Ark­low Town bow out

SOC­CER CHAR­LIE CAHILL CUP

Bray People - - Sport -

ARK­LOW TOWN bowed out of the Char­lie Cahill Cup at the first hur­dle de­spite an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance away at Malahide United on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

With back to back wins in league action Town have pushed their way into sec­ond place in Le­in­ster Se­nior League Divi­sion 1 and though pro­mo­tion re­mains the fo­cus, a good run in the cups is also a keen am­bi­tion for Matt Brit­ton and his side.

The Town be­gan brightly, phys­i­cally match­ing the chal­lenge from the home side. Stephen Hur­ley went close to break­ing the dead­lock with a long range ef­fort that had the home keeper scram­bling to clear.

Ark­low’s dom­i­nance grew with both Kenny Keogh and Ian O’Reilly caus­ing the Dublin side plenty of prob­lems.

Malahide’s frus­tra­tion was in­creas­ingly ev­i­dent as they were re­liant on set pieces, un­able to pierce Town’s strong de­fen­sive unit.

The Malahide ‘keeper pulled off a mag­nif­i­cent save to deny O’Reilly early into the sec­ond half, ar­guably Town’s best chance in the game, tip­ping O’Reilly’s headed ef­fort over the bar.

With twenty min­utes re­main­ing the dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken, against the run of play, with the Malahide full back driv­ing home a free kick past Craig Brit­ton.

Ark­low threw cau­tion to the wind in search of an equaliser but were un­done with two min­utes re­main­ing with a counter at­tack beat­ing Town’s off­side trap.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous dis­ap­point­ment of the re­sult, Town can be sat­is­fied with a good all-round team per­for­mance.

Next up for the Town side is fur­ther cup action next Fri­day night at Bridgewater Cen­tre Park, when they play host to St. James Gate in the FAI In­ter­me­di­ate Cup.

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