Town knock Mount Mer­rion out of cup

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Ark­low Town 2, Mount Mer­rion 0: A highly fan­cied Le­in­ster Se­nior League Se­nior Divi­sion side Mount Mer­rion more than met their match when trav­el­ling on Fri­day night last to Bridgewater Cen­tre Park, to face LSL Divi­sion 1 side Ark­low Town in a FAI In­ter­me­di­ate Cup con­test, know­ing that the win­ners ad­vance ever closer to in­clu­sion in next sea­son’s FAI Cup proper.

FAI IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE CUP Town on the other hand were keen to bounce back af­ter two suc­ces­sive de­feats and in­deed the hosts started brightly, cre­at­ing a num­ber of half chances in the open­ing quar­ter, with Stephen Hur­ley clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock, his ef­fort re­bound­ing off the cross­bar.

How­ever, Town did in­deed strike first af­ter a scram­ble in the six yard box saw Wil­lie Doyle push the loose ball home, giv­ing Town a de­served lead.

Doyle went close to adding a sec­ond with half-time ap­proach­ing, re­ceiv­ing a deftly flicked pass from the com­posed Hur­ley and then driv­ing his ef­fort nar­rowly wide with the ’keeper beaten.

Ark­low pressed for a sec­ond goal as frus­tra­tion ap­peared to be get­ting the bet­ter of their Se­nior Divi­sion op­po­nents and again the wood­work was to deny the Ark­low side a mer­ited sec­ond goal.

With time run­ning out for Mount Mer­rion the home side struck a decisive blow, with Doyle again net­ting af­ter good work from the in­dus­tri­ous Ian O’Reilly. Without doubt Town’s best per­for­mance of the sea­son and a place now se­cured in the last six­teen of the FAI In­ter­me­di­ate Cup.

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