The Hoops and Corinthian must meet again in a replay at the Charles Ground on Tuesday night after Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round tie ended in a 2-2 draw.
But after 45 minutes it looked like Deal, who had new signing Steve Butcher making his debut, were going to end their 25-year wait for an away victory on the opening day of the season. They took an early 2-0 lead through Joe Reeves and Ryan Philpott and then Corinthian missed a penalty to leave the Hoops in a strong position at the break.
However, the Longfield side did reduce the arrears early in the second half before both teams had a player sent off, with Charlie Walsh seeing red for Deal.
And Corinthian then made it 2-2 before the Hoops were reduced to nine men when Reeves was also sent off, but Derek Hares’ side managed to hold out in the closing stages to earn a second “bite of the cherry” on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Deal starting XI: Tonkin, Butcher, Alexander, K Smith, Hark, Scott, Bigginton, Walsh, Miller, Reeves, Philpott.