Lyndhurst Junior School make Wembley history

The Lyndhurst Junior School pupils enjoy their day at Wembley after lifting the Kinder+Sport League Two Kids Cup
The Lyndhurst Junior School pupils enjoy their day at Wembley after lifting the Kinder+Sport League Two Kids Cup
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey 1 Southend 0: They said what

0
Have your say

LYNDHURST Junior School lived the Wembley ‘dream’ at the weekend by lifting the Kinder+Sport League Two Kids Cup.

The North End side, who were representing Pompey in the nationwide competition, celebrated glory at the home of football after they defeated Huncoat Primary School, Accrington, 2-0 before Saturday’s League Two play-off final.

Goals from Lawrence Cooper and Evan Harris gave the year six youngsters the vital victory in front of fans from play-off finalists Wycombe Wanderers and Southend – and a strong contingent of family and friends who made the trip up from the south coast.

They looked on with pride as the jubilant team celebrated on the pitch after being presented with the winners’ trophy in the same stadium where Sol Campbell took hold of the FA Cup for Pompey in 2008.

And it was a dream come true for goalscorer Cooper, who admitted he’d fulfilled his footballing ambition.

‘When I scored it was overwhelming, words can’t describe how good it felt,’ he said.

‘I’ve been dreaming of the moment I score at Wembley for a long time, ever since I can remember. My dad was in the crowd and he was excited to see me play, so I wanted to win it for him.’

Team manager Keith Grandison added: ‘I’m so proud of them all (the team). It’s been an unbelievable experience.

Lyndhurst booked their place at Wembley by winning the Football League Kids’ Cup southern area title last month.

n SEE THE SPORTS MAIL FOR MORE PICTURES AND REACTION