Wednesday 23 January 2019

Mals' blushes are saved by a late McGahon goal

Soccer, Leinster Senior League, Herald Metro Cup: Malahide United 3 Edenderry Town 2

Paul Byrne

A last-gasp winner from Ciaran McGahon sent Malahide through to the second round of the Met Cup after an enthralling game with Edenderry.

The Offaly side acquitted themselves very well during the game and led 1-0 at half-time before falling victim to an excellent second-half comeback from Ger Coughlan's side.

Malahide came into the match having had a mixed start to their league campaign, with a draw, win and a defeat in their opening three matches. However, a 4-1 victory over title contenders Killester/Donnycarney last time out ensured there was a lot of confidence coursing through the players veins as they made their way on to Gannon Park to take on Edenderry.

The Offaly side play in the division below Malahide in Senior 1 Sunday and have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their season, with three wins and a draw, so Malahide knew this would be a test.

And so it proved early on as Edenderry enjoyed plenty of possession, with the visiting midfield winning the battle early on.

Malahide gradually got into the game and created the first real chance, with Gareth Craven beating the offside trap before hitting his shot agonisingly wide with the keeper beaten.

Malahide continued to press and forced a succession of corners, but the visiting goalkeeper dealt well with high balls to snuff out any danger.

Despite enjoying their best spell of the game it was Malahide who conceded first as a long ball forward was flicked on by the Edenderry midfielder for his striker to run on to and finish with aplomb.

That goal came slightly against the run of play, but the visitors didn't mind as they celebrated taking the lead. Malahide failed to create any more chances leading up to half-time and went in at the break 1-0 down.

The second half saw Malahide come out of the traps quickly and they were soon on level terms as Gareth Craven ran onto a Karl Melling through ball before placing the ball past the Edenderry goalkeeper.

At this stage it seemed that Malahide would push on and finish the job and that's exactly how it seemed to play out as Malahide quickly tok the lead just minutes after getting back on terms.

Karl Melling was seeing plenty of the ball now and his clever one-two with McGahon sent him clear , with the midfielder clipping the ball over the advancing keeper to put Ger Coughlan's side in front for the first time.

Edenderry weren't finished just yet, however, and from a corner kick they equalised after a scramble in the box to leave the scores level once more going into the final fifteen minutes.

Malahide pushed and pushed for a winner and just when it seemed as though it wasn't going to arrive in normal time, up stepped McGahon to fire home a late late winner in the 91st minute to send the home supporters into celebratory mode.

It was a tough test for Malahide but they'll be pleased to be in the draw for the second round.

Fingal Independent