Cleves School have been crowned EFL Kids Cup champions for League One – beating South Failsworth Primary at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The school were representing AFC Wimbledon in the competition, which has had the likes of Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and Watford’s Will Hughes play in it in previous years.
Cleves were back at Wembley for the second time in three years after also winning the tournament in 2016.
They raced into an early lead through Oliver Swetman. Joshua Lewis clinically struck on a counter attack before Sami Holmes made it 3-0 at the break to leave their opponents, representing Oldham Athletic, out of the tie.
The match was played before the League One play-off final between Shrewsbury Town and Rotherham United.
“We had a gameplan, which was executed perfectly, but most importantly they enjoyed their football and you can see that in how they played,” said Cleves School teacher Craig Smith.
“We’ve been very lucky and this is our second time at Wembley, so it creates an ethos around the school. The other schoolchildren see these boys playing at this level and want to be part of it.
“The competition format is fabulous and the EFL have been great from the word go, as have AFC Wimbledon who have supported us all the way. It’s an excellent competition and to finish it off at Wembley is amazing.”
Swetman added: “It’s amazing. Wembley is one of the greatest stadiums in the world and it’s a dream to score there with so many people watching me.”
AFC Wimbledon (Cleves School): Edward Roberts, Samuel Honour, Ben Vigrass, Frank Vigrass, Joshua Lewis,, Oliver Swetman, Sami Holmes, Charlie Davidson.
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