Three of Kent’s teams marched forward in the ESFA National Cup competitions on another day of excellent results for the county.
The Under 16’s hosted Buckinghamshire on the 3G at Castle Community College in Deal and emerged from a closely-fought game with a 2-0 victory. Harry Towner put the home side ahead with a well-placed free kick-off just before half-time, and midway through the second half Casey Johnson slotted home from a narrow angle to put Kent in the draw for the next round.
Meanwhile, the Under 14’s made the long trip to Milton to face Oxfordshire, and returned with a 2-0 win, thanks to goals from captain Dan Martin and Tanto Olaofe. Kent now have a home quarter-final against Hertfordshire.
Also in the last eight are the Kent’s Under 18’s, who travelled round the M25 to St Albans to face Hertfordshire. After a goal-less first half, strikes from Josh Woolley, Jeremy Achong, Greg Skinner, Elliot Cutts and Tom Cameron gave Kent a comfortable 5-2 victory.
In a South-East league game, the Under 15’s returned from Surrey with a 1-1 draw. Jonathan Burtonshaw was Kent’s goalscorer.
Kent’s Under 14 girls now know their opponents in the quarter-finals of the ESFA National Cup – away to Staffordshire. The Kent Under 16 girls, however, still await news of their opponents in the national quarter-finals.
The newly-selected Kent Under 11 Squad had their first outing and retuned from Fulham’s Academy with a 14-2 aggregate victory – this followed on from the Under 12’s visit to the same opponents, which saw Kent win 11-5.