CITY GIRLS REACH COUNTY FINAL AFTER THRILLING EXTRA-TIME VICTORY
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