Martin on stand-by for FAI Cup final

Drimarone teenager Liam Martin is on stand-by for Sligo Rovers ahead of their FAI Cup final against Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Drimarone teenager Liam Martin is on stand-by for Sligo Rovers ahead of their FAI Cup final against Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old Martin made his second appearance for Rovers at the Showgrounds on Friday night last as a 79th minute substitute in the 4-2 win over a UCD side that had Creeslough native Mark Anthony McGinley in goal, a result that confirmed Sligo’s second place in the Airtricity League Premier Division.

Martin made his first team debut against Dundalk in a 5-0 home win last month and was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park the weekend before last. Rovers manager Paul Cook will pick 18 players for the matchday squad and the former Donegal Town FC frontman, who has excellent in the U-19 League and scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Finn Harps in September, will get his chance if there are any injuries.

Martin, along with Buncrana native Colm McLaughlin, were the inaugural recipients of a joint-initiative between Sligo Rovers and Sligo Institute of Technology. As well as playing for the club and college sides, Martin is studying for a Higher Certificate in Business and is based in Ballymote in south Sligo.

Rovers are playing in their third successive FAI Cup final having lost 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium in 2009 against Sporting Fingal before their memorable penalty shoot-out triumph against Shamrock Rovers in front of over 36,000 spectators last season.