Not really Men of Kent of Kentish Men but Charlton proved they were the Kentish Champions tonight beating on their own manor a very experienced Gillingham team, which is not really in line with the spirit of the competition. Penfold look-a-like Paul Scally will not like that one little bit.
Charlton retained the Kent Senior Cup they won last season and have now won it three times in the five years since we returned to the competition.
Charlton played a familiar looking Development Squad line up, even adding a couple of U18’s to the team but the Gills came out with an almost full blown 1st team, much to the bemusement of Charlton’s media team at Priestfield.
The 320 Addicks clicked through the rusty turnstiles must have feared the worse with only Karlan Ahearne-Grant having any Addicks’ first team experience, and he 16 years younger than Gillingham’s very experienced ‘keeper Stuart Nelson. Amongst others in the Gills’ line up was Trinidad & Tobago international Gavin Hoyte, almost ever-present 1st team forward Luke Norris, midfielder Josh Pritchard and one time Charlton target, towering centre-half Leon Legge.
It sounded like the game had a bit of a nasty edge to it, but it was 17-year old Ahearne-Grant that got the first half winner, which was as much of a surprise as it was sweet.
Congratulations to the lads, and wouldn’t it be nice if they were able to parade the trophy at The Valley on Saturday.