Cards cup run ended by Hornets. 7th January 2018
6th January 2019
Woking 0 Watford 2
Emirates FA Cup 3rd round Sunday 6th January 2019
Attendance: 5,717 (1,304)
Peter Moore at the Laithwaite Community Stadium
A goal in each half from Premiership outfit Watford was enough to knock Woking out of this seasons Emirates FA Cup. A sublime strike from Will Hughes and a tap in from Troy Deeney ensured victory for the Hornets against a Woking side that never gave up, but on the day were beaten by a better side.
Manager Alan Dowson made two changes to the starting line up for the Cards with Jamar Loza and Jake Hyde starting. Premiership side Watford made 11 changes, with Heurelha Gomes made Captain.
The visitors started off brightly by knocking the ball around confidently and created the first chance of the game when Adalberto Penarande sent in a curling shot that was a whisker away.
Following the Hornets third corner of the half the visitors opened the scoring. The ball was played to Will Hughes who fired into the top corner. Craig Ross- who earlier had denied Adam Masina- was called into action once again and produced a fine save to deny Isaac Success.
The Hornets were inches away from making it 2-0 when a free kick from Tom Cleverley hit the bar. The visitors continued to dominate the opening 45 minutes with 74% possession and 11 shots. Despite their dominance, Watford only held a one goal led at the interval.
Woking looked more of a threat in the second half, with Manager Dowson bring on Armani Little and a double substitution with Paul Hodges and Harvey Bradbury entering the fields of play with 70 minutes played. Despite Woking having the lion’s share of the possession, it was Watford who carved out a chance to double their advantage. Following a corner Penaranda crossed the ball across goal for substitute Troy Deeney who was left a simple tap in.
With just four minutes remaining the Cards had a great chance to pull a goal back and set up a grandstand finish when Collier’s cross from the by line was headed wide by Bradbury.
That was to be the last and best chance for the hosts as they bowed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage. The Cards can now concentrate on getting back to National League South action, with a massive home game against Welling on Wednesday.