Mervue Utd hope to halt mini-slump in tough away Cup tie

Keith Kelly

MERVUE United will hope the recent good weather will continue to shine on them when they make their own trip to the seaside tonight to take on Bray Wanderers in the Second Round of the FAI Ford Cup.

Johnny Glynn’s side make the trip east to the Carlisle Grounds (7.45pm) for a first-ever competitive meeting between the two clubs, and the manager has backed his side to recover from their mini-slump which has seen them lose three game on the bounce, their worst run of the season.

That form – two defeats in the League, and an exit from the EA Sports Cup – could not come at a worse time for Mervue United as they face a step-up in the level of opposition tonight against a Bray side which is one of the form teams in the top flight, having won three of their last four games in the league against Drogheda United, Cork City and Shelbourne, while the fourth game was a scoreless draw away to champions, Sligo Rovers.

“We’ll approach the game like any other. I’m not too worried about our recent little run, every team has a dip in form, and it is up to use to turn that around,” Glynn told Tribune Sport.

“I suppose in a way the pressure is off in that we are away from home and facing a team in the division above us, but we will be making the trip looking for a win and maybe build on the good cup run we had last year,” Glynn said.

The Fahy’s Field side made it to the quarter-finals last season, defeating Salthill Devon in the Second Round and hammering Waterford United 4-0 in the RSC in the Third Round, before suffering a mauling of their own in the last eight, coming out on the wrong side of a 7-1 scoreline away to eventual winners, Derry City.

Glynn faces a selection dilemma in midfield as he will be without both Gary Curran (knee) and Alex Lee (foot), while defender Mile Elwood has emigrated to the US.

However the side is likely to be boosted by the return of captain Tom King, who came on as a substitute against Longford Town last weekend and came through that 20 minute cameo unscathed, having missed the previous three games through injury.

Mervue have struggled to find the net in his absence – one goal in three games – so his return could not be more timely, while Barry O’Mahoney returns from suspension.