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Gillingham under-18s to play Rochdale in the national final of the Youth Alliance League Cup

Gillingham under-18s are through to the Youth Alliance League Cup National Final.

The Gills beat Peterborough United’s youth team on penalties at the weekend and will now play Rochdale in the grand final.

Gillingham’s under-18s are managed by former player Craig Stone.

Saturday’s match against Posh ended 2-2, the Gills going a goal up through Harry Maher before conceding twice and needing a Gerald Sithole goal to level it back up.

The shootout went to sudden death and the Gills won it 4-3, the winning kick scored by Bailey Akehurst.

Stone, a former youth player at Gills himself, said: “They’ve worked hard to be successful and it’s a credit to them.

“The youth team here has been a large part of their life and then to be able to say they’ve been to a final is something that cannot be taken away from them.”

Rochdale beat Grimsby Town 3-1 in the Youth Alliance Cup northern area final.

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