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.
Merville United wish to hold a cardiac screening clinic in Merville Community Centre on September 29th.
We are encouraging players, coaches, members and perhaps the local community to register for this worthwhile & comprehensive health
The clinic will be open from
9:30am-5pm. Each screening will take approx. 20 minutes.
Bookings can be made online.
1. Go to https://www.ameds.ie.
2. Click on the ‘Online Booking’
3. Enter the clinic code 'merville'
We are encouraging players, coaches, members and perhaps the local
community to register for this worthwhile & comprehensive health
Why undergo a Cardiac Screening?
• Up to 100 young people die each year in Ireland from
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS)
• 1 in 300 people may have a cardiac abnormality
• The national register recently reported that the
incidents of SADS are higher in Ireland than many other European
• In Italy cardiac screening is mandatory for anyone aged
12 to 35 years involved in competitive sport for the past 25 years.
They have reduced the incidents of SADS by 89%.
• The GAA’s Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee and
the International Rugby Board recommend cardiac screening for all
players over the age of 14 years
• The European Society of Cardiology & the International
Olympic Committee recommends cardiac screening.
• The AMS service is based on the recommendations of the
above named organisations.