Tuesday 22 October 2019

Moody comes to rescue as Mals make their point

Soccer: Leinster Senior League

PJ Murray

Malahide United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to newly promoted Wayside Celtic on Wednesday night.

Senior Div Sunday Malahide United 1 Wayside Celtic 1

Pierce Walsh's side had to come from behind to salvage a point despite being the better of the two teams for the majority of the game.

The result leave Mals with five points from a possible 15, but they are comfortably located in the middle of the table, while Wayside remain unbeaten after their opening four games.

Following on from their first win of the season the previous week, Mals began with a real fire in their bellies, but they lacked the ability to create any clear-cut opportunities.

They were made pay for that lack of penetration in the final third when Wayside's first foray forward resulted in a mix-up in the Malahide defence and the visitors capitalised to take the lead.

The Senior Sunday new boys didn't appear to be interested in adding to their lead, however, and immediately dropped much deeper in an effort to frustrate the Malahide attack.

This approach worked as the hosts began to attempt pot shots from distance and they failed to create any real chances of note and went into the break still trailing by that single goal.

The half-time team talk did seem to work as Malahide came out a much changed side and were more direct when going forward.

However, they were dealt a blow when Ryan Dooney was forced off with an injury.

With 20 minutes remaining, though, their patience was rewarded as the hard-working Karl Moody popped up on the edge of the six-yard box to smash home from close range.

Indeed, Moody could have had a second goal late on but was denied by a save.

That makes it two games unbeaten for the Gannon Park side as they come off back-to-back defeats and it gives the Northsiders a chance at gaining some momentum.

The draw was made for the FAI Intermediate Cup during the week and Malahide were one of 26 teams to receive a bye into the second round.

They will be hoping to replicate their cup run of last season which saw them make the quarter-final stages.

Fingal Independent