Busby AFC Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Busby AFC 0 – 4 St. Patrick’s
As seasons come and go, and years welcome new life as we grow, still the universe remains sacred and divine. Yet, the past, present and future go on to morph seamlessly every day as experience keeps us in line. We headed into the new league well aware of the challenges that lay ahead, the hard work that will be required to overcome those challenges, the mental toughness to underpin the resilience necessary for a marathon. Busby lay in wait on a wet and windy autumnal morning. We headed into the lion’s den at Overlee Playing Fields confidently focused on the job at hand.
Within minutes of careful negotiation of the steep incline down to the pitch, the strong chilly winds had got some of our boys shivering. We certainly didn’t want to be caught cold. Lifting the tempo of the warm up we were ready to go. The intensity of the game grew from kick-off as expected. An energetic Busby put themselves about while we remained disciplined. Dylan partnered Beau in the centre of defense providing great cover to Lennon in goals. Reilly resumed wing back duties while Tyler was rewarded for his great performance last week securing the left wing. Mairtin and Ben gave us width. In the centre Dom, Joseph and Gallagher were charged with the twin tasks of nullifying all threat and supporting our forward line. Ricky led the line after a superb display in the previous fixture. Despite Busby’s efforts they were well contained. We came close to opening the scoring when Ben charged from the left wing and threatened the Busby goals. A few minutes later Gallagher was through, rounded the keeper and while we all waited for the net to bulge he hit the side netting to gasps of disappointment. The consolation for our supporters however was to see our boys coming close again and again. Before long their patience was finally rewarded. Ricky ran himself to the ground with another excellent performance. He was prompt in closing down the opposition and a poor clearance fell to Mairtin who drove with intent towards the Busby goals. His pace earned him a few yards on the Busby defenders who tried to close him down. Our supporters anticipation was palpable. Mairtin took another touch in his charge then unleashed a fierce strike. The ball flew past the keeper and hit the back of the net to a high pitch chorus of joyous celebration from our support. He was mobbed by his team mates who most likely were relieved to finally take the lead after near misses and as we headed to the break.
At restart, having settled into our rhythm midway through the first half, we carried on where we left off. We dominated possession and showed more desire on the second balls and 50/50 battles. Jamie and Ollie came on to contribute to the proceedings. Seven minutes into the second half Ricky headed a corner kick into the far post. As the ball rebounded back into play Ricky was quickest to pounce as he swept the loose ball into the net to our delight. Joe took over from Lennon in goals and Euan came on to partner Ricky up front. Euan was hardly on the pitch when he won back possession from high pressing, turns and lays it off to Ricky who strikes low past the keeper for a well deserved brace. From then on Busby struggled to recover and cope with our movement. Our combative intensity grew another level and we had Busby in their own half. We dealt with the long and high balls promptly sending our forward lines back out in the hunt for more goals. Dom was brought back on and he collected the ball on the left wing closer to the corner flag, he passed to Jamie in support behind him and Jamie flighted the ball into the Busby danger area causing havoc. A clearance header from one of the defenders deflected the ball into the far corner to increase our lead. With only three minutes left on the clock the game was finally well beyond Busby despite a brave effort on their part.
It was a good result and a great start to the league. Busby are no pushovers and we certainly hope they go on to take a few points off other teams. Our team is slowly kicking into gear and we can only hope they maintain their discipline and work rate. In the meantime, we head to our next fixture with full points on the board.