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Borbury suffer only their decond league defeat of season

Picture courtesy of @C.Heaneyphotography

Bushmills FC – 2. Borbury FC – 0          

Borbury made the long trip to Dundarave Park to play Bushmills United hoping to build momentum from last week’s win.

 Amid the wet and windy conditions, the pitch was deemed playable with the game going ahead.  Borbury began the stronger and gained a steady foothold in the game prompting promising attacks and runs at goal however the experienced Bushmills side were determined to halt Borbury attacks by any means necessary and as it proved, to good effect with a 4th minute booking for the home side’s Mark McKeown setting the tone.  

The earliest Borbury chance came when James O’Connor sent a long ball over the top for Logan Farrelly, who then took it around the Bushmills Goalkeeper Chris McKendry whose subsequent contact resulted in tripping the attacker.  The penalty claim was waved away by the Official, much to the continuing dismay of the Borbury faithful and the relief of the Bushmills supporters.

As frustrations grew, Ben Diamond found himself one on one on the right wing with Bushmills’ seasoned veteran Kyle McVey and successfully got the better of the former Irish League player, only to be hauled to the ground having had a clear run at goal.  A contentious yellow card was the result, with it was generally accepted that McVey and the home side had just got out of jail.  McVey, to his credit then proceeded to put in an impressive performance and a defending masterclass in marshalling the Bushmills backline to keep the youthful Borbury at bay.

Still Borbury pushed on and created a solid chance with a two on one overload through the middle but the visitors were hampered by their own indecision in not taking the shot on McKendry.  The remainder of the first half continued to be scrappy with Bushmills preventing Borbury from getting into a steady flow and the game marred by niggling fouls and waved away protests until Bushmills gained a corner on 43 minutes.  There was no question over the excellent delivery and less over the header from Bushmills’ Christopher Greer in making the game 1-0 at half time.

Borbury began the second half undeterred and despite of the pitch cutting up, the Boys attempted to exert some control over the game using their better possession to fashion more goal scoring opportunities.  Frustratingly direct chances were limited through a combination of dogged Bushmills defending and fouls that went either unpunished or unseen.  Any set-pieces when given were steadfastly defended by the home side.   Still Borbury continued to play football and knew then that it was on them to create indisputable opportunities for any chance of a success. Clear cut opportunities for both sides remained few and far between.  

Knowing that anything less than a victory would suit Borbury, Manager Marcus McGuigan introduced Ronan Lynn and Victor Mura who provided dangerous threats in the Borbury in attack.  The pair were involved in some promisingly attacks that ultimately saw the front line unable to get clean shots on target. With a change of shape and Borbury piling on the pressure and the kitchen sink at the now entrenched Bushmills defence, the away side won a corner in 91st minute.

Football being a cruel mistress however, saw Bushmills gain their second goal almost directly from this Borbury corner when the ball found its way to the alert Ian Christie on the halfway.  Christie spotted goalkeeper Jack Conway off his line and challenged his inner Beckham to hit a sublime strike from distance that dipped and curled beautifully to make it 2-0 to Bushmills to spark wild celebrations among their supporters.

With three minutes of time added, Borbury kept at it but could not get a consolation goal against a well organised Bushmills defence that battled hard for the 2-0 win at Referee Steven Blair’s final whistle.

Borbury while not at their best might feel unlucky not to have got something from the game but credit goes to the Bushmills Lads who stuck to their game plan, fighting hard for a win that keeps them in promotion contention.  Good Luck to the Bushmills for the rest of the season.

Borbury as ever will dust themselves down and prepare for another tough game against Macosquin next week on Saturday 24th February at Meadowbank.  Kick-off at 11am.

Sincere thanks to the Borbury supporters who turned out to provide support.  Many 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 for their 2023/34 funding.

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