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Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Match Review - Dover 2 Aldershot 0

Dover Athletic 2-0 Aldershot Town
Saturday November 27, Crabble Ground, (Att: 4,123)

An Adam Birchall brace earned Dover the shock of the FA Cup Second Round over Aldershot Town as the Non League outfit secured a place in the Third Round draw.

A bumper crowd at the Crabble saw kick off delayed, but when play did eventually begin it was the home side who started the stronger.

Indeed, they had a goal ruled out in the first ten minutes when defender Olly Schulz was deemed to be in an offside position when heading in Harry Baker's free kick.

Birchall then had a shot down the throat of Jamie Young saved before the Shots responded with a Luke Guttridge effort from distance sailing over the bar.

The hosts took the lead on 54 minutes when Town failed to deal with a long ball forward and, when the ball broke to him, Birchall unleashed a low drive into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

The goal inspired Athletic, as they went in search of a second - Birchall forcing Young to turn an effort round the post and then having a volley saved by the keeper.

Kevin Dillon's visitors struggled to create many opportunities, although Jermaine McGlashan went close from a deep cross but saw his effort blocked by Dover keeper Ross Flitney.

Instead, it was the Kent side who wrapped up victory in the last minute of normal time. Danny Hylton's handball in the box from a Baker cross allowing Birchall to send Young the wrong way from the penalty spot.

It sealed a memorable afternoon for Martin Hayes's side whose memorable cup run continues at the expense of a second League Two team.

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