Welwyn Garden City progress in FA Vase
PUBLISHED: 09:31 09 September 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 09 September 2010
DEEP into injury time WGC substitute Dan Llewellyn netted the only goal of the game against Crawley Green to send the 10-man Citizens into the second qualifying round of the FA Vase.
The winger collected the ball in the centre of the Herns Lane pitch and drilled an effort straight at visiting keeper Scott Bates from 25-yards on Saturday.
Somehow the ball went straight through the Green number one’s legs and into the back of the net.
City will face Leverstock Green away in the second qualifying round on Saturday, September 18.
Looking back on the narrow victory, WGC coach Luciano Bagarone said: “The lads dug in today [Saturday], they have plenty of spirit and good will.
“Hopefully we can build on it and progress forward.
“They [Crawley Green] have been getting some good results, they were big and strong but didn’t create that much.”
Green did have the ball in the back of the net on 14 minutes when Lee Haywood’s diving header beat City keeper Mark Jessop but the Crawley forward was ruled offside.
At the other end City skipper Shane Manogue headed a Martin Skipp corner just off target.
Right-back Craig Savage caused City problems down the left flank during the first half. He delivered a couple of dangerous crosses but Haywood headed one over and another just evaded everyone.
Green went close as Jason Blackett’s low drive struck Jessop’s left hand post.
Before the break City forward Kieron Wilson was booked for a late challenge on James Dixon, this was to prove telling.
Ten minutes into the second half Wilson challenged another defender and was shown a second yellow and sent off.
Jessop did superbly to save a Jermaine Hall free-kick low to his left after 60 minutes, but he was soon in agony after dislocating two fingers.
He epitomised the spirit in the City camp by popping them back into place and carrying on with the game.
That heart was rewarded in the 96th minute as Llewellyn bagged the winner.
WGC FC are on the lookout for an assistant manager to help boss Phil Reid at the football club.
If you are interested call Mick Clarke on 07831569403.
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