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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

WGC lost its first cup-tie this season, when their under 18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle, beaten by a useful Enfield Town side, at Herns Lane.


It was a very close tie in which the WGC youngsters felt their dominant second-half display warranted extra time at least.


But their North Londoners visitors defended the 25th minute lead that Rico Giovanelli had given them, racing down the middle of the WGC defence to leave keeper Marcus Bourne with no chance with a flashing drive.


The game had an even start in the opening 15 minutes and Emile Eseigbe had an early opening for WGC, but Enfield keeper Curtis Jackson snatched it off his toes.


After taking the lead, the visitors dominated the remainder of the first-half and WGC Youth could have been further in arrears, but for a goalline clearance from midfielder Luke Foster and a fine save from Bourne when Enfield's Jamie Newby-Harris drove in the rebound attempt.


It was a different story in the second-half. WGC Youth attacked from the off and Eseigbee got in a good header from a corner, but Jackson saved on his goalline.


Reggie Ross was striving manfully to get his side going forward and he struck a good free-kick over the defensive wall, only for Jackson to save, before further stretching the Enfield keeper with another shot on the run .


Foster's good through ball put Jarvis Nutt in for WGC, but he finished weakly and then when raiding full-back Seb Melandez put Toby Parker in, the midfielder skied his effort over.


The young Citizens did finally have the ball in the net seven minutes from the end, when skipper Philip Ball netted after more good work by Ross and substitute Luke Smith, but the effort was rightly ruled out for offside.


WGC Yth didn't go as close again and in the dying moments of the game, Bourne had to pull off another sharp save, from Enfield substitute Hairo Shehaj, to prevent the final scoreline being a real travesty.


WGC Yth: Bourne, McQuaid (Dixon 88), Bearman, Ball, Melandez, Foster, Parker, McGoohan (Isherwood 78), Nutt, Eseigbee (Smith 55), Ross.

Welwyn Garden City FC Youth 0 - 1 Enfield Town Youth