Wednesday 24 January 2018

Five-star Crumlin give Mals a hiding

Leinster Senior League, Senior Division Sunday: Crumlin Utd 5 Malahide Utd 1

Paul Byrne

Malahide United crashed to their third defeat of the season as they fell short to a very well drilled Crumlin side who maintained their perfect start to the season with a comfortable 5-1 victory.

Terry Palmer's side have struggled on the road this year, although it must be noted that their three defeats so far have come against St Mochtas, Killester and Crumlin who currently occupy the top three positions in the division and will more than likely be there or thereabouts come the season's end.

Malahide travelled to Crumlin on the back of a good 2-0 victory over Drumcondra on Wednesday night, with teenager Sam Burgess showing he is a player of undoubted potential as he came off the bench to put in a man of the match performance, creating both of his side's goals.

On the same evening Crumlin had struggled to a laboured 1-0 victory over Bangor Celtic and knew they needed to improve if they were to get past Palmer's new-look side.

Crumlin started brightly and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 15 minutes. The home side won the ball in midfield before a through-ball played in Craig Walsh who rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Not satisfied to defend that lead, Crumlin continued to attack and 15 minutes after scoring their opener they doubled their lead to leave Malahide in serious trouble. The goal arrived courtesy of a penalty which Jake Donnelly rattled home to make it 2-0.

In-form Darren Craven almost got Malahide back into the game, but his powerful shot cannoned back of the crossbar, much to the relief of the Crumlin players. That proved to be a pivotal moment in the game as rather than go in 2-1 down Malahide found themselves 3-0 behind at the break as Crumlin went up the other end and scored a third courtesy of David Vickery's powerful shot.

The second half saw Malahide continue to press forward in search of a goal, but time and time again they broke down in the final third.

Karl Melling almost pulled one back on the hour mark, but his shot went over the crossbar as the score remained 3-0 to Crumlin.

The excellent Craig Walsh was causing the Malahide defence all sorts of problems with his movement and he was on target for a second time in the match as he played a one-two with Jake Donnelly before firing the ball low and hard past Malahide goalkeeper Stephen Cashin.

Crumlin were relentless now and showed no mercy to an already beaten Malahide side as they continued to press forward looking for a fifth. It duly arrived with 10 minutes left as Donnelly scored his second of the game.

To Malahide's credit they refused to let their heads drop and managed to score a late consolation goal through Darren Craven to ensure they maintain their record of scoring in each of their five games this season.

Malahide: Stephen Cashin, Jason Rankin, Glen Daly (Killian Timmins), Gary Kenna, Brian Foley, Rob Duggan (Dave Fallon), Dylan Cashin, Mark Brennan (Karl Moody), Mark Kelly, Gareth Logan, Darren Craven.

Fingal Independent

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