Thirty-Three schools have been whittled down to just four, and tomorrow night Mansfield Town Football in the Community will know who will progress to the Regional Finals of this seasons EFL Under 11s Kids Cup.
Over the last three weeks we have held four qualifying events at the RH Academy and Joseph Whitaker School respectively and tomorrow all four winning teams from each qualifier will compete in a bid to represent Mansfield Town at the Regional Finals in early 2018, which is just one tournament away from a place at Wembley!
In Tomorrow’s Local Final, each team will play each other twice in a league format of games of ten minutes each – the winner of the league will be crown our local final winner and progress to the next stage of the competition. In the event that teams are tied at the top of the table, a winner will be decided on goal difference, goals scored and if necessary the aggregate score between the top two sides over the two league matches. In the unlikely events teams still can’t be separated, a penalty shootout will be played.
Community Manager Gary Shaw said “We have seen some really competitive football in this year’s tournament and certainly wouldn’t like to predict who will be the overall winner, as each side has their own merits which they can be proud of already
“This is a really prestigious tournament and one of the most popular across the season, visiting Wembley and playing on the pitch prior to the League Two play-off final is a real honour and an experience the kids will never forget – I really hope that one of the four teams playing in tomorrow’s final also wins the regional final for that spot at the National Stadium.
“This season has been one of the most popular ones in recent seasons for us and a big factor in that has been the venues, playing at the RH Academy and Joseph Whitaker allows us to have four games taking place at once rather than just two, which means the teams get to play more football and gain more from the tournaments”
King Edwards were winners of the first qualifying tournament, progressing on penalties following a goalless draw with fellow group winners Brierly Forest. King Edwards topped their group unbeaten, with three wins and a draw, and held their nerve to emerge victorious on penalties.
Sutton Road Primary were next to book their place in the local final, narrowly beating Wynndale in the final after both teams topped their respective groups with straight wins. In the final match itself it was a penalty which secure Sutton Road victory, following a handball inside the area.
The third finalists are Peafield Lane who secured a place in tomorrow’s final with a determined 4-0 victory over St Michael’s at Rainworth’s Joseph Whitaker School. St Michael’s where perhaps favourites heading into the final match having won all six of their group games without conceding a single goal, Peafield Lane found a way through however to secure their place in the local final
Last and by no means least to secure a place in the local final were Bleasby Primary who held their nerve to beat Abbeygates on penalty’s. Abbeygates were scoring goals for fun during the group stage, netting the most in the tournament thus far with 43, however Bleasby had already showed they were no pushovers having already beaten and knocked out former Wembley finals Samuel Barlow during the group stage, and repeated the feat by winning on spot-kicks.