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Fleet Youth Round-Up: In-form Fleet youth sides show seniors how it's done

PUBLISHED: 09:51 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET United s youth teams enjoyed a fantastic weekend with five recording victories. The U9 Reds got the better of Eltham Lions by a single strike in a nine-goal thriller. They went behind in the match, but a quickfire double from Leo Mabb turned t

EBBSFLEET United's youth teams enjoyed a fantastic weekend with five recording victories.

The U9 Reds got the better of Eltham Lions by a single strike in a nine-goal thriller.

They went behind in the match, but a quickfire double from Leo Mabb turned the tables, leaving it up to the Lions to draw level.

Mabb completed his hat-trick in the second half and Callum Coombs added two more to make it 5-3 to the Fleet.

The Lions did notch once more late on, yet the U9 Reds held on for an impressive victory.

THE CLUB'S U10 Reds crushed their hosts, Crayford Arrows, 7-2 with goals from Donvieve Jones (2), Jack Fenton (2), Conor Outram, Jaydn Gildea and Reece Smith.

FIVE unanswered goals against Beckenham Town saw the U11s maintain their place at the Bexley League, Division 'A' summit.

On a cold afternoon, Fleet turned up the heat after only eight minutes when Liam Rosenfield scored from close range. Luke Walker doubled the advantage after turning a defender and shooting low into the bottom corner. Good defending by Ryan Spaul and Tiger Kear kept Beckenham at bay and Ebbsfleet took a 3-0 score into the break when Reece Bridges bagged. The Fleet continued to dominate in the second half and further goals from Malik Thomas and a second for Walker guaranteed the win and three points.

A PENALTY shoot-out was required to settle the U12s' Bexley Cup quarter-final clash against Lewisham Youth Black.

Goals from Ben Francis (2) and Sam Stewart gave Ebbsfleet the lead, but Lewisham equalised to take the game into extra-time. No one could find the winning goal in the added period and the match went to penalties. Jamie Swift, Joe Lewis and Francis notched the winning spot-kicks, putting Fleet through to the semis, which will be played early next year.

WILL Sims fired a treble as the U14s thumped Rusthall 6-0. Ebbsfleet were raring to go from the off and dominated much of the early play. The Fleet's first goal came when George Goodwin's cross found Sims in the box and he tapped it confidently into the back of the net.

Rusthall started to get into the match and had the odd chance, with keeper Harry Doona pulling off great saves. However, another attack from the Fleet brought a free-kick and Sims stepped up and curled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. The second half saw much of the same, with Ebbsfleet maintaining possession. Josh Algar claimed the U14s' third and had a hand in the fourth when he launched a corner into the box, which was flicked on by Daniel Carrington to Brady Lillis, who headed home. Sims completed his hat-trick after some great team play and the final goal went to Smiler, who hit a sweet past Rusthall's despairing keeper.

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