PTSB SUNDAY DIVISION 3:
INTER MALAHIDE 0-0 BEGGSBORO
INTER Malahide entertained Beggsboro in an AUL Division 3 clash this morning at Malahide Castle this morning. You know back in 2008 the great Neil Young set up stage a few yards from this venue and one of his biggest selling albums was ‘After The Gold Rush.’
The reason I tell you this is that Beggsboro were wearing gold shirts and they absolutely peppered the Inter nets in the first half, but after the gold rush, it remained, somehow, nil-nil at the break.
When I say somehow, it was mainly down to the goalkeeping of Jamie Costello who pulled off a string of fine saves in the opening 45.
Minute two Wayne King slipped Jason King in and he saved. Nine later he saved from the same man when Wayne and Colm Hanley combined to set him up.
On 15 Costello denied Gavin Power from point-blank range as the Beggsboro frustration grew. On 26 Jason King might have done better when he curled wide from ten yards after Hanley again had set him up.
Power went close twice before the break and on the second occasion it was Costello who came to Inter’s rescue again by saving superbly with his feet.
You still reckoned the Cabra men would go on and win it but Inter turned the game on its head in the second period. On 51 Tom Killeen was denied by the feet of Gareth Wildes in the Beggsboro nets.
On the hour mark Reece McGonigle did well to get his cross over from the right and Aaron Caffrey was millimetres away from getting a head on it and that’s all it needed.
Then Killeen twice went close with free-kicks from a similar spot on 67 and 68. Wildes scrambled well to save his first effort and the second dipped just a little to late to land on the correct side of the crossbar.
Killeen was in action again five from the finish when he slipped Caffrey in but the lively number 7 just couldn’t wrap his foot around it sufficiently and the ball went inches wide.
Right at the death a moment of controversy. Jack Ryder rose to head a Caffrey corner goalwards and it was cleared from the line by a hand-ball. In fairness to referee John Watson he wasn’t best positioned to see but had there been assistants on the lines Inter would surely have been awarded a spot-kick.
In the end though the definitive game of two halves brought about a fair result with Jamie Costello the standout performer for inter Malahide.
Inter Malahide: Jamie Costello, Barry Markey, Sean Berrell, Kian Hopkins, Alan McKenna-Byrne, Tom Killeen, Aaron Caffrey, Jack Ryder, Stephen Delaney, David McCormack, Brian Conlon. Subs: Thomas Grumley, John Conlon, Reece McGonigle, David Seagrave, Jack Hennessy.
Beggsboro FC: Gareth Wildes, Brendan Harte, Jimmy Kelly, Jason McKenna, Andy Sheridan, Gavin Power, Richard King, Colm Hanley, Jason King, Shaun Murphy, Wayne King. Subs: Dan Russell, Dan Caffer, Damien Farrell, Ross Ryan, David Hammond, Kyle King, Jonathan Clarke.
Referee: John Watson.