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Maidstone United beat Ebbsfleet United on penalties to win promotion to National League

PUBLISHED: 10:44 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 16 May 2016

Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium

Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium

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The match finished 2-2 after extra time, thanks to a last gasp Maidstone equaliser

Maidstone United have secured promotion to the National League following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

The Kent rivals went head-to-head at Stonebridge Road in the National League South play-off final, with the winner moving up a division where they will face the likes of Dover and Bromley as well as a number of other big-name sides.

Danny Kedwell gave the hosts the lead from the spot before Bobby-Joe Taylor equalised for Maidstone just after half time.

The match went to extra-time where Kedwell converted another penalty which appeared to be enough for Ebbsfleet but in the dying embers of the game, Dumebi Dumaka struck for the visitors to send the contest to penalties.

The decisive kick came down to Kedwell once again, but this time the Fleet man saw his penalty saved to secure an incredible result for Jay Saunders’ side and a return to the top level of non-league football for some 27 years.

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