Citizens blasted by Jets in Charity Shield
PUBLISHED: 17:37 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009
Herts Charity Shield Oxhey Jets 5 Welwyn Garden City 0 WGC were beaten 5-0 by Oxhey Jets in the Herts Charity Shield on Saturday - but the game was marred by a sending off, writes John Hutchinson. New Citizens striker David Iwediuno was dismissed after 2
Herts Charity Shield
Oxhey Jets 5 Welwyn Garden City 0
WGC were beaten 5-0 by Oxhey Jets in the Herts Charity Shield on Saturday - but the game was marred by a sending off, writes John Hutchinson.
New Citizens striker David Iwediuno was dismissed after 25 minutes for reacting to comments directed at him by one of the Oxhey defenders.
The former Hitchin forward was seen to strike a home defender, which left the referee with no option but to produce the red card.
After the game, assistant manager Darren Gibb, who was in charge in Dave Cooper's absence, said: "David told me he reacted to something that was said to him.
"But he still knows that by getting himself sent off he has let himself down and also the team.
"He apologised to his team-mates afterwards, and we just have to move on to the next game now.
"Discipline has been good in pre-season, so this is disappointing."
City found themselves 1-0 down after only 10 minutes with Jamie Arthur getting the first of a hat-trick of goals.
Iwediuno's moment of madness came in the 25th minute, and up to that point the Citizens will have been disappointed to be a goal down after hitting the post through Shane Hill.
Following the dismissal, the visitors still looked the more dangerous, but a sucker-punch was delivered only a minute before the break.
The Jets midfield broke with a fast counter, and the ball found its way to their centre forward.
He crashed an effort which was going wide, only for it to take a cruel deflection off captain Nathan Dawes and into the net, leaving custodian Andy Gibb stranded.
This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of 10-man WGC and 10 minutes into the second half the Jets got a third when Citizens keeper Andy Gibb misjudged a 50-50 and Arthur poked home his second.
The Oxhey striker completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute.
Ten minutes from time the Jets added some gloss to the scoreline against a tiring City side with a fifth coming from Tim O'Mara.
Gibb added: "We just need that centre forward who can put away the chances, as I think despite the 5-0 scoreline, we had more chances in the 90 minutes.
"The confidence should still be there, but the lads are gutted and very tired.
"It's up to me and the manager (Dave Cooper) to get our heads together now and work on a few things, but I think we're heading in the right direction."
WGC face Hanwell Town at home on Saturday.