Welwyn Garden City out of Southern League Cup after penalty heartbreak at Berkhamsted

PUBLISHED: 16:59 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 06 December 2018

Welwyn Garden City's Dan Green made a number of saves during normal time against Berkhamsted. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn Garden City's Dan Green made a number of saves during normal time against Berkhamsted. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City’s participation in the CSS Southern League Cup ended in the last 16 with a penalty shoot-out loss at old rivals Berkhamsted.

The sides, who had both been promoted to the Southern League for the first time in their histories last year, had played out a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes to take the game to the spot-kick lottery.

But the hosts proved their mettle from 12 yards by converting all four of their shots, while for WGC Stuart Zanone saw his effort rebound off the bar and Danny May’s kick saved by Xavi Coman-Leon.

It had been a hard fought cup-tie throughout but with chances at a premium at either end.

Berkhamsted went nearest to winning it in regulation time, Adiel Mannion’s effort striking a post, while Dan Green was forced to deny Matt Bateman.

WGC’s best efforts came from Charlie Smith, held by Comas-Leon, and Nick Elliot, who was just off target late on.

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