FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup - First Round
Last season’s semi finalists got their 2015/16 crack at the prestigious trophy off to the perfect start with a comfortable three goal victory.
The hosts always looked the more dangerous throughout the tie and were three goals to the good and well into the second half before their opponents had a meaningful attempt on goal.
Brian McCarthy’s new look side have shown gradual improvements week on week and now look like they are beginning to gel into a force to be reckoned with this season.
St Mochtas raced into an early lead when Denis Moran burst forward and slipped in the ever lively Lee Dixon out left. The tricky winger cut inside before crossing precisely to O’Connor who had the simple task of nodding into an empty net.
Although the game was competitive Malahide could not test St Mochtas keeper Warren Fee and Brian Kane was the busier of the two keepers.
The home side came close again after 35 minutes when O’Connor set Dixon free on the left – his cross was perfect for David Somers but his header was weak and comfortable for Kane. A minute later a ball over the top had Somers in again but his attempted lob was misdirected. O’Connor followed up but hit the side netting from an acute angle.
Five minutes before the break O’Connor had his second. Karl Somers played a brilliant through ball and O’Connor smashed the ball home from just outside the area. Kane got a hand to it but the strike had the required venom to find the net.
After the turn the home side continued to look the more threatening and came close with 60 on the clock when Karl Somers caught Mark Brennan in possession and drove through on goal but put his effort wide of the target.
A minute later they were three up. David Somers played a defence splitting ball to O’Connor who cleverly rounded Kane and slotted home his third of the morning.
Malahide to their credit never gave up the fight and continued to battle hard with Jake Hyland looking industrious. Midway through the half David Fallon had a crack from distance but it was comfortable for Fee.
As the clock ticked down the Malahide pushed hard for a consolation and again had a strike from distance from Danny Mahon but Fee was not troubled and the hosts progressed as winners by three clear goals.