Maidstone United v Dover Athletic FC

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Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
1st January 2017 6:00 pm National League 2016-2017 2,257 Moses Emmanuel Karagiannis (61), Emmanuel (29, 55), Lafayette (74), Miller (90+1)

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CLINICAL finishing saw Dover climb two places into fourth in the National League after a 4-1 win against Maidstone United at a cold and wet Gallagher Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Moses Emmanuel’s double set Whites on their way and though Vas Karagiannis pulled one back for the hosts, Ross Lafayette and Ricky Miller ensured boss Chris Kinnear’s side came away with the three points.

Maidstone made the stronger start to the game, Alex Flisher pulled the ball back for Jamar Loza to slot home, but skipper Jamie Grimes blocked bravely with a last-ditch tackle.

Yemi Odubade then stole a march on Aswad Thomas out wide and passed infield to Karagiannis, but goalkeeper Steve Arnold parried the fierce drive.

Stones had a glorious chance through Odubade as he only had Arnold to beat following neat interplay with Jack Paxman, but Dover’s stopper proved a formidable barrier for the former Eastleigh man.

Dover’s first chance saw Sam Magri race onto Miller’s pass and fire just wide of the far post.

Emmanuel broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion with his 10th league goal of the season in the 28th minute.

Maidstone keeper Lee Worgan brilliantly saved Emmanuel’s first effort from the edge of the area after a clever pass from Miller, but the rebound fell straight back for the forward to fire into the top corner.

Loza almost capitalized on Tyrone Sterling’s error, but his volley through a crowded box went straight at Arnold.

Emmanuel shot straight at Worgan when put through by Richard Orlu, but he did not have to wait long for his second as he smashed home Lafayette’s cross from an angle on 54 minutes to double Dover’s lead.

Maidstone searched for a way back into the game and Magri was well positioned to clear away Flisher’s drive.

The home side did pull a goal back on 58 minutes as Odubade’s low cross was slid home by Karagiannis.

Worgan kept Maidstone in the game, diving low to his right to deny Miller’s first time attempt after nice work from Emmanuel.

Arnold’s challenge on Odubade had Maidstone calling for a penalty, but referee Constantine Hatzidakis waved the claims away.

The resulting corner from Karagiannis was heading straight in, but Arnold was able to fist the ball to safety.

Lafayette’s deadly strike on 74 ended any hopes of a comeback as he collected a ball from Orlu and fired across Worgan to take his league goal tally into double figures for the campaign.

Worgan denied Sammy Moore his first of the season after saving his curling effort and Lafayette’s follow up shot was blocked.

Arnold’s fingertips denied Loza from close range and Tom Mills somehow missed the target after Dover’s goalie missed Flisher’s cross as Maidstone were unable to set up a grandstand finish.

Miller, who was feeling under the weather, sealed the win after he ran onto Lafayette’s through ball to slot home in injury time.

Earlier, Whites made one change from the reverse clash on Boxing Day, Moore came in for Ricky Modeste who dropped to the bench.

DOVER ATHLETIC REACTION

MATCH GALLERY

Maidstone United

1Lee Worgan Goalkeeper, (c)
2Callum Driver 16 Defender
4Jamie Coyle Defender
5Kevin Lokko Defender 76'
3Tom Mills Defender
6James Rogers 17 Defender
7Vasileios Karagiannis Midfielder 61'
10Jack Paxman Midfielder
11Alex Flisher Midfielder 36'
25Jamar Loza Midfielder 64'
23Yemi Odubade 20 Forward 61'
12Jack Evans Defender
15Anthony Acheampong Defender
16Bobby-Joe Taylor 2 Midfielder Driver 86'
17Ben Greenhalgh 6 Forward Rogers 81'
20Joseph N’Guessan 23 Midfielder Odubade 76'
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First Team Manager: Jay Saunders

Dover Athletic

18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c)
6Richard Orlu Defender 74'
16Tyrone Sterling Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender
23Jack Parkinson 8 Defender
21Sammy Moore Midfielder 89'
17Moses Emmanuel 11 Forward 29', 55'
9Ricky Miller 4 Forward 90+1'
29'
25Ross Lafayette Forward 74'
55', 90+1'
4Chris Kinnear Jnr 9 Midfielder Miller 90+3'
7Ricky Modeste Midfielder
8Jim Stevenson 23 Midfielder Parkinson 73'
10Tyrone Marsh Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock 17 Forward Emmanuel 85'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Substitutions
3
3
Goals
1
4
Assists
1
4
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
0

Officials

RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Constantine HatzidakisOliver Jackson
Samuel Ogles
Carl Brook

Ground

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