Borden adds to his remarkable story with Galway United

A masterful away performance last week in Waterford, where they emerged with a precious 1-0 victory, means three wins in three games for Galway United.

For Vincent Borden, United's newest American cult hero, it is also three goals in three games. His first-half header, after his brace in Ballybofey, was enough to hand United a second away win against a promotion rival.

The New York native was modest in the assessment of his contribution. "I've been lucky to score. It could have been anyone. Obviously, I love to chip in and help the team and score. Really though, as long as we get the three points, that's all we care about."

That singular focus was evident in the way United shut up shop in the second half in the RSC. They frustrated Waterford and curtailed them to a small number of chances. When they did force a way through, the wily Brendan Clarke was there to tip over twice.

Borden summed up the start succinctly. "It has been a great start for us. Three out of three, but we have a big game on Friday coming up."

The energetic midfielder was of course referencing the arrival of Kerry FC tomorrow for their first visit to Eamon Deacy Park. They come off the back of a creditable draw at home to Treaty United. Borden and his teammates will not take the challenge lightly.

"It is a great league. It is very physical and very fast which I think suits us as a team. I think it will make me a better player."

The American's progression already has been startling. Those witnessing his first three games have not failed to be impressed by his energy. He has looked a natural box-to-box midfielder while also popping up with vital contributions at set-pieces at either end.

Amazingly though, Borden had played his last few seasons as a centre-back. Credit again must go to John Caulfield who pulled a similar trick last season, moving Stephen Walsh to centre-forward and sparking the veteran's best ever season.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the 24-year-old has adapted so well. His career has already had a number of turns. He uprooted to Croatia to Dinamo Zagreb at age 12. He played there for three years. On his return to the USA, he trained at the prestigious Red Bull Academy in New York. He then graduated to play four years at NCAA level for Rutgers University before signing for Rudar Valenje in Slovenia last year.

Borden's story is remarkable, which rekindles a love for the game and a reminder of the work often required to excel. It is inspiring the conditions to do so have been found in Galway. United supporters will hope Vincent's story is one of the many positive narratives of a season that continues tomorrow night in Eamonn Deacy Park at 7.45pm.


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