On Thursday 2 June, KAFL Elect, the best 16 players from the Kent Amateur Football League, lined up to face Kent FC Men’s 3rds XI in a one off charity exhibition match raising money for Cancer Research UK.
From the start, the match was a competitive match with both sides having opportunities.
After 15 minutes the scores were still level, when a deciding moment, a red card for a KAFL elect player saw the balance shift in favour of Kent FC.
A goal from Tom Barry saw Kent FC take a 1-0 lead. With only 10 men the likelihood of a KAFL Elect victory looked slim. Kent FC held their 1-0 lead until half time and just after half time extended that to 2 with a goal from Adrian of Kent FC.
However KAFL regrouped and a goal from Eman Madek saw KAFL back in the game.
Early in the second half a second goal from Tom Barry of Kent FC seemed to place the final nail in the coffin. However, KAFL Elect, had other ideas when Javier Equidazu scored to make the score 3-2 and a KAFL Elect comeback a real possibility.
Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for the fairy-tale story and the game finished 3-2. Congratulations to Kent FC for the victory and congratulations to KAFL Elect for an incredible effort. Thank you to all players and spectators who helped to raise £70 for Cancer Research UK.