Welwyn Garden City 2-3 Ely City: History-making Robins upset the odds to seal spot in fourth round of FA Vase

Ely City caused an upset in the FA Vase on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Welwyn Garden City. Pict

Ely City caused an upset in the FA Vase on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Welwyn Garden City. Picture: The Cold End - Credit: Archant

Ely City made history last weekend after they clinched a spot in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Against all the odds – and with reserve defender Dean Grogan in goal - the Robins nicked a 3-2 victory away at higher-level Welwyn Garden City – equalling their best ever run in the competition.

City boss Brady Stone said before Saturday’s game that his men would go into the tie showing no fear and with nothing to lose, and that was evident from the first whistle as the visitors began on the front foot.

Kelvin Enaro was a constant menace for the Robins, and it was the winger who set up a deserved opener five minutes before the break.

After some neat footwork, Enaro picked out the impressive George Darling, and his low drive nestled in the back of the net.


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Ely were pegged back almost instantly after Josh Bronti picked himself up after being fouled to slot home from the spot, but the Robins retook their lead minutes into the second half when Craig Neal bent in a wonderful shot after cutting in from the left.

Enaro was rewarded for his top performance with a goal of his own 10 minutes after the break, when he swept home after a stunning breakaway.

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Welwyn’s Josh McGrandles headed a second for the hosts three minutes later to give the Hertfordshire outfit a glimmer of hope, but Stone’s men dug deep to record their finest hour for many a season.

Ely will hope that their wonderful Vase win can spur them on to taking three points for the first time since October 8 when they welcome Brantham Athletic to the Unwin Ground in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on Saturday (December 10, 3pm).

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