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Borbury Boys hit five as Upperlands are downed

Upperlands FC – 0 Borbury FC – 5

(C&DL Steele & Sons Shield – Saturday 28th October 2023)

Borbury were in Shield action when they scored five goals in successive weeks as they progressed to the next round of the S&S Shield amidst wet and windy conditions as they reacquainted with Upperlands at the now familiar Mill Park in Tobermore.  

Despite the challenging conditions, it was Borbury who started strongest.  After a series of early chances, it was Borbury’s returning Aaron Murray who provided the opening goal in the fourth minute as he elegantly flicked the ball over the opponent’s head to caress the ball into the upper right corner with the inside of his foot.  A cultured finish which could be an early goal of the season contender for the Borbs.

As the midfield of Jac Lloyd-Evans, Ben Diamond, and goal scorer Murray began to control the tempo of the game, it was Magic Man Martin Mackle who provided the second on ten minutes after he received the ball from the ever-reliable James O’Connor at left back, to glide by three Upperlands players and carefully slotted into the top corner of the net. This passage of play was the last for Upperlands goalkeeper Joshua McKeown who was forced to come off injured having bravely attempted to continue with a back injury from the 5th minute and subsequently replaced by Aaron Crooks.

Crooks took the opportunity proved to produce some excellent saves as efforts from Borbury Captain Euan McBride and the relentlessly hard-working Victor Mura consistently tested the Upperlands defence.   However, on the 37th minute, the talisman that is McBride placed a perfectly weighted ball into the path of the ever-threatening Mackle who made no mistake and slotted it clinically into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0 to Borbury at half time.

The second half saw Borbury manager Marcus McGuigan introduce Ronan Donnelly for his competitive debut for O’Connor and the increasing impressive Eoin McAuley for midfielder Murray who had picked up a booking in the first half.  The second half saw a solid defensive performance from the Borbury Boys defence in Fergal McGuigan, Jack Heron and the Donnelly brothers of Caolan & Ronan working in tandem with Jack Conway in goal to secure a shutout.  With the pitch cutting up and aware of the heaviness of the pitch, McGuigan recognised and quickly addressed any tiredness setting on 65 minutes introducing Conor Boyle, Steven Kelly and Joe Heron to provide fresh legs to see the game out.

With the away team for the day in control and impressively managing the game to a positive conclusion, it was the closing minutes before Borbury scored again on the 88th minute when Mackle manoeuvred with intent to the byline to cut it back to McBride who made no mistake in slotting it away for the Borbury Boys for 4-0.  The fifth and final goal was added by Mackle who completed his hat-trick by taking it by an off-balance Upperlands defender to calmly slot into the bottom corner to put the cherry on top of an overall solid performance from the Borbury.

Much credit to the Upperlands team who never let their heads drop and showed great intensity from start to finish, exemplified by Captain Stuart Bradley.  Best wishes go to Joshua McKeown in returning to full health soon. 

Borbury will now face a confident Dungiven Celtic in the next round of the Shield in what should be aan enthralling encounter.  Next week it is back to league action as Borbury l play Magherafelt Sky Blues Reserves at Meadowbank, Magherafelt.

A mention of gratitude as ever & thanks to the Borbury supporters who turned up and cheered on the Boys.  Special thanks also to this season’s primary sponsors Promould Limited and LJs Tavern with a special mention to the Brackagh Quarry Wind Farm Community Fund.  Each of their funding & continued support has been immense in further establishing both the Club and creating an environment that is rewarding & fulfilling to our much-valued members.

Upperlands 1 Joshua McKeown GK 2 Jamie Hudson 3 Harry McLean 4 Jordan McIntyre 5 Thomas Ewing 6 Graeme Nelson 7 David Nelson 8 Stuart Bradley C 9 David Rowe 10 Luke Francis 11 Jake Crawford Substitutions 12 Jay McKirgan 14 Andrew Crooks 15 Gareth Johnston 16 Miles Hutchinson

Borbury 1 Jack Conway GK 2 Jack Heron 3 James O’Connor 4 Caolan Donnelly 5 Fergal McGuigan 7 Ben Diamond 8 Aaron Murray 10 Euan McBride C 11 Martin Mackle 17 Victor Mura 18 Jac Lloyd Evans Substitutions 6 Finn Diamond 9 Logan Farrelly 12 Conor Boyle 15 Eoin McAuley 16 Ronan Donnelly 19 Steven Kelly 42 Joe Heron

Referee: Colin Platt

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