Malahide United claimed a big scalp on Thursday evening as they beat LSL Sunday Senior title contenders Killester United 1-0 at Gannon Park.
Terry Palmer’s Malahide side were full value for their win over a Killester side managed by Gary Howlett, who was oon the coaching staff when Palmer was a player at Bohemians in the mid-00s.
Former Shelbourne midfielder Dylan Cashin scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time as United put a serious dent in the visitors’ hopes of overhauling league leaders Bluebell United.
Malahide came into the game with confidence despite winning just once in their previous five games and dominated possession from the off.
It was Killester who registered the first shot on goal, however, in the fifth minute as Lennie McMilian met Terry McAuley cross with his head but couldn’t find the target.
Malahide had plenty of pressure with few clear-cut chances, with a corner kick cleared off the line the closest they came in the first quarter.
Killester continued to look dangerous from set-pieces, and a Stephen Chambers corner looked destined for Adam McCormac only for Malahide keeper Ben Kelly to decisively punch the ball to safety.
Darren Craven was denied from inside the six-yard box by Killester stopper Jason Cosgrave in what would prove the north county Dublin side’s best chance of the opening half.
McMillian continued to threaten up front after the break alongside John Brophy, and he forced a smart stop from Kelly before Reece Weldon curled his free-kick straight into the defensive wall.
Malahide’s patience did eventually pay off close to the end as a scramble in the box ended with the ball at the feet of Cashin, and he made no mistake from close range.
“We were delighted with the win and a clean sheet,” a satisfied Palmer told the Dublin Gazette.
“The performance was there from us. We’ve been doing quite well since Christmas but probably haven’t been picking up the points that we should have. It was a big game for us.
“I thought we dominated and deserved it. We were at it from the start and I’d say we have 65%-70% of possession and the majority of the chances.
“We haven’t been doing too badly, we’ve just been conceding soft goals and being punished for every mistake.
“It was nice to have a 90-minute performance instead of playing for a half and not so good in the second half, and get a good result in the end.
Malahide are now comfortably set up in midtable, six points from safety with nine games to play, but the former UCD and Shamrock Rovers defender feels there’s plenty more to be done.
“We always try to keep looking up. There’s nine games left, there’s a lot of football to be played. We’ve a cup quarter-final as well, so we’ll see how far we can go. We’ve been doing alright.
“We’ve a tight-enough group of players, but possibly not getting the results we deserve. It’s gone very tight in the middle.
“Every game seems to be competitive in the league at the moment, so there’s a lot more football to be played.”
Malahide now have a Metro Cup quarter-final against Sunday Senior rivals Greystones United to look forward to in two weeks’ time.