A SUPERB Mark Cashin strike earned Malahide a well-deserved point at Gannon Park on Thursday night as they faced one of the title contenders for the second time in four days.
And having previously lost only narrowly to Bluebell United, promoted club Mals seem to be adapting well to life in the top flight, a point acknowledged by their manager Vinny Perth. 'We always knew it would take us a while to find our feet at this level, and we're not there yet, but we're getting there.
'We've only one point to show from playing the top two, but we've done enough to win both those games and we're actually disappointed with the two results which is a mark of how far we have come.' Malahide took the game to Crumlin from the start and Noel McGinty spurned two early opportunities, one of which was a header from six yards which he completely failed to connect with. Cashin's touch then let him down after he went one-on-one with the Crumlin goalkeeper, and Malahide were made to pay on the half-hour mark when they lost the ball in the full-back area and the visitors went on to score from the resulting attack, against the run of play.
The remaining hour of play was blessed with some highquality football played by both teams, with Malahide putting their opponents under considerable pressure, and the breakthrough finally came on 75 minutes. Cashin collected possession near the half-way line and nutmegged his way past the Crumlin centre-half before bearing down on goal and beating the Crumlin keeper in fine style.
After that Malahide were well on top and they created a number of chances, with Gary Murphy shooting at the keeper in a one-on-one situation, Paul Perth heading over the bar from close range and Alan Doyle having a free kick well saved. Malahide are away to one of the division's struggling teams, Edenderry Town, this coming Friday evening, and they'll be hoping that Glen Crowe will be fit enough to travel after he resumed training this week following an injury. Depending on other results, three points for Vinny Perth's team would lift them into the top five in the Senior Division table. MALAHIDE UNITED: Stephen Trimble, Mark Logan, Paul Perth (Alan Doyle 80), Alan O'Riordan, Ryan Doody, Gareth Logan (Gary Murphy 75), Barry Slattery, Noel McGinty, Mark Higgins, Alan Corcoran (Karl Moody 65), Mark Cashin.