Gloucester City were dumped out of the FA Trophy after a clinical display from Skrill South title contenders Ebbsfleet United.\r\n\r\nBilly Bricknell, Michael Thalassitis and an absurd 40-yard free kick from Daryl McMahon punished a spirited City team who had several opportunities throughout the contest.\r\n\r\nHowever, it leaves Dave Mehew’s side to concentrate on a league campaign that needs a booster sooner rather than later.\r\n\r\nOn-loan Torquay United defender Kyrtis McKenzie was taken to a local hospital after falling awkwardly; adding to the squad depth issues that have plagued the club so far in the campaign.\r\n\r\nThe first attempt on goal came City’s way with Joe Parker outpacing the Ebbsfleet defence to force a smart save from Preston Edwards in goal.\r\n\r\nCity continued their early dominance, this time with Kyrtis McKenzie shooting from outside the box forcing another decent stop from Edwards.\r\n\r\nThe Skrill South high-flyers attempted to open their account on 22 minutes, but Michael Corcoran’s looping header just went over.\r\n\r\nStacy Long and Daryl McMahon peppered Green’s goal, but didn’t really test the ex-Bristol Rovers stopper.\r\n\r\nMinutes later, Green was forced to make an excellent scrambling save after Michael Thalassitis’ surprise effort almost crept into the bottom corner.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers’ afternoon became more difficult after McKenzie was injured in a challenge with Anthony Cook, which saw the youngster taken to a local hospital and City having to re-shuffle.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Fleet pounced on 42 minutes after Chris Sessegnon – cousin of Stephane – produced a ball that was Premier League class into the path who Bricknell who only had to stab home for the opener.\r\n\r\nThe second half didn’t start any better for the Skrill North’s bottom side; a good opportunity for debutant loanee Zak Kotwica was spurned and saw the Kent side burst forward.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers had over-committed forward and Thalassitis found himself in space to slot the ball past Mike Green for a second.\r\n\r\nMehew brought on Connor Waldon and Scott Wilson, reverting to 4-3-3 as City looked for a route back into the match; and the former almost supplied it but a top save from Preston Edwards denied the youngster.\r\n\r\nIt was then Green’s turn to produce a superb stop, Thalassitis with the attempt on goal.\r\n\r\nThe best opportunity for the Tigers came with Darren Mullings blasting a 25-yard set piece into the top corner, forcing an excellent stop from Edwards.\r\n\r\nTwo Matt Liddiard headers were then thwarted by the keeper with multiple corners seeing Gloucester pressurise the Kent outfit.\r\n\r\nA glaring miss from Bricknell gave the Tigers a huge let-off with time running out.\r\n\r\nThe result was secured three minutes from time; McMahon attempted an audacious free-kick from nearing 40-yards out and cannoned straight into the top right hand corner – quite simply a sensational finish – but a forgettable afternoon for Gloucester City.\r\n\r\nEbbsfleet United:  P. Edwards, C. Sessegnon, A. Palmer, D. McMahon, P. Lorraine, O. Sankofa, S. Long (Rance 80), M. Corcoran, B. Bricknell, M. Thalassitis, A. Cook (Osborn 57)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: J.Howe, B. Hall, G. Basey\r\n\r\nGoals: Bricknell 42, Thalassitis 53, McMahon 87\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, K. McKenzie (Morford 37), L. Binns, M. Coupe, J. Harris, M. Liddiard, J. Goddard, D. Mullings, D. Edwards, J. Parker (Wilson 54), Z. Kotwica (Waldon 54)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: N. Phillips, S. Turl

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