Week five of cup finals, and we have three exciting county cup finals this week.
First up is the DFDS Kent Women's Plate Final on Thursday, 20 April, at the Gallagher Stadium, where Sevenoaks Town Ladies and Sittingbourne Ladies. Then on Sunday, 23 April, we have the last two youth finals of the season at The Belmont Stadium, Whitstable, with the Merit U16 Boys Cup Final and Merit U18 Boys Cup Final. So, let's find out how the managers feel ahead of their big day.
DFDS Kent Women's Plate Final, Thursday 20th April (7:45pm kickoff)
Sevenoaks Town Ladies and Sittingbourne Ladies will go head-to-head under the lights on Thursday. Paul McDonagh, Sevenoaks Town Ladies Manager, comments: "Last season, we missed out on a cup final which I know disappointed all of us.
"I am delighted to reach the final, and I know everyone will look forward to the game and occasion. We have a strong squad to pick from, and I know every player will be keen to participate in the match."
Chris Baacke, Sittingbourne Ladies Manager, is equally looking forward to the final: "The season so far hasn't been too bad at all, we are currently chasing a top 3 finish in our league, and the icing on the cake is to be at the Final, challenging for the DFDS Kent Women's Plate," he said.
"This success is down to a squad of ladies who are willing to listen, work hard, and enjoy their football."
Whatever the result, it promises to be a fantastic final, and we wish both teams the best of luck.
The Merit U16 Boys Cup Final, Sunday 23rd April (10:30am kickoff)
Mike Paye, Bromley FC Manager, said ahead of the weekend's final: "We are privileged to be working with 17 talented players. They are a group of players that desire not only to win every game but to win in the right way."
A great attitude from the Bromley side. So how does Metrogas manager, Frank Windsor, feel about Sunday's big game?
"At the beginning of the season, we set some targets, one of which was to get to a Cup final, and I am extremely proud they have been able to do this," he said.
"This season the group has attracted lots of interest from professional sides and we are delighted that at this time two of our squad have been offered professional scholarships next season."
That is fantastic news for the young Metrogas players.
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.
The Merit U18 Boys Cup Final, Sunday 23rd April (2:30pm kickoff)
No stranger to Kent Cup Finals, Chatham Town FC is excited by the upcoming game, with their manager, Paul Scovell saying, "We had a great experience in this Competition last year, reaching the Final with a very young side missing out by one goal to Whitstable Town, so the boys are keen to get the job done and, to their credit, have been very focused in the five games to get here.
"From past experience with our opponent, we will need to be on our game, as Sheppey has always put together a strong competitive side, and some of the players will know each other's strengths very well."
Sheppey manager Ross Wiles added: "It is a great achievement for a great group of coaches and players who have worked so hard over the years to improve and develop their skills, which has paid off in reaching this final today.
"Already a successful side with a Kent Youth League title under their belts at U16 and players moving into senior football at U23 and first team football is a real testament to this group."
This promises to be a brilliant final, and we cannot wait to see who will take the Cup for 2022/23.
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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