Craven class as Malahide reach Cahill Cup decider

by Gazette Reporter

Charlie Cahill Cup
Malahide United 3
Bangor Celtic 1

Ronan Gaine

Malahide United are through to the final of the Charlie Cahill Cup after they came from behind to beat Bangor Celtic 3-1, in the semi-final on Friday night.

Playing against the wind in the first half proved challenging for the home side as they struggled to maintain possession, and Bangor, causing problems from set pieces, were soon in front.

Goalkeeper Dylan McNulty lost the flight of the ball from a corner and although he was able to stop the first header on goal, the ball fell to the edge of the six yard box for a Bangor forward to tap home.

Malahide were struggling, with set pieces proving a real problem for them. However, the game began to turn as winger Ciaran McGahon got on the ball more frequently to terrorise the Celts defence.

Following some good work down the right by McGahon, he stood the ball up to the back post, where midfielder Darren Craven was waiting and, calm as ever, he took the ball down on his left before cutting inside and smashing right footed into the far corner to equalise.

Malahide then began to dominate but failed to drive home their advantage before half time. This continued after the break and after struggling to create any clear chances, substitute Levi Boardman grabbed the crucial second goal.

McGahon was proving the difference, again on hand to set up the second. The winger breezed past two defenders down the left flank before laying it on a plate for striker Boardman to tap home, his cross going right across the goal mouth before being met by the substitute at the back post.

The weather was proving the difference maker, Bangor struggling against the wind, were reduced to long balls forward which the Malahide defence easily dealt with.

Midfielders Dylan Cashin and Craven began to dominate the game, their endeavour in the middle of the park nullifying Bangor’s attacking threat which eventually led to an all important third goal with 15 minutes remaining.

An in-swinging corner from the left hand side was flicked on by centre back Glen Daly and following a significant deflection off a Bangor defender found its way into the far corner of the goal.

It was the killer blow to the away side and while Daly claimed the glory it would go down as an own goal.

After assisting the third goal, Daly went close to adding his name to the score sheet.

The defender picked the ball up on the half way line and then played a quick one two before curling his effort just beyond the post.

Craven also went close to adding a fourth late on but his free kick went just wide. These missed chances proved unimportant though as United played out the remaining minutes of the game with relative ease.

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