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Shrewsbury Town win Kinder+Sport Football League Girls Cup

3 April 2016

Shrewsbury Town lifted the Kinder+Sport Football League Girls Cup at Wembley Stadium after a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United.

A powerful first-half effort from Anna Bebb was the difference in a closely-fought game, which eventually saw the Shrews, who were represented by Thomas Telford School, prevail.

Shrewsbury controlled proceedings in the first half and deservedly took the lead on six minutes when Bebb's long-range strike found its way past Rebecca Marsh.

Sophie Bramford, impressive throughout, very nearly doubled the advantage before the interval but Marsh was alert to push the effort clear, before doing the same early in the second half.

Cambridge, represented by Bottisham Village College, had their best opportunity towards the end of the game when Amy McLean fired narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

However, Shrewsbury held on to secure a memorable victory under the Wembley arch.

Goalscorer Bebb said: “I'm excited to have scored the winning goal. All my family are here, our teachers have been really helpful and our aim was to make sure we enjoyed it and got an early goal.

"It's something I will remember for the rest of my life."

Bramford added: "It was great. We had a tour prior to the game which was enjoyable, it was fun to play at Wembley and we'll go home happy tonight."

Iain Sweeney, one of the teachers at Thomas Telford School, added: "I'm very proud of them, they have played four rounds of the competition to get here and they've battled hard. It's a fantastic achievement.

"We told them to go out, enjoy it and try and get an early goal because 14 minutes will go in the blink of an eye. It was a team effort, they all did their bit. 

"We came here two years ago and lost 1-0 in the final so to come here and win it this year it's great. It's been brilliant to have the backing of Shrewsbury Town and The Football League."

The competition for girls aged under 13, organised by The Football League Trust, saw more than 6,200 girls take part in various group stages on the road to Wembley, with each of the 72 Football League clubs running their own tournaments for local schools, to determine who would represent them in the competition.

The Kinder+Sport Project is a national initiative from Ferrero UK and the Football League Trust, aiming to get children active and promote active lifestyles.

The initiative is made up of two elements. The + Sport Move and Learn Project is a schools-based programme targeting nine to 10-year-olds, which sets out to move more than 21,000 children and deliver over 190,000 hours of activity and education during the 2015/16 school year across the UK and Ireland. It is part of Ferrero’s global CSR activity which has reached 12 million children in 27 countries to date.

Ferrero also aims to get even more children active by sponsoring both the Kinder+Sport Kids Cup and the Kinder+Sport Girls Cup. The competitions encourage children to get involved with sport and physical activity whilst giving them a completely unique opportunity to play at football stadiums across the country. The Girls Cup also encourages young girls to participate in sport in an accessible and nurturing environment.

Cambridge United (represented by Bottisham Village College): Rebecca Marsh (Goalkeeper & Captain), Grace Muffett, Elise Revell, Melissa Townson, Amie Fulwood, Katie Levitt, Annabel Cuthbert, Amy McLean. 

Shrewsbury Town (represented by Thomas Telford School): Sophie Bramford (Captain), Anna Welch (Goalkeeper), Grace Bloomfield, Anna Bebb, Lucie Hill, Lauren Fishman, Pavlinka Woron, Carris Powell. 

Kits provided by Mitre.

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