M2 v Cliftonville – 28th September 2019

Old Bordenian 2 nd X1 – 5
Cliftonville 1 st X1 – 5
OB men’s 2nd XI started out their Kent division 1 league campaign against Cliftonville
1st XI in what turned out to be a 10 goal thriller.
Bords started very strongly, winning an early penalty corner, Jacob Birch’s drag flick was
saved but a quick reactions to the rebound by Chris Piesley found Sammzi Bahrawi by
the post to touch in and put Bords ahead. OBs continued the pressure and found their
second through a strong strike by Jacob Burch. Despite the heat the boys kept applying
pressure and were unfortunate to leak a goal from a well worked counter-attack. Not to
be deterred, OBs worked hard and a long carry by Bahrawi round the left side of the D
and along the baseline on his reverse found a pass to Dan Gunner on the p-spot for a
smart first time finish, 3-0 to Old Boys. Another goal shortly before the half-time whistle
saw Cliftonville edge one back.
OBs went into the second half with their heads high having found themselves competing
well against a team which was gunning for promotion last season.
With tired legs and the heat setting in, Bords were unlucky to concede two breakaway
goals to take them level with Cliftonville. Cliftonville saw the opportunity to take the lead
and pressed hard on Bords’ defence. Not to be deterred Bords took a leaf out of
Cliftonville’s book and took their opportunity to go ahead, a strong counter-attack finding
Mike Willis at the far post.
Happy to be ahead once again, Bords upped the pressure but a crash ball in found a
Cliftonville forward sneaking in behind defender Steve Bond at the back post. Still
looking to get something out of the game, Bords stayed strong and pushed hard against
Cliftonville’s defence, winning a late corner which Jacob Burch dragged low to the
bottom left corner, bringing Bords into the lead once more. OBs were unfortunate to
have a decision not go their way and conceded a penalty stroke in the dying minutes of
the game which was expertly converted to level the score.
The points were shared come the final whistle and Bords look forward to their game
away to Holcombe next week.

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