St. Patrick’s Vs Busby AFC – 2004
St. Patrick’s 4 – 3 Busby AFC
With the football season slowly drawing to a close, football fans all over the world have been captivated with some incredible comebacks. For the small support that had made it to tonight’s game against Busby at a cold shrouded Lochend, the comeback may not have been of Liverpool’s and Spurs’ proportions, but it was enough to send them away content and most likely relieved.
We actually started the game very well and carved out an incredible chance within the first minute. However, we failed to take it. Whether that disrupted our rhythm or not we became sluggish and over-elaborated in some cases to make our job harder. Frustration was visibly setting in while Busby grew bolder. Fifteen minutes in and Busby capitalised on a no-man’s-land’s ball to open the scoring to the delight of their support. Our attempts to strike back were frustrated with the lack of a quality final ball. In fact, our poor play baffled us all. At the break the belief was still strong that we could overwhelm the opposition.
The outfield players that finished the first half were sent back on to make amends. Instead, we were caught out again three minutes into the second half as Busby doubled their advantage. That second goal seemed to have irked us enough to generate a reaction. We immediately lifted our game and Ricky lobbed a pass over the defence to release Euan who beat the defender to the ball, dragged the ball wide to the right before beating the keeper from a tight angle. However, our joy was short lived because Busby restored their two goal lead a few minutes later. We stepped up and our boys actually started to perform. Was it the trigger of a potential defeat or simply the team’s resolve to overcome setbacks? Regardless, they pushed on and their hard work was eventually rewarded when Euan put Aidan through to score. As our performance improved the anticipation was palpable the closer we got to the opposition goals. Surely, the opposition was bound to succumb to the pressure. Despite their efforts to protect their now dwindling lead Busby eventually succumbed. From the right wing Aidan finished off an overlap run with a cross into the danger area. The busby defence scrambled a hasty clearance. The ball fell to Mairtin who struck a sweet volley on the run which, aided by a deflection, nestled itself in the back of the net. The cheers that greeted the goal re-energised the team. Busby were now on the ropes and this was no rope-a-dope. Beau was pushed up into the midfield battle in support of an offensive play to break down the Busby back line. On the left Ben had come into his own. Strong and positive play had seen him threaten to break through. When he had another go his quick feet were no match for his marker. He unceremoniously disposed of him and danced his way into the penalty box where he was, well …. unceremoniously brought down… Penalty! The referee pointed to the spot with no hesitation. Beau stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way. The comeback was complete.
A determined performance in the end saw us overcome a banana skin of a tie. Busby certainly gave a good account of themselves. For a while we didn’t. We came away however comforted in the knowledge that in adversity we were able to dig deep.