Five red cards as Welwyn Garden City exit FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 14:31 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:06 04 November 2014

WGC v Peterborough Sports in FA Vase

WGC v Peterborough Sports in FA Vase


Prior to the game, there was hard selling of this Friday’s upcoming fireworks display at Herns Lane.

However, that display will struggle to surpass this explosive encounter as the Citizens crashed out of the FA Vase at the first round proper stage to Peterborough Sports via extra time amidst a flurry of five red cards and animosity.

Surprisingly, things began in agreeable fashion for the hosts as striker Joel Norris rose highest in the ninth minute to nod home Sam Perrin’s whipped free kick.

WGC clung to their slender one-goal lead until a moment of madness eight minutes into the second half.

Hero Norris turned villain as a petulant lash-out at Sports’ Kevin Holt landed him an early bath.

From there, it did not take Sports long to draw level.

Daniel Clements’ individual brilliance allowed him to shrug off the WGC defence and slam home.

Sighs of frustration soon turned to momentary exhalations of delight as the hosts were awarded a penalty.

Caswell was tripped by Sports’ keeper Luke McShane but had referee Mark Stevens played on, the striker had slotted home to restore the Citizens’ lead.

Tragically for them, substitute Sean Brettell could only find the post with his spot-kick as the 10 men fluffed a chance to go back in front.

The game remained on a knife-edge and in the final minute Stevens saw fit to dismiss Sports’ Scott Bogusz for an innocuous challenge.

Fortunately for the visitors, they managed to cling to parity to ensure 30 more minutes of drama.

Clements had been a thorn in WGC’s side for the entirety of this classic affair and his second, a cute round of keeper Joe Croft in the 98th minute, brought an end to the goals, but sadly not the dismissals.

A skirmish between Craig Arnott and opposing captain Ali Nyang caused card-happy Stevens to again reach into his top pocket and send the two perpetrators off.

The numbers remained level on the pitch but the hosts would have done anything to be level on the scoreboard.

Their eagerness to find an equaliser to force a replay went unrewarded as defender Jack Dekanski saw red for an awful lunge on star man Clements with a minute left.

An unsavoury cup exit for Fisher’s side.

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