Offside decisions prove costly for Welwyn Garden City Reserves

PUBLISHED: 17:46 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:46 03 April 2013

Ryan Gordon lays off the ball

Ryan Gordon lays off the ball


TWO highly controversial offside decisions decided the Spartan South Midlands League Reserve Division Two fixture at Herns Lane between WGC and Sun Postal Sports, both to the detriment of the hosts.

Mark Slater’s team can consider themselves desperately unlucky to come out of the fixture with no reward.

Firstly a Sports reserve forward was given the benefit of the doubt by one linesman to run clear, when looking suspiciously offside, and tuck his shot under WGC keeper Matt Parkins to give his side the lead midway through the first half.

Then, what seemed a home equaliser was ruled out on the visiting linesman’s flag, after Ibrahim Camara had tucked away a rebound after Ives Luhasa’s overhead kick had come back off a post, even though there looked to be a defender on the line.

WGC had the better of the early stages and two on-target headers from Camara and Luhasa both brought fine fingertip saves over the bar from the visiting keeper.

The Watford visitors took the lead with their breakaway goal midway through the first half and doubled it with a fine curling effort from distance in the early minutes of the second period.

WGC missed the chance of levelling from the penalty spot towards the end of the first-half, when they were awarded a spot kick, but Jonathan Walsh put his kick too near the keeper.

Camara brought WGC back into the game when he showed good anticipation to a low effort from first-teamer Ryan Gordon, brought on in the second-half, to turn it past the keeper from close in with 20 minutes remaining.

The same player then looked to have tied up matters with a second strike, until it was controversially ruled out, amid heated home protests.

Late in the game, both sides were reduced to 10 men, when WGC had Ashley Gordon sent-off for two bookable offences and a Sports player was also banished to the dressing room for fighting.

WGC Res: Parkins, McCafferty, Gordon (A), Chavhundra, Njorge, Asassin, Cockram, Walsh, Luhasa, Gregory, Camara. Sub:- Gordon (R).

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