Malahide fight back bravely but fall short
MALAHIDE are still looking for their first away win in the AIL following a 10-point loss to Dublin rivals Seapoint on Saturday afternoon.
Division 2C newcomers Malahide have now won two and lost two of their opening four games, with both losses coming away from home. In truth this was a comfortable victory for the hosts who led 25-0 at one stage, but two late tries from Malahide put a better look on the scoreboard for the visitors.
Malahide went into the game without the experience of Mike Ross and they were also dealt a blow beforehand as out half Conal Keane was ruled out. Keane has played a huge part in Malahide’s back-to-back promotions and his accuracy with the placed ball was sorely lacking against Seapoint.
Malahide knew that this was going to be a tough battle given Seapoint’s excellent home record. Eric Miller’s side went into the game on a five-match unbeaten home run, beating Midleton, Rainey, Kanturk and Bangor twice in Kilbogget Park.
Malahide coach Rick Evans knew that these were the type of games his side had to overcome should they be looking to gatecrash the top four in Division 2C, but Seapoint got off to a steady start, scoring two penalties in the opening five minutes to open up a six-point lead.
It was 13-0 five minutes later as a well-worked lineout saw the ball pop out to the Seapoint winger who found a gap in the Malahide defence before diving over the whitewash.
A second try for Seapoint arrived five minutes later as some nice interplay in midfield resulted in the ball being switched out wide for the speedy winger to go in for try number two. That try was successfully converted and Malahide were now struggling, with the scoreboard reading 20-0 to the hosts.
A nightmare first half ended on a sour note for Malahide as Seapoint once more punched a hole in the Malahide defence before going over in the corner. The conversion may have been missed, but as the sides went in at the break Seapoint would have been very satisfied with their first-half performance which saw them go in 25-0 ahead.
Malahide finally got on the board immediately after the restart
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as Shane O’brien slotted over a penalty to make it 25-3.
Minutes later the gap was reduced still further as the always reliable Marcus Mcallister bulldozed his way over the try line to make it 25-8 and give his side a glimmer of hope.
Colin Corkery failed to add the extras, but Malahide looked re-energised now and were enjoying their most dominant period of the game.
Corkery made amends for that missed conversion with a sumptuous solo try late on before adding the conversion to make it 25-15.
Malahide continued to press hard in the final 10 minutes, but to Seapoint’s credit they stood firm and deservedly left the pitch with a 25-15 victory over a game Malahide side.
MALAHIDE: Reece O’connell, Peter O’connor, Tom Collis, Cameron Ross, David Nolan, Simon Kinsella, Chris O’brien, David Whately, Hugo Nolan, Shane O’brien, Gary Robb, John Kennedy, David Mongan, John O’brien, Marcus Mcallister.
Marcus Mcallister’s second-half try gave Malahide hope, but it proved too little too late at Seapoint.
Corkery scored a late try.