Derry City U19
Derry City advanced to the semi-final of the SSE Airtricity Under-19 Shield following a narrow but deserved 3-2 win over Galway United at the weekend.
Shane McNamee fired home the winning goal on 75 minutes with a great effort from the edge of the box. City’s other scorers were Rhys McDermott and Sam Todd.
The Candy Stripes will host Finn Harps in the last four of the competition.
In the other semi-final, Cabinteely FC entertain Shamrock Rovers with the winners having home advantage in the final.
A video of all the goals below –
Derry City: Tom McDermott; Rhys McDermott, Sam Todd, Lee McColgan, Matt Doherty; Connor Gormley, Evan Tweed; Adrian Delap, Dylan Devine, Shane McNamee; Sean McBride.
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.
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.
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.
Derry City U19’s will compete in Section Three of the 2015 Interim Under-19 League, which gets underway on the weekend of 23rd August.
The Candy Stripes will face Drogheda United, Dundalk, Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, and Sligo Rovers – playing them home and away in a 10 game league.
Last season, Derry City finished second in the Northern Elite Division, runner’s-up in the Enda McGuill Cup and narrowly lost the National League Final to St Patrick’s Ath by three goals to two.
The league is split into three sections and will run until the weekend of 22nd November, followed by the Knockout Phase of league quarter final, semi final and final.
A full fixture list will be announced in due course.
|Section 1||Section 2||Section 3|
|Bray Wanderers||Athlone Town||Derry City|
|Cobh Ramblers||Bohemians||Drogheda United|
|Cork City||Galway United||Dundalk|
|Limerick FC||Longford Town||Finn Harps|
|UCD||St Pat’s Ath||Letterkenny Rovers|
|Waterford United||Shamrock Rovers||Sligo Rovers|