ALAN Corcoran's 82nd-minute strike settled this hard-fought Senior Division clash as Malahide United collected the points at Gannon Park last Thursday night.After three games without a win Vinny Perth's side needed a victory to avoid being sucked into a possible relegation battle, and they now look quite comfortable in a mid-table position. Mals were the better side for most of the game but couldn't make their dominance count on the scoreboard and as the clock ticked down it seemed that they might have to settle for a share of the spoils. However, Corcoran struck when he ran onto an accurate through-ball from midfield, held off the challenge of three defenders and beat the St Patrick's goalkeeper with a curling shot from 18 yards. It wasn't all plain sailing for the hosts in the remaining minutes, however, and St Pat's had what they thought was an equaliser ruled out for offside, before they had a player sent off on receipt of a straight red card. Mark Cashin missed a great opportunity to double Malahide's advantage, but the over-riding feeling at the final whistle was one of relief at picking up the points. Mals are back at Gannon Park this Thursday night when they host neighbours St Kevin's in one of the cup competitions. Kick-off is at 7.30pm. -Gareth Logan of Malahide United played a starring role in attack for the Republic of Ireland amateur team in their 2-1 friendly victory against their England counterparts at Whitehall last Saturday.