Tuesday 14 August 2018

Mals seeking new boss

Soccer, Leinster Senior League, Senior Div Sunday: Firhouse Clover 3 Malahide United 1

Paul Byrne

Malahide United wrapped up their Senior Sunday campaign with a loss in an action-packed game in Firhouse on Wednesday evening last.

Two first-half goals without reply from the home side put Terry Palmer's men under pressure before Karl Moody halved the deficit after 50 minutes.

Malahide poured forward late on in search of an equaliser but were caught on the break at the death as the home side scored a third.

The loss sees Malahide finish the season in fifth place on 37 points, a reasonable return given the Fingal side's poor start to the season.

Malahide began the game brightly but were hit with a sucker punch after half an hour as a clearance from their goalkeeper Ben Kelly was blocked down before rolling into the empty net.

The visitors were still reeling from the concession of that fortuitous goal when they conceded a second a minute later.

A good move down the left saw Malahide's defence opened up before the Firhouse Clover striker finished with aplomb to make it 2-0.

That's the way the score stayed until half-time as the home team went in much the happier of the two sides.

Malahide came out with all guns blazing in the second half, though, and got the rewards in the 50th minute as Moody cut inside before unleashing a fierce shot which gave the home goalkeeper no chance.

Firhouse were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes still remaining, which was the point at which the away side began to realise there was still something in this game for them.

In the end they could - and perhaps should - have nicked at least a point after a late flurry of chances.

Darren Craven rued his bad luck when he hit the crossbar, and soon after that a Moody effort hit the post.

Malahide poured forward at the death but were exposed at the back and punished accordingly as Firhouse countered before scoring a third goal to win the game.

Malahide will spend the next few weeks searching for a new manager after Palmer resigned his post after the game.

The former Shamrock Rovers defender cited work commitments as the reason for his departure.

Malahide United: Ben Kelly, Brian Foley, Karl Melling, Jack Trainor, Gary Kenna, Dylan Cashin, Gareth Logan (Dara Brennan), Mark Kelly (Rob Duggan), Karl Moody, Darren Craven, Killian Timmins.

Fingal Independent