Jack Cussen x1
Ryan Kingsford x1
Jack Smith x1
Match report vs Maidstone 27/09/17
Match report from Shusanta Rai
Dover faced a challenging Maidstone who were the reigning champions of the 2016/17 campaign. The game started slowly with Maidstone in the front foot, however Dover managed to compose themselves and pulled through from a set piece coming from Jordan Bartlett who managed to find the strikers feet of Ryan Kingsford as he slotted it home for Dover Athletic 1-0. After, Dover scored their first goal they managed to find their Rhythm and started playing some good football and got another goal coming from some neat play linking Shusanta Rai, Jack smith and Marshall Wratten which turned into a finish from Jack Cussen making it 2-0. Furthermore, coming into the 2nd half Dover managed to grab another goal from the rebound of a penalty they got and Jack Smith turned it in to make it 3-0. Dover seemed to be cruising at this point, however everything suddenly became harder as Dover started playing some sloppy, loose football. Therefore, in result of this Dover managed to also concede a goal which came from a silly foul committed within the edge of their 18yard box making the game 3-1. Leading onto this, this goal seemed to give Maidstone some momentum and they changed their style of play trying to break down a strong Dover side. Slowly, they became successful as they managed to pull another goal back in the 80th minute, 3-2 Dover.
Following this, Dover managed to see off the final 10 minutes of the game nervously and ran out a 3-2 victors of what was a quality game of football to watch and enjoy.
Man of the match: Jack Smith
Robinson x 2
Match report vs Bromley 12/09/17
Match report from Lydon Dixon
The game started off well for the academy, pressing high and eventually paying off when Ryan kingsford takes the ball from a Bromley player, taking the ball forward he picked out Jordan Bartlett who shimmered away from a player and played a threw ball to Matty Robinson who calmly finished the ball in the bottom corner. Time moved on and after a cracking first half from the academy the half ended 1-0 to Dover.
Bromley come out strong in the second half. A long ball caused confusion between the Keeper and defence leading to a free header which drew them level. Bromley then broke forward again with a good but lucky finish from the Bromley CM making it 2-1. Dover kept bombarding the Bromley defence creating chance after chance but weren't able to find the net. Dover defended a well swung corner and caught out Bromley on the brake with Marshall Wratten who was driving forward, he then split the defence with a sublime threw ball to Matty Robinson who then placed the ball bottom corner levelling the score to 2-2. Dover kept applying the pressure in the last 10 minutes of the game but where unlucky not to find the back of the net. With the game ending 2-2 the academy move onto there next game against Dartford Whites.
Man of the match: Matty Robinson
Matthew Robinson x3
Ben Cardwell x2
Match report vs Lewis 1st February 2017
Match report from Matty Robinson
Dover bounce back after last week’s defeat to Hastings with a 7-2 victory over Lewis.
Lewes started strong as they were putting pressure on the Dover defence but Dover striker Ben Cardwell opened the scoring from a corner whipped in by Jordan Bartlett just 15 minutes into the first half.
Dover continued to put pressure of the home side as just 5 minutes later Matthew Robinson finished a clinical cut back from Conor Miller after his storming run down the right-wing to make it 2-0. Shortly after Cardwell bulldozed his way through the defence and cut it back to Robinson again who nearly finished it bottoms corner.
Dover added to the score line again after Robinson with a sublime corner which was deflected off of the Lewes defenders leg and into the back of the net.
For the fifth goal, Cardwell picked the ball up on the halfway line and completed a magnificent run with a cool, calm and collective finish, putting past the keeper in the bottom left corner.
A confusion at the back cause Dover giving the ball away sloppily resulting in Lewes counter attacking and getting a goal back just before the halftime whistle.
Going into the second half Dover stepped off the pace and conceded a penalty which was slotted past the keeper Stan Waller.
After 10 minutes Dover picked the pace back with a wonderful half-volley from Robinson to conclude his hat-trick and gave Dover a comfortable 6-2 lead.
