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Kai Yearn, Harry Darling and Ben Knight all score goals during Papa John's Trophy ties

Tuesday evening proved to be one to remember for three footballers raised in the Newmarket area with their respective Football League clubs.

Sixteen-year-old Kai Yearn, who is from Soham, made his Cambridge United debut as a substitute against Oxford United in the Papa John’s Trophy and marked the occasion by scoring in a 4-1 win.

“When I came off the bench I just thought to myself I’ve got to do what I know I can do because I’m there for a reason,” said the former Soham Town Rangers youngster, who is an England youth international.

“It means everything, I didn’t think it would come this early. I can’t dream of anything better. I’ve got a debut, I’ve got a goal and it’s at 16 – I couldn’t be happier.”

Meanwhile, former Cambridge United defender Harry Darling racked up his 100th appearance in style.

The Burwell-raised centre-back, who played for Newmarket Town as a youngster, scored what turned out to be the decisive goal for MK Dons in their 2-1 victory over Burton Albion in the Papa John’s Trophy.

And Reach’s Ben Knight fired in his first goal in the professional game to seal Crewe Alexandra’s 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the same competition.

The ex-Burwell Tigers player Knight is on loan at Crewe from Premier League champions Manchester City.

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