East Meath United – November 2021

Club News

The ‘Red Card Café is open for tea, coffee and snacks every weekend for home fixtures and academy. Our new merchandise range is also available at the Cafe, so keep any eye on our social media for updates.  


At EMU we’ve been fortunate to have many standout age groups over the years and those born 2006 are amongst the best.

Almost ten years ago the core of this group started out in our academy and today make up two teams competing at the top of their respective divisions. The journey to this point has had many ups and downs as the players followed the pathway set out for them progressing from 7 to 9 a side and now ultimately perform with great distinction at 11 a side. 

The foundations were laid for this group initially by Anto and Ru with the Panthers and Robert, Phil and Sean at the Blues, working on the guidelines set out by the FAI’s player development programme rather than chasing success in the formative years. The teams organically developed to A and B teams, but the players did the same training, took the same approach and applied themselves equally each week. The result of this has been a natural progression for many players as others have moved team simply to play consistently at their level. Robert continues to work tirelessly with the Blues as they compete at the top end of the 16C division. 

This season has seen Mark Costigan come in as head coach with the A squad as he looks to complete his UEFA A Licence. Together with Aidan, Ryan and Dave this group are currently top of their division and progressing in the SFAI Cup. No less than 7 of the team playing in the last round of this Cup were graduates of our academy way back in 2012, a real success story for the Club. Here’s hoping that these young men will continue to enjoy their football with us for many more years to come. 


The girls’ teams are going from strength to strength at EMU with semi finals galore played and finals on the horizon, these ladies are really showing there is no end to their talent. The Belles recently faced a strong Bellurgen side for the Credit Union Cup Semi Final, securing themselves a place in the final at Oriel Park on Nov 7th

While the U13 Villains and Rebels came face to face in a nail biting LSG Plate Semi-Final. The side-lines held their breath as both teams went all out. It wasn’t to be the Rebels’ day with Villains slotting in a last-minute goal in extra time to take a win and the place in the final at Oriel Park on Nov 7th. The teams then later combined to take on and beat Bellurgan in the U13 National Cup. 


Academy runs Saturday mornings in Minnistown from 9- 10 am (ages 4-7) with a designated girls only group. New players are welcome, so if you have budding little soccer stars who would love to give it a try, please contact academy@eastmeathunited.ie

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