The FA Carlsberg Trophy
10 May 2008
The FA Carlsberg Trophy Final
Torquay United 0 - 1 Ebbsfleet United
In a dominant opening to the game for Paul Buckle's side, Roscoe D'Sane went close for the side playing in all yellow. Nicholson guided a cross to the far post where Lee Phillips headed down for D'Sane to volley the wrong side of the post.
Ebbsfleet came to life and gave their fans something to cheer about after 21 minutes when John Akinde turned his marker and closed in on goal, only for the ball to richochet to the feet of Michael Bostwick who fired a low drive which Martin Rice dealt with at the second atttempt.
Against the run of play Ebbsfleet earned a penalty when Chris McPhee went tumbling under the attentions of Rice, and Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot. McPhee stepped up but Rice saved the kick with a fine left handed stop.
McPhee made amends for the miss just minutes later, on the brink of half time, when he put Ebbsfleet in front after a tenacious battle from Akinde in winning possesion before playing the ball across the face of the goal for McPhee to finish.
As Torquay searched for an equaliser Fleet showed their resilience in defence but Stacy Long had to clear off the line from a corner, and Cronin was kept busy as Buckle's players pressed forward.
Courageous to the last, Ebbsfleet held on to complete an incredible story for the club this season.
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