U-19 League Round-Up

Derry’s Cathal Farren scored four times

The U-19 League of Ireland campaign got under way over the weekend with 20 of the 21 clubs, bar St Patrick’s Athletic, all involved.

Derry City were the weekend’s biggest winners, putting five goals past Dundalk in a wonderful 5-3 victory. The big story of that game was the performance of Derry City striker Cathal Farren who scored a whopping four goals in that game, including a 25 minute hat-trick.

Other notable results were Longford’s 3-2 win over local Midlands rivals Athlone Town 3-2, UCD’s 3-1 win over Bray Wanderers, Cobh’s impressive 3-1 win over Shamrock Rovers and Wexford’s 3-2 win over Limerick having been 2-0 down on the half-hour mark.

We spoke to Derry City striker Cathal Farren after his heroics against Dundalk, “Yeah it was great to get off to a win at the weekend in our first game of season, and it’s always nice to score as well to help the team.”

“It was a tough game and a lot of goals, but glad that we got the result at the end. Hopefully now we can kick on next week and hopefully try and finish as high up the table as we can.”

Limerick Head Coach Tommy Barrett said after their defeat, “I would have a young inexperienced squad this year with 5 players in their final year at U-19 level. Two of those were injured by Wexford and 25 other lads out also. It was a good opportunity to give some younger players and U-17’s a game. ”

On the club’s plans for the team, Barrett said, “First and foremost for us it’s always player development first, trying to play an attractive brand of football similar to our first team.”

“In the game against Wexford we were 2 nil up within half hour through Adam Foley and Ger Barry. We were in control, and I felt playing well.”

“In the second half wexford scored immediately and got two more to win. We had a couple of chances at 2-1 up but overall didn’t play well enough in the second half to get a result.”

Galway United boss Nigel Keady said after their 1-1 draw with Waterford, “We were happy with our first half performance but Waterford were the better side in the second half.”

“We set ourselves a number of objectives for the game and we delivered on some of those and will work as a group to deliver on the others. Overall I think both sides were content with a draw to begin the season.”

“This season we have brought in 12 new players to the club. It will take time for the group to settle but we are confident we can help develop players capable to playing in the 1st team squad.”

“There is a very good link between the u19 group and the 1st team and the players know if they perform well on the pitch and maintain high standards off it then Shane Keegan will give them an opportunity to impress.”

Sligo Rovers boss Brian Dorrian said after their 1-1 draw with Shelbourne, “We’re delighted to get a draw on the opening day away to shelbourne.”

“We started brightly and created chances in the first half which was pleasing for us, we just need to be more efficient in the front third. Shels also had chances and played really direct, and pressed us at every chance which is good for our lads from a learning point of view.”

“Hopes for the season is to improve on last year and finish as far up the table as possible. Hopefully we make it into the top four at the end of the season. We have introduced 6 from last years U17’s so it will take them time to get up to speed.”

“Long term goal is to try and develop young local talent that is good enough to get into the first team, that’s our challenge and the players challenge also.”

Results from Week 1

Under-19 Northern Elite Division

Drogheda United 1 Bohemians 1

Derry City 5 Dundalk 3

Monaghan 1 Finn Harps 2

Shelbourne 1 Sligo Rovers 1

Athlone Town 2 Longford Town 3

Under-19 Southern Elite Division

Cabinteely 0 Cork City 1

Galway United 1 Waterford 1

UCD 3 Bray Wanderers 1

Cobh Ramblers 3 Shamrock Rovers 1

Wexford 3 Limerick 2