Tuesday 15 October 2019

Dominant Mals made to sweat by Greystones

Brian Baneham

Despite being in complete control for the majority of this contest, Malahide United had to endure a late Greystones United rally before securing the second win of their Leinster Senior League Senior Division campaign at Gannon Park last week.

Malahide United 2 Greystones United 1

The hosts hit the front with a first-half strike from Alan O'Sullivan and were beneficiaries of an own goal deep into the second half, and they ought to have been out of sight by the time Greystones player/manager Gary Dempsey - the former Everton player - volleyed home after a rare attack in the 81st minute.

But a lack of quality ball in the final third and a number of squandered chances to put the match to bed left Mals supporters having to bite their nails for the final eight minutes as the visitors, encouraged by their goal against the run of play, pushed for an unlikely equaliser.

In the end, however, Malahide's outstanding back four repelled their opponents and restricted them to long-range shots and hopeful crosses which keeper Dean Smith had little trouble dealing with as the home side held on for a thoroughly deserved three points.

Any other outcome would have been an injustice, such was Malahide's dominance, and they are beginning to find a bit of form in recent games after a shaky start to the campaign.

Right-sided midfielder Cillian Timmons was excellent throughout and it was his timely interception and precise cross which laid it on a plate for O'Sullivan to tap home for the opening goal on 20 minutes.

Timmons seemed to be able to get in behind his marker at will and it was he who came closest to extending Malahide's lead before half-time, but his powerful shot produced a fine save from Greystones' goalie.

Malahide continued to pile on the pressure in the second half, with Timmons causing the visitors all sorts of problems down the flanks, but no one seemed to be able to get onto the end of a string of crosses he supplied and the score stood at 1-0 until 10 minutes from the end.

The second goal, when it did finally arrive, came courtesy of a panicked clearance by Greystones' centre-half who sliced Darren Craven's cross into his own net.

Straight from the kick-off, however, Greystones went on a rare sortie and they managed to halve the deficit with Dempsey's brilliant volley to set up a grandstand finish.

However, Malahide hung on to their slender advantage and are now unbeaten in the last three matches.

Pierce Walshe's troops are on the road this coming Friday evening to take on St Patrick's CY, who will no doubt welcome the opportunity to play at home after five of their six opening league games were scheduled away from Ringsend. The kick-off time is 7.45pm.

Malahide United: Dean Smith, Mark Brennan, Collie Curtis, Glen Daly, Ian O'Reilly, Gareth Logan (Timmy Doherty), Cillian Timmons, Dylan Cashin, Alan O'Sullivan, Darren Craven, Alex Wright (Alex Barry).

Fingal Independent