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Crumlin v Malahide. Malahide celebrate after winning the Cahill Cup on Sunday. Photos by Ed Scannell 31/03/19

(Malahide United won 5-4 on pens)


All the drama of a nail biting penalty shoot out was need at Whitehall before Malahide United upset the odds to edge out high flying Crumlin United and capture the Leinster Senior League Charlie Cahill Cup.

Crumlin Utd v Malahide Utd. Malahide Utd. Back row (l-r) Emmett McArdle, Cillian Timmins, Ryan Dooney, Glen Daly, Dylan McNulty, Dylan Cashin, Calvin Dooney, Rob Duggan, Levi Boardman, Jordi Ebanda. Front row (l-r) Ciaran McGahon, Brian Foley, Jack Traynor, Darren Craven, Mark Brennan, Gareth Craven, Karl Melling, Mark O’Brien. Pics by Ed Scannell 31/03/19

The game remained scoreless after 90 minutes with both defences having the upper hand and very few clear cut chances been created by either side and when Crumlin finally broke the deadlock six minutes into extra time it looked like they would go on to retain the cup for a third season.

Liam Brady a 70th minute substitute for the injured Craig Walsh was the man to finally put Crumlin in front after he drifted in from the right wing to glance a header past Malahide ‘keeper Dylan McNulty following good work by James Lee to help set up the chance.

That advantage only lasted into the early stages of the second extra time period and it was header from another substitute that brought Malahide level.

Levi Boardman who replaced Jack Traynor at half time found himself totally unmarked in the centre of the Crumlin goal area and when Jodi Ebanda evaded a challenge from Thomas Hyland his pin point cross gave Boardman the easiest of headers to beat Mickey Quinn in the Crumlin goal.

The lively Ebanda had earlier forced Quinn into going full stretch to turn the ball out for a corner while later Darren Craven’s fierce drive looked like winning the cup for Malahide but once again Quinn did well to tip the ball over his crossbar.

But it was his opposite number McNulty in the Malahide goal who took the honours in the penalty shoot out when he guessed correctly to keep out Aidan Roche’s fourth penalty and set up Boardman to win the game for Malahide with his coolly taken final spot kick after Darren Craven, Dylan Cashin, Kieran McGahan and Rob Duggan had all been successful with their penalties.

While for Crumlin John Sullivan, Conor Murphy, Brady and Alan McGreal all hit the target.

The defeat dented Crumlin’s hopes for a third successive Cahill Cup success and also their chances of making a clean sweep of all of this season’s Intermediate level trophies.

However Martin Loughran’e side will re group and they have still all to play for with an FAI Intermediate Cup final date in the Aviva Stadium against Avondale United next month plus involvement in LSL Senior League and Metropolitan Cup and EA Sports and FAI Senior Cup games all on the horizon.

CRUMLIN UNITED: Michael Quinn; Noel Cummins, David Fagan, Thomas Hyland, Sean Harding; James Lee, John Sullivan; Craig Walsh, Conor Murphy, Alan McGreal; Jake Donnelly. Subs: Liam Brady (for Walsh 70), Aidan Roche (for Donnelly 108), Blair Mandingu (for Harding 115), Alan Barrett, Gary Murphy, Mark Keeley, Adam Henry.

MALAHIDE UNITED: Dylan McNulty; Ryan Dooney, Glen Daly, Jack Traynor; Brian Foley, Dylan Cashin, Darren Craven, Mark Brennan, Karl Melling, Gareth Craven; Cillian Timmons. Subs: Levi Boardman (for Traynor h-t), Jordi Ebanda (for Brennan 61), Kieran McGahan (for G Craven 61), Rob Duggan (for Timmons 61), Calvin Dooney, Mark O’Brien, Emmet McArdle. 

Crumlin Utd v Malahide Utd. Match Officials: Paul Mooney, John McCarthy, Damien Tolan and Richie Glynn. Pics by Ed Scannell 31/03/19

Referee: John McCarthy Assistants: Damien Toal, Paul Mooney.
Fourth Official: Richard Glynn. 

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