Margate pile on more cup final heartbreak for Folkestone
Folkestone Invicta 1-2 Margate
John Ullman Kent Senior Cup Final
Wednesday 28 April 2004
by Richard Murrill from the Westbourne Stadium
Invicta suffered cup final heartbreak for the sixth successive time when they
went down 2-1 at home to Conference side Margate in the John Ullman Kent Senior
Cup Final at the Westbourne Stadium on Wednesday night.
had led 1-0 at half time thanks to a Martin Chandler penalty just before half
time, but holders Margate equalised with an Adrian Clarke penalty of their own
after 55 minutes and John Keister hit the winner after 83 minutes.
beaten finalists in both1999 and 2000, gave a good account of themselves against
a Margate side who were disappointing during the first half on a poor pitch.
Cugley’s small squad was stretched to the limit with the absence of suspended
captain Scott Lindsey and 19-year-old John Walker came in for his first home
starting appearance at right back and Lee Blackman enjoyed a rare start
alongside James Dryden in attack.
the home side started well as Chandler shot wide on the turn when a long Dryden
throw in from the right hand side came back out to him on the edge of the box.
shot at goalkeeper Phil Smith again a minute later following a move involving
the composed Walker and Micheal Everitt.
then let fly at Smith from outside the penalty area after 19 minutes as
Invicta’s confidence grew.
Darren Annon was booked for a trip on Chandler after 35 minutes. And Annon was
lucky to stay on the pitch a minute later for his part in a flare up which
resulted in a booking for Invicta striker Blackman as he retaliated after
another foul from the Margate full back.
opened the scoring after 44 minutes when CHANDLER hit his penalty down the
middle following a challenge by goalkeeper Smith on Blackman.
had not had a shot on target during the opening 45 minutes, but the game was to
open up after the interval.
shot into the side netting after 50 minutes when Chandler played him in
following a great run through the visiting defence in the best move of the match
thus far. A second Invicta goal then might well have proved to be decisive.
Margate equalised after 54 minutes when CLARKE scored from the penalty spot when
Walker was adjudged to brought down Jean-Michel Sigere. Former Margate player
Paul Lamb was booked for his protests by poor referee Tony Mason from Sidcup who
had too much influence on the game.
recovered to make a saving tackle on Sigere after 67 minutes when Rocky Baptiste
put him through after an underhit back pass from John Guest put goalkeeper Tony
Kessell in trouble moments after Margate goalkeeper Smith had completely missed
the ball at the other end.
winner came in the 84th minute when Sierra Leone international
KEISTER turned the ball in when Baptiste’s mis-hit shot fell to him after
Clarke’s deep cross from the left flank.
brought on 16-year-old substitute Oliver Waters for his first senior outing
after 86 minutes.
the home side nearly saved the day during injury time when the tireless Dryden
shot agonisingly wide across goal from the right hand side of the box.
match-winner Keister was chosen as man of the match as the visitors collected
the trophy on the pitch at the end of the game.
Kessell, Walker (Waters 86 mins),
Lamb, Guest, Flanagan, Everitt, Chandler, Munday, Dryden, Blackman (Ayling 69
mins), Hogg. Unused subs: Winfield,
Smith, Oakes, Annon, Edwards, Clarke, Porter, Keister, Baptiste (Pulman 87 mins),
Leberl, Sigere, Saunders. Unused
subs: Stodhart, Watson, Abbott.