Official Dover Athletic Football Club - Youth Teams - Maidstone Utd U13 1 - 2 DAFC U13
Maidstone Utd U13 1 - 2 DAFC U13 Paul Evison | Mon 28th Nov 2011
Pulsating, exhilarating , devastating , motivating, inspirational - these are just some of the words that described yesterdayís performance against top of the league Maidstone Utd.
After last weeks match which saw the boys throw away a 3 goal lead it was always going to be very interesting to see what type of response the boys would show against one of the best teams in the league and the Maidstone boys showed why they are top of the table when in the early exchanges the Dover boys were struggling to get out of their own half as they were under so much pressure, this passage of play soon led to their opening goal when a fine through ball found their striker to beat the advancing Dover Keeper Brady.
Whilst Maidstone continued to press forward Dover finally settled down to play some decent football of their own and from a fine Free kick from Eddie Woolston which crashed against the bar, the ball then at pace came to Harry Douglas who watched his effort blaze over the bar. It was soon after this that Dover made it 1-1 when fine work from Kane Randall picked out Shy Lever Lewis to watch his shot bounce off the post and into the back of the net. This was a great response from the Dover boys with some fine defending from Eldridge, Nutley, Flood and Short and Jelly on show.
The 2nd half kicked off with more pressure from the home side which the Dover lads were soaking up well and the whites tried to get forward as often as possible with fine work from Eddie Woolston, Hayden Telles , Harry Douglas Reece Graham and Kane Randall and Kieran Jones with Keeper Brady dealing with everything that was being thrown at him, with 10 minutes to play the ball fell to the stones forward who blasted a ferocious shot which Brady somehow managed to stop to pull of a truly terrific save which earned him the man of the match reward and its moments like this that changes games and now with only 1 minute remaining on the clock Dover pulled off their smash and grab job when a beautifully weighted pass from Doverís latest signing Rueben Coventry found the speedy Shy Lever Lewis who used his pace to tear through the Maidstone defence to bury home the all import winner which sparked wild celebrations both on and off the pitch as the boys went crazy with each other the Dover management team was seen hugging each other whilst jumping up and down on the spot and basically going berserk!
With the final seconds being counted down by the ever increasing wound up coiled spring which was Coach Devivo the Dover boys held out which sparked more celebrations as the final whistle blew. This really was a fantasticís team performance which showed the fighting spirit and bravery of this young fledgling DAFC side and if they can keep this level of self belief up it really could be a season to remember. When focused this team can beat anybody on their day and will have to be at their best again when they face Maidstone Utd again this Sunday.