January 2, 2001 11:37: PHILIP Slaney is the toast of Hayes School after his golden goal in extra-time put the under-19 side into the final of the Kent Cup.

It is the first time the school has reached the final, and it has been a long time since a school from the borough has gone this far.

The win also means that Hayes will represent Kent in the National Cup competition.

Hayes won their way there with four victories in the heats, and the 2-1 semi-final win against Fulstone Manor School from Sittingbourne.

The score at the end of full-time was 1-1 with a goal from Hayes by Paul Nevard. Then came Philips winner. Other players who shone in the tournament were Jamie Askew and Andrew Freeman.

And two girls at the school have been invited to attend the under-17 England cricket training camps at Trent Bridge later this year.

Lydia Greenway and Lindsey Askew will spend six weekends on the courses at Trent Bridge.

Lydia is already a regular in the under-17 England side, and although Lindsey is only 14, her exceptional talent means that she merits this fine chance to catch the eyes of the selectors.

Sally Banfield, head of physical education at the school, said: "It has been a wonderful year for our sportsmen and sportswomen.

"Mr Houghton has done a tremendous job with the football team, and we wish them every success in the final.

"And the girls have also earned the school outstanding recognition by being selected for the England cricket squad."

Roger Wright