Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Can­ter­bury City Girls un­der-16s pro­gressed to the fi­nal of the Kent County Cup on Sun­day when they beat sec­ond di­vi­sion An­cho­rian Hearts 5-3.

An­cho­ri­ans grabbed an early lead and hung on against the run of play to lead 1-0 at half-time.

City equalised in the sec­ond half to take the game into ex­tra time at 1-1.

City struck first within five min­utes of ex­tra-time to make it 2-1 but An­cho­ri­ans clawed back an equaliser for 2-2 with 15 min­utes to go.

City pres­sured the An­cho­ri­ans goal but their op­po­nents raced up the pitch to again take the lead with just eight min­utes left.

But City weren’t fin­ished and three su­perb late goals from Kloee Wor­boyes, Libby Row­land and Tie­gan Stevens sealed the win for the vis­i­tors.

Coach Paul Stevens said: “I told the play­ers never to take any­thing for granted and all credit to An­cho­ri­ans who played bril­liantly.

“But we showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter to get back into the game and seal the win. The whole team played out of their skins.”

Can­ter­bury will play ei­ther Maid­stone United or London’s Long Lane in the fi­nal on March 25, 2018. Team: L Vergo, M Walker, D Har­ris, A Trit­ton, Z Howard, R Day, E Jor­dan, I Cory, T Stevens (1), L Row­land (1) , J Cain (1), K Wor­boyes (1) E Wil­son (1), C Pol­lard.

Can­ter­bury Ea­gles un­der-13s suf­fered their first de­feat against Deal Town Rangers on Sun­day.

Ea­gles were look­ing to stretch their lead at the top but in dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions, lost 4-1.

The Can­ter­bury side started well and should have been 2-0 up early on but poor fin­ish­ing and good goal­keep­ing kept the scores level.

Deal’s striker caused the Ea­gles’ de­fence prob­lems with his pace and with Ea­gles strug­gling to play their pass­ing game on the weather-af­fected pitch, Deal se­cured a 2-0 half-time lead.

Deal quickly added a third in the sec­ond half and al­though Ea­gles pulled one back through Monty Saun­ders, they im­me­di­ately con­ceded again.

De­spite the best ef­forts of Thomas Hayes and Josh Hall in the mid­dle, Ea­gles could not break through the com­bi­na­tion of Deal’s de­fence and goal­keeper.

Man­ager’s man-of-the-match went to Hall with the par­ents’ player award go­ing to Monty Saun­ders. Squad: P. Hulks, L. Wil­liams, L. Crow­ley, M. Gourlay, E. Reid, L. Ramos, T. Hayes, D. Saun­ders, J. Hall (C), M. Saun­ders, K. Clarke-hinds, A. Graña

Libby Row­land scored for Can­ter­bury City girls’ un­der-16 team

Can­ter­bury Ea­gles un­der-13s’ man­ager’s man-of-the-match Josh Hall, left, with the par­ents’ choice Monty Saun­ders

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