By NIALL FEERY
MALAHIDE UNITED are tasked with putting a hole in Crumlin United’s quadruple dream when the two collide in the first major final of the season on Sunday as the Charlie Cahill Cup goes up for grabs at Whitehall (Kick Off 2pm).
Crumlin, who are chasing a three in a row in this competition, start as favourites to land part one of the quadruple jigsaw against a Malahide side they’ve already beaten this term.
Malahide, though, will be more than content to leave all the cup final pressure at the feet of the unbeaten Blues as the Gannon Park side enjoy their role as underdogs.
That league meeting back in September ended in a five goals to three win for Crumlin. While leaking five goals at home is hardly encouraging, the fact that Malahide managed to pierce the Blues rear-guard thrice, one of only two sides to do so in the league, will give cause for confidence.
Road to the Cahill Cup Final
Crumlin United – The Blues took Edenderry Town to task in round one when defeating the Midlands side by five goals to nil. Wayside Celtic, who Crumlin beat in the final last season, were next to feel the wrath when the Jackson Park club was picked apart by six goals to one.
Liffey Wanderers fell by four goals to nil as the holders made light work of John Young’s side in the Cage while St Mochta’s were nudged out by the odd goal in five in a high octane semi-final.
Martin Loughran’s side has hit eighteen goals in their four games. St Mochta’s were the last team to beat Crumlin in this competition – that was in 2015/16 season.
Malahide United – The Gannon Park club has the luxury of a bye in round one, but soon found their stride in the second round when they notched four goals without reply away to Dublin Bus.
Newbridge Town travelled to Gannon Park for an all Senior Division quarter-final clash, but got little change as Malahide hit a classy half dozen. Bangor were next to the northside venue for a semi-final clash and they were defeated by three goals to one as United strode into the final.
Malahide hit thirteen goals on the way to Whitehall, defeating two Senior Division sides along the way. They were beaten semi-finalists in 2016 while round two has been their stumbling block in the past two seasons.