Arklow Town bow out
SOCCER CHARLIE CAHILL CUP
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.