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Maidstone United under 16s

Under 16s win Kent Reliance Youth Cup

Maidstone United under 16s won the Kent Reliance Boys Youth Cup after turning round a 2-0 deficit against Folkestone Invicta.

After beating Invicta in a very competitive game earlier this season, the Stones knew they were in for a tough encounter with their opponents being undefeated in the league.

After a bright 15 minute start, with Isaac Bignell hitting the underside of the Folkestone crossbar, Maidstone found themselves 1-0 down after a defensive mishap and this was further compounded after 35 minutes when Maidstone old boy Callum Smith doubled their lead.

However a lifeline was taken two minutes before the break when Beau Landeau netted from within the six yard box.

Maidstone came out firing after the break and the pressure finally told when Oliver Ferris netted a bullet header from a corner, and they took the lead 20 minutes from the end after James Jeffrey was tripped in the box and George Robinson made no mistake from the resultant penalty.

The Stones made sure of a great cup final comeback when James Jeffrey capped a fine man of the match performance to slip in Carlo Gonzalez for the fourth goal – six minutes from time – to put the game to bed and ensure the trophy remained at the Gallagher for another 12 months.

STONES TEAM: Billy King, Kieran White, Oliver Debnam, George Robinson, Matthew Weller, Jamie O’Connor, Ethan Rutherford, Oliver Ferris, Beau Landau, Johnny Phillips, Isaac Bignell. SUBS: Owen Matthews, Carlo Gonzalez, Leo Mabbs, James Jeffrey, Isaac Iandolo.

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