Redbridge record shock FA Cup win over Ebbsfleet United
Redbridge 2 Ebbsfleet United 0
Two goals in the final 10 minutes gave Redbridge a shock FA Cup victory against Blue Square Bet Premier side Ebbsfleet United.
There was little action throughout the match, but despite enjoying plenty of possession Liam Daish’s side were undone by goals from Ryan Murray and Joe Gardner to hand them a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup – the first time since the 2003-04 season against Port Vale.
The only changes in the Ebbsfleet side saw the suspended Yado Mambo and Ram Marwa miss out, with Alex Stavrinou and Ian Simpemba brought in.
While the hosts made just the one, with Jamie Haywood in for Shane Stamp.
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It did look as they it was only a matter of time when Fleet would open the scoreline but Ricky Shakes’ deflected shot was saved by Adam Rafis.
But Redbridge were able to keep out their opponents, with Rafis able to tip over Paul Lorraine’s header, while at the other end Joe Gardner saw his effort land on the roof of the net.
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After the break, Liam Daish’s side started the brighter and Michael West side-footed an effort wide of the target two minutes into the half
But while Ebbsfleet were carving out more opportunities than Redbridge they weren’t making the most of them.
Lorraine fired another header over the bar and Adam Rafis was forced into one of very few saves when he got down to save Calum Willock’s shot.
Rafis was again called into action when he tipped over Alex Stavrinou’s effort from wide on the right.
On the counter attack, Terry Spillane’s side looked threatening and Ben Bradbury was through on goal but was just beaten to the ball by Preston Edwards.
But as a replay was looking the most likely outcome, the home side hit Ebbsfleet with a sucker punch.
Substitute Vinnie Durrant forced Edwards into a fine save with 10 minutes left on the clock, and from the resultant corner the hosts took the lead.
Durrant’s ball into the box was headed home by Ryan Murray to send the Redbridge bench into raptures.
And in the 90th minute Redbridge sealed their spot in the draw – scheduled for today at 1.30pm - when Durrant’s quickly taken free kick found Joe Gardner and from the left wing he ran untroubled into the box and fired low past Edwards to dump Fleet out of the FA Cup.
Redbridge: Rafis, Sendall, Spillane (Durrant 33), Haywood, Golby, Trenkel, Bradbury (Robinson 79), Hopkins, Murray, Gardner, Gordon.
Unused subs: Hepburn, Wood, Best, Wooten.
Ebbsfleet United: Edwards, Stone, Lorraine, Howe, Simpemba, Shakes (Masroh-McDowell 85), Phipp, Stavrinou, West, Willock, Darvill (Adam Williams 78).
Unused subs: Herd, Welch, McCarthy, Robertson, Devine.