Enfield Borough’s return to action was brief, typically entertaining but ultimately fruitless as they were knocked out of the Middlesex Premier Cup by FC Deportivo Galicia by the odd goal in seven.

A spirited second-half comeback was not enough for Borough who were made to pay for a poor opening forty-five minutes.

The early stages were quite even but the team creating the chances were the hosts. Arkaiz Ruiz brought the ball under control, side stepped Gideon Sarpong and drew a save from Borough’s keeper Dragos Stefanoaica who shortly after he had to do likewise to deny Alvaro Castano.

From the resulting corner, Borough broke quickly out of defence and Micah Jackson’s raking pass picked out Richard Ennin, but the striker pulled his shot wide of the near post. Minutes later Ennin had another chance but this time shot wide of the far post when well placed.

The deadlock was broken after fifteen minutes. Anton Fernandez cut inside Gavin Hinds-Cadette and fired in a shot which struck the post, with Ruiz converting on the rebound.

The lead was doubled two minutes later when a free kick was conceded centrally some twenty-five yards from goal. The ball was driven straight at and through the wall by Fernandez and a deflection sent the ball past a helpless Stefanoaica.

With the last kick of the half, Deportivo increased their advantage further as the ball was worked from left to right across the Borough penalty box until it reached Fernandez who drove low past Stefanoaica.

At the interval Bruno Tavares and Sevdar Bokciu were introduced for Queta and Kwaku Aning and the impact was immediate.

Just seven minutes into the second half the former was slipped through on goal and fired past Manuel Lamas from a tight angle.

The striker was then fouled midway inside the Deportivo half moments later and Huseyin Ombasii’s ball into the box was fumbled by Lamas, allowing Tavares to tap into the empty net.

Enfield’s route back into the game was all-but cut out with less than ten minutes remaining when a lofted pass from halfway was controlled by Ruiz and he slotted the ball wide of Stefanoaica and into the net.

Despite Borough reducing the deficit back to one three minutes later when Deportivo lost concentration at a short corner by Jackson and Jean-Paul Antwi, which saw the latter drive the ball into the goalmouth where an unmarked Ennin prodded home, the hosts held on and progressed to the next round.