Dover Athletic v Ebbsfleet United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
4th September 2018 7:45 pm National League 2018-2019 1,127 Connor Essam Essam (34) McQueen (13)

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CONNOR Essam’s first-half equaliser saw Whites end run of four consecutive National League defeats against Kent rivals Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night.

The defender headed in Mitch Brundle’s free-kick to cancel out Darren McQueen’s early goal.

Ebbsfleet almost opened the scoring early on, Myles Weston’s cross-cum-shot narrowly clearing the crossbar.

But the visitors were not to be denied an opening goal and took the lead on 12 minutes.

McQueen skipped past Moussa Diarra, with his shot from the edge of the area deflecting off Tim Schmoll’s foot and skidding under the body of the diving Mitch Walker.

Brundle’s aim was too high after latching onto Moussa Diarra’s knock down.

Dean Rance then connected powerfully to Jack Powell’s corner, but his header was just off target.

And Athletic made their opponents pay for that missed chance with the leveller on 34 minutes.

Essam stole a march on Jack King to nod in his second goal of the season from Brundle’s set piece.

Nortei Nortey tried to put Dover ahead but fired George Smith’s assist tamely at away keeper Nathan Ashmore.

Following the restart, substitute Sam Magri headed downwards and wide from Weston’s cross.

And in a half of few chances, Sean Shields’ whipped strike almost caught Walker out but found the side netting.

Sub Inih Effiong’s shot didn’t quite match his surging run from deep and at the other end of the pitch, Fleet sub Danny Kedwell headed Shield’s ball inches above the crossbar.

And Smith almost won the game for Whites in injury time.

The Chesterfield loanee saw his strike palmed away by Ashmore after Chris Bush had ended Josh Passley’s lung-busting run with the ball running for the left back to strike the ball on goal.

Earlier, boss Kinnear made two changes to the side that started against Barnet on Saturday.  Tobi Sho-Silva and Moussa Diarra replaced Kevin Lokko and Ntumba Massanka.

Dover next travel to Chesterfield on Saturday 8th September, kick-off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

EBBSFLEET UNITED REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
19Tim Schmoll Defender 62'
6Connor Essam Defender 34'
18'
4Moussa Diarra Defender
20George Smith Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 34'
26Aryan Tajbakhsh 3 Midfielder
18Nortei Nortey Midfielder 15'
10Jamie Allen 11 Forward
9Tobi Sho-Silva 12 Forward
3Jack Connors 26 Defender Tajbakhsh 77'
7Anthony Jeffrey Forward
11Kadell Daniel 10 Forward Allen 71'
12Inih Effiong 9 Forward Sho-Silva 65'
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Ebbsfleet United

1Nathan Ashmore Goalkeeper
11Myles Weston Midfielder
2Jack King Defender
19Chris Bush Defender
5Dave Winfield 3 Defender, (c) 13'
17Sean Shields Midfielder
4Dean Rance Midfielder 82'
7Jack Powell Midfielder
18Corey Whitely Midfielder
14Darren McQueen 10 Forward 13'
12Michael Cheek 9 Forward
3Sam Magri 5 Defender Winfield 31'
9Danny Kedwell 12 Forward Cheek 68'
10Andy Drury 14 Midfielder McQueen 84'
15Luke Coulson Midfielder
23Lawrie Wilson Defender
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First Team Manager: Daryl McMahon

Substitutions
3
3
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
1
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Sam PurkissDavid Harrison
Ryan Whitaker
Kirsty Dowie

Ground

Crabble Athletic Ground
40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK