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Portsmouth see off Accrington Stanley to win Kinder+Sport League 2 Kids Cup Final

23 May 2015

Portsmouth lifted the Kinder+Sport League 2 Kids Cup after beating Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

Pompey started well against Stanley and were rewarded early on when Lawrence Cooper rolled the ball in for the opener.

The south coast side, represented in the showpiece by Lyndhurst Junior School, added a second on the stroke of half-time when Evan Harris’ powerful strike nestled in the back of the net.

Zac Brownlie and Cooper again forced Stanley goalkeeper Ross Fitzpatrick - who's side were competing on behalf of Huncoat Primary School - into strong saves, and Pompey saw out the win despite a valiant effort from Accrington.

Goalscorer Cooper said: “When I scored it was overwhelming, words can’t describe how good it felt.

“I’ve been dreaming of the moment I score at Wembley for a long time, ever since I can remember.

“My Dad was in the crowd and he was excited to see me play, so I wanted to win it for him.”

Keith Grandison, teacher at Lyndhurst Junior School, said:  “I don’t really know what to say - I’m speechless.

“I’m so proud of them all, it’s been a great season for us. We’ve won a few tournaments to make sure we got to the final at Wembley, and it’s been an unbelievable experience."

The 2015 Kinder+Sport Kids Cup has seen over 16,700 children take part in the nationwide competition which is an increase of more than 1,000 from previous years. The competition, for children under the age of 11, culminates in a final at Wembley before the Sky Bet Football League Play-Off Finals this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Kids Cup falls under the Kinder+Sport Project, which is a key part of Ferrero’s global CSR activity and in the UK sees Ferrero partner with The Football League Trust to increase the levels of physical activity, promote nutritional education and build awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and active lifestyle amongst children.

In the UK Ferrero also support the + Sport Move and Learn Project which is a schools-based programme targeting nine to 10-year-olds. It sets out to move over 21,000 children and deliver over 190,000 hours of activity and education over the 2014/15 school year across the UK and Ireland.

Accrington Stanley (represented by Huncoat Primary School): Ross Fitzpatrick (GK), Harry Williams (Capt), Bradley Boyer, Zak Scott, Arran Worden, Rowan Chambers, Matthew Kardazc, Dominic Phillipson.

Portsmouth (represented by Lyndhurst Junior School): Hayden Murray (GK), Bradley Craig (Capt), Mason Garvey, Brandon Davis, Lawrence Cooper, Zac Brownlie, Evan Harris, Isaac Bello.

Kits provided by Mitre.

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