Five-star Kings storm through to the semis

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Welwyn Garden City 0 Kings Langley 5

KINGS progressed to the semi-final of the Herts FA Senior Centenary Trophy with a comfortable win at Welwyn Garden City.

Manager Paul Hobbs, clearly displeased with the team’s defensive display against Sun Postal, changed his entire back five and the new unit responded with a clean sheet.

Sam Warrell and Jack Johnson had early chances, but Craig Lynskey’s participation was ended after just 18 minutes, following a poor tackle.

As the visitors continued to attack, a through-ball to Jimmy Armstrong saw him brought down, but Jack Johnson spared the need for a penalty as he netted from close range.

Tommy Kiernan was booked for a tackle that left Gary Connolly needing attention, and he when he immediately felled the goalbound Armstrong on the cusp of half time, the referee had no hesitation in showing him a red card.

Kings came out of the blocks quickly after the interval and Chris Mason converted Johnson’s cross, before an Armstrong cut-back gave Lithuanian substitute Arturas Simakovas the chance to net his first goal for the club.

Steve Noonan finished off a flowing move with a 20 yard rocket, and after Armstrong was brought down by the keeper, his confident penalty wrapped up the win and brought up Kings’ hundredth goal of the season.