Derry City U19
Derry City Under-19 striker Sean McBride put in a man of the match performance to help the Candy Stripes to a comprehensive 8-0 win over bottom of the table Monaghan/Cavan FP at Gortakeegan on Saturday afternoon.
Monaghan/Cavan FP 0-8 Derry City
The Republic of Ireland schoolboy international delivered a clinical display in front of goal, playing a part in seven of the eight goals scored. McBride scored four and added three assists to help send the Candy Stripes to a record breaking win, securing their biggest winning margin since the inception of the Under-19 league in 2011.
Substitute Matty Doherty also played his part in the emphatic victory, scoring a fine second half hat-trick, with Cathal Farren also getting his name on the score sheet.
Derry made three changes to the side that defeated Drogheda last time out. Under-17 captain Kieran Farren came in to replace Sam Todd who was on first team duty. There was also a starting role for Paul Doherty at centre half and goalkeeper Jason McCallion came in for his second competitive appearance.
Derry completely dominated the first half but had to wait until the 34th minute to open the scoring. McBride whipped in a pin point diagonal cross to the feet of Cathal Farren at the back post. The Carndonagh man made no mistake, taking one touch and converting to register his twentieth goal for the Under-19s.
Three minutes later City doubled their advantage, Stephen Duffy sent Ronan Wilson clear with a sublime return pass on the edge of the box. Wilson squared a cross across the face of goal to the unmarked McBride, he adjusted his feet to fire a left footed shot high into the top corner giving the keeper no chance.
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|