Youth Team Info
FAI Umbro Youth Cup Fourth Round Draw - 22.01.13
After the comfortable win over Tuam Celtic in the third round, Mervue's Under 18 side have been handed an away tie against either Knocklyon United or St Patrick's Athletic in today's fourth round draw of the FAI Umbro Youth Cup which will take place on the weekend of February 24.
The inclement weather over the weekend meant that four of the Third Round matches were postponed but the games that did go ahead provided plenty of talking points, including the exit of the cup holders, Wexford Youths. Mick Wallace's side were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Tramore after a 2-2 draw.
After three regional rounds, the competition moved to an open draw format for the Fourth Round which will feature the last 16 teams in the competition. Because of the outstanding Third Round games still to be played only four of the eight pairings are known at this stage but they promise to be fascinating fixtures as Swords Celtic travel to Letterkenny Rovers, Tullamore Town host Castlebar Celtic, Ballynanty Rovers meet Buttevant and Cahir Park, one of the oldest clubs in the country, host Dundalk who are looking to reach their third FAI Youth Cup Final.
Full Draw FAI Umbro Youth Cup - Fourth Round
Letterkenny Rovers v Swords Celtic
Castlebridge Celtic v St Brendan's Park or Killarney Celtic
Knocklyon United or St Patrick's Athletic v Mervue United
Tullamore Town v Castlebar Celtic
Fairview Rangers v Edenderry Town or Maynooth Town
Leeds or Castleview v Tramore
Ballynanty Rovers v Buttevant
Cahir Park v Dundalk
Fixtures to be played on week-ending February 24.
Tuam Celtic 0-7 Mervue Utd (FAI Youth Cup) 20th January 2013
The Youth team recorded a comfortable win over Tuam Celtic in the FAI Youth Cup third round at a very cold Tuam on Sunday afternoon as both strikers Ryan Manning and Dillon Murphy hit hat-tricks.
They got off to a flying start on just 20 seconds as Eoghan Walsh beat home keeper Sean Reilly for a very early lead. James Healy did well on nine minutes as he saved well from Tuam's John Donnellan, while at the other end Reilly did brillantly pushing a Ryan Manning free-kick around the post for a corner.
Mervue were not to be denied and when Manning was fouled on the edge of the box Dillon Murphy stepped up to strike a low effort around the wall and into the bottom corner on 13 minutes for 2-0.
It was 3-0 ten minutes later as Manning ran onto a Dillon Murphy through ball before slipping the ball past Reilly. Reilly then denied Luke Tully twice with good saves from the midfielder as the home side kept the score to 3-0 at the break.
Within three minutes of the re-start both strikers, Manning and Murphy, had doubled their tally's. Murphy made it 4-0 with a brillant bicycle kick finish from a Moise Assogba ball into the box, while Ryan Manning headed an Eric Neary pin point cross past Reilly for 5-0.
Manning completed his hat-trick, his third in a row in recent games, as he finished off a move involving strike partner Murphy and Tully as he slotted past an over worked Reilly for 6-0 on 56 minutes.
Two minutes later and Dillon Murphy also completed his hat-trick as he convert from the penalty spot after Manning had been taken down in the box. Amazingly this was to be the game's last score.
Luke Tully rattled the crossbar with a smashing volley shortly after and Richard Fahy went close on a couple of accassions, while Reilly denied sub Padraic Cunningham with a good stop late on as Tuam also hit the post on a rare foray forward at the other end.
The win came at a cost as Mervue finished the game with just eight players on the park as Matty Flynn, Luke Tully and Richard Fahy all picked up injuries and with three subs already on the park could'nt be replaced.
Padraig Keane also had to retire early in the first half through injury to be replaced by young Paul Healy who had an excellent game at centre half. This was also the teams eighth game without conceding a goal this season as keeper James Healy kept another clean sheet.
Mervue Utd: James Healy, Eric Neary, John Rattigan, Padraig Keane (Paul Healy 25), Matty Flynn; Moise Assogba, Luke Tully, Richard Fahy, Eoghan Walsh; Ryan Manning (Padraic Cunningham 60), Dillon Murphy (James Nolan 75).
Referee: Danny Corbett