DFDS Kent Junior Cup and DFDS Kent Junior Trophy preview
We have two Cup finals coming up on Sunday with teams playing for the chance to take home the DFDS Kent Junior Trophy and DFDS Kent Junior Cup.
DFDS Kent Junior Trophy Final (10:15am kickoff)
First up, The Warren AFC will take on AFC Wilgar. Let's find out how the managers feel ahead of this game.
The Warren AFC Manager, Ryan Knowles, says: "This is our eighth season as a team, starting at U14s and now playing in our third season of senior football. It's been an enjoyable journey with far more highs than lows. Eight members of today's squad have played together for six seasons or longer. As a manager, this group of players has been a pleasure to work with. I've been lucky enough to see each player develop on and off the pitch, and I am incredibly proud of them. Today's game ends an enjoyable season for us, winning far more games than we lost. New players that joined last summer have come in, giving us far greater strength in depth which we have lacked in previous seasons. This season has seen us create a closer bond with our junior section, hopefully putting us in a good position for future recruitment."
History is being made by AFC Wilgar, whose manager, Charlie Field, added: "This is our first Cup Final in the club's short history. We hope today can be a special day for us all. We've had an amazing season so far, and this would top it off."
We look forward to the final and wish both teams luck.
DFDS Kent Junior Cup Final (2:15pm kickoff)
The last Final of the week will see Cliffe Woods Colts take on Eastern Athletic for the DFDS Kent Junior Cup Final. We met with the managers to determine their feelings about reaching the final.
Cliffe Colts Manager Ray Swatton said: "We are all delighted to have reached the Kent Sunday Junior Cup Final this season, a terrific achievement and a reward for all the dedication and hard work that the team, management, and club have put in not only over the past season but the 28 years the team have been in existence. We have to mention two of the squad, Jason Harrison and Alex Jackson, who have been involved in some way since its inception in 1995 when they started with the club as seven-year-olds. In fact, we have seven players who have come through our youth set-up in the squad, another five that have been with us for five years or more, and another three who have played for the team 10 years or more, so we are a very loyal bunch of lads who get on well off the pitch as well as on it.
"We have had some terrific games in the competition; hopefully, we can carry on our performance levels and have good old lady luck is on our side in the final too."
So how does Eastern Athletics Manager Dan Merritt feel about the Final? He said: "When the Kent Cup journey started, we always had ambitions of going all the way, and with last season's finalists coming from the Sheppey Sunday league, we knew anything was possible. After six tough games against good teams who we have seen winning cups and leagues in their own competitions, there have been some special moments, none more so than the 2-1 semi-final victory in the 118th minute vs Woodlane. Eastern Athletic is full of quality players who all play the game in the right way and have the determination to win at all costs; we don't do things the easy way; we do them the Eastern way, and to be in a Kent cup final epitomises that outlook and quality of the team."
It will be another fantastic day of Cup Finals at the Gallagher Stadium. 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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