Causeway Chronicle

McCloskey hits treble!

Millburn 7 Upperlands 2

Thomas Lewis Bradley 28′, 67′, Gordon Douglas 38′, Dylan McCloskey 49′, 64′, 87′, Boreland Curtis 81′ for Millburn

David Nelson 4′, Luke Francis 77′ for Upperlands

Millburn FC returned to league action in the New Year with a home game against Upperlands the Crescent 

The home team started strong creating a few early chances but it was Upperlands who opened the scoring with a long range shot that dipped under the bar leaving Jack Boreland with no chance in Millburn’s goal 

Millburn kept pushing to get back into the game and finally they broke the stern defence Chris Boreland crossing from wide to find Lewis Bradley who rose highest to head home 

Gordon Douglas got Millburn ahead with a delightful chip over the keeper from 25 yards out.

In the second half Millburn came alive and really controlled the game the front three spreading across the length of the pitch which created gaps where the midfield could start to play and use the space afforded to them

This worked a treat Dylan McCloskey found himself one v one with the right back he cut inside to curl a shot into the far corner to make it 3-1 

Upperlands didn’t lie down they nearly got one back with a header at the back post and then a blocked challenge by Niall Honeyford saw the ball deflecting into the top corner but Millburn’s keeper somehow scooped the ball out of the air with a brilliant save 

Millburn continued to pressure the Upperlands defence with controlled attacks and McCloskey hit his second with a fine shot 4-1 . He then tapped home again for his hat trick and the home team’s 5th from a cross by Chris Boreland 

Upperlands got a consolation for there hard work to pull a goal back 5-2 

Curtis Boreland got in on the goals to score Millburn ‘s 6th before Lewis Bradley curled a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to finish the scoring 7 goals to 2 in a very strong display by Millburn

Millburn 1 Jack Boreland GK 2 Jaden Tutton 3 Andrew Campbell 4 Craig Caldwell 5 Niall Honeyford C 6 Gordon Douglas 7 Thomas Lewis Bradley 8 Ally Law 9 Dylan McCloskey 10 Boreland Curtis 11 Boreland Christopher Substitutions 12 Peter Cochrane 14 Steven Nutt 15 David Chakotay Caldwell 16 Matthew Scullion 17 Jamie Connor

Upperlands 1 Joshua McKeown GK 2 Jamie Hudson 3 Matthew McIntyre 4 Jordan McIntyre 5 Harry McLean 6 Graeme Nelson 7 David Nelson 8 Stuart Bradley C 9 Jake Crawford 10 Luke Francis 11 Thomas Ewing Substitutions 12 Jack Hunter 14 Zac Armstrong 15 Gareth Johnston 16 Bradley Nelson

Referee: Alan McQuiston

Pic: Aaron. McCullough
Pic: Aaron. McCullough
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Aaron McCullough

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