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With the FAI fully backing the campaign for a single Galway-based team, Mervue's current endeavours have been rendered redundant

Airtricity First Division outfit Mervue United have been reminded that they will not be competing in the League of Ireland in 2014 despite securing their place in the First Division promotion play-off.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has reiterated that there will be a single Galway-based team plying their trade in the League of Ireland next season, thus rendering Mervue's playoff fixture against Longford Town on Friday meaningless.

"Mervue United and Salthill Devon will not be competing in the Airtricity League season 2014 and have agreed be part of the new Galway entity which will apply for a licence to play in next season's First Division," an FAI spokesperson told the Connacht Tribune.

"At the end of the season all clubs in both divisions are awarded a sporting merit ranking from one to 20 depending on their league finishing position and results in the play-offs.

"If a club [does] not take their place in the Premier Division 2014 then the club with the next highest sporting merit ranking will take that position provided they receive a Premier Division Licence."

The winner of the First Division promotion play-off will subsequently take on the team that finishes 11th in the Airtricity Premier Division. However, should Mervue United defeat Longford, the outcome will be superfluous, due to the Galway side's inevitable fate.

Commenting on the situation at the beginning of October, Mervue manager Johnny Glynn suggested that the FAI had brought the game "into disrepute" as a result of the ongoing saga surrounding the campaign for a single Galway-based team.

"You had two teams taking part in the league and you were saying 'they are not going to be there next year!' How does that affect the players of both teams? Or even, maybe, the officials making decisions in important matches?

"It does bring the game into disrepute. I thought it was very ill-timed from the FAI," Glynn said.

Mervue United will host Longford Town at Fahy's Field in the first leg of the play-off on Friday October 18 before travelling to the City Calling Stadium for the second leg on October 25.

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