Airtricity U19

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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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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Interim Season Announced

The Football Association of Ireland has announced that the upcoming Under-19 League, along with the new Under-17 League will be a short, interim, season. This is designed to bring the Underage structure in line with the Senior season from 2016. This will ensure that all tiers of the FAI National League will run the same calendar from next year. Some more general information has also been released today regarding the new structure, as follows:


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