Cashin rescues a point for Malahide
MALAHIDE UNITED GREYSTONES UTD 1 1
A WONDERFUL 93rd-minute volley from Dylan Cashin rescued a deserved point for Malahide United to maintain their recent unbeaten run.
Terry Palmer’s side have endured a difficult start to the season, but this result means they’ve now gone three games unbeaten and it seems the manager’s new methods are beginning to resonate with his players.
The home side had to dig deep for this point given Greystones had scored what looked to be a certain winner in the 90th minute.
However, Dylan Cashin’s late intervention ensured the shares were spoiled in what was a competitive game in Gannon Park.
The game began in atrocious conditions, with the wind howling and rain belting down.
Malahide began the first half with the wind at their backs and they enjoyed the majority of possession early on as Greystones sat back and invited the hosts onto them.
The first real chance of the game arrived in the 17th minute - and what a goal it almost was!
Alan O’sullivan picked up the ball just inside the Greystones half before slaloming his way around four defenders. Fortunately for the visitors, their goalkeeper was alert and he rushed out to smother O’sullivan’s effort and put it out for a corner.
Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half, with Karl Moody’s long-range dipping effort comfortably saved by the Greystones keeper just before the break.
The sides went in still deadlocked as the wind and rain continued to prove problematic for both sets of players.
Greystones enjoyed a decent spell of possession at the beginning of the second half and their striker called Malahide goalkeeper Stephen Cashin into action with a first-time shot just after the break.
Malahide gradually began to get back on top and almost went ahead, with substitute Dan Burgess narrowly missing the target from just outside the box.
The game looked to be heading for a scoreless draw until the final minute of normal time when Greystones launched an attack down the right.
The ball was crossed in by their winger before being headed home powerfully by the striker to give the visitors a last gasp lead.
It looked to be curtains for Malahide following the concession of that goal as the clock ticked into injury time.
However, Malahide refused to give up and in the 93rd minute they got their rewards as former Drogheda United player Eoin Kirwan cross found its way to Dylan Cashin who volleyed the ball superbly into the bottom corner of the net for a deserved equaliser.
Having conceded so late in the game this will feel like a point gained for Malahide who will next face Bangor Celtic this weekend MALAHIDE UTD: Stephen Cashin, Karl Melling, Gary Kenna, Brian Fahey, Jason Rankin, Gareth Logan, Dylan Cashin, Darren Craven, Gareth Craven, Karl Moody, Alan O’sullivan. Subs: Dan Burgess for Gareth Craven, Killian Timmins for Karl Moody, Eoin Kirwan for Darren Craven.
Malahide’s Karl Melling puts pressure on Stephen Metcalfe of Greystones United.