Margate celebrate pre-season victory over Crystal Palace
MARGATE enjoyed one of their biggest wins of the last few seasons on Friday night as they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 in a pre-season friendly at Hartsdown Park.
Former Gate hero Kwesi Appiah returned to play on the hallowed Hartsdown turf for the first time since his move to Palace in January, the friendly being organised as part of the deal that took him to Selhurst Park.
Once again, Gate manager Chris Kinnear used all the resources he had at his disposal by the end of the game but Margate were already comfortably ahead by that point.
Summer signing Tommy Whitnell scored his first goal for Gate in the seventh minute as The Blues took the lead.
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Whitnell dispatched a clinical spot-kick after a clear hand ball in the box by a Palace defender.
Ibra Sekajja levelled the game with a wonderful equaliser after being set up by Appiah.
The ball was switched inside from the right for Appiah, who clipped a delightful angled ball in for Sekajja, who fired an unstoppable, rising drive into the opposite top corner of the goal.
Palace came into the game more after the equaliser but it was Margate who took the lead for a second time in the game.
Trialist Carl Rook continued to impress for Margate in pre-season as he notched his second goal of the off-season six minutes before the break.
The start of the second half yielded the final goal of the game when Tyler Christian-Law pounced after the Eagles defenders failed to clear their lines.
Margate boss Kinnear has always said the pre-season results are not important but he was happy with how his side played against tough opposition.
He said after the game: "Results pre-season don't make any difference but I was pleased with our ability, the lads didn't look out of place. The tempo was good and I was really pleased with the performance."