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Guernsey FC climb to 18th with home win

Rihoy scored the first and set up Young for the second at Footes Lane. Credit: Guernsey FC TV

Guernsey FC beat Carshalton Athletic 2-1 at Footes Lane to climb two places to 18th in the Bostik South table.

Dave Rihoy and Craig Young provided the goals which saw the Green Lions win for the third time in four games.

Leading goalscorer Ross Allen was back in the side after several weeks away.

Tony Vance’s men travel to bottom side East Grinstead, who they beat on the opening day, in their next game.

Ernie Backlund-Leale 'a brave little fella'

Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance has paid tribute to club supporter Ernie Backlund-Leale. The 12-year-old, who was a GFC superfan, died on Sunday evening after battling leukaemia. His funeral took place today.

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FA Cup Final honour for Guernsey FC

The FA Cup itself was brought to Guernsey to mark the competition's first match outside the UK.

Guernsey FC will be represented at the FA Cup Final at Wembley later this month in recognition of the club’s unique contribution to the competition.

The Football Association has selected them as one of eight teams which have provided “standout stories and moments in a memorable season”.

The Green Lions hosted the first ever FA Cup match to be played outside of the UK when Thamesmead Town visited Footes Lane in the preliminary round last August, with the famous trophy itself brought over to the island to mark the occasion.

One of the their founding players, Sam Cochrane, has been put forward to represent them on Saturday 27 May.

He will walk out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off wearing Guernsey FC colours.

When I was asked to represent Guernsey Football Club at the FA Cup Final I was very shocked, but extremely grateful. To be given this opportunity and to be recognised for my contribution to the club by the Board of Directors is something I'm very proud of. The situation won't really sink in till I'm ready to leave the island and make the trip to Wembley. This is a fantastic opportunity for Guernsey to gain exposure at such an iconic football fixture, which is watched by millions all around the world, and I can't thank everyone enough for asking me to represent the football club and Guernsey.

– Sam Cochrane, Guernsey FC
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