Saturday 24 August 2019

Dylan cashes in as Mals give UCD a lesson

Senior Division Sunday

PJ Murray

Malahide United came from behind to score an injury-time winner on Friday night at home to UCD and head into the Christmas break on a high note.

Malahide Utd 2 UCD 1

The three points leave Pierce Walshe's side third in the Senior Division Sunday table and just two points behind leaders Drumcondra.

It has been a mixed week for Malahide after they secured the signature of former Shelbourne striker Alan O'Sullivan and UCD's Eoin Kirwan as a direct replacement for Jake Hyland who is leaving the club to go to League of Ireland Division 1 outfit Drogheda United.

The former Bohemians midfielder signed off on his time at Gannon Park in the perfect fashion as he bagged a late equaliser before Dylan Cashin popped up with the winner.

UCD took the lead with 10 minutes gone when a cross from the right wing and a free header left Brian Kane with no chance.

However, chances after that were few and far between for both sides. Malahide were poor in the final third of the pitch and wasted several chances. Ryan Dooney was making good runs down the wing, but the final ball was finding no-one in the box.

It was a different situation in the second half as Malahide were much the better team and they laid siege to UCD's goal, pumping balls into the box from both wings in an attempt to get back on level terms.

New signing O'Sullivan came on and looked like a threat every time he was on the ball.

Having been denied several times previously, Hyland got the goal he craved. A cross from the right found the midfielder unmarked and he volleyed home from inside the box to level matters and give Malahide a massive boost.

With three minutes to play Darren Craven picked out a 60-yard cross-field pass to Kirwan who took on and beat the covering defender to the byeline, from where he pulled the ball back.

Cashin was perfectly positioned to take advantage and he made no mistake from close range.

The home bench and supporters erupted with joy, but that was almost short-lived as the Students nearly equalised at the death.

A loss in concentration allowed UCD run at Malahide straight from the restart and Kane could only watch as a free UCD striker blazed his shot wide of the post, much to the relief of the keeper and his teammates.

Walshe is pleased that his side are going into the break so near the top of the table and pointed to the fact that Malahide led the table for several weeks early in the season which will stand to the players.

'We topped the table earlier in the season, but I think the pressure got to the lads and they cracked and we went through that slump, but it's different now. We aren't leading the division and that takes some of the pressure off.'

On the new signings, Walshe feels both have a lot to offer and O'Sullivan will be key as Mals have been missing an out-and-out goalscorer for a few seasons.

Fingal Independent