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Kent Invitational Cup winners

Stones win Kent Invitational Cup final

Maidstone United under 18s won the Kent Invitational Cup last night, beating Whyteleafe 4-1.

It looked like it was going to be a rout when Ken Charles scored twice in the opening six minutes but a determined Leafe side got themselves back into the tie midway in the first half through Adam Bambroff.

George Head restored the two-goal advantage just after the half hour mark and that was maintained minutes later when Lorcan Healy saved Ada Okorogheye’s spot kick.

Ike Bignell added a fourth just before the break – a magnificent effort from the edge of the penalty area.

While the second half didn’t have the goal fest of the first, Stones were well-drilled – thwarting any chance of a Leafe comeback.

Healy also made his second penalty save of the match, denying Lewis Miller an opportunity to reduce the deficit.

After the game, Healy was awarded Man of the Match and Colby Wait lifted the silverware to confirm a league and cup double.

The Stones travel to Whitehawk in the Isthmian Youth play-off semi-final on Tuesday night for a place in next Thursday’s Champion of Champions final.

Maidstone United: Lorcan Healy, George Head, James Nurden, Ollie Debnam, Colby Wait, Ollie Ferris, Matt Hathway, Matt Bell, Tom Barton, Ike Bignell, Ken Charles. Subs: George Robinson, Jamie Duckering, Charlie Vass, Callum Wallis, Billy King

Goalscorers: Ken Charles 3, 6, George Head 32, Ike Bignell 43

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