The Dover Athletic Academy are through to the First Round of the FA Youth Cup after a 1-0 win against Lewes at Crabble.

Noah Carney’s first half goal was the only moment that separated the two sides in a closely contested match.

Academy Manager Mike Sandmann’s youngsters almost made the perfect start, with George Nikaj seeing his early effort saved.

The hosts didn’t have to wait long to get the opener as Carney, scorer against Hanworth Villa in the previous round, opened went through on goal on 15 minutes before coolly slotting past Lewes’ goalkeeper.

Dover created further chances, but were unable to make the game safe and despite the victory, Sandmann was unhappy with the way his team kept the ball.

Sandmann’ said: “Obviously it’s a good result for the boys and I can’t fault their effort, but I felt we made the game hard work for ourselves and needed better quality in possession to cause Lewes more problems.

“It’s pleasing to keep another clean sheet in this competition, but we need to make sure we continue to work hard to improve every game.”

The Academy will travel to Dorking in the first round.

About the first round tie, Sandmann said: “I am pleased for the boys.  To get to the first round is an achievement and we will be hoping to continue in the competition as far as we can.

“Dorking will be a very tough game again and we will need to perform to our full potential if we want to progress.”