18th Jul, 2018

Borough advance to County Vase quarter finals

FOOTBALL: BOROUGH advanced to the quarter final stage of the Birmingham County Vase after defeating Darlaston Town in a tense penalty shootout.

A goal minutes after half time from Darlaston forced Borough to come from behind to advance.

Darlaston were quickly testing the Borough defence with their forward heading wide in the opening minute of play.

Darran Tank’s men struggled to keep possession for the first 15 minutes, though they gradually settled into the game – underlined when Ollie Chater hit the side netting.

Both sides attacked well as Adam Shaw went close for Borough before goalkeeper Logan Maketa had to make a fine save at the other end.

Darlaston struck minutes into the second half when Maketa brought down an attacking player. The penalty was converted, leaving Borough a goal behind.

Two substitutions were made by Borough boss Darran Tank, and the move worked wonders as Jack Blackham’s header drew the game level.

The game went straight to a penalty shootout.

Borough’s keeper Logan Maketa continued his superb performance by saving three penalties to send them through.

Tank said: “I’m disappointed we conceded the goal just after half time, but pleased the lads responded well enough to draw level.

“It was great to finally win a penalty shootout.”

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