Last weekend was a fantastic display of youth football with The Merit U13, U14, and U15 Boys Plates.
We welcomed players, officials, and supporters of Folkestone Invicta FC, Orpington FC, Danson Sports FC, Vinters Rangers, and Wigmore Youth FC. Winners of the individual cups were:
- The Merit U13 Boys Plate – Folkestone Invicta
- The Merit U14 Boys Plate – Danson Sports (Yellow)
- The Merit U15 Boys Plate – Wigmore Youth FC
Congratulations to all our finalists, as reaching a Kent Cup Final is an incredible achievement.
As we head into a second weekend of youth Cup Finals, let's hear from the team managers of this weekend's Finalists.
The Merit U13 Boys Cup (10am kickoff)
Leon Foster-Connikie, Long Lane FC Manager, comments, "As coaches, we are so proud of these boys for how they play and their trust in themselves as players. The boys always give 100% both in training and matches, which is a big reason why they keep on improving and are starting to get close to some of the goals we set out as a team at the start of the season. We are all delighted they have reached the Kent Merit Cup Final.". But how does their opposition, Sevenoaks Town FC feel about the upcoming contest? A club spokesperson said, "Sevenoaks Town FC U13 entered the Kent Youth League following a demanding and ultimately successful season in the Tandridge League. We are now thoroughly enjoying the challenge of playing a new cohort of teams and are particularly excited to play Long Lane in the U13 Kent Cup Final."
We look forward to watching a great game on Sunday.
The Merit U14 Boys Cup (12pm kickoff)
The second final of the day sees Bromley FC take on Metrogas. Commenting on his teams' performance this season, Bromley Manager Dan Wilson says, "They always play with a smile on their faces and have a never-give-up attitude. The boys should be proud of how they conduct themselves, and this has been noticed by the positive comments from other clubs' Managers and pro scouts on their behaviour, style of play, and possession-based football." So, how does Metrogas Manager, Dan Wilson, feel about his team ahead of the final? "Every week, I have to challenge them, and they always rise to the occasion, but there is so much pleasure in watching and being part of such a fantastic group of players. Andy and I are fortunate to manage this group of players. Throughout the season, they have grown as a unit, and no matter which 11 players start on the pitch, it is always about the squad and how they support each other".
It's clear to see that both teams have a fantastic ethic, and we cannot wait to enjoy the final.
The Merit U15 Boys Cup (2:30pm kickoff)
The final game of the day sees another Bromley team take on Maidstone United for an epic battle to win the Cup, having already faced each other four times this season. Alton Francis, Bromley FC secretary, comments about the upcoming final: "For the U15s, being in finals in such a prestigious Kent FA County cup competition is a great achievement. To have such a bunch of players throughout the season, they have grown as a unit, and no matter which 11 players start on the pitch, it is always about the squad and how they support each other." Maidstone Manager Phil Brookman comments ahead of Sunday's Final: "The boys have adjusted well to the demands of playing in the KYL North Division and have continued to develop and grow in stature with every game played. They have demonstrated good levels of resilience and a relentless desire to succeed, underpinned by a strong team spirit."
Anything can happen in a Cup final, but one thing is for sure, this promises to be a fantastic Final.
The Kent FA team will be joined by our Youth Cup Sponsor, The Merit Group, who will assist with the pre-final hand shales and post-match presentations.
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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