Derry City U19
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|