|Date||Time||League||Season||Dover Star Player|
|22nd July 2017||3:00 pm||Pre-Season Friendly||2017-2018||Tobi Sho-Silva|
DOVER proved too strong for their Bostik Premier League neighbours after winning Saturday’s friendly 5-1 at the Fullicks Stadium.
Tobi Sho-Silva netted a brace, with Kane Richards, Mitch Brundle and substitute Ryan Bird also on the scoresheet.
Athletic went close early on as Brundle struck the post with a low effort after winning the ball in midfield.
First to the rebound was Sho-Silva and the former Bromley man sent the ball back towards Dover’s captain, who headed straight at Folkestone keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens.
Invicta’s stopper had to be at his best minutes later, tipping away Sho-Silva’s drive after the striker had been put clean through by Mitch Pinnock.
Brundle’s resulting corner almost flew straight in, but Scott Heard was on hand at the back post to head off the line.
Another Pinnock pass saw Richards run clear of the home defence, but his delicate chip sailed harmlessly over.
The first goal came on 33 minutes. An error from Folkestone skipper Kwabena Osei saw the ball run into Sho-Silva’s path and the forward fired home his first goal for Dover via a slight deflection.
The lead was almost doubled prior to the break, Femi Ilesamni crossing towards a lurking Richards at the far post, but the winger aimed his header wide of the upright.
But the summer signing from Chester bagged his first for the club 15 minutes after the restart.
The pacy winger made no mistake from five yards, slotting home a cross at the near post.
Brundle then opened his own account for Dover in stunning style a minute later. The midfielder’s 20-yard chip from Bird’s lay-off sailed over a helpless Chalmers-Stevens and into the top corner.
Sho-Silva grabbed his second on 75 minutes, taking Brundle’s smart pass in his stride and calmly slotting into the bottom corner.
Invicta grabbed a late consolation when a cross from Salvin Kisitu went straight in with nine minutes remaining.
Bird had the last say though, latching onto a long ball and smashing home with the last kick of the match.
Earlier, boss Chris Kinnear had made three changes from Tuesday night’s defeat to Charlton.
Pinnock, George Essuman and a triallist came in for Jamie Allen, Connor Essam and Bird, who started on the bench.
Dover visit Tonbridge Angels on Monday (7.30pm) before hosting Welling on Tuesday (7.45pm).
DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION
|The Fullicks Stadium|
|Cheriton Rd, Folkestone CT19, UK|