed great tenacity to win a 50-50 challenge with the outrushing keeper, the ball fell kindly for the 18-year-old but his shot hit the chest of a covering defender, which was a real let off for the Bit O’Red.

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Derry City Under 19s have been handed a tough draw in the 2nd round of the Enda McGuill Cup.

The Candy Stripes will have home advantage against Southern Elite Division outfit UCD, in what is a repeat of the 2014/15 final. On that occasion, the Students prevailed in a five goal thriller at the Belfield Bowl, running out winners by three goals to two.

The only other meeting between these sides took place in October 2016 when a single strike from Simon Power, 15 minutes from time, secured a 1-0 win for the students at the quarter final stage of the National League.

UCD are currently leading the Southern Division with 21 points from ten games played.

Confirmation of the dates and times for the 2017 Enda McGuill Cup 2nd Round fixtures are below.

Current Derry City first team star, Ronan Curtis celebrates his goal in the 2014/15 Enda McGuill Cup final against UCD.


Enda McGuill Cup (Round Two)


Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers, Athlone Town Stadium (7.30).

Bohemians v Cabinteely FC, IT Blanchardstown (7.30).

Drogheda United v Finn Harps, United Park (7.30).

Wexford FC v Cork City, Ferrycarrig Park (7.45).


Cobh Ramblers v Waterford FC, St Colman’s Park (7.30).

Derry City v UCD, Wilton Park (7.0).


Limerick FC v St Patrick’s Athletic, University of Limerick (7.30).


Dundalk v Bray Wanderers, Oriel Park (7.45).


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Results from this weekend’s  Under-19 Northern Elite Division


Northern Elite Division
Athlone Town 0 Drogheda United 2 (Lee Partridge, Stephen Meaney)
Derry City 2 (Cathal Farren, Adrian Delap) Finn Harps 0
Dundalk 2 (Jack O’Keeffe, Aaron Townley) Longford Town 1 (Conor Cummins pen)
Shelbourne 7 (Jordan Kelly 2, Sean Cronin 2, James Browne, Dylan Grimes, Ali Reghba) Monaghan-Cavan FP 0
St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Bohemians 1 (Jamie Hamilton).


Northern Division Top Scorers

11 Jack O’Keeffe (Dundalk)
9 Cian Fay (Bohemians)
7 Aidan Keena  (St Pat’s Ath)
7 Cathal Farren (Derry City)
6 Sean McBride (Derry City)
6 Stephen Meaney (Drogheda United)
5 Gareth Doherty (Finn Harps)
5 Cian Flynn (Dundalk)


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Derry City U19s defeated Finn Harps 2-0 at Wilton Park on Saturday afternoon, thanks to first-half strikes from Cathal Farren and Adrian Delap.

With Republic of Ireland Under 19 manager Tom Mohan keeping a keen eye on proceedings from the sideline, Derry opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a long range effort from Cathal Farren, his 7th goal in 7 games, before doubling their advantage on 41 minutes. Adrian Delap was sent clear down the right flank after playing a superb one-two with Cathal Farren. Delap continued his run into the box before calmly sliding the ball under Harps keeper McCarron.

The Candy Stripes more than deserved the three points and have won their last four games against Athlone Town, Drogheda United, Monaghan/Cavan FP and Finn Harps.

This win moves City above Bohemians and St Patrick’s Ath – who face each other on Sunday – into third place in the table with fifteen points from seven games.

Next weekend Derry play their final fixture before the mid-season break, when they travel to Dublin to face Bohemians.

DERRY CITY: Mark McElhinney; Noel Doherty, Paul Doherty, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan; Adrian Delap, Ronan Wilson, Evan Tweed, Matty Doherty; Cathal Farren, Sean McBride.

FINN HARPS: Lee McCarron, Zach Brolly, Michael Doherty, Ciaran Kelly, Paul Ferry, Jordan Ryan, Ryan Finn, Gareth Doherty, Liam Walsh, Oran McConnell, Alex Carolan.

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First Round Draw

UCD v Shelbourne, Belfield Bowl.
Dundalk v Monaghan-Cavan FP, Oriel Park.
Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers, United Park.
Athlone Town v Galway United, Athlone Town Stadium.
Cabinteely FC v Longford Town, Stradbrook.

Games to be played on w/c April 30.

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.


SSE Airtricity U19 Fixtures for 2017 Season

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Derry City U19s have a tough start to their 2017 Northern Elite Division campaign with a home fixture against Dundalk on weekend ending March 12th, followed by a trip to defending champions St. Patrick’s Athletic on Matchday two, weekend ending March 19th.

The Candy Stripes will have home advantage in the first North West derby of the season against Finn Harps on weekend ending May 21st.

The full fixture list is listed below –


Athlone Town                         v          Longford Town

Derry City                               v          Dundalk

Drogheda United                    v          Bohemians

Monaghan United-Cavan FP  v          Finn Harps

Shelbourne                              v          Sligo Rovers

(St. Patrick’s Athletic – no fixture)



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FAI National League Quarter-Final Draw

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Derry City Under 19s have been handed a tough draw in the quarter-finals of the FAI National League.

The Candy Stripes have been drawn away to UCD and will travel to Dublin on Saturday, 1st OCTOBER 2016.

The last meeting between these sides was in 2015, when UCD ran out 3-2 winners in the final of the Enda McGuill Cup.


St Patrick’s Athletic v Galway United – Richmond Park, Saturday October 8th (2pm)
Dundalk 3-1 Shamrock Rovers – Oriel Park, Friday September 30th (7.45pm)
Cork City v Finn Harps – Bishopstown, Saturday October 8th (1pm)
UCD 1-0 Derry City – Belfield Bowl, Saturday October 1st (2pm)
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Tonight’s (Tues 26th) Airtricity League results

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IMG_0095.2016.07.18 Derry City U19 5-0 Ballinmallarad Utd U19

Tonight’s (Tues 26th) Airtricity League results:

U17 result – Shelbourne 2-0 Derry City

U19 result – Longford Town 5-2 Derry City

Derry City U19s suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium on Tuesday evening.

It was Longford’s first win over Derry since the establishment of the Under 19 Elite League in 2011 and moved the Midlanders up two places to seventh in table with City remaining in second place one point behind leaders Dundalk.

The home side were three goals ahead by the thirty fifth minute, goals from Dan Beya, Tristan Noack-Hofmann and an OG before a Gareth McFadden penalty brought the Candy Stripes back into contention just before half time.

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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