Local team AFC Wimbledon U13 boys crowned best in the country

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AFC Wimbledon U13 boy’s football team won the Tesco Cup English Final on this weekend at Pride Park, Derby, beating YMCA Lytham St Anne’s from Lancashire in the final. The boys, who were representing Southern England, now advance to the UK Final of the Tesco Cup at the Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers, on Sunday May 16.

AFC Wimbledon beat Laverstock FC from Wiltshire 2-0 in the Semi final. The final against YMCA Lytham St Anne’s saw an entertaining start to the game. The Dons scored before half time following a well worked move down the right wing which culminated in a tap in for Patrick Roberts. The game was put out of reach by Wimbledon’s midfield general Jake Gill, who created enough space to score the teams second goal.

Team Manager Tony Wilson said, ‘It’s probably the proudest moment of my life, I am so thrilled for the boys, I have worked with them since under 7’s and they deserve all the credit. They have done brilliantly.’

Derby County FC striker, Rob Hulse attended the event at Pride Park and chose talented player Jack Watret from AFC Wimbledon as Defender of the Tournament, for his impressive performances throughout the day. The AFC Wimbledon team were awarded more glory as Patrick Roberts was selected as Forward of the Tournament, after some impressive play on the Dons wing, which included a goal in the final.

Rob Hulse commented: ‘The Tesco Cup is a competition I would have loved to have competed in when I was younger; it is a great experience for the youngsters to play at Pride Park for a chance to represent England. I wish the three English qualifiers the best of luck for the final of the competition.’

Tesco Cup teams have competed at County and then Regional level in a bid to reach the National Final and ultimately, to represent their country at the UK Final. Over 3,700 teams entered the 2009/10 Tesco Cup competition and just 12 teams across the age groups -U13 boys, U14 girls, U16 girls – progressed to the National final. In the U14 girls QPR girls were victorious with West Ham Girls winning the U16 girls tournament.

The Tesco Cup is part of a wider commitment from Tesco to encourage children to get involved in sport. Now in its fifth year, Tesco works in conjunction with the FA and local communities to provide young footballers with the opportunity to play in a structured competition, on a national and international stage.

The English Teams will be looking to repeat on their performances at the 2010 UK final. In 2009, teams from England won all three age groups, with Stokesley FC winning the U13 boys, Manchester City the U14 girls and Manchester United the U16 girls title.

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