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Tranmere Rovers and St George's Primary School win League Two Utilita Kids Cup

28 May 2022

Tranmere Rovers, represented by St George's Primary School, saw off Exeter City, represented by Stoke Hill Junior School, to claim the Utilita Kids Cup crown for Sky Bet League Two.

They ran out 4-0 winners at Wembley Stadium in the Final, with all four goals coming in the second period.

Tranmere started the brightest, with Ellis Harding seeing his effort blocked in the first period after chesting the ball down but a red shirt stopped the shot in its tracks. Harding then fired wide when another chance presented itself to the number 10.

It was deadlock heading into the break, but Tranmere came flying out of the blocks after the restart.

Captain Charlie Milward lead by example, tapping in from close range after the initial effort from his team-mate was saved by Exeter stopper Oliver Tuckett, but the skipper was on hand to make it 1-0 to Tranmere.

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A chance fell to Exeter, as striker Leo Smith looked to be through on goal but Tranmere recovered well to stall the attack. Tom Medlock then took aim from distance but the shot was well gathered by Finlay Scott in between the sticks for Tranmere.

But it was two-goal hero Harding who doubled Tranmere's advantage soon after, finishing off a good move by finding the bottom corner to make it 2-0. And he bagged a brace with two minutes of time remaining, making it 3-0 with 12 minutes on the watch.

In the dying seconds of the game, Jaeden Gordon stole the show. The Tranmere attacker picked the ball up in the middle of the park and, bearing down on goal, opted to take on the shot himself, with the ball kissing the post on its way in as it finished 4-0 to Tranmere.

"Every time I go to a football match, I'll remember this," smiled Tranmere's Tobias Nowak-Dodd.

Tranmere join Portsmouth, represented by Meon Junior School, who claimed the Sky Bet League One title last weekend, beating Sheffield Wednesday, represented by Windmill Hill Primary School, under the arch.

"Think of all the great players that haven't played at Wembley and haven't walked up those steps, whether they win or lose the game," said Jem Maidment, Chief Marketing Officer at Utilita, speaking after the Final. "Those children really appreciated that today.

"It's so important that Utilita plays a very small part in this. The English Football League do a terrific job with the biggest schools competition in Britain. For us to play that tiny part in it is incredibly important to us. To see those young men out there playing football in this massive stadium in front of a big crowd is just wonderful."

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