Girls Youth Cup Finals kicking off this Sunday
It's week three of the Kent County Cup Finals. This weekend.
We welcome players, officials, and supporters of Cray Wanderers FC, Hayden Youth, London City Lionesses, Maidstone United, Ebbsfleet United, and VCD Athletic.
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 U13 Girls Cup (10am kickoff)
Cray Wanderers Manager Danny Stanton comments: "As the first-ever ladies' team to play for Cray Wanderers FC, the past two years have been an incredible journey. It has been great returning to Kent and playing teams we have had great battles with over the years. We are so proud of the girls for reaching a Kent County Cup final".
Speaking about the upcoming Final and their team's journey, Hayden Youth Manager Alan Corner says: "Hayden Youth Association U13 girls were formed after being inspired by the England Lionesses with a group of girls wanting to play football. The girls' progress has been remarkable in such a short time. We are all so proud of the girls."
Both teams have enjoyed an incredible journey to get to the Final on Sunday. We look forward to watching a great game on Sunday.
The Merit U14 Girls Cup (12pm kickoff)
The day's second final sees London City Lionesses take on Maidstone United. Commenting on his team this season, London City Lionesses Manager Michael Osiguwa says: "As a team, this group has redefined their playing style and transformed into a team that wants to compete for every ball, support every individual's mistakes, praise every individual success and work together to produce positive results. Adopting a growth mindset to every win and loss – channelling them into moments of and for learning. Regardless of the result, the club will be proud of what this team has accomplished."
How does Maidstone United's Manager, David Atkinson, a regular at the Youth County Cup Finals, feel about his team ahead of the final?
"Paul and I have been honoured to have had the privileged to coach this bunch of talented young ladies and take them into our second Kent County Cup final in as many seasons," he said.
"Since the start of this season, they have shown the commitment and desire needed to gain the success that they have had. Having moved up to 11-a-side, they haven't looked back, and despite some setbacks along the way, they have shown great teamwork to bounce back each time."
This promises to be a brilliant final, and we cannot wait to see who will take the Cup.
The Merit U15 Girls Cup (2:30pm kickoff)
The final game of the day sees Ebbsfleet United versus VCD Athletic. Adam Ransley, Ebbsfleet United Manager, comments: "This season, we saw ourselves promoted to a higher division. We have had our highs and lows, but these have only strengthened us as a team. This squad has shown resilience, maturity, and tenacity beyond the expectations of their young years. I want them all to remember to have fun and enjoy the moment."
VCD Athletic Manager Ina Biggam said ahead of Sunday's Final: "We have been managing the team for four years, and every season they have gone from strength to strength. To think the team were in the third division back then, and it's been a pleasure to witness their progression to where they are today."
We want to thank our Youth Cup Sponsor, The Merit Group, who support all our youth finals and are equally passionate about the youth game in Kent. To find out more about The Merit Group, head over to themeritgroup.co.uk
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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