Ebbsfleet United 1 Tonbridge Angels 2
By Steve Tervet
Tonbridge Angels will meet Charlton Athletic
in the Kent Senior Cup final after knocking out Ebbsfleet at
Stonebridge Road on Thursday night.
Mikel Suarez and Sonny Miles scored to put the
visitors 2-0 up and Liam Enver-Marum’s late strike for the Fleet
was no more than a consolation.
These two sides are set to meet in Conference
South next season, with Ebbsfleet relegated from Conference Premier
and Angels having avoided the drop earlier this week.
Nathan Elder dragged a shot wide early on and
the Fleet went close again when Lee Worgan saved from Ashley
At the other end, Danny Walder swung over a
cross which Lucas Menz did well to claw away.
The opening goal arrived on 23 minutes. Henry
Muggeridge crossed for Suarez, who sent a terrific volley flashing
Enver-Marum glanced a header wide from Liam
Bellamy’s centre and, after the restart, he cut in from the left
and shot straight at Worgan when a pass to a team-mate looked the
Tonbridge doubled their lead on 57 minutes
when the Fleet failed to clear Lee Browning’s low cross from the
right. Miles tucked the loose ball home at the back post.
Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish brought Ram Marwa
off the bench for the last 25 minutes. It was the injury-hit
midfielder’s first appearance since the start of October.
The home side failed to turn their territorial
advantage into a goal until nine minutes from time. Worgan came out
to deal with a through-ball but got lost in no-man’s land and
Enver-Marum’s shot evaded the covering defenders on its way in.
The goal roused the smattering of home fans
inside Stonebridge Road but it was Tonbridge who went closest to
scoring in the time that remained. Frannie Collin hit a free-kick
from the left-hand corner of the box and his shot whistled past
Menz, rattled the crossbar and bounced clear.
Ebbsfleet: Menz; Howe (Phipp 46mins), Stone,
Walsh, Gwillim; Payne, Barrett (Marwa 65mins), Carew, Bellamy
(Azeez 58mins); Enver-Marum, Elder. Subs not used: Blake, Dodd.
Tonbridge: Worgan, Walder, Elphick, Schulz,
Muggeridge, Miles, Browning, Davis (Green 66mins), Lovell, Collin, Suarez (Ijaha 46mins). Subs not used:
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