FC Halifax Town v Dover Athletic

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
15th August 2017 7:45 pm National League 2017-2018 1,355 Mitch Brundle Denton (90+1) Brundle (87), Sho-Silva (90+5)

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TOBI Sho-Silva’s last-gasp winner saw Dover win 2-1 at FC Halifax Town and maintain their 100% winning record on the road this season.

The forward pounced on Connor Essam’s header into the area following substitute Mitch Pinnock’s deep corner as Dover won at the MBi Shay Stadium for the first time in three attempts.

It looked like the match would end in a draw after Tom Denton netted in the 90th minute to cancel out Mitch Brundle’s header four minutes earlier, but Sho-Silva struck his first league goal of the campaign to take all three points back to Kent.

Whites were almost ahead early on.  Defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco flashed a volley just wide from Brundle’s low corner.

Home keeper Sam Johnson seemed to be caught cold by Femi Ilesanmi’s cross two minutes later, but the ball narrowly missed the target.

The home side’s first effort came courtesy of Matty Kosylo.  The midfielder collected Cliff Moyo’s pass and fired a sighter narrowly over.

The Shaymen went even closer at the midway point of the first half.  Josh Wilde’s dangerous cross was met by Denton, but Manny Parry was able to track back and nod the lanky striker’s looping header off the line.

The best chance of the half fell for Athletic.  Brundle’s free-kick was cleared to Nortei Nortey, who delivered a clever through ball to Jamie Allen in space, but the forward could not force the ball past Johnson from an angle.

Allen was also unable to flick Femi Ilesanmi’s drive goalwards following Ryan Bird’s lay-off as both sides went into the break without scoring.

Sam Johnson was called into action shortly after the restart, finger-tipping Allen’s curling effort from outside the area onto the bar.

The pacy striker was in the thick of things again minutes later, hitting the stanchion with a 25-yard strike.

Kosylo collected Sub Josh MacDonald’s low cross and fired goalwards, but Brundle was back in time to stop the ball on the goal line and clear the danger.

Allen struck the woodwork a second time with twenty minutes left on the clock.  Brundle’s corner caused mayhem in the box and the attacker fired against the woodwork from six yards.

Home dangerman Kosylo continued to cause problems for the home defence, evading the attention of Josh Passley and firing just wide. The same player then volleyed Connor Oliver’s corner the same side of the left-hand post moments later.

Midfielder Brundle appeared to win the game in the 86th minute.  A lightning counter-attack ended with Dover’s skipper heading in Allen’s pinpoint cross in spite of Johnson’s best efforts to claw the ball away.  Oliver’s cross had missed every player in a blue shirt at the other end of the pitch seconds earlier.

But Halifax levelled one minute into injury time as Denton powered home Wilde’s lofted ball into the box.

However, it was Dover and Sho-Silva who had the final say with the last kick of the game to send the 32 travelling fans who made the trip to West Yorkshire wild.

Earlier, manager Chris Kinnear named an unchanged side for the fourth match running, with no changes on the bench either.

The win sees Dover move up one place in the ladder to third and they face Barrow at Crabble this coming Saturday. Kick off 3 pm.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

FC Halifax Town

1Sam Johnson Goalkeeper
2Cliff Moyo Defender
6Scott Garner Midfielder
5Matty Brown Defender, (c) 77'
3Josh Wilde Defender 90+1'
10Connor Oliver Midfielder
12David Lynch Midfielder
7Matty Kosylo Midfielder 34'
17Bohan Dixon 16 Midfielder
9Tom Denton Forward 90+1'
40Dion Charles 15 Forward
11Scott McManus Midfielder
13Tom Nicholson Goalkeeper
14Ben Tomlinson Midfielder
15Josh MacDonald 40 Midfielder Charles 46'
16Adam Morgan 17 Midfielder Dixon 59'
  2 1 1 2

First Team Manager: Billy Heath

Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender 90+5'
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c) 87'
18Nortei Nortey 11 Midfielder
7Kane Richards 23 Forward
10Jamie Allen Forward 87'
58'
17Ryan Bird 9 Forward
9Tobi Sho-Silva 17 Forward Bird 73'
90+5'
11Mitchell Pinnock 18 Forward Nortey 77'
14George Essuman Defender
15Emmanuel Adebowale  Defender
23Kadell Daniel 7 Forward Richards 79'
  3 2 2 1

First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Substitutions
2
3
Goals
1
2
Assists
1
2
Yellow Cards
2
1
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Marc EdwardsAlan Hull
Peter Sporne
Joseph Goodwin

Ground

The MBi Shay Stadium
East Stand, Halifax HX1 2YT, UK

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