FC Borgo – Le Puy FC 43 Auvergne
Paul Natali complex in Borgo
Spectators: around 250
But: Lhakamy 91′
FC Bastia-Borgo: Barbet, Benoit, Hemans, Genty (Lakhamy), Chevruil, Kerkour (Duku), Diarra, Ley, Cheminade, Zahido Entr. : Torres
Le Puy FC 43 Auvergne: Marillat, Amiot, Guyot, Dadoune, Fournel, Ben Fredj, Elogo, M’bemba, Baal, Jabot, Entr. : Viera
The Borgais, administratively kept on the green carpet for the third consecutive season, strengthened their start in this championship with a completely overhauled team, only four players had not left the ship during the undecided period when the club was relegated to National 2 sportingly before finally being drafted two weeks before the start of the championship. It is therefore out of a workforce of 18 players of which Vitorri, Koté, Doumbia and Hemans are the only nationals of the years on which Alexandre Torres will have to rely to start the season. Also arrived very recently to succeed Stéphane Rossi, the young coach who passed through the Bordeaux stadium has just obtained his BEPF diploma.
For the Borgais, the objective was to have fun and play football in a liberated way, such was the speech of the coach who believed that his team had nothing to lose. For its entry into the championship, the Corsicans received a team from Puy which had recently made its return to the national championship after a promotion acquired last season in the fight with Bergerac.
An early game where the visitors were the first to be dangerous but Benoit made a good first intervention, the borgais showed a completely different face than last season, more offensive and tried to bring speed into the game at the start. image of Kerkour who made his speed speak in the back of the defense on the left side, imitated by Chevreuil on the right side. A first half with good intentions but no clear chances or very few, on both sides.
In the second half, it was the visitors who weighed on the match against a team from Borg who were looking for their automatisms. If offensively there was a lack of benchmarks, defensively Benoit and Cheminade would manage to speak their class, the young Zahibo would impose himself physically in the midfield. It was necessary to wait for the hour of play to see the best action of the meeting, it was to the credit of the Auvergnats. Jabol and Dadoune combined very well in one two before Jabol adjusted his lobe, fortunately for the Corsican the ball hit the crossbar of Hugo Barbet who had missed his exit. A minute later, the borgais had a ball near the surface but Dadoune’s shot did not find the target. An action that provoked ideas in Corsica, on the action after the blacks left in turn to attack the opposing cages through Lakhamy who forced Marrilat to carry out his first intervention of the meeting (68 ‘ ) . Le Puy continued to insist on the cages of Hugo Barbet by multiplying the attempts of crosses and strikes like the recovery of Elogo. The Corsicans did not go far from making a shot ten minutes from time when the Puy defender had a simple pass but Duku had remained in ambush before stealing the ball in front of the goalkeeper but unfortunately his shot hit the post (80’). The borgais had not said their last word and Koté sent a cannonball on the post of Marillat before Lhakamy arrived, like a savior, in interval to open the score in the 91st minute of play. A complex compared to last year when the depth of the bench was sorely lacking on the side of Borgo but this Friday evening, it was the bench that made the difference.
The final whistle released Alex Torres’ men with a victory that did a lot of good for a team that knew its destiny only three weeks before the start of the championship, a victory with panache with a very good performance and a last half hour of fine craftsmanship to snatch a success at the end of the end in order to launch his season in the best possible way.
“We were put in danger, gradually we put our nose to the window on the counter-attacks. Today the coaching works for us, we knew how to round our backs and sting at the right time. Three weeks ago on N2, if the players do not let go of doing nothing, you have to free yourself and take initiatives. I remember the fact that we are held all along, I have not seen the players give up.