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Double Wembley joy

6 June 2016

Young footballers also emerged victorious at Wembley

Going back to school will not be quite so bad for a talented bunch of young footballers after they earned Wembley success in style last Monday.

Representing AFC Wimbledon, the boys from Cleves School (Weybridge) did the club proud as they won the Sky Bet League 2 Kinder+Sport Kids Cup at Wembley Stadium.

The match served as a curtain-raiser for the League 2 play-off final and the side led by teachers Craig Smith and Neil Keirs showed Neal Ardley’s men the way with a 2-0 win.

Finley Munroe and Ralph Vigrass scored wonderful goals on the day to earn victory against Samuel Barlow Primary School (Mansfield FC).

Cleves School started on the road to glory by winning the AFC Wimbledon Kids Cup, run by our Foundation.

Joe Roberts, Sports Development Manager at the Foundation, said: “The team stayed overnight before Wembley and a bit of team bonding, including going bowling, relaxed them a bit. On the day itself, the boys were allowed to go into the first-team dressing room, which was amazing, and then their performance on the pitch was extremely good.

“It took them a while to settle down, but after that the boys never looked like losing and they scored two very good goals to win it. To collect the trophy in front of the Royal Box was brilliant and then the first-team followed it up to complete a great day.”

  Finley Munroe opened the scoring shortly after the half-time break with a clinical finish into the bottom corner, before Ralph Vigrass rounded three Stags players and made no mistake for a superb solo goal.

Deputy Headmaster Craig Smith said: "These are a great bunch, second to none. At half-time, we said 'you're doing everything right, more of the same, just take your chances' and Finley certainly took his!

"To win here is very special, it's the icing on the cake. The closer we got, the more we thought we could win the tournament, and you can't top this."

The AFC Wimbledon team (represented by Cleves School) was as follows: Oliver Matthews (captain), Ethan Honour, Ben Moss, Ben Lewis, Finley Munroe, Jack Matton, Devon Wasko, Ralph Vigrass.

The Football League Kids Cup, running alongside the Girls Cup for under-13s, is sponsored by Ferrero’s Kinder+Sport programme. Encouraging children to be physically active is one of Ferrero’s key aims and core corporate social responsibility principles, both in the UK and globally. The Kinder+Sport programme is designed to promote active lifestyles through dynamic play and sports among children and their families, and has reached 15 million children in 27 countries to date.

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