17 October 2017

Dover and out – Bromley progress to FA Cup First Round with 3-0 win over Dover Athletic

  • Men's

A clinical and fluid attacking performance from Bromley in the second half on Tuesday night sealed their passage through to the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup, where Rochdale await.

Bromley were missing several players through injury and suspension, and thus, started centre back Jack Holland up front, meaning the side was without a recognised striker in the starting XI.

Although there were no major chances early on, Dover went close through Mitch Pinnock and Nortei Nortey, who shot high and wide, and straight at David Gregory respectively. However, the first chance of note came Bromley’s way, and Luke Wanadio was the man to have it, latching onto a long ball and trying to lob Mitchell Walker, unfortunately seeing his effort clear the crossbar.

In the only remaining chances for the home side before the break, Wanadio dragged a low shot wide after a mazy run, and Frankie Raymond had a free kick deflected wide. The half ended on a low note, with Dover’s Giancarlo Gallifuoco having to be stretchered off after an awkward fall in a challenge with Jordan Higgs.

In the second half, the excellent makeshift forward Holland continued to hold the ball well and cause problems for the visiting back line. Bromley continued to push forwards and play some excellent attacking football, but there was no end product, until the 70th minute. Josh Rees rose high to head home a Frankie Raymond corner at the back post, sending the vocal home support into raptures, as their side had gained the goal they deserved.

Just three minutes later, the Ravens doubled their lead, thanks to Adam Mekki. The winger, who had put in an immense shift thus far, was sent through by Holland and turned his man, before finishing emphatically off the crossbar for his second Bromley goal, and the Ravens fully deserved their lead.

There was time for one more late on, as substitute Louis Dennis entered the fray and caused problems for Dover left, right and centre, and got his goal in injury time, calmly entering the box and guiding the ball into the bottom corner, past the advancing Walker.

The game was witnessed by 828 at The H2T Group Stadium, thank you all so much for your support!

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