24th Jan, 2018

Five goal thriller ends in rare defeat for Borough

FOOTBALL: RUGBY Borough slipped to a rare loss against Desford on Saturday afternoon away from home.

The action began as soon as the whistle had blown, and within a few minutes both teams had corners which failed to test either keeper.

Desford were pushing hard with an early free kick going close and appeared the better team in the opening 20 minutes as Borough struggled to pass the ball on a bobbly surface.

Borough eventually went ahead on 27minutes when Adam Shaw latched onto a superb pass by Ryan Conneely to slot the first goal home past the Desford keeper.

The Rugby lads were growing into the game finally as Harry Cook tested the keeper with a rasping drive from 20 yards, which he saved superbly.

Borough keeper Dan Flack was himself tested as he redeemed himself after his poor clearance fell to the Desford striker, but he saved his shot then dived full length to tip a long range effort round the post.

Rugby started the second half well, but Desford equalised through an own goal by Kane Finney, as he attempted to clear a low cross.

The response from Borough was immediate, with Arron Francis going close, and the keeper saving a shot from Luis Corcoran.

Desford took the lead after 57 minutes with a free header from a corner.

It was then the turn of captain Ryan Byrne to find the Desford keeper in good form, as he saved a free kick which looked like dipping in under the bar.

Will Heath replaced Corcoran as Borough pushed forward looking for an equaliser, but it was Desford who scored the next goal on the break, with a tidy finish from just inside the box.

Borough scored in injury time through Shaw drilling home a shot, but it was too little too late.

Darren Tank said: “It was a very disappointing performance, we were just not good enough today.”

Borough Team: 1 D Flack 2 R Conneely 3 A Webb 4 R Byrne (C) 5 K Finney 6 L Wheeler 7 A Shaw 8 H Cook 9 A Francis 10 L Corcoran 11 G Mcgahey

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