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Dartford v Charlton Athletic – Kent Senior Cup Final

Dartford bid to win their eleventh Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday night when they take on holders Charlton Athletic.

The Darts last won the competition five years ago and have reached the final since. The Addicks have won two of the last three Kent Senior Cup finals and aim for their fourth triumph in the county cup.

Tony Burman is the only manager in last three years to have beaten Championship side Charlton Athletic in the Kent Senior Cup. In October 2013, Dartford won the second round tie 1-0 in dramatic fashion. Working hard to stay in the game, the Darts earned a last minute free kick on the edge of the box. Mohamed Eisa stepped up and curled the ball superbly in the top corner to take the plaudits.

Dartford played the Addicks as holders themselves in 2012 when they met in the semi-final. Jack Pallen gave the Darts a one goal lead but his was cancelled out by Adebayo Azeez. Midfielder, Lee Noble put Burman’s side ahead for a second time and Elliot Bradbrook sealed the tie with four minutes remaining. Dartford unexpectedly went on to lose the final to Hythe Town.

The Darts could still make the playoffs in the National South, however they need plenty to go their way with other results. Burman targeted a playoff spot at the start of the campaign, so winning the Kent Senior Cup could provide small consolation if they miss out on the final day.

Likewise, Charlton Athletic have had a torrid season in the Championship on and off the field. The Addicks will be playing League One football next term and with supporters unrest over the owners, their development squad offer a ray of light, the under 21’s top the Professional Development League 2 South table.

Road to the Final

Round One

Dartford 3 Welling United 1

The Darts dominated the first half hitting the woodwork three times before taking the lead in the second half. George Sykes opened the scoring, Callum McNaughton doubled the lead and Kurtis Cumberbatch pulled a goal back. The night belonged to academy striker Dajon Golding who netted his first for the senior side.

Hythe Town 0 Charlton Athletic 1

The Addicks had to wait until five minutes from time to see out their first round tie. With the match heading towards penalties, Ademola Lookman struck from 20 yards to send the holders through.

Round Two

Dartford 2 Gillingham 1

After losing to the Gills 7-3 in last year’s Kent Senior Cup, the Darts avenged the defeat by coming from behind. Brennan Dickenson had Gillingham ahead before former Gill, Tom Wyner equalised. Jack Simmons cut inside and fired into the top corner to score the winner.

Cray Wanderers 1 Charlton Athletic 4

Zakarya Bergdich set Charlton Athletic on their win to a comfortable win with a first half strike. Mikhail Kennedy made it two nil but the lead was halved soon after. Former Dart, Uche Ibemere won a penalty which Grant Basey converted. The Addicks restored a two goal cushion when Franck Moussa scored from the spot then Bergdich sealed the deal with his second of the night.

Quarter-Final

Herne Bay 0 Dartford 3

It took 14 minutes for Tom Bradbrook to put Dartford in front when he netted from close range. Academy striker Ben Francis scored just past the hour mark and won a penalty late on, which Kaka Dembele stuck away to round up a 3-0 victory.

Bromley 0 Charlton Athletic 2

Two goals in the opening twenty minutes gave the Addicks the cushion they needed early on. Joe Aribo and Josh Umerah scored the goals and Charlton Athletic easily saw out the remainder of the last eight tie.

Semi-Final

Greenwich Borough 1 Dartford 2

The Darts had to work hard to earn a win over their tenants. Ronnie Vint and Geroge Sykes looked to have secured Dartford’s route to the the final. A late Michael Power goal for Boro set up a nervy finish, but the Darts held on.

Ebbsfleet United 1 Charlton Athletic 2

The Addicks reached their third final in four years with a win over National South side Ebbsfleet United. Another fast start had Charlton Athletic two up in the first half with goals from Cristian Ceballos and George Lapslie. Joe Howe pulled one back in the final minutes but it was too late for the Fleet.

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