DERRY City have failed in their bid to join the ranks of the Donegal Schoolboys League.
Clubs in the Letterkenny/North West rejected the advances of the Candystripes on Wednesday night when a vote on the application was conducted.
The submission to play in the 2020 season was roundly defeated by 13 votes to 3 with one abstention.
Derry City Academy Director Paddy McCourt and senior assistant manager Kevin Deery attended Wednesday’s meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.
Last month, Derry City representatives met with the Donegal Schoolboys League executive before the matter raised its head at the League AGM.
The proposal was given a cold reaction at the AGM with clubs who spoke on the night not in favour.
Derry requested that their Under-14 be allowed to play ‘development matches’ within the Letterkenny/North West Division, while they also sought to join the Donegal Youth League.
The AGM decided to leave the decision in the hands of the participants of the Letterkenny/North West League, into which Derry would’ve been placed had their proposal been successful.
McCourt addressed Wednesday’s meeting, but clubs voted firmly against the idea.