Shoot-out suc­cess

Ash­ford & District Satur­day League

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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).

Pic­tures: Barry Duffield pd1703789

Ash­ford ISC, white and black, prove quick in the tackle against Can­ter­bury Post Of­fice in the Kent Ju­nior Cup Group C fi­nal

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