Date Published: 25-Aug-2009
TEN-MAN Mervue United finally ended their eightmatch barren run by earning a point against Wexford Youths despite conceding the numeric advantage with a sending off after 23 minutes at Terryland Park on Friday.
Striker Neil Keane was shown a straight red card for his crunching challenge on Anto Russell, but Mervue seldom looked outnumbered and continued to chase a goal despite Keane’s absence.
Manager John Glynn made two changes from the side that lost to Sporting Fingal in Santry last week. Keane lined out up front in place of Kevin Barrett, albeit briefly, and Mark Ludden was moved onto the left wing in place of Alex Lee, with Kenny Farrell filling in at left-back. Mick Wallace’s side also made two changes, with Jimmy Keohane and Peter White drafted in in place of Gareth McCurtain and Richie Fitzgerald.
The first half was a scrappy affair, largely fought in midfield with few substantial chances at either end. Farrell’s sweeping pass from inside his own half created Mervue’s best opportunity after 20 minutes when the ball reached David Goldbey on the edge of the area but, under pressure from Peter White, he directed his shot straight at goalkeeper Pakie Holden.
The game descended into controversy three minutes later when Keane’s tackle on Anto Russell was awarded a red card amidst protests from Mervue players and supporters alike. The striker appeared to make contact with the ball, but his momentum was such that he then went through the Wexford fullback with some force. A challenge which was somewhat clumsy, but scarcely deserved a straight red card.
The Mervue support was…
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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
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