Academy players shine at SuperCupNI
The Derry City Academy players excelled during the 2019 STATSports SuperCupNI, which is recognised as one of leading international youth tournaments in Europe.
No fewer than eight members of the City academy were in action throughout the six-day tournament. Read the rest of this entry »
We would like to extend our best wishes to the Derry City Academy players who are in action during this week’s Super Cup NI tournament.
Six City youngsters will be part of Martin Smith’s County Derry Junior squad and will open their campaign tomorrow (Monday, July 29) with a fixture against Plymouth Argyle at Portstewart (KO 4pm), before taking on Arsenal on Tuesday at Anderson Park in Coleraine (KO 6.45pm). The final group game on Wednesday against Co. Armagh will also take place at Anderson Park (KO 5.30pm).
Meanwhile, in the Premier section, two of the City Under-17 panel will be representing their counties, Kyle McCann (Co. Derry) and Ronan McAleer (Co. Tyrone).
The eight lads participation in this week’s international tournament will provide more valuable experience for the guys as they continue their development.
Ryan Strunks was unlucky to see this effort crash off the bar against Bushmill Youths.
The Derry City underage development squads are in action this weekend when they face a double-header against Bohemians.
Derry City underage fixtures for week-ending August 19
SSE Airtricity Under-17 Northern Elite Division:
Derry City v Bohemians, Sports Complex, Sunday 19, August, 2pm.
SSE Airtricity Under-19 Northern Elite Division:
Bohemians v Derry City, IT Blanchardstown, Saturday 18, August, 2pm.
(all fixtures are subject to change at short notice)
Both the U17 and U19 squads will look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeats when they face Bohemians this weekend.
The U19s travel to IT Blanchardstown on Saturday afternoon while the U17s have home advantage on Sunday against the Gypsies who remain unbeaten in the league this season.
Both games kick-off at 2pm.
Delap Starts for Irish Colleges against Ireland U19s
Current first team squad member and former Derry City Under-19 star Adrian Delap, (pictured above) was part of the Colleges and Universities side that lost to a Republic of Ireland Under-19 select in a friendly fixture at Abbotstown on Tuesday evening.
A second-half penalty from Colm Whelan of Waterford FC secured a one nil win for Tom Mohan’s side.
Adrian was one of ten SSE Airtricity League based players named in Greg Yelverton’s starting eleven.
Delap, who was named Derry City Under-19 player of the year for two years in a row is highly regarded within Derry’s player development programme. So far the former Letterkenny Rovers youth player has found his first-team opportunities limited but the Ray native is a footballer of great potential and must bide his time before he makes a permanent breakthrough into Kenny Shiels’ first-team eleven.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Jack Brady (DCU/Limerick FC); Liam McCartan (IT Carlow/Wexford FC), Darragh Gibbons (Maynooth University/ Bray Wanderers), Sean Bregazzi (IT Blanchardstown/Cabinteely FC),Tristan Noack Hofmann (DCU/Longford Town); Pierce Philips (UCC/Cork City), Paul Doyle (UCD/UCD AFC); Adrian Delap (Letterkenny IT/Derry City); David Hurley (UCC/Cobh Ramblers), Carlton Ubaezuonu (Dundalk IT/Galway United loan; Alan O’Sullivan (DCU/Warrenpoint Town.
Derry City had three representatives in the Ulster schools panel that finished second in this year’s FAI Schools Inter-Provincials.
Daniel Houghton (Carndonagh Community School), Ethan Harkin (Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair) and Fionn McClure (Carndonagh Community School) are all prominent members of Gary Duffy’s Under-17 panel.
Ulster started well on Friday when they defeated Connacht 3-0, but lost 4-0 to Munster on Saturday.
They finished with a 2-2 against Leinster this afternoon.
Leinster lift the title following a win over Munster and draws with Ulster and Connacht.