Whitstable moved into the next round of the East Kent Youth Football League U14 Cup after victory against spirited opponents who worked hard throughout the match. A 5-0 win for Whitstable in the league match earlier in the season made some in the team feel a little too confident but Harriers have strengthened their squad in the meantime and never gave up today.
Whitstable created four or five good chances in the first half, at least three of them 1v1, but we were lacking in composure and consequently none of the chances were converted into goals. The defence were generally untroubled with the Harriers restricted to one or two half chances. At half time the teams were even at 0-0.
Immediately after half time the game burst into life. Whitstable lost the ball near the halfway line on the left. Harriers transferred the ball to their left wing, played the ball across the goal and put the ball into the corner of the net. The wake-up call had a positive effect and within a minute of the restart Whitstable had equalised. A good passing move created another 1v1 chance for Kobey Love who finished with a careful lob over the advancing keeper. For the next 20 minutes Whitstable had almost total control and were moving the ball around with confidence and purpose. Eventually the inevitable happened - a through ball put wing back Jacob Couzens into the Harriers area and he slotted the ball calmly beyond the keeper.
For the final 10 minutes Whitstable were comfortable although there were a couple of moments when the Harriers had a fleeting chance to score but the first shot was off target and the second saved by Theo Bentley-Hussey in almost his first major action of the game.
The final whistle saw Whitstable through into the next round to play Canterbury Eagles who had just beaten Herne Bay Youth Colts on a neighbouring pitch. The two sides will meet first in the league next week.