Whitstable Town U18’s 4  Margate Youth U18 1 

Kent County Youth Cup 1st Round

Whitstable’s Under 18’s came out determined to start their cup run with a bang and did not disappoint. The first half was completely dominated by Town and it was no surprise that after 20 minutes they scored their first goal, Sam Hudson delivering a pinpoint corner with the ball scrambled over the line by Lewis King.  The second goal was in a similar vein, this time Tom Bines getting on the end of another corner with the ball going through his team mates, Kari Creeds, legs, making it 2-0.

Whitstable continued to press with Margate offering very little, with Dan Packer and Lewis King controlling the midfield, allowing Rade Piplica to get forward from right back and create some good opportunities. The third goal was only round the corner, with Lewis King striking at goal, the Margate keeper making a good save only for Steve Draper to finish the job.

Margate went on to test Harry Burrow, the Whitstable keeper, but he was up to the job and made two good saves.  Whitstable had a great chance to go 4 up, with Sam Hudson cutting inside from the right and shooting for the top corner, the Margate keeper tipping the ball over the bar. Half time score 3-0.

The second half was quite a different affair, and to give Margate credit they came out looking to take the game to Whitstable, they had continued pressure in the first quarter with Whitstable struggling to get out of their half.  Some resolute defending, from Elliot Bensted, Kari Creed and Brandon Kerr kept Margate at Bay, but a trip on a Margate striker by Lewis King led to a penalty which they finished off in the bottom corner.

The game then became quite a physical battle, with several players booked as the tackles started to fly in, but Whitstable held their nerve and managed to score their fourth goal through a deflected shot off a Margate defender to make it 4-1 with a few minutes left.  A good victory for the team, who now face Dover away in Round 2.