As we prepare for week four of Kent County Cup Finals, we look ahead to Sunday, 16 April, where we host Ebbsfleet United and London City Lionesses in The Merit U16 Girls Cup Final, and Punjab United and Deal Town FC in the DFDS Kent Senior Trophy.
Congratulations to all our finalists on reaching a Kent Cup Final.
With the big day just around the corner, let's hear from the team managers of this weekend's Finalists.
The Merit U16 Girls Cup (10am kickoff)
Ebbsfleet United have enjoyed a great season so far as their manager, Jason Matthews, comments: "This is another fantastic achievement by this group of players to add to their already incredible season, winning our division of the Junior Premier League in between securing our place in the final of the Kent County Cup."
London City Lionesses Manager Cori Daniels says about the upcoming Final and their team's journey, "It has been an absolute privilege to coach them all this year. Together we have created a safe, positive, and thriving environment that has enabled them to flourish as individuals and as a group. I am so proud of everything they have achieved, but watching them in this final today will be a highlight."
Both teams have enjoyed an incredible journey to get to the Final on Sunday, and we cannot wait to enjoy their big day this weekend.
DFDS Kent Senior Trophy (2pm kickoff)
This Sunday, we will enjoy the first adult county cup final of the season with the DFDS Kent Senior Trophy at the Gallagher Stadium, with Punjab United and Deal Town FC battling it out to take home the prestigious silverware. A popular final, with 1,140 tickets already purchased ahead of Sunday's exciting final.
Punjab United have come a long way over the past 20 years. From running a single team in the North Kent Sunday Football League, they now have a structure that supports six different leagues over a weekend. So how does Punjab United's manager, Jugjit "Chipie" Sian, feel about the game on Sunday? Chipie comments: "I hope this Final is a stepping-stone to a stronger 2023/24 season where the aim is to make the play-offs. Such is the belief around the club at this level; we know nothing is out of our reach. Yet we remain grounded and allow the boys to enjoy the moment. The continued fan support we receive this season has been humbling."
This weekend's Final is the first Cup Final that Deal Town has reached in over 23 years. Deal Town manager, Steve King, comments: "Delighted to be here, having beaten some tough opposition on the way. At the season's start, we targeted this Cup as a group, so we are delighted to have made the final. It is over 20 years since the club has reached a final or won any silverware, and this group is determined to put their names in the history books."
This promises to be a brilliant final, and we cannot wait to see who will take the Cup for 2022/23.
Sunday also promises to be a special day for the Deal Town ladies' team, who won their league a couple of weeks ago. The team will be awarded their medals at half-time during the DFDS Kent Senior Trophy. Congratulations to the team and their Manager Callum Meadows. Please join us all in showing them your support at half-time.
All the finalists have worked extremely hard to reach these finals, and on behalf of everyone at The Kent FA, we wish all the teams the best of luck for their big day.
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