Dover Athletic v Leyton Orient



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
3rd February 2018 3:00 pm The FA Trophy 2017-2018 1,106 Mitch Pinnock Bird (57, 83), Pinnock (81) Elokobi (35), Bonne (48), Harrold (53), Mooney (90+2)



AN IMPRESSIVE comeback was not enough for Whites as they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Leyton Orient at Crabble on Saturday

Sub David Mooney chipped in an injury-time winner after a brace from Ryan Bird and a stunning lob from Mitch Pinnock had seen the hosts overturn a three-goal deficit.

George Elokobi had headed the visitors ahead in the first half, with further strikes from Macauley Bonne and Matt Harrold putting the O’s in control.

Dean Brill had to be alert early on, tipping over Giancarlo Gallifouco’s looping header from Nortei Nortey’s ball.

Brill then expertly turned away Anthony Jeffrey’s fierce drive and Connor Essam stabbed Pinnock’s cross wide.

Home keeper Walker denied Harrold with his legs after the striker was put through by Ebou Adams.

Walker was left motionless as Bonne dragged Lemar Reynolds cross narrowly wide and Whites’ goalie was then called into action to acrobatically turn away a long-range drive from Reynolds.

There was a melee in the penalty area from the resulting corner with Harrold, Bonne and Coulson all unable to breach the Dover backline before Essam was finally able to clear the danger.

The action was soon at the other end as Brill dived to catch Gallifouco’s header from Pinnock’s free kick.

But the visitors had the lead ten minutes before the break as Elokobi powered in McAnuff’s corner.

It was almost an instant reply through Nortey’s low shot, but Brill was down quickly to palm the midfielder’s effort wide.

Mitch Brundle then nearly added to his repertoire of spectacular goals, volleying inches past the wrong side of the post from the edge of the area.

Harrold was within a whisker of doubling Orient’s lead, just missing Jake Caprice’s ball across the goalmouth.

And there was still time for one more chance in a breathless first half as Josh Passley slid in to clear Harrold’s clever finish off the line.

Bird almost continued his record of scoring in each round of the competition so far, heading Pinnock’s cross straight at Brill.

And that miss proved costly as Bonne doubled his side’s lead

The Zimbabwean international collected the ball 30 yards from goal and curled a stunning effort into the top corner, beyond Walker’s despairing grasp.

And the tie was seemingly over once Harrold stabbed in Elokobi’s knockdown to make it 3-0.

But Dover and in particular Bird had other ideas as the striker fired Pinnock’s shot into the bottom corner to reduce the arrears.

And the Dover fans were celebrating once more shortly afterwards.

But the cheers soon faded when they realised Jeffrey’s 20-yard rocket had flown into the side netting.

Walker kept Athletic in the tie, firstly denying Harrold after Adams teed up the attacker.

Whites’ keeper then produced a magnificent save to stop Bonne after Gallifuoco miscued a clearance, then denied the same striker after Bonne returned his weak kick out with interest, with Walker sprinting back to his own area and landing on the goalbound ball.

With ten minutes left, Pinnock stylishly pulled his side back into the tie.

The winger took advantage of some miscommunication between Coulson and Brill, lobbing over the stranded Orient keeper from distance.

And the turnaround was complete just one minute later thanks to Bird’s 16th goal in all competitions this season.

The striker slotted his second of the game, following up after Brill tipped sub Kadell Daniel’s angled shot his way.

But Orient sub David Mooney had the final say with a classy finish, with Dover unable to muster a leveller in the final moments of the tie.

Earlier, boss Kinnear kept with the same side that started last weekend’s win against Guiseley.

James Alabi and Chris Lewington returned as substitutes in place of Loui Fazakerley and Kane Richards.




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Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Josh Passley Defender
4Giancarlo Gallifuoco Defender
6Connor Essam Defender
5Manny Parry Defender
3Femi Ilesanmi Defender
8Private: Mitch Brundle Midfielder, (c)
18Nortei Nortey 28 Midfielder
25Anthony Jeffrey 23 Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock Forward 81'
17Ryan Bird 19 Forward 57', 83'
16Ejiro Okosieme Defender
19James Alabi 17 Forward Bird 86'
23Kadell Daniel 25 Forward Jeffrey 73'
24Chris Lewington Goalkeeper
28Liam Bellamy 18 Midfielder Nortey 61'
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Leyton Orient

20Dean Brill Goalkeeper
2Jake Caprice Defender
18Josh Coulson Defender
5George Elokobi Defender 35'
3Joe Widdowson Defender
31Ebou Adams Midfielder
23Craig Clay Midfielder
7Jobi McAnuff Midfielder, (c) 35', 48'
34Lemar Reynolds 26 Forward
9Macauley Bonne Forward 48'
24Matt Harrold 10 Forward 53'
10David Mooney 24 Forward Harrold 80'
12Sam Sargeant Goalkeeper
19Josh Koroma Forward
25Dan Happe Defender
26James Brophy 34 Midfielder Reynolds 67'
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First Team Manager: Justin Edinburgh

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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
David RockGareth Viccars
Paul Evans
Michael Marsh


Crabble Athletic Ground
40 Crabble Rd, Dover, Kent CT17 0QJ, UK