Tuesday 13 February 2018 // Kent Senior Cup Semi Final // Attendance: 607 (92 Bromley supporters)// Report by Ruth Tunnell
Maidstone United have booked their place in their first Kent Senior Cup final since 1989 after they recorded a rare victory over Bromley.
The Stones were the stronger of the two sides early on and they had a number of attempts on goal. These included a couple from Jack Richards who drew a diving save from Max Hunter and then Richards got on the end of a cross from Josh Hare but he put the ball wide.
And with 29 minutes gone, Maidstone edged in front. Blair Turgott, making his full debut for the Stones, went on a long run from inside his own half and as he reached the touchline he squared the ball to Delano Sam-Yorke who slid in to poke the ball over the line.
Shortly afterwards, the Stones could have extended their lead. Darius Osei picked out Reece Prestedge who was well placed but he went for a left footed volley rather than using his right side and the ball flew just wide of the far post.
Bromley hadn’t had a sniff until this point but they might have scored when the ball suddenly came into Kristian Campbell and he put the ball wide from a good position. Then not long before half time, Richards struck a curling effort goalwards only for Hunter to make a fine one handed save.
Ten minutes after the break, Seth Nana Twumasi whipped in a decent cross from the right. Sam-Yorke stooped past the defender to meet the ball with a semi diving header and he managed to guide it into the net.
But not long past the hour, Maidstone gifted Bromley a way back into the match. Jack Paxman attempted to pass the ball back to Worgan but he only succeeded in giving possession straight to Omar Bugiel. Bugiel moved into the area before striking a low finish past the stranded Lee Worgan.
However, any hopes the Ravens had of getting something from the game were quickly dashed when the Stones scored two goals in quick succession. The first saw Paxman atone for his earlier error as he did well to slide the ball into Turgott who waited for Hunter to leave his line before slotting the ball home.
Then on 73 minutes further good work from Paxman saw him come in from the right. Paxman unselfishly found Darius Osei who lashed the ball into the net from close range.
With ten minutes remaining, some more disappointing defending from the Stones lead to another Bromley goal. This time it was Prestedge who couldn’t complete his attempted back pass and although Worgan closed Bugiel down, he could do nothing to prevent Bugiel going into the area and putting the ball into the unguarded net.
Late on, an injury to Sam-Yorke took the gloss off the victory. Jordan Higgs clattered into the Maidstone striker with a heavy challenge and Sam-Yorke had to be carried off the pitch by two people.
Maidstone United: Delano Sam-Yorke 29, 55, Blair Turgott 70, Darius Osei 73
Bromley: Omar Bugiel 63, 80
Bromley: 13. Max Hunter, 2.Alan Dunne (28. Dexter Lovely 69), 3. Kristian Campbell, 14. Jordan Higgs, 15. Dan Johnson, 21. Frankie Sutherland, 25. Omar Bugiel, 22. Tahjae Anderson, 24. Marlon Peter-Brown (20. Aiden Enver 52), 26. Donnell Anderson, 27. Rodney Adamon. Subs not used: 29. Riphi Kalala, 30. Klaudio Karsniq, Guy Baskerville.
Maidstone United: 1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi, 2. Josh Hare, 6. Magnus Okuonghae, 28. Dean Beckwith (13. Joe Anderson 45), 23. Jack Richards, 10. Jack Paxman, 4. Reece Prestedge, 19. Blair Turgott (35. Andre Coker 78), 9. Delano Sam-Yorke (14. Jai Reason 90), 17. Darius Osei. Subs not used: 27. Lorcan Healy, 29. Ross Lafayette.