Mallow United U15s got off to the best possible start in Division 1 of the Cork Schoolboys League with a hard fought 3-2 win over Avondale United at St. Gobnaits Park last Saturday morning. In a game that Mallow dominated for large periods the goals did not come easy and it took a high quality long range effort from Daniel Dudek in last minute to seal the win.
Mallow pressed hard in the opening 45 minutes with Amir Hassan threatening on the right wing delivering a number of fine crosses into the Avondale box. In the centre of the park McGrath, Dudek and Elee battled relentlessly never allowing Avondale to settle on the ball. Avondale were dangerous on the counter attack however and went a goal to the good after 15 minutes. Osinski in goal and the Mallow back four of Murphy, Alrai, O’Halloran and O’Mahony had to be alert to keep the deficit to one. Eoin Curtis pulled one back for Mallow doing well to find the back of the net from 12 yards however a penalty awarded to the visitors put them 2-1 up at half time.
Mallow sustained the pressure in the second half refusing to let heads drop and Daniel Dudeks industrious performance in midfield was rewarded when he slotted home an equaliser from short range midway through the second half. Mallow continued to press and with only a minute remaining on the clock a superb effort by Dudek from the edge of the box found the back of the net to give Mallow a well-deserved 3 points. Up next for Mallow are St. Marys in St. Gobnaits Park on Tuesday evening with kick-off at 18.30.
Mallow Squad: Artur Osinski, Diarmuid Murphy, Mohammed Alrai, Rory O’Halloran, Aidan O’Mahony, Daniel Dudek, Dylan McGrath, Amir Hassan, Shane Brown, Godfrey Elee, Eoin Curtis, Alex O’Leary, Kennedy Amechi, David Cooney, AJ Curran.