Causeway Chronicle

Borbury Boys overcome Dungiven Celtic in local derby

Borbury FC – 1 Dungiven Celtic FC – 1         

Martin Mackle 33′ for Borbury – Darach McGonigle 90’+2 for Dungiven Celtic Borbury win 6:5 on Penalties.

It was a tale of two evenly matched sides in this Shield fixture at Meadowbank where it took 18 penalties in a tense penalty shoot-out to finally separate Premiership side Dungiven Celtic and Morning 2 side Borbury with the winners progressing to the next round.  

It was the visiting Dungiven side who started better in terms of settling into the game and retaining possession early on albeit without creating a clean sight of goal.  Approaching the 15-minute mark, Borbury got to grips with the game, organising themselves through the leadership of Captain Euan McBride and Fergal McGuigan, the Boys started to show composure on the ball and began to grow into the game with McBride, Logan Farrelly and Ronan McKenna on his first competitive start, showing real menace in attack on the wings.

With Noel Rafferty, Eoin McAuley and Martin Mackle pulling the strings and battling hard in midfield, they soon released Farrelly who sped towards goal, having evaded the Dungiven full back but failed to fire off a more testing shot.  Minutes later it was almost a repeat scenario with Farrelly coming in from the wing and rather than shoot was unselfish in attempting a pull back for McGuigan’s surging drive forward.  The Dungiven team were relieved to see the attempted pass blocked and the scores remain level.

That would soon change on 33 minutes when a zipped pass to forward McBride saw him roll the Dungiven defender, only for the opponent to take him down in the penalty area.  With the penalty awarded it was Mackle who stepped up and hit the back of the net to give Borbury a 1-0 lead. 

Braced for an immediate response from the Premiership side, Borbury battened down the hatches until the half-time interval with Dungiven trying to force the issue but with the home side’s resolve intact, rarely threatened the penalty area with most of their threat coming aerially through Darragh Kelly and Aaron Harvey advancing from full back.

With the second half resuming at 1-0 and the home side keen to protect that lead, Borbury’s back line of Jack Heron, McGuigan, Caolan Donnelly and James O’Connor were resolute much to Dungiven’s growing frustration.   That frustration would boil over on 56 minutes when Dungiven’s Kelly, keen to chase down a loose ball, sailed a little too aggressively into Jack Conway in the Borbury goal and was met with a red card from the Referee.

Rather than shrink from the challenge, the Premiership side dug deep and pushed on for the equaliser with Borbury failing to capitalise with the one-man advantage despite creating some decent opportunities.  With the game continuing to be competitive, Borbury made substitutions to freshen up the energy levels with Victor Mura, Ryan McAulay, Ronan Lynn and Daniel McCullagh introduced. 

With Borbury close to shutting out the Premier League side and preventing them from any directs shots on goal, it took until the 92nd minute for that to change.  Dungiven’s equaliser came from a direct free kick by Darach McGonigle, following an easily avoided foul by the home side at the edge of the box.  McGonigle stepped up and drove a low shot beyond the Borbury wall and the flailing Conway in goal to make it 1-1 and take it to penalties.

The penalty shoot out was tense and yet enthralling for the neutrals as both teams went toe to toe with each kick until the 18th and final kick from Caolan Donnelly saw the tie wrapped up with Borbury winning 6-5 at the finish.  

Credit to the Dungiven team who battled gamely and continued to pose questions when reduced to ten men.  Borbury would like to wish Dungiven Celtic good luck for the rest of the season.

Next week will see the Boys return to League action when they travel to Landhead Recreation Grounds, Ballymoney to face a tough Dunaghy side.  

Massive thanks to the Borbury supporters who turned out to cheer on the Boys.  Thanks also to this season’s primary sponsors Promould Limited, LJS Tavern and the Brackagh Quarry Wind Farm Community Fund for their continued support.

Borbury: 1 Jack Conway GK 2 Jack Heron, 3 James O’Connor 4 Caolan Donnelly 5 Fergal McGuigan 8 Eoin McAuley, 9 Logan Farrelly 10 Euan McBride C 11 Martin Mackle 18 Ronan McKenna 20 Noel Rafferty Substitutions: 7 Kelan Meharg, 12 Ryan McAulay, 15 Daniel McCullagh 16 Jamie McEldowney 17 Victor Mura, 19 Ronan Lynn
42 Joe Heron.

Dungiven: 1 Conor O’Kane GK 2 Odhran Doherty 3 Conor Jeffrey 4 Conor Hasson 5 Oran McMacken C 6 Tiarnan O’Connor 7 Tiernan McGonigle 8 Ronan O’Connor 9 Jack Kealey 10 Darragh Kelly 11 Aaron Harvey Substitutions: 12 Conor Gaile 14 Darach McGonigle 15 Dara McGonigle.

Referee: Ian McCulloch

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Maurice Bradley