Dover completed a good day with a goal tidily finished by Jack Cussen the substitute. This ended the game with a 7-2 win for Dover to put them back in the race for the title.
Goal scorer: Matthew Robinson x3, Ben Cardwell x2, Jack Cussen x1, OG x1.
Marshall Wratten, Jordan Bartlett
Match report vs Maidstone 20th March 2017
Match report from Jack Smith
On Monday 20th march 2017 Dover athletic under 19s took on current league leaders Maidstone united ambers in the conference youth alliance league.
A bright start from the much more experienced side sees the shot of jack Richards bring a good save for Dover captain Stan Waller only for the ball to fall to the feet of the big number 9 David smith giving Maidstone the lead.
25 minutes gone and a crisp pass followed up by a surging run from left back tom bond met by a sublime return pass from Marshall Wratten sees bond whip a very good ball with pace across the 6-yard box and onto Jordan bartlett's head giving Dover an equaliser.
Halftime and Dover manager Mike Sandmann praising the players for their efforts for growing into the game and having a positive reaction from conceding so early on.
Good forward pressing from Dover number 9 Ben Caldwell sees a mistake from former Dover player tom Carlton as a weak back pass is met by the raw determination of Marshall Wratten as he slots the ball past Nathan parsons in the Maidstone goal.
75 minutes and a lapse of concentration from the Dover defence sees the number 17 of Maidstone catch Waller off guard at his near post and Maidstone get an equaliser.
80 minutes and ball flicked on by Caldwell sees Jordan Bartlett through on goal as it's set for the winner he lobs the ball over the keeper only to hit the bar and the chance goes squabbling. Up to the over end and a perfectly timed run from the Maidstone midfielder heroically blocked by jack smith redeeming himself from his earlier mistake.
A game that lacked quality and any real passion for winning was outshone by the work rate by the two sides.
Match report vs Hastings 25th January 2017
Match report from James Belcher and Rohullah Habibi
Dover Academy had been upset by Hastings in their first defeat at home, Hastings came out on top with a 2-1 victory over Dover Athletic Academy.
Dover had a promising start to the game with a great burst of energy from Ben Cardwell who had gone on a sublime run towards the Hastings goal leaving the defence on the back foot which led to a Dover free-kick on the edge of the area due to a professional foul by the Hastings defender.
Moments later an early goal from Kyran Connolly with a diving header in the bottom left corner which had, unfortunately, had been given as offside. Minutes later Dover had not to worry as a goal from Connor Miller had then been scored in the 25th minute from a great run into the box from Ben Cardwell who put the ball across goal into the path of Connor Miller who had then slotted the ball into the back of the net putting Dover into a 1-0 lead.
Dover had then taken control of the game creating many chances but was unable to slot them away. Hastings had been given a free kick from 25 yards out but was unable to level the score with a close chance flying past the post. Dover had gone into half-time with a deserved 1-0 lead against opponents Hastings United.
Hastings came out as the stronger side in the second half trying to get their side back into the game, Hastings were pushing for an equaliser which had finally been scored after a long throw into the box which Dover was unable to defend which led to Hastings scoring from 6 yards out in the 55th minute of the game.
Dover was then pushing to get back into the lead after conceding an early goal by Hastings 10 minutes into the second half. Dover had created many of chances and again failing to put them away, the best chance of the second half was a delightful cross from Matty Robinson which Ben Cardwell couldn’t put to bed which would have put Dover into the lead. Dover continued to pile on the pressure in the Hastings box with another disallowed goal for Kyran Connolly in the 65th minute as a foul on the keeper from Josh Spencer had been given.
Dover had tried to counter Hastings through Jordan Bartlett which was cut out by the Hastings defence, moments later a through ball had been cut through Dover’s defence when their striker had put the ball across the Dover academy’s box which had been finished by the Hastings attacker.
Dover put on the pressure but was unable to capitalise on it, failing to put away their chances it led to Dover academy’s first loss at home with a 2-1 defeat to Hastings united.
