|John Ullmann Kent Senior Cup Quarter-Final||Richard Murrill reports from Stonebridge Road|
|Folkestone Invicta||2||Guest 93
(after extra time)
Folkestone home and Dryden
A goal in the last minute of extra time from leading marksman James
Dryden took ten-men Folkestone Invicta into the semi finals of the Kent Senior
Cup after a hard-earned win over Dartford at a blustery Stonebridge Road on
With the quarter final tie seemingly heading for penalties, DRYDEN found
the net with a speculative low right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty
area which crept past former Invicta goalkeeper Kevin Hudson to settle the
It was a milestone night for Dryden as he equalled Paul Chambers’
record of 223 starting appearances for Invicta since the club gained senior
Invicta had played the extra half hour with ten men after Dryden’s
striking partner Paul Sykes talked himself into an early bath in the last minute
of normal time after referee Gavin Hoare had booked him for a challenge close to
the half way line. It was thus an unhappy return to his former club for Sykes.
But Neil Cugley’s side opened the scoring after 92 minutes when centre
half John GUEST headed in a free kick from the left hand side.
Dartford were level within two minutes of the second period of extra
time when Dominic ELMES was played through the middle and calmly slotted the
ball into the net to level for Tommy Sampson’s side.
It was Dartford who then pressed for a winner as Invicta goalkeeper Tony
Kessell was called into action a minute later to deny substitute Steve
And there was a real scare for Invicta when home defender Darren Penfold
let fly and struck the crossbar after 112 minutes.
Kessell then kept the ball out again against his former club during a
goalmouth melee a minute later.
But there was to be no way back for Southern League Division One Eats
side Dartford after Dryden’s last ditch winner past Hudson.
Invicta had enjoyed the early territorial advantage, but Kessell had to
get down to deal with a dangerous right wing cross from one-time Invicta player
Steve Hafner after nine minutes.
Micheal Everitt hit a free kick at Hudson when Sykes was fouled in a
central position right on the edge of the penalty area after 14 minutes and
Simon Glover’s close range header was touched over the crossbar by Hudson
after 18 minutes when Paul Lamb got to the byline down the left hand side
following a pinpoint ball from captain Scott Lindsey.
Micheal Everitt then shot over on the half hour mark when played in from
Lamb’s crossfield ball.
At the other end, Teddy Ansell’s shot was blocked by Steve Norman
after 37 minutes and Kessell had to get down to touch the ball round the post
for a corner when Norman was caught in possession by Darren Thompson.
Both Guest and Dryden had chances for Invicta when commanding centre
half Adam Flanagan nodded the ball on after 54 minutes.
But Dartford had penalty appeals for handball turned down after 61
minutes when Hafner’s ball in from the right struck Flanagan.
Invicta were not having things all their own way as Craig Maguire shot
over from the edge of the penalty area after 69 minutes.
Kessell then plucked the ball out of the air when Thompson played the
ball in from the left after 73 minutes.
Guest’s opener gave Invicta’s ten-men a lead to defend but Thompson
was soon not too far away with a dipping shot from the edge of the box as
Dartford refused to lie down.
John Ullmann Kent Senior Cup Quarter-Finals:
Darford 1-2 Folkestone Invicta (aet)
Tuesday 25 January
Dover Athletic v Ashford Town
Tuesday 1 February
Tonbridge Angels v Gravesend & Northfleet
Margate v Cray Wanderers
INVICTA: Kessell, J. Everitt, Lamb, Flanagan, Guest, Lindsey, M. Everitt (Walker
85), Glover (Munday 45), Dryden, Sykes, Norman. Unused subs: Coleman, Morrin.