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Borbury suffer first league defeat of the Season

Team Picture courtesy of @C.Heaneyphotography

Macosquin FC – 3     Borbury FC – 2          

(Coleraine & District League – Morning Division 1 – Saturday 6th January 2024)

Borbury travelled to Anderson Park, Coleraine to meet Macosquin in their first game of 2024.  

The visitors started with uncharacteristic lethargy allowing a cross into their own box which was met unchallenged by Macosquin’s Jude Twigg header on 11 minutes for a 1-0 lead.  

The remainder of the half had few bright points with the home side successful in frustrating Borbury in drawing fouls and slowing down the game whenever possible.  With Borbury unable to build real momentum and find their rhythm or really test the Macosquin Goalkeeper, the first half finished with the visitors trailing 1-0. 

The second half began with Borbury meaning business, intent on turning up the heat in the attack but continually finding their efforts thwarted as Macosquin stuck to their well laid gameplan.  Soon this pressure turned to heightened frustration as the Boys continued to play football and finally started to look more threatening from open play. 

Therefore, it was against the run of play when a low, mis-hit kick from Macsoquin’s Goalkeeper Brandon Warke, superb in handling all game long, squirmed through along the deck beyond the Borbury midfield and defensive line to Dean Millar who had a straight run-on goal and finished calmly beyond Jack Conway to make it 2-0 to the home side with 52 minutes played.

With 35 minutes remaining and keen to get back in the game, Borbury soon made some changes to up the attacking ante by introducing Logan Farrelly to the fray.  On 63 minutes, Borbury pulled one back when Noel Rafferty made room in the box latching on to a superb cross by Ronan McKenna. 

Rafferty took a composed touch, swivelled to slotted it away to give the Boys a lifeline and some momentum going into the final third of the match. 

As the Borbury pressure built it was yet another unlikely goal that saw Macosquin go 3-1 ahead four minutes later on 67 minutes when a swift counterattack saw a searching cross from Ewan McFall on the left find its way into the Borbury net much to the bemusement of the visitors. 

Still Borbury focused on playing football, showing grit and character as the Macosquin midfield and defence equally hard to stifle the visitors.  A change of shape saw the Borbury turn the screw, threatening the Macosquin box without successfully creating a clear-cut chance until a moment of magic from Logan Farrelly on 90 minutes stealing on to a travela pass from Rafferty which saw Farrelly take the ball down and powerfully place the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. 

The goal made it 3-2 and offered a glimmer of hope going into what was expected to be a lengthy period of injury time to allow for the many stoppages.

Even in the limited time remaining, Borbury created one more chance when a cross into the box from a Martin Mackle corner was met by Fergal McGuigan whose downward header was gratefully gathered by Warke.  Admist Borbury pressure, the referee drew the game to a halt to confirm Macosquin as victors and give Borbury their first league defeat in 16 games, a run stretching back to since April 2023.

Overall, it was a frustrating day to forget for the Borbury faithful and certainly not the start to the new year hoped for.  Congratulations to Macosquin as they battled hard and fiercely throughout as they continue to put a run of impressive victories together.

Next for up the Borbury Boys is Riada at Meadowbank, Magherafelt on Saturday 6th January as the Boys hope to get back to winning ways.   Thanks to the Borbury supporters who travelled to Coleraine to provide support. 

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.

Team Picture courtesy of @C.Heaneyphotography

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