Lady Citizens slip out of cup

PUBLISHED: 17:19 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

WGC Ladies were knocked out of the League Cup at the first hurdle on Sunday. A scrambled goal five minutes before half- time ended the Herns Lane club s participation in the South East Combination League Cup as Enfield Ladies beat them 1-0. Played on a we

WGC Ladies were knocked out of the League Cup at the first hurdle on Sunday.

A scrambled goal five minutes before half- time ended the Herns Lane club's participation in the South East Combination League Cup as Enfield Ladies beat them 1-0.

Played on a well used pitch, neither side found it easy to produce their normal game and a strong wind added to their problems.

Welwyn had the better of the early exchanges as both Nikki Day and Ella Baker went close.

Enfield's first serious attack ended with a shot wide of the home goal.

Dawn Mallett fired a good chance over the bar at the end of one of the few good moves created by either side during a disjointed first 45 minutes.

With both keepers largely spectators, the deadlock was finally broken on 40 minutes.

A free-kick on Welwyn's right was swung into the home side's area.

As goalkeeper Verity Crook came to claim the ball she collided in mid air with a defender.

She spilt the ball to an Enfield player, who put her shot into the net.

The lady Citizens started the second period brighter with Faye Rees involved in several of the better passages of play.

She linked well with substitute Naomi Lyon, who had a shot saved by Lou Cooper in the visitors' goal on 57 minutes.

This coincided with WGC's best period of pressure.

However, clear-cut opportunities were at a premium and an equalising goal failed to materialise.

Crook made a brilliant one-handed save high to her left on 73 minutes from a sliced cross which looked to be heading for the top corner.

Enfield were limited to long-range efforts, as Sheree Oliver's organised defence held firm.

Laveena Betts' cross with 10 minutes to go in normal time caused panic in Enfield's area but the visitors cleared the danger before anyone in a claret shirt got to the ball.

Cooper's right-handed save from Rees kept the London side in front on 83 minutes.

However, while Welwyn pressed to draw level, the equalising goal remained elusive and the first round tie ended 1-0 to Enfield.

Now out of the cup, the Lady Citizens will be able to catch up on some of their league fixtures.

Next up for them will be an away trip to Sussex to face Lewes.

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