Mervue United (@1.57) vs Salthill Devon (@4.4)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Mervue United will win

Mervue United – Salthill Devon Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 10:00

Despite this major set back the Devon lads circled the wagons and would go in at half time with their one nil lead in tact. An under cooked defensive back pass which seemed to hold up in the long grass forced Lee to come outside his 18 box to meet the oncoming Mervue striker. Like all good derby matches this one threw up more twists and turns than the famous 'Corkscrew hill' landmark in Co Clare. With Lee off the pitch Devon had no option but to slot Piecre Greally their left winger between the sticks. However, on the 10 minute mark, things took a major nose dive for the Devon lads when the referee gave a straight red card to keeper Lee O'Sullivan. What appeared to be a 50/50 clash for the ball was seen by the referee as a foul and (quite harshly) dished out the red card. On Sunday (17th Feb) morning the Salthill Devon U14 Premier lads took the short trip across the corrib for a crucial league encounter with their city rivals Mervue. Right from the off the Devon lads were up for this one and quickly imposed their passing game on their opposition. This was just rewards for the Devon lads who were winning the crucial midfield battles. Within 4 minutes Piotrek Syzmanski had Devon one up after he robbed the ball from the Mervue keeper to clinically finish to the back of the net from an acute angle.

They also completed a double by winning the Senior Cup. In 198182, together with Sligo Rovers Reserves, Castlerea Celtic, Mervue United, Ballina Rovers, Tuam Celtic and UCG, Salthill Devon became founder members of the CSL. Between 198990 and 199192 they won the Senior Cup three times in row. Between 1981 and 2000 Salthill Devon played in the Connacht Senior League. In 198990 and 199192 they won both cups in the same season. While playing in the CSL, Salthill Devon won both the Connacht Senior Cup and the Connacht Senior League Challenge Cup on three occasions. After finishing as runners-up on three occasions, Salthill Devon finally won the league title in 199091.

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On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.40 goals per Match.Salthill Devon in actual season average scored 0.83 goals per match. In 1 (100.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Below you will find a lot of statistics that make it easier Predict the result for a match between both teams. Below the text is a list of the direct games. In 8 (50.00%) matches in season 2019 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Mervue United average scored 0.00 goals per match in season 2019. In 11 (68.75%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 0 (0.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals. Teams Salthill Devon Mervue United played so far 15 matches.Salthill Devon won 3 direct matches. Mervue United won 7 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw.

On this occasion Bright Brodericks got the nod for man of the match for this tenacity, tackling and workrate in the middle of the park, a close second was Sean Orugba who ran himself into the ground. Football is a cruel sport sometimes and on this occasion the Mervue lads will count their lucky stars in securing the 3points, at different stages in this game they seemed dead and buried but credit must go to them for pulling this one out of the bag. Book your seats for this one folks! Other top performers were Darren Darcy who had the Mervue lads chasing shadows on many occasions throughout the game. Piotrek Szymanski upfront was a constant treat to the Mervue defense. From setbacks come new beginnings and there is no doubt these Devon lads will bounce back and will sight their sights on the return leg back in Drum later in the season. Their were many notable performers for Devon on the day when everyone of the lads showed strength of character, passion and desire years beyond their young ages.

Salthill narrowly lost out in the A Championship play off final against Shamrock Rovers A but as the highest placed non-reserve team, they qualified for a promotion/relegation play-off against Kildare County. In 2006 they became the first club to win the division championship, the Dr Tony O'Neill Cup, without having a team in the senior League of Ireland divisions.[6][7] In 2008, together with local rivals, Mervue United, Salthill Devon, were founder members of the A Championship. However, after Kildare County withdrew from the League of Ireland First Division, Salthill Devon won promotion without evening kicking a ball. Between 2010 and 2013, Salthill Devon finished bottom of the table three seasons in a row, only avoiding relegation because the A Championship was disbanded.[8] Following the withdrawal of Galway United from the League of Ireland after the 2011 season, Salthill Devon re-branded themselves as SD Galway for the 2012 season. During the early 2000s Salthill Devon entered a team in the League of Ireland U21 Division. In 2008 they finished bottom of their group but 2009 saw a complete reversal as they comfortably won their group.

