For the second season in succession, Kent teams will feature in two ESFA national finals. The Under 14’s moved into their national final in highly impressive fashion with a 5-1 victory over Hampshire. Kent dominated the early play and went ahead through Harry Taylor, with Joshua Newbury-Teeluck adding a second before half-time from a well-struck free-kick. Hampshire pulled a goal back through Harry Edmondson, but this simply served to prompt Kent to move up a gear, and they scored three fine goals. Two came from Harry Carrigan, and Harry Taylor completed the scoring. A great all-round effort by the squad, and just reward for their talents, as well as the work put in by the management team of Andy Raines and Richard Crutchfield. The final will be played at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium in May, and four of the Kent squad (Sam Skeffington, Joshua Newbury-Teeluck, Rob Strachan and Harry Smith) will be making a return visit, having featured in Ravenswood triumph there last season in the ESFA Under 13 inter-schools final. Kent opponents will be either Merseyside, Bedfordshire or West Midlands.
The Under 18’s, current national champions, will play against Humberside Schools in their national final on Wednesday 11th March at Cambridge United FC, kick-off 2.00 pm. Two of the Kent squad, Rene Armstrong and Elliott Cutts, played for England Schools in recent matches against Wales and Northern Ireland, as the international squad got their Centenary Shield campaign underway.