Belfast Telegraph

Young guns keep Derry City dreaming

By Colin Speer

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny believes their Airtricity First Division title success is testament to the entire youth structure throughout the city.

The entire Candystripes squad have all come through the Derry&District Youth League system and the Dubliner was quick to praise the tremendous youth league.

“We had to rebuild the club and start from scratch, and everyone has worked so hard behind the scenes,” said Kenny.

“The First Division is a really tough league to get out off, it’s very, very competitive and to do it with such style, with so many young players is a testament on all of the work going on behind the scenes.

“It’s also a testament to our academy and youth coaches and all the coaches in the Derry&District Youth League.”

The Derry boss was full of praise for the club’s tremendous supporters.

“The club was on its knees last year, but the whole community got behind the club and we are back were we belong in the top tier of Irish football,” he said.

“This is only part of the journey for us, it’s a stepping stone. We want to be at the top of Irish football. It will not be easy but that is our ambition and I’m very proud to be the manager of this club and it’s a special night.”

City’s longest serving player, Eddie McCallion, said: “It’s a great night for everyone concerned for the club and for Mark Farren to score the winner for us at Monaghan you couldn’t have written a better script.

“Everyone has played their part in the success this year and seeing the amount of supporters who travelled to Monaghan on Saturday night, just shows everyone that Derry supporters are the best fans in Ireland.”

Patrick McEleney also paid tribute to the young brigade who contributed to the title triumph.

“Hopefully this medal will be the first of many Derry City medals for me,” declared the teenager.

“It has been an incredible season and one which I’ll never forget. The fans have been unbelievable, they have been unbelievable all season and winning the league for them is the best feeling in the world.”

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