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DoverDover Athletic0HalifaxFC Halifax Town1

Dover Athletic 0-1 FC Halifax Town

A second-half Scott McManus strike earned Halifax victory and ruined Dover's first game in the fifth tier of English football since 2002.

Halifax had the better chances before the break, notably when Danny Schofield saw a looping effort hit the woodwork.

And the visitors made their dominance count when McManus made space and scored with a low 20-yard shot.

Barry Cogan went close for Dover, but Halifax, who had Ainge sent off for a second caution in injury-time, held on.

Line-ups

Dover

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Walker
  • 2Stone
  • 3Wynter
  • 6Orlu
  • 16Sterling
  • 5RaggettBooked at 39mins
  • 4Kinnear
  • 8BellamySubstituted forDeverdicsat 75'minutes
  • 9Elder
  • 7ModesteSubstituted forNanettiat 81'minutes
  • 11CoganSubstituted forReidat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Murphy
  • 15Francis
  • 17Deverdics
  • 19Reid
  • 20Nanetti

Halifax

Formation 5-3-2

  • 27Glennon
  • 2Bolton
  • 6AingeBooked at 90mins
  • 4RobertsBooked at 26mins
  • 15RobertsSubstituted forSmithat 46'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 3McManus
  • 20Maynard
  • 5Pearson
  • 19Boden
  • 10DyerSubstituted forMarshallat 46'minutes
  • 22SchofieldBooked at 53minsSubstituted forPeniketat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Senior
  • 7Smith
  • 8Marshall
  • 12Peniket
  • 14Williams
Referee:
Colin Lymer
Attendance:
1,321

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamHalifax
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 0, FC Halifax Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

  6. Post update

    Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Nanetti (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  9. Booking

    Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Christian Nanetti replaces Ricky Modeste.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Richard Peniket replaces Danny Schofield.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Nicky Deverdics replaces Liam Bellamy.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  15. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Jake Reid replaces Barry Cogan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Elder (Dover Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

  20. Post update

    Chris Kinnear (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

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