Derry City U17
Derry City U17s suffered defeat to Sligo Rovers in the semi-final of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup at Maginn Park on Monday evening.
Two first half strikes by Mark Byrne and Darren Collins gave Danny O’Leary’s side control of the contest at the break and despite their best efforts Gary Duffy’s outfit were unable to breach a resolute Rovers defence.
Sligo Rovers will be away to Waterford FC in the final.
A few pictures and a video of both goals below.
Derry City: Daniel Houghton; Danny McGlynn, Kieran Farren, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Kian McGarvey, Jack Malone, Jack Parke, Fionn McClure; Daniel Ward, Mikey Sweeney.
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
Derry City U17s booked a place in the semi-finals of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup following a thrilling 5-2 win over Dundalk at the Vale Centre on Tuesday evening.
Two one down at the break, Gary Duffy’s men produced a superb second half comeback to blow the Lilywhites out of the water, scoring four goals without reply.
City took the lead on 9 minutes when the visiting keeper was penalised for carrying outside the area. Up stepped midfielder Jack Malone to thunder a low drive into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Derry almost doubled their lead within a minute when Finn McClure set up Aaron McGurk but the big striker’s left footed effort sailed over the crossbar.
Dundalk did manage to level the game four minutes later when captain Mark Traynor headed home a corner at the near post.
Before the Lilywhites went in front Derry had good chances of their own to score. A snapshot from 12 yards by McGurk was superbly turned round the post. Moments later Caolan McLaughlin was sent clear but shot straight at the keeper after great work on the edge of the box between McGurk and Farren.
The Derry City underage development squads brought the curtain down on another successful Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup, by lifting both the under-15 and under-17 titles and securing a third placed finish in the under-19 section.
Pride of place goes to Derry City under-15s who showed great qualities throughout the week on their way to glory. To come from behind in two group games, prevail in a penalty shootout and to come out on top in a tense final showed the mental toughness of the whole team.
In the group stages, the City youngsters had to dig deep in their opening two fixtures and showed great character and resilience to come from behind to secure maximum points. A long range free-kick from Caoimhin Porter and a late effort from substitute Michael Harris secured a 2-1 win over Carniny Youths in a feisty opening game. This was followed by another close victory over the Inishowen Youth League at Maginn Park. The hosts went in front direct from a corner kick on the stroke of half time but the City youngsters never gave in and rallied back to equalise through a Porter penalty and went on to claim all three points when former Swilly Rovers man Finnian O’Donnell calmly slotted home to seal another late win. An incredible 13-0 victory over Tobermore United followed to ensure that City finished top of their group with nine points from their three games.
The semi-final draw threw up a mouthwatering tie against local rivals Finn Harps. In a game of very few chances, the match didn’t quite live up to expectations with both sides cancelling each other out and it was from the spot that the Candy Stripes got the better of the Ballybofey side as they prevailed 5-4 in a penalty shootout. Finnian O’Donnell powered home the winning penalty to spark wild celebrations amongst the City contingent.
U17 Northern Elite Division
Derry City Under-17s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sligo Rovers in today’s Northern Elite Division fixture.
The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead before half-time thanks to strikes by Darren Collins & Niall Morahan.
Derry pulled a goal back when Caolan McLaughlin converted a penalty (video below) eleven minutes from time but despite pushing hard in final few minutes, the Candy Stripes couldn’t force an equaliser.
Derry City Under-17s next fixture is away to Monaghan/Cavan FP in the 2nd round of the Mark Farren Memorial Cup.
Derry City: Leannan McCann; Jack Clarke, Shaun Gerard Leppard, Ethan Harkin, Fionn McClure; Kian McGarvey, Adam Taggart, Kieran Farrren, Caolan McLaughlin, Daniel Ward, Aaron McGurk.
Will post more pictures in due course.
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.
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.