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Maidstone United striker Delano Sam-Yorke speaks about his two goals and red card in FA Cup

By Craig Tucker

Delano Sam-Yorke went through the full range of emotions in Maidstone’s FA Cup triumph at Cheltenham.

The striker scored twice but was later sent off as United stunned their League 2 hosts 4-2 to set up a second-round tie at MK Dons.

He’d only scored once before the trip to Whaddon Road but headed Jay Saunders’ side in front and made it 4-1 before seeing red for a challenge on Mo Eisa.

Delano Sam-Yorke celebrates his second goal with Stuart Lewis Picture: Steve Terrell
Delano Sam-Yorke celebrates his second goal with Stuart Lewis Picture: Steve Terrell

Sam-Yorke said: “It was a bit of an up-and-down afternoon with the two goals and the sending-off.

“I kind of put the boys under pressure with the red card but what can I say?

“I’ve gone in maybe a bit recklessly but I haven’t touched him at all.

“I was annoyed at myself because I’m quite a disciplined person and I was on my hat-trick as well, which I wanted to get.

“As a striker, scoring a goal is one of the best feelings ever.

“I know I’ve been kind of shy in front of goal recently but this was a good day to get a couple of goals.”

Sam-Yorke was able to watch the rest of the game from the tunnel and was relieved to see Maidstone finish the job.

Red for Delano Sam-Yorke Picture: Steve Terrell
Red for Delano Sam-Yorke Picture: Steve Terrell

He said: “We were confident going into the game anyway.

“We knew we could match them and beat them, as long as we played well.

“I think we battered them if I’m honest. They didn’t really cause us any threats or anything. We played well.

“I’ve been sent off a few times before.

“I’ve calmed down a bit but I must have just lost it and got sent off.

“The steward in the tunnel said I could watch from there so I was hanging about, poking my head out and watching.

“What can you do? You’re watching, knowing you’ve been sent off and it’s not the best feeling but I’m happy that we won.

“It’ll dawn on me that I’m missing three games and I’ll be a bit upset about that but you’ve just got to keep your head up.”

Sam-Yorke is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Torquay and the home games against Solihull Moors (November 18) and Boreham Wood (November 21).

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