Folkestone caused an FA Cup upset against Gloucester City at 10 as Ade Yusuff scored the only goal.

Yusuff scored for the top-flight Isthmian Premier side halfway through the first period against their Northern National League opponents in the third qualifying round, three minutes after the defender was sent off at the outside Jordan Thompson.

Ade Yusuff hit the winner for Folkestone. Image: Randolph File

There was a late scare as Gloucester City substitute Benni Smales-Braithwaite hit the bar with a free kick in stoppage time, but Folkestone survived to advance.

The start of the game was slow as both teams tried to adjust to the wet, windy and, frankly, wild conditions of Fullicks Stadium in front of the 669 fans who had braved the elements.

The game’s first opportunity came in the 10th minute, with forward Yusuff shooting past the edge of the penalty area for Folkestone as they knocked out the opening rallies.

A three-minute period then tipped the game over to Neil Cugley’s side.

Confusion at the back for the visitors allowed Yusuff to break through on goal after 19 minutes of play. He was brought to the ground just outside the penalty area by Thompson of Gloucester City, leaving the referee Tom Danaher has no choice but to give the defender his marching orders.

And just three minutes later, the hosts made their male advantage count.

Folkestone boss Neil Cugley.  Photo: Barry Goodwin
Folkestone boss Neil Cugley. Photo: Barry Goodwin

A corner from Alfie Paxman put Gloucester goalkeeper Jake Cole under real pressure and Yusuff smashed his fifth of the season at close range after a scrum inside the six-yard box.

Gloucester City’s first real halftime opportunity came in the 35th minute. Captain Kevin Dawson did well on the right and dug a cross that went just over the head of new signing Lucas Tomlinson who was waiting at the far post.

Seven minutes later, Jordan Young tried his luck for the visitors with a direct shot at new Folkestone goalkeeper Alexis Andre Jr.

Shortly before half-time, the dangerous Young stepped in again when he guided his header from a Dawson cross to the post.

But Invicta, led by skipper Callum Davies, looked well organized at the back as they were in the lead at the break.

A halftime change from Gloucester City saw Bernard Mensah replace four-goal top scorer Danny King.

The substitute was threatening in the 57th minute, although André tied the shot in a very calm start to the second period, despite a wide header from David Smith at the far post.

Defender Ryan Johnson had a chance to double Folkestone’s advantage with 17 minutes remaining, only for his instant shot to pass from close by after a free kick from Ronnie Dolan was half cleared after the initial head of Matt Newman.

In truth, visitors rarely threatened each other in the second half in interim boss Lee Mansell’s opener – after Mansell replaced Paul Groves who was sacked last weekend – until death.

Substitute Smales-Braithwaite, however, almost saved Gloucester City blushes with seconds to go. But his free kick crashed against the bar with André well beaten.

Home manager Cugley made two side changes, which left a three-goal lead in the league’s 3-3 draw against Potters Bar last weekend.

Injured goalkeeper Tim Roberts was replaced between the sticks by ex-Bristol Rovers man Andre Jr who came on his debut.

The other change saw Newman come back and replace right-back Josh Vincent.

For visitors, Tomlinson, one of two loans signed by Mansell, has started.

The other loan signing, Oxford United’s Leon Chambers-Parillon, was an unused replacement.

Folkestone: Andre, Draycott, Wright, Newman, Davies, Johnson, Heard, Dolan, Smith, Yusuff, Paxman. Subtitles not used: Freeman, Sterling, O’Mara, Everitt, Collins, Borrello.

City of Gloucester: Cole, Leadbitter, Galvin, Harrison, Thompson, Robert, Sheaf (Smales-Brainthwaite 76), Dawson, Tomlinson, Young (Jordan 59), King (Mensah 46). Unused Submarines: Armstrong, McGlip, O’Sullivan, Chambers-Parrillon.

Presence: 669.

Arbitrator: Tom Danaher.

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