Ashford & District Saturday League
ASHFORD ISC completed the first leg of a possible quadruple trophy triumph on Saturday when they won the Kent Junior Cup Group C final.
Paul Wilson’s side beat Canterbury Post Office 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out at Whitstable after the tie had finished 3-3 after extra-time.
Wilson said: “It must have been a great game for a neutral to watch and Canterbury were very sportsmanlike in defeat.”
The Post Office side capitalised on a sluggish start by ISC to build a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
But Joe Valler pulled a goal back just before half-time with a header from a Gary Gibbs free-kick.
They then controlled the second half but could only add one more goal through Sean Gibbs.
So the tie went into extra-time and although Valler made it 3-2 in the first period, Post Office made a shoot-out necessary by grabbing a superb third goal five minutes from time.
Jimmy Pickard, Steve Wilson, Kyle Anderson and Ben Williams all scored their spot-kicks and, although Valler missed his, it proved enough for ISC after Post Office were off target twice.
With one trophy under their belts, ISC can wrap up the Division 1 title tonight (Thursday) when they need just a point against Ruckinge and then next Tuesday they meet New Romney Reserves in the Division 1 Cup final.
The final of the Saturday section of the Ashford Charity Trophy is on Saturday between Maidstone and District League side Headcorn and New Romney Reserves with a 3pm kick-off.
AFC Ocean clinched the Premier Division title with a 12-0 victory over Lydd Town Reserves.
Tom Bell and Connor Bourne both hit hat-tricks with the tally being completed by Billy Somerville (2), Will Handley, Marc Desborough, Paul Eldridge and keeper Martin Cadenhead (penalty).
Ashford ISC, white and black, prove quick in the tackle against Canterbury Post Office in the Kent Junior Cup Group C final