Oaks lose out on penalties vs Ebbsfleet

Friday, October 5, 2018

Goalkeepers Ben Bridle-Card and John Miles combined to take top billing as Ebbsfleet clinched victory on penalties in the Kent Senior Cup second round tie at Bourne Stadium.

It was Oaks’ first home tie in the county competition, and the first senior meeting of the two clubs, with Fleet owner and Chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi and Manager Daryl McMahon among the crowd.

Bridle-Card produced a fine display in 90 minutes, one second half save to deny Luke Coulson was top class, while Miles claimed the honours in the shoot-out, saving twice in the shoot-out.

Oaks led until courtesy of a 49th minute own goal by central defender Derrich Ossei Assibey, holding the advantage until four minutes from time when Fleet sub Aaron McLean headed Fleet level.

Will Johnson-Cole made his first start and set-up the chance for the opener with a cross into the box, Assibey only able to slide the ball past Miles.

The goal came in Oaks’ best spell of the tie soon after the restart.

Frankie Sawyer went close twice, before  Man-of-the-Match Bridle-Card’s best work of the night 14 minutes from tlme.

Tom Ripley missed out with a header, before Fleet prevailed in the shoot-out,  thanks to Miles.

Fraser Walker was the only one of four Oaks players to score - Sawyer and Osman Proni seeing both their efforts saved, while Alec Fiddes blasted over the bar.

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