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SOMERS GOAL SENDS SAINTS SOARING INTO FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL

GOALDEN GOAL: St Mochta’s Karl Somers, centre , peels away in celebration after netting the winning goal in Friday night’s New Balance FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final at Gannon Park. Photo: Eamon Scott/STRIKERONLINE (copyright)

MALAHIDE UNITED…..0 ST MOCHTA’S FC…….1

AS EVERYBODY knows goals win football games and, for the second time in the space of a week, Malahide’s inability to find the net has cost them dearly.

Two lone goal defeats have seen United surrender pole position in the battle for the LSL Senior Division title courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Edenderry Town on Sunday last and Friday night’s one goal was sufficient again as Mochta’s put paid to United’s Intermediate Cup hopes in the semi-final.

BY DERMOT CLARKE

It wasn’t pretty, it was never going to be and opportunities were at a premium.  The first coming when returning United skipper Darren Craven elicited a superb tip-over from Craig Hyland from a 20 yard free-kick in the 8th minute.

Midway through the half some the busy Karl Somers created space for himself but his long range effort flew just wide. 

The only other chance of note came on 38 when Hyland dropped a Karl Melling corner-kick but Anthony McKay’s toe-poke couldn’t make it over the line.

The second half opened with a fierce effort from Dylan Cashin that whizzed past Hyland’s right post.  Cashin then rose to head a free-kick clear and into Jordi Ebanda’s path. 

Ebanda took it to the box and cut inside but once again Hyland was equal to his effort.  Fifteen remained on the clock when some indecision in the Malahide rearguard allowed Dean Kelly free on the right and Somers slid in to meet his low cross and turn the ball home.

Darren Doyle and Cillian Thompson went close to levelling towards the end.  Melling’s forays down left caused problems.  The last throw of the dice was a Craven free-kick that struck the wall but Saints lost Glen Shannon to a red in the incident that led to the award, but Mochta’s cleared their lines to claim a first ever appearance in the decider.

Malahide United: Dylan McNulty, Cillian Timmins, Karl Melling, Robert Gaul, Glen Daly, Dylan Cashin, Gareth Craven, Darren Craven, Jordi Ebanda, Anthony McKay, Jamie McGlynn.  Subs: Mark Brennan, Brian Foley, Darren Doyle, Ciaran McGahan, Cillian Thompson, Mark O’Brien, Levi Boardman.

St. Mochtas: Craig Hyland, Denis Moran, Sean Byrne, Glen Shannon, Gavin Kearney, Mark O’Neill, Karl Somers, Michael Davy, Gareth McCaffrey, Kenneth Carr, Jason Marks.  Subs: Cathal O’Connor, Paul O’Connor, Mark Higgins, Dean Kelly, Jason Grouse, Brian Fitzpatrick, Kyle Hogan.

Referee: Owen Murphy.  Assistants: Chris Murphy, Paul Reid.

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