2 March 2024
Bromley made it through to the Kent Senior Cup Final with a narrow victory over Tonbridge Angels at the Longmead Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Ravens started on the attack, and it was just four minutes in that the first chance would be carved. Reece Meekums showed pace and composure to make his way down the right wing and send a cross in towards Omar Bugiel in the box, but the Lebanese forward couldn’t quite stretch far enough to reach the ball.
The tables would turn a few minutes later, as David Gregory would be called into action for the first time. Firstly, he parried Michael Kamara’s powerful effort following a corner, before tipping Sonny Miles’ stinging drive over the crossbar.
Bromley would capitalise on that with 17 minutes played. Some lovely link up play between Dennon Lewis and JJ Hooper saw a neat one-two played, before the former played a low ball into the box, which was smashed beyond Jonathan Henly by the latter to give Bromley the lead.
Gregory would again be required on 37 minutes, as Alex Read’s thunderous effort seemed destined for the top corner, only for the Ravens stopper to intervene with a fine reaction save to deny him and preserve Bromley’s lead.
As half time approached, Bromley would have two further chances to score again. Unselfish play from Bugiel saw him slip the ball through to Lewis who went one on one with goalkeeper Henly, only for the Angels custodian to make a fantastic save. Just minutes later, it was again Lewis carving chances, but as he played another good ball into the box, Hooper could only send a shot on the turn wide.
The second half was a more subdued affair, but just six minutes in, Bromley could and perhaps should have doubled their lead. More good work from Lewis saw him with the opportunity to shoot from inside the box and he did just that, forcing an excellent low save from Henly before again firing at goal, but this time too close to the home side’s goalkeeper, who made a more simple save second time round.
Chances then became few and far between, with Bromley willing to slow down the pace of the game and restrict their opponents to limited opportunities. On 82 minutes, substitute Billy Craske played debutant and Academy player Shaike Kamara through on goal, but after taking a heavy touch, the youngster slid in to reach the ball but collided with Henly, leading to a yellow card.
With little threat from the home side, the Ravens held out for the victory and progressed to the final, where they will face Maidstone, who beat Gillingham on penalties.
The Club are in discussions with the Kent FA and Maidstone United over a date and venue for the fixture, and will update supporters when an agreement is made.
Bromley XI: Gregory, Sutherland, Johnson (C), Bugiel (Kamara), Dunne, Higgs, Meekums (Craske), Lewis, Wood, Brindley (Raymond), Hooper
Unused substitutes: Enver, Brefo