Faltering Mals bea
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.