Deal’s last chance of silverware this season disappeared with this one-goal defeat in the SCEL Challenge Cup quarter-finals at The Belmont on Tuesday.
Whitstable were worthy winners and only the brave and assured goalkeeping of James Tonkin prevented the Hoops from suffering a heavier defeat
The only goal came in the 73rd minute. Luke Bigginton was adjudged to have fouled in the penalty area, for which he also received a yellow card, and Danny Williams stroked home the resulting penalty with ease.
It was a disappointing night for Deal who won only one corner, with their best chance being a deflected shot from Ben Chapman on 81 minutes that Whitstable ‘keeper Dan Eason did well to save.
In the 90th minute Tonkin thwarted Whitstable substitute Shaun Welford in a “one on one” situation to cap a fine individual performance by the Hoops keeper.
Deal: Tonkin, Paxman, Danny Smith, Hark, Kane Smith, Bigginton (Sahadow 76) Connor Miller (Chapman 61), Foster (Walsh 68), Coyne, Wilson, Andrew Miller.