Corker of a result sets up Malahide for possible money-spinning clash
MALAHIDE United became the first side to book their place in the FAI Senior Cup third round on Sunday when they beat Cork side Mayfield United away from home.
In what was a physical encounter, both sides were reduced to 10 men as Simon Madden saw red late on as Danny Mahon was floored by a Mayfield defender and when the striker retaliated the referee sent off both players.
Malahide had taken a two-goal lead inside the opening 55 minutes, both goals coming right after the break.
It had been scoreless at half-time as the two teams were cancelling each other out, but winger Cillian Timmons, who has been a real revelation for Malahide since being promoted to the senior team, opened the scoring and his strike was followed then by a Danny Mahon goal before Kevin Cronin finished off the scoring.
Mayfield did score right at the death, but it was to be only a consolation goal for the Cork side.
Malahide manager Pete Mahon described the game as an awkward and physical encounter, but it also puts a nice ending to a disappointing season for the north Dublin side who finished the league in eighth place.
'They were a very young side and very enthusiastic, they were probably a bit late into a few challenges.
'It was one of those niggly games, the sort of game you just want to get over and done with and get out of the place with the win, which is what we did.'
Malahide will have at least a month off before their next FAI Cup game and Mahon says that his team will take a well-earned break, although he joked that he hasn't had a holiday himself in the last 10 years.
The hope now is that they draw a big team in the third round, a home tie which the club can use to boost finances but also give a platform to a few of the players to showcase themselves on a much bigger stage.
'It will give us something to look forward to in the close season. It's been a hard season for the club and this is just a nice ending to the season.
'Hopefully now we can come back with a big game and make it a great occasion for the club.'