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Report: 2019 EFL Kids Cup League One Grand Final

26 May 2019

Wycombe Wanderers, represented by The Gerrards Cross C.E. School, won this year's EFL Kids Cup League One Grand Final following a tight affair at Wembley Stadium.

Both sides battled hard throughout the first period of the game, but neither side could make the breakthrough, the Chairboys came the closest to opening the scoring through Calum Daley, but a fantastic save from Walsall’s William Tomlinson kept the game level.

Into the second-half and with the game looking like it was heading to the lottery of a penalty shootout, up stepped Wycombe captain Alex Thomas to fire his side into the lead, a direct free-kick from 20-yards finding the top corner of the Wallsall goal.

Speaking after the game, teacher and coach Phil Arnold said: "We have been looking forward to the day for so long now and as the day came around we just wanted to make sure that we finished the job, thankfully we are stood here as the winners.

We have been fortunate to win some of the national finals over the past couple of years, but this is a really unique trophy for us, it is a fairy-tale for these lads and I am delighted for them."

Captain and match-winner Alex Thomas added: "It was such a surreal moment for me, scoring the winning goal at Wembley really doesn’t get much better than that, I am speechless and it made it better for me that I did it with all my friends.

“It is such a crazy experience, I have been to watch some England games here with my dad and never expected to play here, we have been a really successful team over the years, but this will be the last time we play together and we are so happy to have won the game."


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