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EFL Kids Cup Football Tournament

Our brilliant year 5/6 football team were on their travels again today - this time to the Goals 5-a-side centre to compete in the EFL Kids Cup under 11s 6-a-side tournament. Eighteen primary schools from around Plymouth entered teams and on arrival we found out that only the teams finishing top in each of the three groups (plus the best 2nd-place finisher) would go through to the semi-finals. After being drawn in a tough group against Elburton, Bickleigh Down, Boringdon, Woodford and Widey Court, we knew we had to win as many matches as possible to stand a chance of progressing. As a smaller than average school, we were again competing against schools which have approximately twice as many children as ours (some even three times as many!).

 

We started the day against Elburton. They made a very impressive start, racing to a 4-0 lead in the first few minutes. However, as in many of our matches, the boys refused to give up and battled back to make it 4-3. As we began to have most of the possession and looked like scoring an equaliser, the full time whistle went. The team deserve praise for this excellent showing of team spirit and resilience to make this comeback despite the loss. Elburton were the overall winners of the tournament, only conceding 7 goals in their 5 group stage matches - 3 of which were scored by us. This wasn't a bad result against a very good team.


Without any break, we were straight on again against Woodford. The boys looked to have learned from some of their mistakes in the previous match and comfortably won 5-2. This was followed by a close match against Bickleigh Down which we lost 2-0. We knew we needed to win our final two matches to stand any chance of progressing through to the semi-finals and we did just that, first beating Boringdon 5-0 and then Widey Court 12-4!! We definitely saved our best performance until last as the boys knew they needed to boost their goal difference to stand a chance of progressing. This was against a school that is roughly three times as big as ours - another great achievement!

Unfortunately, one of the other 2nd place finishers had more points than us so we didn't make it through to the semi-finals. Had there been quarter-finals, we would have definitely progressed and who knows what would have happened then?! Our completed group table can be seen in the pictures. This shows us finishing 2nd out of the 6 teams in our group - a very good effort.

 

The team did Wembury Primary proud, again showing their talent and, most importantly, brilliant attitudes and belief. Well done to all involved! Next up it's a friendly against Pilgrim Primary (away) on Friday!


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