Derry City U17
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.
Mikey Sweeney came off the bench to fire Derry City Under-17s to victory against Finn Harps in the first round of the Mark Farren U17 Memorial Cup in Killygordon on Wednesday evening.
The former Swilly Rovers hitman finished off a perfect cross from Jack Parke at the near post, to register the only goal of the game as Gary Duffy’s side recorded their first win of the season.
Harps bossed possession and were the better team for much of the first-half but lacked a real cutting edge to seriously trouble Derry stopper Daniel Houghton, who produced a competent display between the posts.
Indeed, on another night the hosts could have been out of sight by the break but the lack of a clinical finish in the final third proved to be their downfall.
The nearest the home side came to scoring in the first period was from a Keelan McGill header which Houghton saved at point black range, the resulting phase of play finished with Niall McGinley heading onto the crossbar.
The Candy Stripes failed to trouble Harps net minder Joe Boyle in the opening forty-five but reappeared after the break with renewed vigour and lead by their talismanic captain Kieran Farren.
The draw was made on Thursday in the League of Ireland Office in Abbotstown by John McGuinness and Simone Flannery from the League of Ireland.
Games to be played on Monday, August 1st or Tuesday, August 2nd.
Mark Farren Memorial Cup Second Round Draw
Drogheda United v Athlone Town, United Park
Sligo Rovers v Finn Harps, Showgrounds
Cobh Ramblers v Waterford United, Colmans Park
Cork City v Limerick FC, Bishoptown
Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers, Carlisle Ground
Derry City v Salthill Devon, Brandywell
UCD/St Patrick Ath v Dundalk, TBC
Shelbourne v Bohemians, Tolka Park
Dates and times of the fixtures will be confirmed in due course.