On Friday 16 November, eight schools from the Cheshire East area came together to compete in the first round of the EFL Kids Cup at The Moss Rose Stadium.
The EFL Kids Cup comprises of a six-a-side competition for U11 schoolchildren and culminates in three finals across the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off weekend in May.
The road to the finals starts when the new school term starts. Each EFL club organises a Kids Cup local competition for all local schools wishing to take part.
The 72 clubs are first to split into three divisions, in line with the club’s divisional status, before being again split into two groups, north and south. The winners of the divisional northern and southern finals will then qualify for the chance to play before the Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Final of the relevant division.
As the schools arrived they were told that the tournament was split into two groups of four teams. Group A consisting of; Lindow Primary School, Gawsworth Primary, Prestbury School and Puss Bank. In Group B were Worth Primary School, St Johns Evangelist, Ivy Bank School and Alderley Edge.
Each school played everyone in their group once and after two very competitive groups, Group A winner was Puss Bank School, winning two games and drawing one, while Alderley Edge came top of Group B winning all three of their games on the day.
Puss Bank and Alderley Edge went head to head in the final match of the day. The winner would progress and represent Macclesfield Town in the next stage of the Tournament. The game was a very close encounter with plenty of chances for both teams with keepers making great saves as well.
Alderley Edge took the lead in the third minute of the game following a good passing move which was calmly finished. Puss Bank tried everything they could to get an equalizer and take the game to penalties but couldn’t get past a strong Alderley Edge defence.
So Alderley Edge saw out the game and are now going to represent Macclesfield Town in the next round of the Tournament.
Junior Football Coordinator Kyle Lord said: “It was fantastic to see so many great, young players turn out to the EFL Trust Kids Cup. A great mix of boys and girls joining in within a host of primary schools. Alderley Edge were deserved winners but there was a lot of teams very unlucky not to be in the final. Many thanks to head groundsman Danny Walker for allowing us to use the Moss Rose pitch in what was a fantastic experience for the participating players.”
We are going to be running a National Trust U11s tournament and also a Girls tournament in the upcoming weeks so look out for updates on them also.
A big thanks to Isabel Pearce who came down and took photos of the tournament and also to Ben Harrison who came down to help Referee today.