Kent Under 14 Girls made it a double for the county by joining the Under 14 Boys in the ESFA National Cup semi-finals. On a snow-bound 3G pitch at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Kent went behind to a West Midlands team that had made the long journey south, but responded with three quick goals. West Midlands then pulled a goal back, only for Kent to move into overdrive with three further goals to make the half-time scoreline 6-2. After a glut of goals in the first-half, there was just one on the second period, as Kent ran out 7-2 winners. Goalscorers were Amy Haynes 3, Rachel Stevens, Tallulah Holy, Abu Hearn and Tahlia Baker.
Meanwhile the Kent Under 12’s made the trip to Lancing to play Sussex on the 3G surface at the County FA’s HQ. A goal from Finley Cotton looked like being enough to earn a victory, but Kent were denied by a late Sussex equaliser.
As schools’ football heads into the “business end” of the season, Ravenswood School Under 16’s moved into the Final of the ESFA National Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 win away to Rushcliffe school from Nottingham. North Kent Under 13’s had a 6-1 win over Ashford to earn a semi-final place against Aldershot in the ESFA Inter-Association competition, and in the same age Hurstmere School’s B team beat Dr Challoner’s GS from Amersham to reach the National semi-finals, where they will face Kingsdale School from South London. In the ESFA Under 15 Cup, Howard School are through to the National quarter-finals where they will travel away to Hove Park School from Sussex.
Kent SFA U12's before kick off against Sussex SFA at Lancing FC
Photo courtesy of John Walker