This Sunday at Salters Lane, Aylesford FC take on Ebbsfleet United FC for the Kent Reliance U15 Boys Youth Cup! Kicking off at 10.30am, this match is set to be an exciting morning of football!
Aylesford FC started their journey to the final with style, with a trip away to Woodcombe Youth FC. The final score ended 11-1 to Aylesford, with a hat trick from Zak Emmings, a brace from Luis Dos Santo and Harrison Pont, and goals from Fraser Mason, Charlie Dale, Charlie Thomas and Luke Exall.
Ebbsfleet had the luck of the draw on their side, receiving a bye in the first round of the competition.
The second round was a trip away to Rusthall FC. With just their starting 11 with them, Aylesford came up against a strong Rusthall side, and were in for a competitive match. The final whistle saw the scoreline 3-3, but thanks to a goal from Luis Dos Santo, Aylesford ran out 4-3 winners! The other goals from the match came from Olive Lee, Zak Emmings and Luke Exall.
Ebbsfleet started their cup run with a visit from West Wickham FC. A slow start from both sides, Conor Day initially gave the fleet a 1-0 lead, with West Wickham equalising at the end of the first half. Not to be dismayed, Ebbsfleet played strong and eventually got a winner thanks to Scott Henderson, finishing the match 2-1 to Ebbsfleet.
Aylesford’s third round match was another trip away, this time to Langton Green Jets FC. This was a very competitive match against a strong side. Aylesford dominated the first half, but the jets came back well. After a real cracker of a goal from Fraser Mason, Aylesford took the lead and won 3-1. The other goals came from a Zac Emmings brace!
Next for Ebbsfleet, was a trip down to Folkestone Invicta for their third round. Unfortunately, Ebbsfleet went 1-0 down in the first half of play. This was soon rectified as Ebbsfleet were awarded a penalty, which was taken and scored by Matt Payne, this started the biggest win of the season for the squad, as Ebbsfleet ran out 5-1 winners thanks to goals from Scott Henderson, Charlie Faulkner and Conor Day.
Into the quarter-finals, Aylesford hosted Dover Athletic FC. Dover initially took the lead, scoring a well taken goal in the opening minutes of the match, but Aylesford equalised in the second half. The full time whistle blew, and the match went to extra time, where Aylesford managed to score another two goals, and securing their spot in the semi-finals, thanks to goals from Charlie Dale, Luis Dos Santo and Zak Emmings.
Ebbsfleet United had a trip away to Kent Football United for their quarter-final. A strong start from Ebbsfleet, saw a goal come from Charlie Faulkner giving them a 1-0 lead, however as full time approached, KFU managed to score an equaliser, which saw the match looking like it would lead into extra time. However, this was put to bed thanks to a last minute free-kick from Tyler Frain which screamed into the top corner just before the whistle blew. Ebbsfleet were into the semi final 2-1.
Aylesford certainly had to work hard for their place in today’s final, thanks to an exciting, and tense semi-final match away to Welling United FC. Aylesford initially had the lead going a goal up at the start of the first half. However, as the match went on, and with 12 minutes left on the clock, it wasn’t looking hopeful as Welling were winning 3-1. Aylesford’s determination shone through, and by the full time whistle, the teams were 3-3. Extra time came, and Aylesford managed to score another 2 goals, with Welling nicking one back, leaving the full time score 5-4 to Aylesford. Goals came from a Zak Emmings hat-trick, George Nicholls Brown and Samuel Newland.
Ebbsfleet secured their place into today’s final, after an exciting match hosting Ramsgate FC in the semis. After having a strong start, Ebbsfleet went 1-0 down thanks to an unfortunate own goal. However, within 10 minutes, Conor Day had got the scores even, which is how they remained at half time. During the second half, Ebbsfleet conceded and Ramsgate went 2-1 up. With 15 minutes of play remaining, Ebbsfleet had to pull it out of the bag, and Myles Duffus headed into the back of the net levelling up the scores again. The boys battled on, and with the clock against them, Jaden Buss managed to rock the ball into the back of the net! Ebbsfleet were in the final!
If you can’t make it along to the match, there will be twitter coverage on @KentFA. You can also tweet us, and our County Cup sponsor @KentReliance your #MagicOfTheCup experience on match day, to be in with a chance of winning a £25 high street voucher!