Dover Athletic v Welling United

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers
1st May 2017 3:00 pm Kent Senior Cup 2016-2017 939 Loui Fazakerley Lafayette (54), Thomas (87)

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ROSS Lafayette and Aswad Thomas scored the goals as Dover beat Welling United 2-0 to win the Kent Reliance Senior Cup final at Maidstone United’s Gallagher Stadium on Monday.

It was the first time Dover have won the cup since 1991 and they did it without conceding a goal along the way.

To complete a memorable day for Dover captain Loui Fazakerley, who was playing against his former club, he was named Man-of-the-Match.

Dover started brightly against the National League South side and Moses Emmanuel, one of the three changes boss Chris Kinnear made to his starting side following Saturday’s win at Barrow AFC, was soon in action.

He had the first effort of the day with his shot easily gathered by goalkeeper Chris Lewington before Mitch Pinnock’s 25-yarder flew just over the Welling bar.

Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker was called into action not long after, diving low to his left to turn Ali Fuseni’s shot away for a corner.

Back at the other end, Thomas saw his header from Sam Magri’s cross easily caught by Lewington.

Walker then saved from his Wings namesake Darren and Tom Richards before Sam Hatton’s drive whistled inches wide of the Dover goal.

Lewington needed to be alert after Emmanuel charged down Danny Waldron’s clearance and the keeper won the foot race with the Dover frontman to the loose ball.

Welling had the first chance of the second half with Alex Cathline turning well in Dover’s box before seeing his shot saved at close range by Walker moments after the restart.

The deadlock was broken in the 54th minute and it stunning style by Lafayette.

His curling 25-yarder gave Lewington no chance as it flew into the top corner of the goal in front of the Dover fans.

Welling saw efforts from Hatton and Ricky Hayles fly well wide before Walker safely caught former Dover striker Harry Crawford’s shot.

Walker saved from Walker again before substitute Peter Skapetis’ overhead kick went close just after the Australian striker came on for his Dover debut.

Magri saw his header from Joe Healy’s corner saved by Lewington as Whites pressed for a second.

Thomas delivered it with three minutes to go when he headed home Healy’s cross.

Earlier, Kinnear had to make three enforced changes.

Jamie Grimes and Ricky Miller missed out through injury while Connor Essam’s loan deal from Eastleigh had ended.

They were replaced by Fazakerley, Pinnock and Emmanuel.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

WELLING UNITED REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender
21Bondz N’Gala Defender
12Loui Fazakerley Defender, (c)
6Richard Orlu Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender 87'
26Joe Healy Midfielder 87'
27James Hurst Midfielder
11Mitchell Pinnock 13 Forward 54'
17Moses Emmanuel 19 Forward
25Ross Lafayette 8 Forward 54'
4Chris Kinnear Jnr Midfielder
8Jim Stevenson 25 Midfielder Lafayette 80'
13Peter Skapetis 11 Forward Pinnock 74'
19Ira Jackson Jnr 17 Forward Emmanuel 90'
20Christopher Barnard Midfielder
  3 2 2

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Welling United

1Chris Lewington Goalkeeper
2Tom Richards Defender
3Archie Johnson 12 Defender
4Matt Fish 14 Defender
5Danny Waldron Defender, (c)
6Ricky Hayles Midfielder
7Ali Fuseini Midfielder
8Sam Hatton Midfielder
9Alex Cathline Forward
10Harry Crawford Forward
11Dan Walker Midfielder
12Pierre Joseph-Dubois 3 Forward Johnson 71'
13Paul Agu Goalkeeper
14Jamie Slabber 4 Forward Fish 82'
15Dean Leacock Defender
16Sean Francis Defender
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First Team Manager: Alex Dyer

Substitutions
3
2
Goals
2
0
Assists
2
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Aji AjibolaIsaac Searle
Scott Rudd
Jack Packman

Ground

The Gallagher Stadium
James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ, UK

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