Derry made in through to the All Ireland Junior Championship semi final in 2015, losing out to Scotland by a 5 point margin in a game that could have gone either way. Such is sport though and while the Derry girls will no doubt rue their chances of progressing, it will no doubt provide a spur to achieve better in 2016.
Derry had lost their initial qualifying match away to Lancashire 2.08 to 0.06, thereby qualifying to meet Carlow in an All Ireland quarter final.
The Senior squad then went on to record an impressive victory over Carlow, winning on a scoreline of Derry 5.09 Carlow 2.05 in a game played in Mullahoran.
Derry Ladies Senior squad then contested the semi-final to Scotland, losing out on a scoreline of Scotland 1.13 Derry 2.05 on Sunday 6th September 2015 in Fingallians in Dublin.
The Derry Under 14 squad undoubtedly were the success story of 2015.
Things did not start so well in 2015 however as Derry lost out to Monaghan and Antrim in their opening two games.
Following this though the fortunes improved significantly for the Derry team. A big win over Armagh at Banagher in mid April set the girls up for a final league match against Down in Ballymaguigan. Following a great performance the girls won comfortably on a scoreline of 7.11 to 1.08 to proceed to an Ulster “C” Championship final where they faced Tyrone.
The continuous improvement of the squad showed again as Derry proved much too strong for the Tyrone side, eventually running out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3.14 to 0.03.
Ulster Champions 2015
The next step on the journey was an All Ireland “C” Championship semi final against Leitrim on 13th June. The Derry side played much the better football here and proved too strong for the Connacht C champions, going on to win by 4.18 to 1.05, the match played in Augher.
This left the Under 14 squad facing their nemesis from 2014 when Limerick had beaten Derry in Boyle in an All Ireland semi final.
Saturday 4th July in Ballymahon. Again unfortunately the Munster side proved too strong for this Derry side as Derry went down on a scoreline of 4.12 to 3.09 in a game that no doubt the players and Management felt with a bit of luck they could have won.
The Under 16 panel played Donegal in a challenge game in Owen Beg at the start of the year in cold wintry conditions – see team pic as attached (squad). Action pics as well of Aoife Boorman and Cara Doherty.
Derry went on to qualify for the Under 16 Ulster B Championship final. They lost heavily to Monaghan and won by default over Armagh, thus qualifying for the Ulster B Final.
In the B final played in Magheracloone in Monaghan Cavan defeated Derry on a scoreline of 3.14 to 0.03
Derry had a frustrating 2015 season at Minor Grade.
Minor squad that faced Fermanagh in 2015
While early indications were that things were looking good, a combination of events led to the season petering out to a disappointing end.
The Under 18 side were faced with games against Cavan, Fermanagh, Armagh and Monaghan and while the challenge against Cavan was always going to be a tough obstacle the panel performed admirably in their second match, a home tie against Fermanagh.