Match report vs Ebbsfleet 15th March 2017
Match report from Lewis Mitchell
On Monday 13th March 2017 Dover athletic under 19s played ebbsfleet academy in the conference youth alliance league. Baring in mind that the young Dover side hadn't played in 3 weeks (proven by the performance) held out a 1-0 victory against a good ebbsfleet side.
A very slow start to the game set the tempo throughout the afternoon, although ebbsfleet had more of the ball they failed to carve out any real chance to worry captain Stan Waller in the Dover goal, 29 minutes and Dovers number 10 chris Barnard was brought down 30+ yards from goal, Matthew Robinson over the kick strikes the wall causing the keeper all sorts of bother as the ball sails over his head, giving Dover the lead.
Half time and Manager Mike sandmann giving the players a dressing down about the lack of intensity, this proved to be a much needed as Dover looked a completely different side in the second half. The central half paring of Joshua spencer and kyron Connolly was vital in stopping any form attack from ebbsfleet, although Dover had started a lot brighter in the second half they was luster in front of goal and couldn't find that final pass.
75 minutes and Marshall Wratten whips a delicious ball causing the two centre halfs of ebbsfleet including the keeper puzzled as the ball finds Jordan Bartlett a dodgy bounce sees the ball sit up and the chance goes squabbling.
A game that lacked a lot of intensity and quality was undermined by the work rate of the young Dover side as they all pulled together and saw the game out. Manger Mike sandmann said "lacked intensity but a good result and couldn't fault the work rate." At the end of the day they team gain a much needed 3 points in the league.
Christopher Barnard x2
Match report vs Eastbourne away - 18th January 2017
Match report by Tom Bond
Dover Academy enjoyed yet another comfortable win over the same opponents as last week, Eastbourne borough. Dover ran out 4-2 winners on what was a bitterly cold day.
Dover started on the front foot, scoring after just 2 minutes when Matthew Robinson delivered a sublime cross which found the head of Chris Barnard. 3 minutes later and Barnard had double the score line for Dover and his own personal tally for the game when he nodded in his second from a delightful cross assisted by Connor miller.
Domination continued throughout the first half from Dover, however in the 35th minute of the game against the run of play Eastbourne pulled a goal back following a long ball to the corner of the box which was brought down well by the Eastbourne player who beat Stan Waller at his near post from the edge of the box.
Moments before the whistle was blown for half time, Connor Miller restored Dover's two-goal lead with an elegant volley which found the bottom corner, after Robinson deliver a pinpoint free kick. Dover ended the half leading 3-1 after a sumptuous first half performance.
The second half began and yet more pressure was piled onto the Eastbourne defence which was struggling to cope with the Dover attacks. Finally, on the hour mark, Ben Cardwell put the game to bed when he grabbed his first of the game following a corner whipped in by Robinson, flicked on at the near post by Marshall Wratten and fell kindly for Cardwell who never looked like missing from 3 yards out.
Again Dover's defence was breached in the 62nd minute after a long-range shot flew into the top corner, Waller was nowhere to be seen.
Following the slight scare of Eastbourne potentially getting themselves back into the game, Dover saw off the last 15 minutes comfortably creating more chances to extend their lead. The game finished 4-2 in what was a great afternoon for Dover Academy who jumps up to second place in the league.
Matthew Robinson x1
Ben Cardwell x2
Kyron Connelly x1
Match report vs Bromley 22nd February 2017
Match report from Stan Waller
On a windy wet day Dover Athletic took on Bromley FC, the game started with an early opportunity for the home side but luckily keeper Stan Waller denied him. In the 20th minute Connor Miller won the ball off the Bromley midfielder releasing Marshal Wratten through to drive at the keeper and playing the ball across the box for Ben Cardwell to tap the ball in with ease.
Five minutes later Bromley carried the ball from the midfield towards Dover's area and with a nice piece of play moving the ball around the Dover defence they found themselves through on goal and slotted past the Dover keeper Stan Waller into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later Jordan Bartlett played a ball over the top towards Ben Cardwell to chase, the Bromley keeper came and smothered the ball but lost control towards the touch line and Ben Cardwell curled the ball from a tight angle with his left foot was denied by the Bromley defender edging the ball onto the post luckily Matty Robinson was there to clean up the pieces and tap the ball into the net 2-1 to Dover.
