With the first team having made their long awaited return to Brandywell Stadium in spectacular fashion during the week, this weekend sees the return of the SSE Airtricity underage season, with both Derry City Under-17 and Under-19 sides in action against Athlone Town.

The Under-19s missed out on a top four finish in the Northern Elite Division by just one-point last term, finishing behind Saint Patrick’s Athletic, and went on to suffer defeat against Shamrock Rovers in the Shield final.

A number of last year’s panel are now overage and have moved on, including former captain Sam Todd, who is currently on a season long loan at first division club Finn Harps.

City boss John Quigg has once again assembled a talented squad for the 2018 campaign with a number of players stepping up from last year’s Under-17 panel.

Goalkeeper Daniel Houghton, defender Kieran Farren and midfielder Jack Malone are schoolboy internationals and are currently involved in the Centenary Shield competition. All three are tremendous prospects and are expected to feature heavily in their first full year at this level.

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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

UNDER 19: Derry City 3-2 Galway United

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.