Sunday 15 July 2018

Mals sink Swords

Malahide United 2 Swords Celtic 0

PJ Murray at Gannon Park

Malahide United booked their place in the next round of the Metro Cup with a 2-0 win at home to local rivals Swords, but they needed goals in the final five minutes to see off their plucky neighbours.

It was a typical local derby at a cold but crisp Gannon Park on Thursday night. Indeed, after the first five minutes it could have been 3-3 as the game started with a flurry of chances for both sides.

Swords' Stephen Trimble launched a ball into the Malahide box which was allowed bounce and Gavin Smith pulled his shot wide.

Smith again benefited from a keeper's kick, and this time it was Malahide shot-stopper Stephen Cashen whose poor clearance went straight to the Swords striker. He raced into the box and squared a pass to Shaun O'Brien who in turn shot wide from six yards out.

At the other end Alan O'Sullivan was played through, but he pulled his shot just wide.

Smith should have scored when a ricochet from a tackle went straight through to him, and despite seemingly being in an offside position he actually wasn't as the ball came off a Malahide player. However, he turned and blazed his chance wide.

Swords should have taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Cashen failed to come and claim a ball and Calvin Dooney took possession inside the box, but his shot was narrowly wide.

Trimble, well out of his goal, took a back pass and sliced his clearing kick to Karl Moody, but the striker blazed his volley well wide, despite having a complete open goal to shoot into, and so it remained 0-0 at the break.

Trimble pulled off a sublime save minutes after the restart as Darren Craven made a great break down the wing and he chipped a pass into Moody whose header was tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Malahide began to come more into the game in the second half, David Fallon pumped a free into the box which Glen Daly had a free run at, but he put his header wide.

Owen Jones had several set pieces all go very close as the visitors experienced a small period of dominance. The visitors were then thankful for Andrew Bermingham as some slack defending allowed the ball drop to Dylan Cashin eight yards out and he smashed a shot which was blocked on the line by the midfielder.

With ten minutes remaining Craven nipped past two Swords defenders and raced into the box where he struck a curling shot with the outside of his right boot, but Trimble was quick to react and tip the ball behind for a corner.

From nothing, Bermingham decided to shoot and his effort hit the post, with Cashen beaten, as Swords almost took the lead with nine minutes remaining.

The breakthrough eventually came on 85 minutes. With extra time and the possibility of penalties looking all the more likely, Malahide forced a corner.

The ball was whipped by Craven and it was deflected out to the path of Alan O'Sullivan who blasted a lot shot straight through the middle.

Sixty seconds later Malahide wrapped up the win. Second-half sub Cillian Timmons cut in from the right wing and hit a shot at Trimble which he pushed out into the middle of the box where another sub was waiting.

Robert Duggan had come on minutes before, but he made no mistake when provided with an opportunity and his goal sealed Malahide's passage into the next round.

Fingal Independent