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FA Youth Cup first round: Sutton United 3 Gillingham 2 (after extra time)


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Gillingham under-18s surrendered a two-goal lead as they were beaten by Sutton United in the first round of the FA Youth Cup.

Joseph Gbode and George Hutcheon put Gillingham 2-0 ahead early on but the hosts struck either side of the break to level it up before winning through in extra-time.

Gillingham up against Sutton United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Kent Pro Images
Gillingham up against Sutton United in the FA Youth Cup Picture: Kent Pro Images

Incharge of the Gills under-18s was Bryan Bull as the club continue to look for a permanent replacement following Craig Stone’s recent departure.

A bright start from Gillingham’s youngsters at Gander Green Lane was rewarded with a couple of early goals.

Captain Bailey Akehurst - who has been involved with the first team this season - crossed for Gbode to head home on 15 minutes.

Just two minutes later and the young Gills doubled their advantage through Hutcheon after a ball in from Matthew MacArthur.

But Gillingham saw their lead halved after conceding in first half stoppage-time. Appeals for offside were ignored as Euan Mutale raced onto a ball over the top before finding the net.

Mutale struck again early in the second half to level it up with a header.

The tie went to extra-time and three minutes in Kai Tanner put the home side ahead for the first time after beating keeper Tommy Crump in a one-on-one situation. That goal won it for the home side.

Bailey Akehurst captained the youth team at Sutton on Tuesday night
Bailey Akehurst captained the youth team at Sutton on Tuesday night

Gillingham: Crump, Moore, Akehurst, Carter (De Wilde 46mins), Giles, MacArthur (Garrett 99mins), Sithole (Uzor-Greey 106mins), Kuhr, Gale, Hutcheon, Gbode. Subs not used: Smith, Woodliffe.

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