After a successful opening day of the season in the league it was time for hopefully the first of many outings in this seasons FA Youth Cup against Sittingbourne Academy in the Preliminary Qualifying Round.
I'd imagine the FA Youth Cup would be the biggest priority for the team this season with the prospect of a dream draw against one of the big clubs down the line, if they can navigate through the first few rounds.
Eastbourne controlled a lot of the first half with Sittingbourne struggling to cope with the midfield of Pat, Max, Matt and Robbo but were unable to break down a very impressive Sittingbourne defense. Despite not having a great deal of the ball Sittingbourne at times looked very dangerous on the break. It was clear a lot of the boys were very nervous playing in what for some of them would be the biggest game they have ever played, but the performance they were putting on was fantastic but still the first half ended scoreless.
65 minutes into the match and with Sittingbourne proving very stubborn you could sense the nervous atmosphere of the home support.
Thankfully it wasn't much longer until we had something to cheer about as a corner into the Sittingbourne area was headed out to just outside the box where Captain Pat Johnston stepped up to half volley Boro into the lead.
It was anything but smooth sailing from there on though with Sittingbourne even hitting the post after a bit of a defensive mix up, but with just a few minutes left Robbo grabbed Boro's second comfortably slotting home a penalty after Brights flick had been handled in the area. Unfortunately the referee who had been having a howler all night decided to take it upon himself to aware a second yellow card for the handball which was clearly accident and sent the poor lad off.
To top of his poor performance the ref then after seeming to play a considerable advantage pulled play back to allow Sittingbourne to pull one back in the dying seconds with a stunning left footed freekick from just outside the box going over the wall and in off the underside of the bar.
Seconds later the final whistle went giving the boys a very hard fought for and well deserved victory taking them through to the first round qualyfing of the FA Youth Cup away to Colliers Wood on Thursday the 20th of September