BLUEBIRDS DE­NIED BY MURTAGH AT THE DEATH

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Craig Dray­cott

KEIRAN MURTAGH broke Bar­row hearts with a 93rd­minute equaliser as Bore­ham Wood some­how sal­vaged a point at Meadow Park to main­tain their un­beaten home record.

John Rooney de­servedly put Bar­row ahead eight min­utes from the end with his sec­ond goal of he sea­son be­fore Murtagh lashed home his last-gasp lev­eller.

Joshua Umerah part­nered fel­low Charlton Ath­letic loan striker Reeco Hack­ett-Fairchild for the first time in Bore­ham Wood colours and the for­ward en­joyed an early sight at goal, but sent his ef­fort soar­ing over from in­side of the area.

The Wood’s best chance of the half would fall to Umerah just ten min­utes later af­ter Murtagh had weaved his way through the mid­field and re­leased him.

How­ever, his shot was blocked by Dan Jones and sent wide.

Bar­row had been lim­ited in the first half but grew into the game in the sec­ond pe­riod. Josh Kay was a lively pres­ence and con­nected well with a long-ball for­ward; he knocked it on to his right foot, but curled it inches shy of the far post.

The game had opened up in the sec­ond half, but both sides con­tin­ued to see their chances lim­ited, un­til Bar­row’s opener in the fi­nal ten min­utes. Luke Burgess had been found in the Bore­ham Wood area and sent a strike crash­ing against the cross­bar, John Rooney was fastest to re­acted and poked home the re­bound. Wood boss

Luke Gar­rard pushed de­fender David Stephens up front for the re­main­der of the game and he knocked down a drop­ping ball to Murtagh, who thumped it on the halfvol­ley with his left foot and into the bot­tom to earn a point. Gar­rard said: “The man­ner in which we con­ceded the goal was frus­trat­ing, but did they de­serve to score it? Yes, be­cause they were on top at the time. “But for me, the re­ac­tion from us was su­perb. To go 1-0 down in the National League in the 82nd minute, they slow it down im­mensely, they man­age the game im­mensely and Keiran Murtagh has pulled one out of the bag.” Bar­row man­ager Ian Evatt said: “I am gutted for the lads, be­cause I think for the fourth match in a row, we have de­served to win a game of foot­ball. “It is a dif­fi­cult place to come and they have got a lot of big, phys­i­cal play­ers who con­stantly test you and put it on you, but we have stood up to that and in the sec­ond half we took over the game. “We got our­selves 1-0 up, but then a won­der strike in the 93rd minute has killed us. “But, we can’t lose heart and I am re­ally pleased that we are slowly but surely get­ting there.”

STAR MAN: Mark Rick­etts (Bore­ham Wood) ATT: 564 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Carl Brook 5/10

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