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Sunday 24th February 2019

Kent Under 15s Boys Youth Cup Semi Final

Kennington Juniors Under 15s 0-2 Ashford United Under 15s

Venue – Towers School, Ashford


This Sunday Ashford Uniteds U15 Kent Youth League team were in action against local rivals Kennington FC in the Semi-Finals of the Kent County Cup. This was a hotly awaited game as the two sides haven’t met since Ashford moved to the Kent Youth League Central division. The first 20 minutes of play were very evenly contested with Kennington just having the edge with possession but it was the Nuts & Bolts boys who made the more decisive attacking moves with on target shots in the 8th and 16th minutes, the break through came in the 23rd minute when Ashford right back Rowan Shardlow found clear space to set a ball through to George McIroy who then laid the ball wide to a charging Gus Barnes who powered home Ashfords first. Ashford keeper Matt Lane was only called into action once when he made a save from a Kennington set piece. The teams went into the break with Ashford leading 1-0. The second half saw Ashford start to have the lions share of possession and dictate the pace of the game with Kennington only have one shot on target throughout the half. The Nuts & Bolts lads tested the Kennington keeper 3 more times from open play before Harry Sikiwayi set the through ball that led to Ronald Sithole’s solo run which made the opposition keeper come out of his area to try to stop the charge but with a drop of his left shoulder Ronald was past and placed the ball with precision to find Ashford’s 2nd and the games decisive goal. Kennington could not get back into the game during the remainder and Ashford finished the victors 2-0 having kept their historical 100% win record over Kennington. Ashford Skipper Adam Potten said after the match that the team dedicated their win the Manager Martyn Halls who is currently recovering in hospital after his recent operation. This win means Ashford now face Ebbsfleet in the Kent County Cup finals on March 17th at Faversham Town FC’s ground.