Fal­ter­ing Mals bea

Fingal Independent - - SPORT - PAUL BYRNE

MALAHIDE are still search­ing for their first vic­tory of the 2018/19 cam­paign fol­low­ing a se­cond heavy de­feat in suc­ces­sion.

The Divi­sion 2C hope­fuls were well beaten the pre­vi­ous week at Es­tu­ary Road as Ban­gor left north Dublin with max­i­mum points and on Satur­day an­other North­ern side proved too strong for the Fin­gal out­fit as Malahide’s early sea­son strug­gles con­tin­ued with de­feat up in Omagh.

It all started so well for the visi­tors as speedy winger Mar­cus Mcal­lis­ter con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent form from last sea­son with a fine touch­down. A sweep­ing move from left to right off the back of an Omagh li­ne­out was well col­lected by Mcal­lis­ter out wide and he turned on the af­ter­burn­ers to evade his marker and go over the white­wash in the cor­ner.

That try came af­ter just one minute and Malahide were soon in for a se­cond as a suc­ces­sion of ex­cel­lent darts by the for­wards for the line fi­nally reaped re­wards as Mcal­lis­ter barged over the line from close range de­spite two Omagh for­wards hang­ing off him.

Omagh re­duced Malahide’s lead to seven points cour­tesy of a penalty in front of the posts af­ter a quar­ter of an hour. They were be­gin­ning to get on top now and they scored their first try six min­utes later to get back on terms. The hosts re­ceived a li­ne­out just in­side Malahide’s ’22 which they won, and from a rolling maul they bun­dled their way over the line to re­duce Malahide’s lead to 10-8. It was level just mo­ments later when the con­ver­sion was added and at that stage Malahide knew they were un­der the cosh against a con­fi­dent Omagh side.

Omagh con­tin­ued to press for­ward and against an in­creas­ingly des­per­ate Malahide de­fence they man­aged to get over

Sk­er­ries prop for­ward Cor­mac Mar­rey hands off an MU Barn­hall op­po­nent dur­ing last Fri­day’s All-ire­land League

Sk­er­ries’ Dave Good­man takes the ball into con­tact as MU Barn­hall dou­ble up to tackle him.

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