Gallery: City's five-star show stuns Colney
PUBLISHED: 17:48 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division London Colney 1 Welwyn Garden City 5 John Hutchinson reports from Cotlandswick WGC ended their league season in resounding style yesterday with a 5-1 thumping of bottom club London Colney in glorious sunshin
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
London Colney 1 Welwyn Garden City 5
John Hutchinson reports from Cotlandswick
WGC ended their league season in resounding style yesterday with a 5-1 thumping of bottom club London Colney in glorious sunshine.
Saturday's rousing performance will send the Citizens into Tuesday night's final of the Herts Charity Shield against Tring Athletic full of confidence.
City proved just how far they have come over the last few games at Cotlandswick, with caretaker manager Dave Lewis and assistant Graham Wallis deserving maximum credit.
After the game, Lewis said: "It was a lovely day, and a lovely result.
"It was a great performance from what was again a very young side."
The first half was a tight affair with WGC shading possession and creating the more clear-cut opportunities.
They should have taken the lead in the 13th minute when a superb inswinging corner from Onur Ahmet beat the home defence, rebounded off the back of City striker Chris Doyle and was cleared off the line.
Doyle, a Barnet Youth player, was terrorising the Blueboys' defence with his surging runs and frightening pace.
Colney had a fair share of possession themselves, but failed to supply the killer ball to unlock the Citizens' defence, expertly marshalled by Eric Gbio.
WGC's first goal had a stroke of luck about it.
A free-kick from fully 35 yards out was put into the box by former Colney Heath player Jake Parratt.
With the keeper unsighted by the movement of Tomkins and Doyle, the ball ended up in the net to leave Colney custodian Gary Statham red-faced.
The Blueboys' frustration nearly boiled over when an intense argument between team-mates Statham and full back Dale Curran had to be interrupted by the referee, with the home side's indiscipline a huge embarrassment to player-manager Dave Townsend.
WGC nearly got their second stroke of luck in the 41st minute when a corner swung in by midfield maestro Dan Griggs rebounded off the crossbar, with former Hatfield keeper Statham well beaten in the Colney goal.
Going into the break, WGC were happy with the lead, knowing that their second- half performances of late have been phenomenal.
And this game was no exception.
Howard Hall replaced youngster Doyle on 55 minutes for City.
With London Colney gradually getting into the game, the home side made their early possession count three minutes later when wide-man Sam Mitchell beat Adam Purcell for strength and fired past Simon Bartley.
The goal seemed to spur the Herns Lane side into action, and in the 70th minute Jason Williams fired a rasping shot towards goal that was well saved by the keeper.
Only two minutes later, substitute Hall, looking dangerous partnering Craig Tomkins up front, made for the byline.
He crossed a great ball into the box, which Griggs will have felt he could have done better with after blasting over the bar.
The decisive goal, however, came in the 76th minute when Tomkins picked up the ball 20 yards out and drilled a left-foot shot past the keeper and into the near post for a superb finish.
That goal seemed to deflate the Blueboys, and only three minutes later they conceded a penalty after keeper Statham brought down Hall in the area, and was lucky to get away with only a yellow card. Parratt stepped up to blast the ball past the keeper to make it 3-1 to WGC.
The scoring wasn't finished there. Just two minutes later, Azeez Yousuff, another Barnet Academy product, collected the ball 15 yards out, turned the full back and drilled a shot past Statham to give City a three-goal lead.
Williams added the gloss to the victory with a fifth.
He picked the ball up 15 yards from goal following some poor home defending, kept good control, and fired a right-foot drive beyond Statham to round off a professional performance from the City boys.
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