Monday 26 August 2019

Title fight still on as battling Mals pick up points

PJ Murray

Malahide United returned to the top of the Senior Sunday Division after a thrilling 3-2 win away to Killester on Sunday afternoon.

Killester United 2 Malahide United 3

Pierce Walshe's side saw off some late Killester pressure to hold on for all three points.

Malahide fell behind early on when a free kick from outside the area left keeper Patrick Dunne with no chance.

To their credit, though, Malahide didn't panic and worked their way back into the game.

Darren Craven had the best opportunity for the visitors on the half-hour mark when Dylan Cashin spotted the winger in space and deftly sent a chip in his direction. Craven took the ball in his stride and cut inside before blazing over.

The midfielder made no mistake soon after, though, as Cashin once again stated the move. He fed JJ Fitzpatrick and the young striker raced down the right before delivering a ball to the back post which Karl Moody flicked on for Craven to thump past the Killester keeper.

Malahide had to be wary at the back, though. The hosts split their defence and Dunne was left rooted to the spot as he watched a shot drift wide of the post.

Just before the break, however, it was Malahide who got their noses in front when Moody was brought down on the edge of the box and Craven hit a low free kick which nestled in the bottom left-hand corner.

Malahide almost increased their lead two minutes into the second half. Dylan Cashin, who was once again in the right place at the right time, fed Moody whose effort skimmed the post.

JJ Fitzpatrick had a header from a Mark Brennan cross saved as the visitors continued to pile on the pressure before they did make it 3-1 on the hour mark.

This time a direct ball into the box was expertly controlled by Moody and he took one touch before dispatching it past the Killester keeper.

Malahide sat back a little, defending their two-goal lead. Dunne was very confident between the sticks as he claimed ball after ball.

However, with 10 minutes remaining the home side pulled a goal back. Again the Mals defence was cut open with a through-ball and a Killester man finished from close range.

Dunne then pulled off a fantastic save to prevent Killester from gaining parity.

Cashin almost got the goal he so thoroughly deserved as a swift counter-attack saw Moody play the dynamic midfielder through, but his attempted lob was a little too high and it dropped over the crossbar.

The win sees Malahide lead the division by three points, although they have played four games more than those in second to fourth.

With the way results have been going - previous leaders Firhouse Clover were beaten at the weekend - there is every chance that the Fingal side can remain in contention going into the final few weeks of the season.

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