Unedited reports from the managers
Match report from Sean Phelan (EKYL U15s)
We kicked off the new season at home to local rivals Kennington, a team I fancied us to beat. However, the game finished 1-1 and was a very even affair albeit over two very different halves.
Kennington started off strongly and dominated the game but we went 1-0 up against the run of play. A powerful throw from Ryan into their box was headed in by captain Ollie. After that, for the rest of the half, we were under constant pressure and they deservedly equalised midway through.
At half time myself and Carl ditched the complicated formation and went to a straight 4-4-2. We were much better in the 2nd half with Louis and Kuba giving us width and we had many more attempts on goal, but some near misses and inspired goal keeping kept us at bay.
Today our stand out players were the back 5. Jack H kept their pacy winger well under control and Jack P showed he really is Kent league and we are fortunate to have him. The center back pairing of Alex and Angus were brilliant and kept the Kennington forwards under control all afternoon and that included a really pacy striker and a man mountain! Olly M had a brilliant debut and kept us in the game with match winning saves on more than one occasion.
Man of the match goes to another debutant, Angus. Great tackles, headers and clearances all day, well done Angus.
We have a cup game away to Betteshanger next week, full details to follow.
Pat Penfold on the EKYL U10 Festival
I’d like to say how proud I am off the under 10s today with the first East Kent tournament played so well and didn’t look out place so I’d like to say a massive well done to the little green onwards and upward.
Rob Finn reports from Biddenden
Today the boys traveled to Biddenden for the opening game of the campaign and got off to a great start with Brendan putting gift through on goal who calmly slotted into the net within the first minute the boys continued to press for a second but were caught out from a counter attack and Biddenden equalised to make it 1-1 and five minutes later committed a needless foul outside the box which resulted in a second goal for Biddenden 2-1 the boys picked themselves up and started to play some nice football with gift returning the favour with a pass to Brendan who shot and lobbed the keeper from outside the box great goal 2-2 chances came our way just before the break but wasn’t taken HT
2-2 I made a change at half time replacing Kieron with Dre and the boys started the second half well creating chance after chance but was denied by the Biddenden keeper who pulled off some great saves to keep us at bay.the boys started getting frustrated and a mix up in the defence cost us a goal 3-2 once again the boys played some nice football and was rewarded with a well deserved equaliser when ilja passed to gift who ran through the defence a slotted past the keeper 3-3 for the last twenty minutes I made two further substitutions bringing George on for Jaden and Oliver on for lash we pressed for further goals but again chances went begging Dre nearly got the winner with a minute remaining with a wonderful free kick going inches wide .Final score 3-3 . Well done boys.
The starting 11
CONAN JACK CHARLIE
JADEN LASH KIERON PIOTR ILJA
SUBS: GEORGE, OLIVER, DRE
Phil Castle reports on the BG Valiants tournament today
On our first tournament with a new team I think we did really well! well done lads.
Bromley green Valiants B team played 4.. lost 1..won 1.. drew 2 Played Canterbury first it was a good game but lost 1-0
Charlton upbeats we won with 2-0 Both goals scored by Marc.
We drew with swanscombe tigers 0-0 with good goalkeeping by Harrison.
Also drew with Milton & Fulston Zebras also was 0-0
Great team effort by everyone.
Man of the tournament goes to Matthew.
Thanks Phil Castle
BG Valiants Adults report from Pat Penfold
Well it was a lovely sunny day in Faversham where it was our first tournament with a new goalkeeper Grant and a new defensive pairing of Steven and Aaron and with Charlie and Stewart in midfield and of Starman off a day was Graham where the Team 3 games and drew one so a great day for the 21 happy manager see you all Wednesday training.
Sunday seniors good to watch but Horse canter to victory
In a very sedate atmosphere at sun-blessed Lympne, we took the lead against White Horse after a great run and cross by Cameron Lumsden that set up Liam Dadd to fire home. But a series of missed chances, a lapse of discipline and, perhaps in fairness, a lack of the run of the ball at crucial moments, resulted in a 4-2 defeat. Connor Gower netted our second towards the end but it was too late to really trouble the home side. Keeper Louis Burton pulled off some fine stops for the Green while defender Ryan Power never put a foot wrong for the Horse. There will be no panic signings as I have faith in the lads that have committed themselves. We are still experimenting and will get it right … but the sooner we snap out of this dozy spell the better! Next Sunday we welcome Stour Valley in the knowledge that there are no easy games in this division. Dave Homewood
Results from the Ashford & District Sunday League
Brewmaster 0-2 Mersham
Charing 0-4 Market Hotel
Hamstreet 0-2 Locomotive
Iden Park 2-7 Shepway Spartans
Sandgate 2-5 Prince Albert
Stanhope 2-3 Kennington
Willesborough 4-3 Locomotive Reserves
Ashford Cavaliers 6-1 New Romney
Givaudan 3-0 Charing Reserves
Lydd Grasshoppers 3-1 Mersham Reserves
Red Heathens 4-3 Burton Grove
Ashford United 3-3 Stour Valley
Fox Sunday 4-1 Aldington
Kingsnorth Pilgrims 3-1 Ashstone
Troggs 1-2 Ashford Spartans
White Horse 4-2 Bromley Green