Under 17: Derry City 3-1 Drogheda United

Derry City Under-17s had a comfortable 3-1 win over Drogheda United in their latest Northern Elite Division fixture at Brandywell on Saturday afternoon.

Below are a few pictures and a video of all the goals.


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McKinley included in Republic of Ireland Under-16 panel

Derry City’s Ronan McKinley has been selected in the Republic of Ireland Under-16 panel for the UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament in Sweden.

The Republic of Ireland, managed by Paul Osam, will play three games in the space of five days.

McKinley, a native of Newtoncunningham, has been in impressive form for Derry City Under-17s this season, scoring four goals in the opening seven games from his attacking midfield role.

They begin with a match against the hosts Sweden on Friday, May 18, before facing Austria on Sunday afternoon and finish with a clash against Turkey at Munkedal next Tuesday.

Well done Ronan, best of luck.

Republic of Ireland U16 Squad
Goalkeepers: Harry Halwax (Leixlip United), Dan Rose (Everton)
Defenders: Thomas Considine (Bohemians), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Mazeed Ogungbo (Arsenal), Conrad Egan-Riley (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Matt Healy (College Corinthians), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St. Patrick’s Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Sligo Rovers), Ronan McKinley (Derry City)
Forwards: Festy Ebosele (Bray Wanderers), Cillian Heaney (Sligo Rovers), Sean Kennedy (Tralee Dynamos), Sean McGrath (Limerick), Ayodeji Sotana (Manchester United), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

UEFA Under-16 Development Tournament
Friday, May 18th: Sweden v Republic of Ireland, Lysekil, 6.30pm (5.30pm Irish time) 
Sunday, May 20th: Republic of Ireland v Austria, Stenungsund, 3pm (2pm Irish time)
Tuesday, May 22nd: Turkey v Republic of Ireland, Munkedal, 11am (10am Irish time)

UNDER 17: Derry City 4-0 Longford Town

Derry City U17 4-0 Longford Town U17

Derry City U17s had a comfortable 4-0 win over Longford Town in the Northern Elite Division on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Mikey Friel, Caolan McLaughlin (Pen) and Ronan McKinley had the Candy Stripes three goals to the good at the break. Substitute Dominic Dunne skilfully netted the fourth late in the second half.

Below is a quick upload of the goals scored by McLaughlin (Pen), McKinley and Dunne.

Derry City U17s: Leannan McCann, Jack Parke, Ronan Boyce, Callum Hassan, Shaun McDermott, Kian McGarvey, Aidan McHugh, Ronan McKinley, Evan McLaughlin, Caolan McLaughlin, Mikey Friel.

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Derry City Under-19 Squad 2018

Derry City Under-19 and Under-17 development squads were both in league action at the weekend. The Under-19s played host to Dundalk on Saturday afternoon and the Under-17s made the trip to County Louth to take on the Lilywhites at Oriel Park on Sunday.

  • U19s open new season with a draw
  • Two debutants named in U19 starting XI
  • McBride continues were he left off last year, scoring City’s opening goal
  • Kian McGarvey impresses as U17s go down 3-1 at Oriel Park

Under-19s: Derry City 2-2 Dundalk

Following the postponement of their opening fixture against Athlone Town almost three weeks ago, Derry City Under-19s finally got their season up and running at the weekend against Dundalk.

The City starting eleven included two debutants in defence. Goalkeeper Daniel Houghton, formerly with Carndonagh FC and centre back Ethan Harkin, who previously played for Keadue Rovers have both been promoted from last year’s Under-17 panel.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after just five minutes.

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Jack Parke scored both goals against Dungannon

With no league fixture this weekend, the Derry City Under-17 squad made the trip to Belfast on Sunday to play two games at the Billy Neill football pitches.

Gary Duffy’s outfit have made a positive start to their SSE Airtricity League campaign with an opening day win over Athlone Town last weekend and continued their good form by winning both games this morning, scoring five goals in the process.

In their opening game, the Candy Stripes defeated Dungannon 2-0 with Jack Parke (pictured) scoring both goals.

This was followed by a fine 3-0 win over Cliftonville with Dominic Dunne, Sean Duffy and Kian McGarvey on the mark for City.

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Underage Update

It was a positive weekend for the Derry City development squads with all four sides securing wins in their respective competitions.

Derry City U19s had a fine 5-2 win over Finn Harps at Thornhill in the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity Shield competition.

Luke Neils fired Harps in front on 72 minutes before Sean McBride levelled matters with a superb 25-yard effort six minutes from time. The visitors thought they had the game won on 89 minutes when BJ Banda scored with a stunning strike from 35 yards to spark wild celebrations on the touchline.

But Harps will be bitterly disappointed they lost concentration from the restart when they failed to regroup and fell asleep. Within seconds City took advantage and were back on level terms when McBride tapped home his second from close range.

A three goal blitz in the first period of extra time stunned the visitors with City going in front for the first time when substitute Matty Doherty fired home a wonderful long range effort passed visiting keeper Jamie Bell. Moments later the game was finished as a contest when Ballybofey man McBride completed his hat-trick. McBride’s free-kick from near the touchline deceived everyone in the penalty area and ended up in the far bottom corner. 18-year-old McBride, who made his competitive debut for the Derry City first team recently against Finn Harps, brought his tally for the season to an impressive 19 goals in 22 games. Continue reading


Derry City U17s have been handed a home tie against Sligo Rovers in the Mark Farren Cup semi-finals.

The Candy Stripes have defeated Finn Harps, Monaghan/Cavan FP and Dundalk to qualify for the last four of the competition.

In the other semi-final, Waterford FC will host Shamrock Rovers. And whoever prevails in that tie will have the luxury of home advantage in the final.

Mark Farren Cup


1. Waterford v Shamrock Rovers
2. Derry City v Sligo Rovers

Dates and Times TBC


Game 1 v Game 2