MATCH PREVIEW: Kent Reliance U16 Boys Youth Cup Final 2017

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This Sunday at Salters Lane, Folkestone Invicta FC take on Maidstone United FC for the Kent Reliance U16 Boys Youth Cup! Kicking off at 2.30pm, this match will be tight, as Maidstone United seek to defend their silverware!

Both Folkestone Invicta and Maidstone United had the luck of the draw with them, both receiving byes in the first round of the competition.

Maidstone United started in the second round, with a trip away to Vinters FC. This match was a strong and comfortable win for the stones in wet and windy conditions. They ensured that their opposition wasn’t able to make a comeback into the match, with an 8-0 win!

Folkestone began their journey to today’s final with a visit from Margate FC. After some resolute defending early by Margate, Invicta eventually ran out 6-0 winners and progressed through to the quarter finals.

In their third round match, Maidstone hosted Ebbsfleet United. A strong league team, who the stones meet often, this was no easy match. But the stones were able to nick the win in the last 20 minutes, running out 3-1 winners.

With a visit from Cray Wanderers in the quarter-finals, Folkestone saw a very physical and tough match against a strong opposition. However, Invicta secured their semi-final spot, winning 1-0.

For Maidstone’s quarter-final, they were on the road to Fisher FC. The heavy, winter pitch conditions took their toll on the players, with the match 0-0 at half time. The second half was fairly even, but Maidstone managed to pinch a goal in the last 20 minutes, securing their spot in the semi-finals 1-0.

Folkestone had a trip up to Gillingham, when they took on Holland & Blair for their finalist status. Invicta took the lead with a header by Ollie Marsh, and managed to maintain their lead for most of the match. However Blair equalised thanks to a pushing front line. As the last few minutes of the match approached, Harry Smith was able to use a goalkeeper mistake to his advantage and gave Invicta their winning goal, and getting them into the final of the Kent Reliance U16 Boys Youth Cup!

Maidstone had a tight semi-final match away to Bromley FC, before they made it here to Salters Lane today. Despite a long and in-depth team talk before kick-off, the Stones managed to go 1-0 down in the first ten minutes. The next 60 minutes of the match, saw the team come back three times. However, the stones went down to 10 men after a second yellow, which would make the last 15 minutes tough, especially whilst the teams were drawing 3-3. But, a goal two minutes from the whistle saw Maidstone through and back into the final to defend their silverware.

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!