27th March 2019 |Youth News | Views

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Sunday 24th March

Kent Youth League Central Division

Ashford United Under 15s 3-2 Ebbsfleet United Under 15s

Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford


Having met and beaten Ebbsfleet United in the Kent Cup Final the week previously the Ashford United lads faced Ebbsfleet once again this time at home for their second league fixture of the current season.  It was Ebbsfleet who took the early chances and looked like a team with a point to prove, their first serious shot on target found Ashford keeper Matt Lane at full stretch to parry to ball off to the right to keep the visitors at bay.  With possession in Ebbsfleet’s favour the Nuts & Bolts lads dug deep to try and take charge of the game, it was however Ebbsfleet who broke the dead lock with the first goal of the day coming in the 30th minute and they went into the break with the advantage.

As the whistle blew for the start of the second half Ashford immediately went on the attack and had a shot on target tipped over the bar by the opposition keeper within the first 30 seconds and just 10 minutes in a corner from Skipper Alfie Prior found Jeremiah Bamgbose who slotted home Ashford’s first to bring the score back level.  From this point on the Nuts & Bolts boys started to look dominant again and a break away by Reuben London-Hobbs forced the Ebbsfleet keeper to come away from his line and with a drop of the shoulder Reuben ran left, was faced with an empty goal and tapped home Ashford’s second.  With Ebbsfleet in disarray it only took a further 9 minutes before Ashford increased their lead with a third goal from Gus Barnes.  As they have shown previously the visitors should never be discounted and they proved this when they managed to close the score line to 3-2 when they found the net from a beautifully struck free kick in stoppage time.  Ashford take 3 points from this win which keeps them in contention at 3rd in the league with games in hand.