Nearly sweet 16 for Ebbsfleet's boy wonder in FA Cup

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Karn Miller-Neave was awarded man of the match (photo by David Plumb/EUFC)
It was a case of sweet 16 for Ebbsfleet United on Saturday as one of the club’s promising youngster’s came mightily close to writing himself into FA Cup folklore.

Karn Miller-Neave’s goal during the 7-1 Second Round Qualifying win over Hythe Town not only wrote his name into the Kent club’s history books, but we also believe it has put him fourth in The Cup’s list of youngest-ever goalscorers.

Back in 2009, then Charlton Athletic midfielder Jonjo Shelvey set the record as the youngest scoring at just 16 years and 311 days when he notched against Norwich City. 

Two years later, Sean Cato bagged for Barrow Town against Rothwell Town – and at 16 years and 25 days, it is a feat still to be beaten.

"He is a level-headed boy and will take this in his stride"

Ebbsfleet boss Steve Brown

Miller-Neave came close at the weekend, and although he did become the Fleet’s youngest-ever scorer, he was still eight days out on overtaking third-place Mason Bennett. The England U19 forward netted for Derby County aged 16 and 174 days.

Fulham winger George Williams, sits in second after hitting the net for MK Dons against Nantwich Town in 2011 – 66 days after celebrating his birthday.

Miller-Neave’s goal capped an impressive week for the youngster after starring in The FA’s flagship junior knockout competition last Thursday. 

First-team boss Steve Brown told FleetOnline, “Karn has had an outstanding week. He scored in the 4-0 FA Youth Cup win at Folkestone Invicta and made three assists. He then scores with a spectacular goal against Hythe on his full debut.

“The reaction of the other players showed what this squad is all about and the ovation from the crowd was the icing on the cake for him. 

"He is a level-headed boy and will take this in his stride and he needs to continue to work hard if he is to continue to progress.”

By FA Staff