Woodlands U11 Footballers have taken the title of Schools Cup Champions for the 2nd time in 4 years, and will now go on to represent Norwich City Football Club at Goodison Park, Everton!
In an astonishing achievement, Woodlands become the first school to win CSF's U11 Schools Cup on 2 separate occasions, following on from our trip to Anfield in 2013.
As would be expected, Champions Day was highly competitive and every game was a very tight affair. The practice Woodlands children had put in was evident, with the team improving on their performances when they won the group stage a fortnight ago.
Champions Day began with Woodlands facing a team they played in the group stage - Catton Grove. On this occasion Woodlands girls took a 1-0 lead into half time, and the boys conceded two before scoring a dramatic equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
The following game against Firside would follow a similar pattern. Woodlands girls won the first half 2-0 this time, and the boys conceded 3 before scoring a well earned equaliser. The game finished 3-3 to give Woodlands their second point from 2 games.
From there on out there was no looking back. Woodlands beat Drayton 1-0, Mundford 3-0 and Rackheath 2-0 in their final 3 group games to top the group and reach the semi-finals.
We would take on Millfield Primary in the Semi-Finals. Featuring a team of players from Norwich academy this was always going to be difficult - however our girls once again gave us a half time lead - 2-0 on this occasion. The final score was 3-2 to Woodlands after a late winner from Callum.
Then to the final. Woodlands v Rackheath part 2. History was to repeat itself, with Woodlands scoring once in each half, through Olivia and a last minute Callum backheel which sparked wild celebrations. 2-0, and everyone could breathe once more.
Astonishingly, the girls did not concede a goal in any of their 12 games in the tournament. A magnificent effort from all involved, Woodlands staff are very proud. We look forward to representing Norwich City in May.
See some photos from the day here.
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