Almost 700 people turned up at Maidstone United’s splendid new Gallagher Stadium to watch the first finals of the season. In the Under 14 Wilf Armory Final, Maidstone Grammar School took an early lead when Jarred Trespaderne netted from close range, but Ravenswood School battled back to take the game into extra time, only for Maidstone to score the winner and claim the trophy. This was presented by Maidstone United Chief Executive Bill Williams.
The Under 17 final that followed was just as close, with the Isle of Sheppey Academy claiming their first Kent trophy with a narrow 2-1 win over Oakwood Park Grammar School, with the islander’s captain Leslie Lewis slotting home a late winner.
The KSFA would like to thank everyone at Maidstone United for hosting these two finals, and for making schools, spectators and officials all feel very welcome – how wonderful to see the club back home in the county town and doing so well.
Meanwhile, our Kent teams have been on the road for the past two weeks. The Under 16’s made the long trip to Beverley to play Humberside in the quarter-finals of the ESFA national cup, and returned home with a 3-1 victory, courtesy of two goals from Maidstone Grammar’s Kane Butler and one from Joe Halford (Canterbury Academy). They then followed this with a convincing 4-2 win over Sussex in the SE competition.
The Kent Under 15’s meanwhile, continued their excellent season with a 4-0 win over Buckinghamshire (Kent’s scorers: Toby Heydon 2, Josh Read, David Nichol-Wilson) and a 4-1 triumph against Sussex (with goals from Harris Rodgers 2, Toby Heydon and Dan Adams) , leaving them well-placed to qualify for the semi-finals. The Under 14’s also defeated Buckinghamshire with two goals from JJ Lawrence-Gabriel, but were unable to repeat the feat over Sussex, eventually losing 3-1 (scorer Ryan Catmull).