MALAHIDE bounced back from their heavy FAI Cup defeat at the hands of Dundalk and then another league reverse in midweek to break their Senior Division duck at Kilternan on Sunday.
Having lost away to Mount Merrion in their first game since promotion to the top flight, Vinny Perth's side went down 3-1 last Wednesday at the hands of Cherry Orchard. But Mals came good at the third time of asking to move away from the foot of the table. The Gannon Park men, who were missing the experienced Glen Crowe in attack through injury, had to do it the hard way after conceding a goal in the first half, and they didn't get back on level terms until the 65th minute.
After a scramble in the Wayside box following a corner the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors, and Alan Doyle needed no second invitation as he converted from the spot. Malahide pushed hard for the winner after that, but Mark Cashin struck the woodwork and full-back Ryan Doody had a goal disallowed for offside and it seemed that Wayside might hold out for a point. However, Cashin would have the last laugh on 80 minutes when he dribbled past four opposing players and then rounded their keeper to score a wonderful individual goal. Manager Perth played down the significance of the result, however, as he reflected on Malahide early form since returning to the Leinster Senior League's top flight.
'It's early days and there's no panic,' he insisted. 'We've had three away games and although we didn't play well the first day we were excellent against Cherry Orchard and again today. 'We're struggling with a few injuries, so it was good to get a win under our belts and take some of the pressure off.' Malahide's first home game of the season in the league takes place this Thursday at 7.30pm against Firhouse/Clover, who have surprisingly lost all four of their opening games and lie rock bottom of the table.
Stephen Trimble, Mark Logan, Alan Doyle, Alan O'Riordan, Ryan Doody (Danny Butler), Gary Murphy, Barry Slattery, Adam Shahabeen, Alan Corcoran, Gareth Logan (Cillian Timmons), Mark Cashin.