Bromley responded by pushing players forward and getting one on one with the Dover athletic keeper, they fired a shot which was saved but rebounded back to the Bromley centre forward and was looped over the keeper but defender Kyron Conelly heroically denied a certain goal with an acrobatic overhead kick to clear the ball away to safety.
Five minutes before the break Dover found themselves with a corner which was whipped in by Matty Robinson and was met by Kyron Conelly who volleyed the ball into the back of the net from around the penalty spot. Half time Dover 3 Bromley 1
As the second half begun Bromley were piling on the pressure and putting Dover under pressure, 15 minutes into the game a chance for Bromley to get back into the game coming from the left winger of Bromley cutting across the Dover full back and firing a shot across goal luckily again Kyron Conelly kept Dovers lead in tack.
Five minutes later Marshall Wratten cleared the ball down the line finding the feet of the Ben Cardwell who spun the defender just inside the Dover half and drove towards goal shaking off the Bromley defender and finding himself in the box and slotting into the bottom corner past the Bromley keeper. Dover 4 Bromley 1
For the remainder of the game Bromley kept testing the Dover defence and keeper however they were a match to the task and kept it tight at the back with a few important tackles and saves by the Dover athletic goalkeeper. The final whistle blew, a good performance from Dover winning the game 4-1.
Jordan Bartlett x3
Ben Cardwell x2
Match report vs Eastbourne - Wednesday 11th January 2017
Match report by Ben Cardwell
Dover Academy enjoyed a comfortable 6-2 win over 2nd place Eastbourne at the Crabble. Dover started the half brightly by dominating possession and in the 10th minute Matty Robinson split the Eastbourne defence and Jordan Bartlett scored his first of the day by calmly slotting the ball underneath the keeper and into the net. Not long after this Dover added more pressure in the Eastbourne final third and that resulted in Kieran Smith putting in an inch perfect cross for Bartlett to get his second 5 minutes later. For the next 10 minutes Dover again was dominant but unable to make the score 3-0 and were punished as Eastbourne won the ball on the left flank and were able to put a cross in and it resulted in the Eastbourne centre forward just getting in front of Dover goalkeeper Stan Waller and he directed the ball into the goal to make it 2-1 half an hour into the first half. Dover quickly responded with Marshall Wratten playing in Ben Cardwell down the left who puts a ball in the back post which allowed Bartlett to complete his first half hat-trick as he volleys into the back of the net. Dover had opportunity’s to make it 4-1 but was unable to convert and this allowed Eastbourne to nearly come back into the game when they have a free kick that gets crossed in and an Eastbourne player gets a free header that goes just wide, Dover go into the break up 3-1.
The second half started much like the first with Dover being the better team and controlling the ball with quick passing, and eventually Dover managed to break down the wing with Jack Smith and Chris Barnard linking up to set Bartlett free who cuts it back for Cardwell to finish and make it 4-1 on the hour mark. The Dover centre backs Ollie Roberts and Kyron Connelly came under pressure for 10 minutes after the Dover 4th goal in which they defended well with a lot of clearance’s from the Eastbourne crosses, Waller also helped by pulling off two fine saves from across and a free kick. The Dover midfield consisting of Connor Miller and Chris Barnard battled well throughout the whole game winning every one of their duals as Miller got his reward from working hard as he wins back the ball just inside his own half and realises Cardwell who calmly chips the onrushing Eastbourne Goalkeeper on the 75th-minute mark. Eastbourne battled on and soon after the goal won themselves a corner which Dover managed to clear, but not far enough as they get another chance to deliver which they took and found an unmarked Eastbourne head who nods into the bottom corner. Dover was the team who finished on the high as they managed to make it 6-2 when Cardwell plays through the substitute Shusanta Rai who places the ball into the bottom corner and wraps off a fine day for the Dover Academy.
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