Minterne Community Junior School advance to regional finals of Kids Cup after local win
Yesterday our Community Trust team hosted the Local Finals of The Football League U11 Kids Cup.
The competition gives schools in Kent the opportunity to compete in a Nationwide Tournament which culminates in the final being played at Wembley before the League Play-off finals in May.
We had huge interest in the tournament from schools all across the county and many had been in training since last year’s competition, with the hope of emulating last year’s winners.
The event was held at Kicks Soccer Centre in Strood and a huge thank you goes to them for their help and hospitality throughout the day.
The group stages kicked-off just as the sky decided to open up, but this didn’t stop the football being highly competitive and the majority of games were very close. MidKent College sports students had volunteered to be the officials on the day, and were assisted by our Community Coaches throughout.
Once the group stages were complete and the results finalised the eight schools progressing through to the Quarter-Finals were revealed.
The quarter-finals saw Minterne Community Junior School v Featherby Junior School, Folkestone Primary Academy v Reculver Primary School, Sherwood Park Primary School v Ashford St Marys CE Primary School and Warren Road Primary School v Hernhill CE Primary School.
As expected the games were very tight and saw Reculver win 1-0, Hernhill win 2-1 and Sherwood Park win 2-0, with Minterne the only school to win by three goals in a 4-1 victory.
The semi-finals were again very tight contests with only one goal scored by Minterne to see them safely through to the final while Hernhill also progressed with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Despite an early goal from Minterne, the rest of the game saw lots of chances but none managed to find the back of the net. The final was predictably a close affair aswell.
After 10 minutes the final whistle blew and Minterne sealed a 1-0 victory to regain their title. Development squad players Stephen Butcher and Aaron Millbank were on hand to congratulate the team on their victory.
March, with the chance to win themselves a return trip to Wembley. Good luck!thMinterne Community Junior School now go on to represent Gillingham Football Club at the Regional Finals to be hosted by Swindon Town week commencing 10
A huge thank you to all the teams, players, countless teachers, staff members, parents and supporters, MidKent students, community coaches and Kicks who all helped to make the day a great success. And congratulations again to Minterne Community Junior School.