U-16's Reach SFAI Cup Final
U-16 SFAI Cup Semi-Final
Mervue Utd 2-1 Mount Merrion (Dublin)
The club's U-16's continued their excellent season as they advanced to the national SFAI Cup final following a hard earned 2-1 win over Dublin side Mount Merrion at a sunny Fahy's Field on Saturday afternoon. It was a very low key start to the game as both sides cancelled each other out as the visitors enjoyed some early pressure, while the home side looked dangerous on the break in the opening half hour.
Mervue took the lead just past the half hour mark as they broke up field and Charlie Concannon set up winger Aiden O'Halloran who made no mistake with a good finish to make it 1-0. Mount Merrion had an appeal for a penalty turned down shortly after as Danu Bishop’s run in the box was halted by the Mervue defence but referee John O'Connor waved play on.
The home side doubled their lead five minutes before the break as once again Charlie Concannon was the creator as he broke clear before squaring the ball for Colin Kelly for a simple tap in to give them a 2-0 half time lead.
Mervue continued to look dangerous after the break and both Colin Kelly and Charlie Concannon had chances to increase the home sides lead further but it was Mount Merrion who reduced the lead back to the minimum in the 57th minute. The home side failed to clear a ball played up to the edge of the box and David Eivers picked up the breaking ball before finishing with an excellent strike into the bottom corner despite Robert Carr getting a hand to it.
The chances continued to come at both ends and Colin Kelly came very close to adding a third following a flowing passing move but his effort from inside the box flew just the wrong side of the far post, while the visitors continued to put plenty of pressure on at the other end Kealan Creaven and Hakim Ryan were defending stoutly as the home side ensured Robert Carr's goal was well protected in the final minutes.
Coley Kelly and Damien Brennan's side will now face another Dublin team, St Kevins Boys, in next months final in Dublin in what will be another huge game for the club as they look for a third SFAI national Cup title and a first in twelve years.
Mervue Utd: Robert Carr, Ryan Corcoran, Ethan Flaherty, Hakeem Ryan, Kealan Creaven; Ben O’Gorman, Michael Okoye, Adam Farrell, Aidan O’Halloran; Charlie Concannon and Colin Kelly.
Subs: Mikey Devaney, Thomas Doyle, Mark Melody, Blake Cummins, Conor Flaherty, Ethan Fiorentini, Charlie Fillipe, Lewis Waweru.