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Sunday 18th November 2018

Faversham Trophies U15s League Cup 3rd Round
Ashford United U15s 2-0 Junior Reds Under 15s
Venue – Homelands Stadium, Ashford

Last Sunday Ashford United’s Kent Youth League U15 team were in action at Homelands against Junior Reds (Kent Youth League North) for the 3rd round of the Faversham Trophies U15 League Cup. Due to the M20 motorway being shut the away team were late arriving and the game started 30 minutes later than scheduled. The play during the early stages of the first half looked like Ashford might have a real challenge on their hands as Junior Reds had an answer for everything the the Nuts & Bolts lads threw at them and for every attack home team made the visitors countered but as the first half progressed Ashford started to take the advantage with chances from Rueben London-Hobbs and 2 near misses from Ronald Sithole.

Unfortunately the first half was brought to a close when one of the Junior Reds players fell heavily during a run up the right wing and had to be stretchered from the field and the first session of play finished 0-0.
From the whistle the second half seemed like a totally different game with Ashford United taking complete control and Junior Reds kept under pressure for the full 40 minutes.

A special mention must be made of the Junior Reds goalkeeper who worked tirelessly trying to keep Ashford at bay as the home team applied the pressure and had so much possession and so many chances on goal that at one stage the ball didn’t get clear of the visitors 18 yard line for over 4 minutes but they just could not break the dead lock.

With just a few minutes to go it looked like the game would roll into extra time when finally Ashford got the break they deserved when Captain Adam Potten managed to get his head on the ball in the box and although it travelled into the back of the net via a deflection nobody was going the deny the Ashford Centre back the breakthrough goal.

With a renewed vigour Ashford made a charge straight from the re-start and the second and final goal of the day came less than 2 minutes later when Harry Sikiwayi struck home form a Jeremiah Bamgbose assist. Having taken a very much deserved win this takes Ashford through to the next round of the League Cup and now takes their winning streak to 9 games.