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With the introduction of Daniel Hoare, his presence immediately reignited the team and from somewhere they found that extra gear. At two all it now looked like this game would go to a draw and despite playing the better football the Devon lads would surely have settled for a share of the spoils and regroup for another day. Shortly after the Mervue equalizer things could not get any worse for the Devon lads loosing their left full back Milo O'Malley who took the full force of the ball into his face which eventually forced him to go off. The loss of Milo was a double whammy blow to the Devon lads cause, have already been forced to put their left winger in goal and now losing their left full back. Lady luck would say otherwise and in the most uncurl turn of fate Mervue got their winner 3 minutes from time when a long delivery into the box slipped through the fingers of the replacement keepers hands into the top of the net. However, on the 8 minute Mervue crossed in a ball (which looked to have gone out of play but the referee ruled otherwise) which was slotted to the back of the net from close range. Milo up to this point in the game was one of the contenders for man of the match. This second blow was further compounded by not having their other left sided players on the day (Sean O'Connor out injured and Caden Grant not available). Now two one up..could this be Devon's day and end Mervue's seven game unbeaten run in this years league? Like any good prize boxer the Devon lads had to pick themselves off the canvas a second time and this is certainly what they did. The Devon lads got their just reward when Bright Broderick took the ball in the middle of the park, skipped pass a couple of Mervue players and unleased a cracker to back of the net. What seemed to be the after effects and sheer emotion/jubilation in celebrating their second goal the Devon lads lost their composure and allowed Mervue to equalise one minute later. The second half started in similar mode to the first half and the Devon lads continued to keep the Mervue lads at bay but still managed to play their passing game despite being one man down. This was a final devasting blow to the Devon lads who had thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this one, having played over a hour of football with just ten men. Shortly after Devon were not given what looked like an obvious penalty when Piotrek Syzmanski forced his way into the box and was unfairly pulled back by the Mervue defender, despite his protests no peno was given.

In 2012 they played under the name SD Galway. They have previously played in the Connacht Senior League, the A Championship and the League of Ireland First Division. Their senior team currently plays in the Galway & District League. Salthill Devon Football Club is an Irish association football club originally based in Salthill, Galway. Since 2005 Salthill Devon have hosted a youth tournament known as the Galway Cup.

The O'Connor Report also recommended that the Galway Football Association, the Galway United Supporters Trust, Mervue United and Salthill Devon should work together to form such a club.[10] Following the conclusion of the 2013 season, both Mervue United and Salthill Devon withdrew from the League of Ireland First Division to make way for a reformed Galway United. In 2012 an FAI commissioned report recommended that Galway city and County Galway should be represented in the League of Ireland by a single club or team based at Eamonn Deacy Park. The new board of Galway United featured two Salthill Devon representatives, Jim McSpadden and Ollie Daniels.[1][11][12][13] In advance of the 2014 League of Ireland First Division season eight former Salthill Devon players, including Vinny Faherty, also signed for the reformed Galway club.[14] The O'Connor Report had also recommended reforming the Connacht Senior League, allowing Mervue United and Salthill Devon to play at a provincial level.[15]However, in June 2013 the Connacht Tribune reported that the plans for a reformed CSL were shelved due to a lack of sufficient interest from the clubs.[16] The senior teams of Mervue United and Salthill Devon subsequently joined the Galway & District League.

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This was a cruel blow to the Devon lads before half time. The Devon lads could have no complaints and the Mervue lads were good for their win (remarkably their 12th straight win of this year's campaign) and in doing so confirmed themselves as worthy Coley Smith Premier League Champions. In the end time ran out for the Devon lads and Mervue won the game on a 2: 1 score line. On a beautiful summers evening (Thurs 9th May) the U14A lads welcomed Mervue to Drum. The Mervue lead was not to last long as Devon keeper Lee O'Sullivan rushed off his line to collect an incoming ball proceeded to kick a long ball over the Mervue defense in the flight path of the Piotrek Szymanski who managed to put the ball past the oncoming Mervue keeper. While Mervue needed only a point from this game to confirm the league, the Devon boys were hoping to restore some pride with the reality that the league title was probably out of their grasp due to recent games not going their way. However, after ten minutes played, a defensive slip allowed the razor sharp James Lukua to nick the ball just inside the Devon half, sprint towards goal before sticking the ball pass the oncoming Devon keeper. The early exchanges ebbed and flowed and no team seemed to get any decent goal scoring opportunities. The previous encounter between these top of the table teams was only decided by one goal so all the omens were this one would also be a close affair. One would have thought that this Devon goal would have driven the lads on but it was Mervue who seemed to get the better of the last ten minutes of first half when they had their purple patch of the game. This was duly rewarded when James Lukua got a fantastic individual goal when he seemed to evade several Devon players on the edge of the 18 yard box allowing him enough space to slot neatly to the corner of the net. On behalf of Salthill Devon FC we congratulate the management team of Brian Laffey and David Speakman, captain Mark O'Halloran and his teammates on their great achievement in winning the league title and also collecting the Connaught Cup. The second half was a tough battle with both sides putting in some typical derby like performances with nothing spared on both sides. Piotrek Szymanski had one great opportunity to get the equaliser but the Mervue keeper got down low to make a decent save. Similar to the first half there were not too many scoring opportunities the game had resorted to a middle of the park gun slinging match which provided great excitement for the decent crowd who turned up for this game.