Saturday 28 July 2018 // Pre-Season Friendly // Attendance: 801 // Report by Ruth Tunnell
The Stones couldn’t have asked for a better way to round off pre-season as they comfortably saw off National League South newcomers Dulwich Hamlet. And if hadn’t been for some excellent goal keeping by Preston Edwards, the margin of victory for Maidstone would have been even greater.
Just one minute had gone when Michael Phillips latched onto a ball over the top. Phillips elected for an early shot which Preston Edwards managed to parry.
Dulwich soon went close on a couple of occasions. The first came when Sanchez Ming’s cross came to Nyren Clunis who spun inside the six yard box before dragging the ball just wide. Then Ashley Carew’s corner came to Bryon Lawrence whose effort was on target but Michael Phillips got the ball away from the line.
As the half wore on though, it was the Stones who started to gain the upper hand and they took the lead on 19 minutes with a fine goal. Blair Turgott exchanged passes with Stuart Lewis leaving Turgott in on goal on the right side of the box and he confidently fired the ball past Preston.
Lewis was then instrumental in the second goal just four minutes later. This time he drove forwards and rather than aiming to cross for the two players queued up around the penalty spot he sensibly laid the ball back into the path of Michael Phillips who hit the ball first time and he curled a delightful finish into the net.
Maidstone continued to look dangerous going forward and Dulwich had Edwards to thank for keeping the score down. First of all Edwards parried a snap shot from Seth Nana Twumasi and then he flung himself to his left and got a hand to the ball to push an effort from Quigley wide.
But Edwards was to make an even better save not long before the break. George McLennan played a one-two with Jamar Loza and McLennan tried to go across Edwards with a low shot only for Edwards to come to Hamelt’s rescue again with an excellent one handed save.
With the half time whistle imminent, Maidstone could have extended their lead. Phillips played the ball to Twumasi whose cross came to Turgott at the back post and from a tight angle, Turgott side footed the ball well over the bar.
The Stones continued to play with a good tempo straight after the break and it wasn’t long before they went close again. Quigley and Turgott exchanged a number of passes leaving Turgott with the chance to shoot and Preston once more parried the ball.
However, Preston could do nothing to prevent Maidstone scoring a third on 48 minutes. Quigley saw a drive saved by Preston and as the ball broke lose, Quigley was chopped down by Nathan Ferguson. The Maidstone front man got up to take the resultant penalty and he coolly slotted it into the bottom right hand side of the net.
McLeannan then picked out Turgott whose rising shot smacked off the underside of the bar and the arriving Loza could only bundle the ball wide from close range. Loza soon made amends though with a brilliant individual goal. He nipped in to win possession deep inside the Dulwich half and he steamed into the box before crashing the ball into the net.
A flurry of substitutions from both sides disrupted the flow of the game for a while before the Stones created another opportunity late on. Turgott backheeled the ball to substitute Jack Richards who struck a first time shot which was going in until Edwards tipped the ball over the bar.
Then two minutes from time, Dulwich claimed a consolation goal. Will De Havilland accidentally caught substitute Anthony Cook inside the box and Ashley Carew thumped the penalty past Lee Worgan.
Maidstone United: Blair Turgott 19, Michael Phillips 23, Joe Quigley 48 (pen), Jamar Loza 62
Dulwich Hamlet: Ashley Carew 87 (pen)
Maidstone United:1. Lee Worgan, 16. Seth Nana Twumasi (Jordy Robins 88), 5. Will De Havilland, 6. Alex Finney, 3. George McLennan (2. Michee Efete 74), 22. Michael Phillips (23. Jack Richards 85), 8. Stuart Lewis, 21. Ollie Muldoon (4. Jordan Wynter 67), 7. Jamar Loza (10. Jack Paxman 74), 9. Joe Quigley (15. Shamir Mullings 63), 19. Blair Turgott. Sub not used:Matt Funnell.
Dulwich Hamlet: 1. Preston Edwards, 2. Quade Taylor, 3. Nathan Green (14. Dipo Akinyemi 58), 4. Nathan Ferguson (16. Ibrahim Kargbo 58), 5. Magnus Okuonghae, 6. Michael Chambers (17. Michael Onovwigun 9), 7. Nyren Clunis (12. A trialist 67), 8. Ashley Carew, 9. Gavin Tomlin (15. Andrew Allassani 58), 18. Byron Lawrence (19. A Trialist 2. 58) 11. Sanchez Ming.Subs not used:13. Amadou Tangara, 18. Anthony Cook.