Kent teams finished 2016 in style with victories for the Under 14 girls away to Berkshire in the ESFA National Competition, the Under 16 girls away to Surrey in the SEESFA League, and the Under 12 boys at home to Surrey in a county representative fixture.
The Under 14 girls made the long trip to Thatcham FC, and maintained their 100% record with a 3-1 win. Berkshire had defeated Essex in the previous round, but a fine all-round team display from Kent brought its just rewards with two goals from Tallulah Holy and another from Kadelia Wilkins. Kent now have a home tie against West Midlands in the national quarter-finals – the game will be played on Saturday 14th January (venue and kick-off time to be confirmed).
Meanwhile, the Under 16 girls travelled to Whyteleafe FC for an evening fixture, and returned with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Surrey in the south section of the SE League, and thus qualify for the semi-finals. Two goals from Charlie-Mai Goad, and others from Esmee Sword and Molly Agnew capped an impressive performance.
The Under 12 boys hosted Surrey at Glebe FC for their first game since stepping up from Under 11’s last season, and in an entertaining encounter beat their opponents 3-2. The margin of victory could well have been greater, with Kent creating a high number of chances from some incisive flowing football. Having gone a goal down in the second quarter, Kent came back strongly in the third session, and goals from Harvey Kedwell and TJ Clements put them in front. Harvey Welford deservedly got on the scoresheet in the final quarter to increase the home side’s lead, and although Surrey pulled one back with a few minutes remaining, Kent’s victory was well-merited.