Malahide in for the 'Kill' as they continue ascent
Malahide United kept their unbeaten home record intact as Pierce Walshe's side secured a 2-0 win over Killester to move third in the Senior Sunday table.
Malahide United 2 Killester United 0
Goals in either half secured the win for the Gannon Park side which is a real boost for their goal of finishing in the top three this season.
Playing against a very stiff breeze and arguably the most potent attacking trio, Malahide were slow to settle in the game.
Deputising for the injured Brian Kane, Pat Dunne had very little to do in the Malahide goal. The back four of Kevin Molloy, Ryan Dooney, Aaron O'Neill and Kevin Farragher held up well under some intense pressure in the opening stages.
Mals were set up to counter attack and it was the hosts who had the first chance on seven minutes when Darren Craven dragged a speculative effort just wide.
Killester, with former League of Ireland player Philly Hand in their ranks, forced an opening minutes later, but the final shot fizzed wide.
A Gareth Logan corner on 15 minutes eventually found Dylan Cashin inside the box and his smart shot was well saved by the visiting keeper.
Mals spurned a series of good chances, as first Craven slipped the industrious Karl Moody through, but he shot right at the keeper, and then Logan delivered a cross which Farragher headed just wide.
The opening goal came on 43 minutes in controversial circumstances as another fast break saw Logan feed the ball to Moody who appeared to be in an offside position. He bore down on goal, was caught in two minds and eventually laid the ball off to Craven at the back post who quickly squared it back to Moody for the winger to finish.
The Killester players surrounded the linesman and referee in protest, but the goal stood and Malahide were worthy of their lead at that stage.
Farragher had a shot narrowly wide in first-half stoppage time as Mals almost doubled their lead.
Kills pushed their cover up in the second half as they successfully sprung the offside trap on numerous occasions. They forced back-to-back corners which Malahide dealt with well. Chances were few and far between in a very lacklustre half.
Craven curled a free kick from 25 yards out around the wall, but the keeper had positioned himself well to make the save.
With 20 minutes remaining the visitors had their best chance of the game when they breached the Mals cover with a through-ball, but the subsequent shot was always rising.
Malahide should have wrapped the game up with nine minutes to go when Eoin Kirwan released Alan O'Sullivan and the striker was through on goal, but his effort was brilliantly saved by the keeper.
Then Craven was through moments later but blasted a shot off the crossbar.
The hosts weren't made to rue those missed chances, though, as with time almost up O'Sullivan unselfishly squared a pass to Craven for the winger to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
Malahide travel to Drumcondra on Friday night in the hope of continuing their winning streak and also moving closer to the summit.
Malahide UNITED: Pat Dunne, Aaron O'Neill, Kevin Molloy, Ryan Dooney, Kevin Farragher, Eoin Kirwan, Darren Craven, Dylan Cashin, Alan O'Sullivan, Gareth Logan, Karl Moody (David Fallon).