The Derry City U17 and U19 development squads both suffered defeat to Bohemians in their respective Airtricity League fixtures at the weekend.
John Quigg’s Under-19 squad narrowly lost 2-1 to Bohs at a rain-soaked IT Blanchardstown. Ballybofey man Sean McBride continued his good form, netting his seventh goal in five games, to give the visitors an early lead. The 18-year-old, a student at St Columba’s College in Stranorlar, has now scored a total of 30 competitive goals for City in the Airtricity U17 and U19 leagues since signing from his local club Cappry Rovers in 2015.
The home side fought back strongly in the second half and equalised on 66 minutes through a Steven Nolan effort before sealing the win five minutes from time when Cian Fay converted from the spot to send the Gypsies two points clear at the top of the Northern Division table. Derry drop down to fifth place with fifteen points from their opening eight games, four points behind the Phibsborough outfit.
Meanwhile the Under-17s, under the management of Ronan O’Donnell and Hugh Harkin, went down 3-0 to Bohemians at Wilton Park. The home side created the better chances in the first period with Aaron McGurk and Fionn McClure both going close to breaking the deadlock. But City found themselves one down at the break when Mitch Byrne converted a corner from close range on the stroke of half time. The Gypsies doubled their advantaged on 65 minutes when Liam McGrath slotted home from twelve yards following a flowing move down the right flank.
Jimmy Mowlds’ outfit completed the scoring deep into stoppage time when Ryan Hart was left unmarked in the box and he calmly finished past Houghton to put some gloss on the final score. Derry remain in the bottom three in the Northern Division with six points from their opening seven games.
The underage leagues now enter their mid-season break and will return to action on Saturday 24th June, when Derry face Longford Town at both Under-17 and Under-19 level.
DERRY CITY U17s: Daniel Houghton: Dylan Sheerin, Danny McGlynn, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Fionn McClure, Adam Taggart, Jack Parke, Edward O’Reilly; Daniel Ward, Aaron McGurk. Subs Used: Conor McGowan, Jack Clarke, Shaun Gerard Sheppard, Caolan McLaughlin.