Bromley well and truly put their penalty shootout demons behind them on Tuesday night, after edging out Dulwich Hamlet on spot kicks to win the Glyn Beverly Memorial Cup.
The Ravens went ahead inside the opening minute, thanks to Luke Coulson. After a slick attack, the ball fell to the former Ebbsfleet United man on the edge of the box, and he curled a delightful effort beyond Charlie Grainger and in off the post.
The next chance fell the visitors’ way again, as Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s pinpoint effort looked to nestle in the bottom corner, but for the intervention of Grainger, who made a fantastic save.
On 23 minutes, it could, and perhaps should have been 2-0 to Bromley. Impressive hold up play from Michael Cheek saw him retain possession in the box and play a neat ball to meet the run of Coulson, who saw his close range effort denied by a last ditch block from Yannis Ambroisine.
Joe Kizzi then headed wide from a corner, before George Porter saw a lob cleared of the line by Ryan Case just as it was about to cross.
The first half was a rather one sided affair in truth, with Dulwich counting themselves lucky the scoreline wasn’t anything more.
However, the hosts came back into it in the second half.
After Billy Bingham curled a peach of an effort inches wide of goal, Ade Yusuff shot wide. Just a minute later, Nyren Clunis’ deep, cross/shot had Mark Cousins backpeddling, but the new Bromley number one managed to retreat to his line and tip the ball over.
There would then be a triple chance for Bromley to extend their lead. After a mazy run down the middle, Coulson unleashed a piledriver at goal, only to see it rattle the post. On the follow up, Bingham saw his effort blocked, before the ball broke to Hackett-Fairchild, whose rasping shot was tipped wide by Grainger.
Korrey Henry tried his luck from 30 yards shortly after entering the fray and went close, missing by inches. Fellow substitute Adrian Clifton did find the target with a long range effort, only for Grainger to make another smart save.
However, despite few chances, Dulwich persisted and did find an equaliser a minute before time, with former Whitehawk striker Danny Mills heading beyond the Trialist goalkeeper at the back post.
After some confusion, the match then went to penalties. After going to sudden death, Jack Holland stepped up to win the Cup for Bromley, and duly did so, coolly converting.
Bromley XI: Cousins (Trialist A), Kizzi (Dunne), Wood, Okoye (Bush), Holland (C), Coulson (Trialist B), Raymond (Tanner), Cheek (Clifton), Bingham (Higgs), Porter (Henry), Hackett-Fairchild (Craske).
Unused substitutes: Brefo, Ojemen.