'We could've scored more', explains Borough boss Tank - The Rugby Observer

'We could've scored more', explains Borough boss Tank

Rugby Editorial 24th Nov, 2017   0

FOOTBALL: BOROUGH boss Darran Tank revealed his side could’ve scored more had they been more clinical with their finishing as they beat Birmingham Irish FC.

Tank’s men advanced to the third round of the Birmingham FA Saturday Vase following Saturday’s 4-2 win, which at times presented its challenges.

The game started with Borough on the front foot, and having some early corners and good possession were rewarded on 11 minutes when Ollie Chater scored from Alex Webb’s pass.

Borough continued to press and the visiting keeper produced a great save from Gez Mcgahey, as he raced through on goal after a defensive error.




Birmingham Irish were growing into the game and saw a fizzing shot go just wide, followed by a shot blazed over.

Adam Shaw went down in the box on two occasions but the referee waved away both penalty claims.


Borough’s lead was extended in the 42nd minute with an excellent strike from distance by the impressive Connor Gamble.

But Irish pulled a goal back as half time approached with a header from the corner.

The second half started with Chater shooting over the net.

But on the hour Borough managed to increase their lead again when Shaw rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Rugby were on top now, and just four minutes later they added goal number four from the penalty spot – Ryan Byrne converting after Shaw was pulled down in the box.

Irish were awarded a penalty with ten minutes left when Ryan Conneely brought down their striker, who converted the spot kick.

Irish pressed late on and forced Joe Taplin to make a good goal line clearance to keep the score unchanged.

Manager Darren Tank said: “We made hard work of it.

“We should have been four or five up at half time.

“We’re through to the next round though, and looking forward to going as far as we can in this competition.”

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