Five Merville United Youth players tasted Inter-League success in Mullingar on Saturday (Feb 25th), winning the Under 15 SFAI Subway Championship.
Danny Kilcullen, Luke Moran, Cormac Niland, goal-keeper Kyle Wajszczuk and Ben Kelly were all members of the Sligo Leitrim squad who faced Cork Schoolboys in the final.
The squad was coached by Merville's under 15 manager John McAteer who has previous SFAI success having last year guided his then under 14 Merville side to a Connacht Cup win.
Kyle Wajszczuk made the step up to the Sligo Leitrim squad from Merville's under 14 team, coached by Benny O'Loughlin & Peadar Niland while the other 4 players are coached by John and Ger Canning at Merville.
However, Luke Moran, Kyle Wajszczuk and Ben Kelly are all due to leave Merville shortly to join Sligo Rovers under 15 squad ahead of the forthcoming League of Ireland season.
Merville United's academy will return to action on Friday, January 26th in the Showgrounds.
The sessions will begin and finish at the same time as prior to the Christmas break; commencing at 5.45pm and finishing at 6.45pm.
The academy is highly subscribed and will not be enrolling any more players for the duration of the season.
A Quiz Night in memory of Austie Langan will be hosted in Mooney's Bar, Maugheraboy on the evening of Sunday, 12th November.
Austie's passing in February left a huge hole in the club. He was the club's Treasurer but in reality was so much more, he was the cornerstone of the club. An ever present who gave so generously of his time to the successful running of Merville United.
We would encourage as many as possible to attend what is sure to be a wonderful evening.
A table of 4 costs €20 and it all kicks off at 7pm.
Austie's family have very kindly asked that all proceeds from the evening go towards the club. A gesture for which we are very grateful.
Merville United graduate and current Sligo Rovers under 15 player, Kailin Barlow has been selected for the Republic of Ireland squad for the forthcoming double header against Poland in November.
Kailin has represented Merville up to under 14 level before departing the club and stepping up to play for Sligo Rovers in the inaugural SEE Airtricity under 15 League this season.
An attacking midfielder, Kailin has won many trophies with Merville under the guidance of John Mc Ateer and Ger Canning, with the SFAI Connacht Cup standing out last season.
Everyone at Merville Utd is delighted to hear of Kailin's selection for the under 15 national team. A fantastic achievement for Kailin and a proud day for his parents Robert & Gretta.
Well done Kailin, keep up the good work and enjoy the occasion.
Congratulations from all at Merville Utd.
The club's academy, catering for players aged 7 to 10 years of age has reached capacity. We have registered close to 50 children for our Academy coaching sessions that take place on Friday evening's on the Showgrounds astro turf pitch. The club is delighted to see such a strong numbers registered, which is evidence of the quality of coaching provided by Merville's Academy Coaching Team.
To ensure the Academy is run efficiently and we have a manageable coach to player ratio we are now closing registration for the under 10 age groups.
The club will review the numbers attending the Academy after the Christmas period. If spaces become available we will reopen registration for limited numbers.