FA Youth Cup exit for St Albans City

ST Albans City’s Midweek Youth team had the disappointment of going out in the FA Youth Cup 3-1 at Cheshunt on Wednesday night.

Despite creating the best openings throughout the match, typified by Ken Ogbuagu hitting the outside of the post in just the first minute, City squandered chance after chance and just had a single Elliot Bailey goal to take a 1-0 lead into the break.

In the second half it was the same story, but Cheshunt grew in confidence after their striker, Harry Scowen, was gifted a clanger of a goal from keeper Warren Bell’s poor clearance.

After Matt Taylor headed over the home team’s bar from inside the box, City hopes were up as Abo Eisa was brought down in the box in the 74th minute. Unfortunately Eisa’s penalty was saved by Stefano Gillotti and a swift Cheshunt counter-attack down the right caught City’s defence asleep with substitute Osame Diallo scoring within 30 seconds.

City pushed players forward and pounded the home goal in the final minutes winning several corners.

They looked to have equalised in time added on, but James Kaloczi’s shot from a narrow angle went through a sea on players’ legs and hit the inside of the far post.

To add insult to injury the ball was scrambled clear and Cheshunt grabbed their third goal in the 95th minute for a flattering scoreline.

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Overall City were punished for poor finishing and didn’t play anyway near the capabilities of their talent.

In the end it was a more determined and physical Cheshunt team that progresses to play Berkhamsted in the next round.