Published: 17:04, 25 January 2020
| Updated: 23:18, 25 January 2020
A superb individual effort by Shadrach Ogie on his home debut capped Dover's 2-0 win over Aldershot.
The 18-year-old struck early in the second period, having started his run from inside his own half before breaking forward and finding the net.
It came after captain Kevin Lokko had put the home team ahead at Crabble in the first half, while Aldershot also had defender Kodi Lyons-Foster sent off in the second period of the National League encounter.
After an uneventful first 14 minutes, Dover wasted a great opportunity with their first clear-cut chance.
Oscar Gobern swept the ball forward from midfield and the ball deflected kindly into the path of Inih Effiong, only for the striker to blaze over when one-on-one with Aldershot’s former Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker.
But a minute later, Dover drew first blood when captain Lokko headed in a Jai Reason free-kick at the far post.
Andy Hessenthaler’s team, who had lost 4-0 at Aldershot when the sides met in October, went close to doubling their advantage midway through the first period.
Reason sent a corner to Ogie on the edge of the box, with the impressive defender’s effort being cleared off the line by an Aldershot defender.
In the 34th minute, Aldershot created their first opportunity as James Rowe fired wide from the edge of the penalty area.
A minute later, the visitors felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Lewis Walker went down after an attempted challenge by home keeper Yusuf Mersin, who rushed out of his goal to deny QPR loan striker Walker. But referee Sam Barrott waved away the penalty appeals.
Dover could have extended their lead shortly before half-time but Effiong dragged wide after a good passing move.
Aldershot were out early for the second half and their keeper Walker, who left Dover last year after seven years at the club and joined the Shots, received a round of applause from the home fans behind the goal.
Seven minutes after the restart, Ogie took centre stage as he doubled the home side’s lead.
He picked the ball up inside his own half before he drove into the away penalty box and drilled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Whites keeper Mersin was called into action to make his first save of the game on 64 minutes, parrying an effort from Connor Shields.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors 20 minutes from time when Lyons-Foster received a second yellow card after a foul on Michael Woods.
Substitute Ade Yusuff was denied by Shots stopper Walker with 79 minutes played after the ex-Folkestone man had been played through by Josh Passley.
The match also saw right-back Passley make his 100th competitive appearance for Dover.
Dover: Mersin, Passley, Taylor (L’Ghoul 68mins), Lokko, De Havilland, Reason (Yusuff 74mins), Woods, Effiong (Munns 87mins), Gobern, Rigg, Ogie. Subs not used: Rooney, Simpson.
Aldershot: M.Walker, Kinsella, Rance, Lyons-Foster, Rowe, Shields (Santos 80mins), Whittingham, Finney, Bettamer, Chislett, L.Walker (Panayiotou 87mins). Subs not used: Hall, Woodward, Taylor.
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