Spot of bother as Levy crash out of Shield

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Leverstock Green 2
Welwyn Garden City 2 
(3-5 on pens)

LEVERSTOCK Green’s run in this season’s Herts Charity Shield ended at the first hurdle as they went out to Welwyn Garden City.

Green came from behind twice to force a 2-2 draw, but the visitors took the tie on penalties.

Welwyn had the best of the early exchanges, but Green slowly took hold with their flowing passing, and Kris Tyrell shot narrowly over.

James Dabbs was next to try his luck, but his shot flew inches wide, before Adam Hallissey forced the keeper to push his shot behind for a corner and Curt Dizon shot over.

The game was goalless at half-time and Welwyn made a couple of substitutions for the second half as they looked to gain the upper hand.

With 66 mins gone, Ade Osobu was gifted the ball just outside the 18 yard box and made no mistake with his shot to give Welwyn the lead.

Within a minute, Green were back on terms when Ross Miller unleashed a shot from 40 yards out.

Welwyn regained their lead through Brett Leader on 88 minutes but Dabbs was on hand two minutes later to take the tie to penalty kicks.

Green’s first kick was saved by the keeper and, as Welwyn scored each of their five penalties, they won the tie.

Elsewhere, Levy Green Reserves drew 3-3 with Park Street Village.