We regret to inform you that Merville United Youths will suspend the Friday evening Academy sessions in the Showgrounds astro until further notice.
Sligo Rovers have closed their facility to community groups in response to the Government's decision to move all counties to level 3 of Ireland's Plan for Living with COVID-19.
Merville United are in regular communication with Showgrounds staff. We will inform you when there is any change to this situation ahead of the resumption of the Academy.
We appreciate your patience and understanding on this matter as we negotiate what is a challenging time for us all.
Merville are delighted to launch a new initiative to introduce younger players and their parents to the football club.
From Friday 20th of September, we will be running Parent and Player sessions for children born in 2014.
The introductory session will run for a number of weeks on the astro pitch at Merville Community Centre and is free of charge.
The initiative is designed to introduce younger players into the club.
All player attending must be accompanied by an adult.
If you are interested in bringing your child please contact the club via Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is open to both boys and girls.
Sligo Leitrim U14 Group A Cup Final: Arrow Harps 0 - 1 Merville United
Despite reaching the last 16 of the SFAI Cup and a Connacht Cup Final, silverware had escaped Merville United's under 14s this season, until last Wednesday's Sligo Leitrim Group A Cup Final.
An excellently worked second-half goal from Keelan Lynch was the difference between Merville and Arrow Harps in what was a perfect night for football at the Showgrounds.
Merville dominated possession for the majority of the game and created a number of chances that required Arrow Harp's 'keeper Brian Dwyer to keep the Sligo town side at bay.
Merville's pressure offered space for the Riverstown boys to capitalise upon and they duly did with winger PJ Scanlon keeping Merville's full-back Ronan O'Hehir, busy throughout the game.
Ronan Niland showed his class sliding passes from the middle of the park in behind the Arrow Harps defence but the Riverstown men held out until a moment of magic from Keelan Lynch in the second half.
Receiving the ball centrally, Lynch demonstrated excellent footwork to turn into space and leave his marker trailing. The midfielder's resulting shot from distance got the better of Brian Dwyer and would be enough to hand the cup to Merville.
Corey O'Dowd, in the Merville United goal, looked assured throughout and a save in the dying minutes of the game was the insurance Merville needed to claim a deserved league campaign.
Across the season, Merville's under 14s represented their club, community and League with distinction travelling to Waterford to defeat the highly rated Villa FC in the SFAI Cup last 32. From there, they hosted renowned Dublin School Boys side Belvedere in Merville with the visitors showing their class to progress to the quarter-finals of the national competition.
A special mention to coaches Eddie Mc Loughlin and David Adams who ensured this group of players could perform to their very best across the season. The coaching team bring unrivalled attention to detail and a wealth of experience that is visible in how this promising team play their football.
This Saturday [February 16th], Merville United take on Dublin side Belvedere in the last 16 of the SFAI Cup. The game kicks off at 2pm in Saturday.
The under 14s have progressed to the last 16 of the competition after a trip to Waterford last month where they defeated Villa FC.
It promises to be a great afternoon and we would encourage as many as possible to get down to the Merville pitch to support the Eddie, David and the team.