Dover Athletic FC v Cambridge United



Date Time League Season Attendance Dover Star Player Home Scorers Away Scorers
17th November 2016 7:45 pm The FA Cup 2016-2017 1,158 Aswad Thomas Miller (70), Thomas (102) Roberts (90+2), Legge (110), Elito (118), Williamson (120+1)




United need extra time to see off Whites.

WHITES suffered Emirates FA Cup heartbreak as Cambridge eventually ran out 4-2 winners in a pulsating match at Crabble.

Ricky Miller’s calm finished was all that separated the two sides until the final moments of normal time when Mark Roberts bundled in from close range. A superb volley from Aswad Thomas in extra time had Whites back in front, but Leon Legge’s strike restored parity and Medy Elito won it for Cambridge with barely a minute left to play.

Substitute Ben Williams sealed the win with a clever run and finish as it was United who set up a home tie with 1987 FA Cup winners Coventry City.

For Whites, Chris Kinnear replaced the cup-tied Sammy Moore in midfield and Richard Orlu came in to cover the suspended Jack Parkinson at the back. Cambridge made one change as Max Clark and Medy Elito traded places.

Luke Berry almost fired Cambridge into the lead early on, curling a fierce free-kick narrowly over following a foul on Brad Halliday.

It was a cagey start from both sides and the home team fashioned their first real chance on the quarter hour mark, Miller striking a first-time cross from Ricky Modeste just wide. Then within seconds, Uche Ikpeazu ran clear with just Mitch Walker to beat, but Dover’s stopper was sharp off his line to block his effort.

Ikpeazu then had another go at scoring minutes later and though his header towards goal was accurate it lacked the power to beat Walker.

Cambridge were clearly in no mood to suffer an upset and Berry almost broke the deadlock, hitting the post from close range following a pinpoint cross from Pietro Mingoia.

Walker was called into action again with the interval on the horizon, saving from Elito who had shot first time after running onto Mingoia’s accurate cross.

Miller had to wait until just before half time for his first real chance, running onto Aswad Thomas’ clever through ball, but Will Norris in the Cambridge goal was equal to his effort. Ross Lafayette was even closer minutes later after being found alone in the box, but his header from a Ricky Modeste inswinging cross went just wide.

The second half started similar to the first as it took either team ten minutes to register a shot on target, with Mingoia firing a low shot at straight at Walker. Richard Orlu was called into action from a corner, heading Berry’s goal-bound header clear of danger.

Miller hooked a volleyed effort down the throat of Norris as he tried to bag his second goal against Cambridge.

But the National League’s top scorer was not to be denied for long as he bagged his 22nd of the season on 70 minutes, running onto to Chris Kinnear’s pass and slotting into the bottom corner.

There was almost an instant reply from Cambridge as Elito crashed a curling effort off the underside of the bar.

Cambridge then thought they had equalised as Mark Roberts struck from Ikpeazu’s header, but the linesman ruled it out for offside.

Dover must have thought the woodwork was their saviour as Greg Taylor headed against the bar, but their leveller finally came right at the death. Berry’s free-kick was saved by Walker, but Roberts scuffed the rebound home to the delight of the visiting fans.

A moment of brilliance in extra time from Aswad Thomas swung the game back in the favour of the home side, as he lashed home a volley from the edge of the box.

But Cambridge were back in the game once more as Roberts crossed from the right for Leon Legge to stride forward and bullet a shot past Walker.

Elito snatched the win for Cambridge right at the death as he slotted home from an angle after some smart Cambridge play down the right.

A tired Dover pushed for an equaliser and Cambridge took full advantage. Sub Ben Williamson danced through to fire past Walker and set up a meeting with the sky blues in the second round.

Athletic have little time to dwell on tonight’s defeat as they face a league match at home to Guiseley on Saturday, kicking off at 3 pm.



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Dover Athletic

1Mitch Walker Goalkeeper
2Sam Magri Defender
15Jamie Grimes Defender, (c)
6Richard Orlu Defender
16Tyrone Sterling Defender
3Aswad Thomas Defender 102'
4Chris Kinnear Jnr 12 Midfielder 70'
8Jim Stevenson Midfielder
7Ricky Modeste Midfielder
9Private: Ricky Miller 11 Forward 70'
25Ross Lafayette Forward
10Tyrone Marsh Forward
11Mitchell Pinnock 9 Forward Miller 85'
12Loui Fazakerley 4 Defender Kinnear Jnr 90+1'
14Jahmal Howlett-Mundle Defender
17Moses Emmanuel Forward
18Steve Arnold Goalkeeper
19Ira Jackson Jnr Forward
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First Team Manager: Chris Kinnear

Cambridge United

1Will Norris Goalkeeper 72'
28Brad Halliday Midfielder
5Mark Roberts Defender 90+2'
2Greg Taylor 3 Defender
5Leon Legge Defender 110'
4James Dunne Midfielder 113'
7Piero Mingoia 14 Midfielder
21Medy Elito Midfielder 118'
11Harrison Dunk 10 Midfielder
8Luke Berry Midfielder, (c) 90+2', 118'
26Uche Ikpeazu Forward 120+1'
3Blair Adams 2 Defender Taylor 103'
10Ben Williamson 11 Forward Dunk 66'
13David Gregory Goalkeeper
14Josh Coulson 7 Defender Mingoia 120'
15Sean Long Defender
18George Maris Midfielder
20Max Clark Midfielder
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First Team Manager: Shaun Derry

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RefereeReferee's AssistantsFourth Official
Charles BreakspearGarry Maskell
Lee Matthew
Gavin Ward


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