Canterbury reached the East Kent Youth Cup final on Sunday with a confident display against Hawkinge.

After an even opening period, Charlie Nicholson turned smartly in the area and was brought down for a penalty, which Adam Hogben clinically dispatched. Canterbury began to exert more pressure and was rewarded when William Andrews chipped a ball into Nicholson who smartly lobbed the keeper to make it 2-0 at half time.

The second half proved scrappier with fewer chances. Canterbury’s defence held firm with some excellent last ditch tackles from Mahel Koch and a clearance off the line from Jay Foreman. Canterbury threatened to go further in front but an Andrews effort hit the bar, and a rasping Jacob Williams shot rattled the post. It did become 3-0 though as good work by Stephen Eldridge resulted in a free-kick that Hogben curled superbly into the area to be met by a deft header by Jonathan McAllister.

Hawkinge threatened, and scored a late consolation but were repelled by the Canterbury defence include Seamus Mohan and man of the match JJ Bennett. A fine performance that will need to be replicated in the final.