Kent Senior Cup Semi Final
Tuesday 18th February 2014
(played at Ebbsfleet United)
Whitstable Town put up a proud display at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday evening as they bowed out of the Kent Senior Cup.
Conference South, Ebbsfleet United, who put out very strong team, had the best of the first half but resolute defending kept the score down to one nil at the break. On six minutes Daryl McMahon turned and looped his shot over the Whitstable bar. Then after nine minutes McMahon sent a free kick from just outside the area straight at Luke Watkins. A minute later, Scott Heard had the
first opportunity for the Town when he shot over the bar. A couple of opportunities then fell to Michael West who firstly broke in from the right hand side of the box but sent his shot over the bar after 14 minutes and then five minutes later he turned and shot straight at Watkins. The Ebbsfleet pressure continued with Watkins pushing an Anthony Cook shot around the post. On 29 minutes Town’s goal came under more pressure when a swinging corner was headed on by Yado Mambo only for Craig Maguire to clear off the line. Heard was back in the action after 32 minutes when he turned and shot but his attempt was well saved by former Whitstable goalkeeper Brandon Hall. Then on 36 minutes Ebbsfleet got their just reward when they finally took the lead. Ben May turned and shot and despite Watkins getting his hand to the ball it found its way over the line.
The second half had a different shape with Town coming more into the game. However the first chance came to McMahon who had a header that went wide after 47 minutes. Then on 49 minutes Town then created what was arguably the best move of the half when the ever dependable Laurence Harvey picked up the ball in the middle of the park. He pinpointed a ball to Heard on the wing. His cross went across the penalty area tantalising close to Marc Murrison who could not get a touch on the ball. Watkins was at his best after and hour when he pushed a Cook free kick around the post. Two minutes later Joe Kane sent in a cross to Jordan Wells with his back to goal but he could not turn to get his shot away. Cook had another opportunity for Ebbsfleet after 74 minutes when he broke into the left side of the penalty area but his delicate chip went over Watkins and over the bar. Then came two great attempts from Town substitute Ashley Baverstock. Firstly after 75 minutes he shot on the turn but the ball went just over the bar and then a minute later he had another shot from the edge of the penalty area well tipped over by Hall. As Town looked more likely to equalise they were caught on the counter attack. With a minute of normal time left May had a shot blocked by Watkins but the ball wasn’t fully cleared and Billy Bricknell fired home.
Despite the result, it was a really encouraging performance from Whitstable as they start the fixture catch up over the next few weeks.
Team, Watkins, Kane (Taylor 71 mins), Maguire (Baverstock 63 mins), Hafner, Harvey, Wells D, Heard, Keyte, Murrison, Wells J, Mackenzie(Smith C 63 mins)